No soup for you! Just kidding. Seinfeld got soup when he ate at this Whitby cafe

No soup for you! Just kidding. Seinfeld got soup when he ate at this Whitby cafe

WHITBY—When the phone rang at Whitby’s Food and Art Cafe on Friday morning, a voice on the other end reported that Jerry Seinfeld was on his way over.
The owners weren’t sure what to think.
“My daughter said, ‘I got this weird phone call and I’m not sure if it’s real or not,’” recalls Alison Galvan, who owns the cafe with her husband Noel Galvan.
“Sure enough, about 10 minutes later he walks through the door.”
Seinfeld was in town for a show at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa on May 31, and the hotel he was staying at recommended the Whitby cafe — also known as the FART Cafe — as a popular breakfast spot.
It’s the first time FART Cafe has hosted a celebrity.
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Seinfeld ordered the pea soup and a veggie omelette.
“I understand that he quite enjoyed it,” Galvan says.
The comedian’s visit to the cafe was low-key — a few customers talked to him and members of an all moms running club asked for a photo.
The runners are doing the Ragnar Relay Race from Cobourg to Niagara Falls and Seinfeld reportedly liked the name of their team “Moms Do It All Night Long.”
Galvan thanked Seinfeld for choosing to eat at a small, family-owned restaurant and says they are “so blessed” to have loyal customers who support FART Cafe with word-of-mouth recommendations.
Seinfeld also ate lunch at Signature Indian Cuisine in Whitby on Friday.
Both restaurants took to social media to share their excitement.
“We really appreciate his love for small family run establishments,” Signature said in a Facebook post.
The news resulted in a lot of incredulous “What!!” comments from restaurant regulars who missed out on Seinfeld spotting.
Jillian Follert is a reporter for Metroland Media Group’s Durham Region Division. Reach her via email: jfollert@durhamregion.com
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Owner of the Acclaimed Palace Diner Opens New Restaurant in Portland, Maine

Part of Summer Fridays: Food-Filled Day Trips Outside of Boston Updated weekly, this round-up summarizes the latest restaurant news from New England, beyond the borders of Massachusetts — restaurant openings, closures, and more in Portsmouth, Providence, Portland, and elsewhere. (Find the archive of last season’s news here .) Check back for updates — the most recent ones will always be at the top — and email with any tips pertaining to New England restaurant news. Note: Jump to the bottom of this page for a list of other links pertaining to New England dining, including a guide to Portsmouth and Kittery, an archive of Maine news, a map of the hottest new restaurants in Providence, and more. June 4, 2019 GORHAM, MAINE — Grand Central Wine Bar (7 Railroad Ave.) could open in September in Gorham. Owner Karen Nason has a vast history in arts and business and aims to create a food and beverage venue that doubles as a space for artists and musicians to display their talents. The focus will be wine and tapas, with space for events. PORTLAND, MAINE — A food truck serving ice cream and shakes could launch this summer in Maine. Twist comes from Melissa Lombardi (previously of Woodford F&B) and writer Dan Zarin. Keep tabs on Twist’s social media for updates, including potential ice cream flavors like Maine blueberry and fruity pebbles. Flood’s (747 Congress St.) is now open adjacent to the Francis Hotel, under the auspices of Greg Mitchell of Biddeford, Maine’s acclaimed Palace Diner . The restaurant seats 45 and serves dishes such as chicken schnitzel and Welsh rarebit. Poke Maine food truck is now operating in Portland, serving a variety of poke bowls made with salmon, tuna, chicken, tofu, and assorted toppings. The truck parks on Spring Street Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In further food truck news, Tacos La Poblanita is forthcoming , appearing at Lone Pine Brewing (219 Anderson St.) starting June 11, according to the truck’s Instagram page. The truck will serve tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. Candy’s (34 Portland St.) could open later this summer in Portland, cementing itself as a queer community hub with a cafe, bar, library, and game space. The cafe will host rotating pop-ups and queer artists, and according to the website, “all Candy’s revenue is recycled back into programming, the space itself, paying the people who work there, and supporting the community.” When it opens, Candy’s will have a full liquor license, serving cocktails, mocktails, wine, beer, coffee, and food. May 28, 2019 The Garrison/ Facebook BIDDEFORD, MAINE — Magnus on Water (12 Water St.) is slated to open in late summer or early fall. The menu will feature foraged ingredients, and Brittany Saliwanchik and Brian Catapang (previously of Elda ) will create the cocktail menu. OGUNQUIT, MAINE — Nikanos Mediterranean Bar & Grille (173 Main St.) is on track to open this summer in Ogunquit, serving a selection of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine from chef Mark Segal, a longtime veteran of New England restaurants. PORTLAND, MAINE — Yardie Ting (28 Monument Sq.) will soon open in Portland’s Public Market House, taking over for Maiz. The forthcoming stall will serve Jamaican dishes with house-made rubs and spices. The business has previously operated as a caterer, serving items like jerk chicken, oxtails, curry goat, baked mac and cheese, and rice and beans. Quinn’s Bardega (79 Mellen St.) is headed for an opening ahead of July 4. The cafe will operate within the Mellen Street Market convenience store, with some seating and a menu of sandwiches, burgers, and more. Ada’s Kitchen of Rockland will expand to Portland, opening at 642 Congress St., possibly in August. The restaurant will serve Roman-style pizza and will sell house-made pasta. Portland’s LB Kitchen will open a second location at 231 York St. The new cafe is under construction, and it will reportedly carry on its health-conscious menu of smoothie and grain bowls, salads, and more. Look out for the new location coming in June. The Whiskey Barrel (82 Hanover St.) will open June 1, from owners John Ferrara and Dennis Mahoney. The restaurant doubles as a live country music venue, with a stage, dance floor and seating inside and out. Brewery Extrava (66 Cove St.) will open this summer , serving mostly Belgian-style ales. The brewery will span 5,000 square feet, with a tasting room, outdoor seating, and 12 beers on tap. The decades-old Walter’s (2 Portland Sq.) will close on May 31, with owners Cheryl and Jeff Buerhaus sharing in an announcement that they “have no plans for the future but to enjoy [their] grandchildren.” Chef Steve Quattrucci will open Monte’s Fine Foods (788 Washington Ave.) in early July . The business will consist of a market element, as well as a bakery and takeout component that will include Roman-style pizza cut to order and sold by weight. There will also be sandwiches and breads, and house-made vegan pepperoni and vegan cheese. Across the harbor from Portland proper, Peaks Island is about to get a new restaurant serving “trap to table” steamed, broiled, and fried seafood, plus sandwiches, salads, and some desserts. Island Lobster Co. (20 Island Ave.) is opening imminently , and the property also has several AirBNB rentals available. YARMOUTH, MAINE — Chef Christian Hayes of Dandelion Catering Co. will open a restaurant called the Garrison in Yarmouth in mid-July. Located at 81 Bridge St., in the historic Sparhawk Mill, the restaurant will serve a mix of New American dishes with some influences from Asian and Mediterranean cooking. It will seat 40 people, with 14 at a bar. May 21, 2019 Crab, lobster, and shrimp rolls at Luke’s Lobster Luke’s Lobster [Official Photo] PORTLAND, MAINE — Greg Mitchell of Biddeford’s Palace Diner will soon open Flood’s in Portland (747 Congress St.). The new restaurant, which seats 45 people and is adjacent to (but not affiliated with) the Francis Hotel, could open May 31, serving dinner Wednesday through Thursday. Mitchell reportedly describes Flood’s as a “modern-day tavern with Old World vibes.” Expect dishes like chicken schnitzel and Welsh rarebit. Also in Portland, the flagship Luke’s Lobster location (60 Portland Pier) will open for dinner on June 5. The pier underwent a full reconstruction over two years, and renovations to the building include reclaimed wood and polished concrete accents. The restaurant will offer views of Portland Harbor — and into the company’s wholesale and distribution facility — and a menu of lobster rolls, chowders and bisques, fried clams, and lots more seafood. The head chef will be Zac Leeman, and the new Luke’s will have two full bars with beer, wine, and cocktails. This is a substantially different type of restaurant from the small, fast-casual Luke’s Lobster locations around the country (and the world — there are a few in Japan and Taiwan, too). And one more Portland update for today: Coals Pizza (114 Preble St.) could open on June 11 . Owner Billy Etzel also operates two locations in New York, but with family ties to Maine, he decided to expand to Portland. The restaurant will serve dinner Tuesday through Sunday, featuring grilled pizza, plus burgers, chicken wings, beer, and more. PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Some new details on the aforementioned Street/Street’za sale (see the April 23 update below): Luigi’s West End Pizza (801 Islington St.) will be the replacement for Street’za , under the new ownership of Jay McSharry and Matt Louis of Moxy and the Franklin . The main focus will be New York-style pizza, but there will be other menu items including chicken parm sandwiches, a meatball sub, pasta, and salads. The restaurant will also offer delivery and take-out. McSharry and Louis also took over Street’za’s sister restaurant, Street, but do not plan to make major changes there. VINALHAVEN, MAINE — The Nightingale (26 Main St.) is open for its second season as of May 17. The restaurant, which took over the longtime Harbor Gawker space last year, serves lunch and dinner six days a week (it’s closed on Wednesdays) — “Maine favorites from scratch, using the best ingredients available,” per the restaurant’s website, with dishes like lobster and crab rolls, burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, fish and chips, steamed pork bao, and fish tacos. May 14, 2019 Knead Doughnuts/ Official Site FREEPORT, MAINE — Wanderlust Juicery is now crowdfunding to open in Freeport at 2 Mechanic St. The business will serve cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and smoothie bowls, and its founders aim to raise $12,000 to purchase kitchen equipment and cover the cost of some renovations. PORTLAND, MAINE — Vignola Cinque Terre (10 Dana St.) has closed following a final service on May 12. Owners Dan and Michelle Kary said the time had come for them to move on after 18 years. Joshua Miranda of Blyth & Burrows (26 Exchange St.) plans to lease the space and open a new restaurant there. Stay tuned for details on that project. In other Portland news, Saco, Maine’s Quiero Cafe has opened a second location, this one right in Portland. The new restaurant took over the space at 3 Deering Ave., previously home to Trattoria Fanny, and now serves its selection of empanadas filled with cheese, vegetables, and meats. Grippy Tannins (16 Middle St.), a wine shop and tasting bar in Portland, is now open. In addition to wines for purchase, the shop offers wines by the glass, complimentary snacks (like olives, salt chips, and bread and butter) and more. PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND — Knead Doughnuts just expanded its production space into 5,000 square feet, increasing capacity and allowing the business to accommodate the opening of a third doughnut shop at that same location. The space, called the Providence Kitchen Collaborative , also includes seven food and beverage businesses. Stay tuned for updates on the opening of the shop, slated for sometime this month. VERMONT — Douglas and Susan Harp have launched an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund plans for an organic Vermont vineyard. They aim to raise $140,000, which will go towards building the production facilities for pressing, blending, crushing, storage, and more. Read more from their campaign . May 7, 2019 The Friendly Toast in Portsmouth Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater BARRINGTON, RHODE ISLAND — Rhode Island ice cream pop-up Vic’s is opening its permanent location on May 10 at 74 Maple Ave. Victoria Young, a former Noma intern who’s trained in classical pastry, has been serving Vic’s throughout Rhode Island since 2017 with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients. Her recent flavors have included strawberry shortcake sundae, pineapple coconut, French vanilla, and dark chocolate truffle. The opening weekend hours will run from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. BEDFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — The Friendly Toast now has six locations around New England. The newest addition in Bedford (4 Main St.) seats 120 and has an outdoor patio. The restaurant serves all-day breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner, including dishes like chicken and waffles, omelets, pork belly banh mi, and more, plus cocktails, beer, wine, and flights of bloody marys and mimosas. Bedford’s Friendly Toast operates Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. ELLIOTT, MAINE — The Boston Globe delves into the story of Panera founder and former CEO Ron Shaich’s investment in growing local chain Life Alive (as well as Tatte, Clover, and the DC-based Cava). The story discusses Life Alive founder Heidi Feinstein a bit as well — while she originally planned to stay with Life Alive as it grows, it didn’t work out and she’s no longer involved. These days, she can be found running a small farm in Elliott, and once her non-compete runs out in about a year, she hopes to open a vegetarian restaurant somewhere around New Hampshire’s Seacoast region or in Maine. PORTLAND, MAINE — The Blue Spoon (89 Congress St.) in Portland’s Munjoy Hill now has a sibling, Blue Spoon Cafe & Catering (64 Pine St.). Owners Liz Koenigsberg and chef Will Lavey have opened their new business in the former Aurora Provisions space, and they’re serving breakfast, lunch, coffee, and grab-and-go sandwiches. The cafe also sells some retail goods and wine, and it will allow the owners to expand their catering services. PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Mr. Kim’s (107 State St.) opened on May 6, coming to Portsmouth from chef Gary Kim, who previously worked at Uni in Boston and cofounded Anju Noodle Bar in Kittery. The menu draws inspiration from Korean cuisine and beyond, featuring dishes such as kimchi waffles, bulgogi sliders on King’s Hawaiian rolls, and a noodle soup with fish. There are also cocktails, wine, and beer. Mr Kim’s operates six days a week for dinner, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 30, 2019 Ted Axelrod MILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Greenleaf Restaurant (54 Nashua St.), from chefs Chris Viaud and Keith Sarasin (respectively the executive chef and founder of farm-to-table event series the Farmers Dinner ), opens May 2 , featuring seasonal, local food. The opening menu includes dishes such as hush puppies with spring onion dip; mushroom and ricotta tortellini; risotto with smoked peas and morels; and more. NORTH YARMOUTH, MAINE — The Purple House (378 Walnut Hill Rd.) will close for the season, starting on May 12, as chef and owner Krista Desjarlais refocuses, preparing for a slightly updated format when the restaurant returns in October. Meanwhile, she’ll be spending the summer making ice cream and pastries at her other business, Bresca and the Honey Bee (106 Outlet Rd., New Gloucester, Maine). Desjarlais is a James Beard-nominated chef whose Purple House was a highly anticipated opening of 2016. She plans to reopen the Purple House with a new format in the fall, featuring pastries, bread, bagels, baked goods, pizza, and a “fancyish” lunch with two seatings and multiple courses. Stay tuned for further details on the Purple House changes. PORTLAND, MAINE — Other Side Diner (500 Washington Ave.) is now open in the former Hella Good Tacos space. Owners Peter and Jessica Sueltenfuss (also behind Other Side Delicatessen ) are offering an all-day breakfast and lunch menu from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with items like pancakes, crab meat melts, eggs, and more. Atsuko Fujimoto, a former baker at Ten Ten Pié, just founded a bakery of her own. She’s running Norimoto Bakery as a wholesale operation out of Two Fat Cats in South Portland. Fujimoto is reportedly looking for a storefront around Portland. Meanwhile, a Vietnamese restaurant could take over the former Ten Ten Pié space at 171 Cumberland Ave. Tuyet Le plans to open Banh Appetit in the next couple months, serving dishes like stuffed bitter melon soup, caramelized pork belly with hard boiled eggs, spring rolls, banh bao, and banh mi. April 23, 2019 Acadia/ Official Site BRISTOL, RHODE ISLAND — Portside Tavern (444 Thames St.) opened in mid-March in Bristol. The restaurant serves a selection of seafood like shrimp ceviche, mussel frites, and clam cakes, as well as burgers, sandwiches, chicken wings, cheese plates, and Korean barbecue pork wonton nachos. There are also drinks, including a nitro coffee martini, beer, and wine. PORTLAND, MAINE — Cocktail Mary is in the works for 229 Congress St., the former Ramen Suzukiya space. Isaac MacDougal , current head bartender at Portland’s Izakaya Minato , is reportedly behind the new restaurant, which will seat 21 and could open later in the summer. A wine shop and tasting bar slated to open this spring in Portland has shared a draft of its forthcoming menu. Grippy Tannins (16 Middle St.) could offer a selection of complimentary snacks (like olives, salt chips, and bread and butter) along with cheese, charcuterie, tinned fish, and items like empanadas, arancini, patatas bravas, and savory tarts. Related American Restaurants Are Finally Embracing Tinned Seafood PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE — The owners of Street and Street’za (801 Islington St.) are preparing to finalize a sale of the restaurants to two other local business owners. Michelle Lozuaway and husband and chef Joshua Lanahan will sell to Jay McSharry and Matt Louis (the latter is chef-owner of Moxy and Franklin House ; the former has a hand in quite a few local restaurants , including Moxy and Franklin), who will aim to keep on staff at each restaurant. Street will largely stay the same, and there may be a few changes to the interior and menu at Street’za. PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND — Green Line Apothecary is now open in Providence, with another location in Wakefield, Rhode Island. The business is a hybrid pharmacy, retail store, and soda shop, serving sodas, ice cream, shakes, and floats, plus coffee and tea. There are classic soda fountain items as well, including phosphates, lime rickeys, and egg creams. Over in East Providence, Jaya’s Kitchen (615 Waterman Ave.) is now open, serving indian dishes, including dosa, biryani, tikka masala, and more. STONINGTON, MAINE — Chef Ryan McCaskey of Chicago’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant Acadia plans to open a casual sibling in Maine. (It’s a fitting expansion, as Chicago’s Acadia is largely inspired by Maine , which is home to Acadia National Park.) Acadia House is slated to open in the summer of 2019 at 27 Main St. in Stonington. “Not only is the area nationally known for some of the best seafood the nation has to offer, but also for the breathtaking views and peaceful way of life,” McCaskey wrote in a Facebook post about the forthcoming restaurant. Acadia House will operate seasonally, sourcing from local farms and craft beer producers and serving cocktails and wine. April 16, 2019 Vic’s/ Official Site BARRINGTON, RHODE ISLAND — Rhode Island ice cream pop-up Vic’s is getting a permanent space at 74 Maple Ave. Victoria Young — who has interned at Noma and completed classical pastry training at Johnson & Wales — is at the helm of the company, which has been making Rhode Island appearances since 2017 (previously under the name Fountain & Co.), featuring small batches of ice cream flavors that showcase local, seasonal ingredients. Recent flavors have included rainbow sherbet, matcha coconut, sour watermelon sorbet, and more. Until the shop opens, keep an eye on social media for more pop-ups; the next is April 20 at Providence’s Stock Culinary Goods (756 Hope St.). PORTLAND, MAINE — A distillery will open in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood. Three of Strong leased more than 6,000 square feet of space at 35B Diamond St., and founders Dave McConnell and Sam Pierce have hired Graham Hamblett from Dogfish Head Distilling Co. in Delaware, along with Crystal Pomerleau, a Portland restaurant veteran, who will manage the tasting room. With an initial focus on rum, Three of Strong will make a spiced version using a blend prepared by chef Evan Mallet of Black Trumpet in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Good News Coffee and Package (28 Brackett St.) will change its stripes, switching from a coffee and retail shop to a cider bar. Owner Michael Vassallo reportedly plans to transition the space into the Cider House , which will serve a mix of local and global ciders, along with a tapas-style menu. Other Side Diner (500 Washington Ave.) will open in the former Hella Good Tacos space, and owners Peter and Jessica Sueltenfuss (who are also behind Other Side Delicatessen ) have shared a draft of the menu , which features all-day breakfast and lunch, including eggs, pancakes, crab meat melts, and more. The owners of Blue Spoon (89 Congress St.) in Portland’s Munjoy Hill neighborhood plan to expand their operation. Liz Koenigsberg and chef Will Lavey leased the space at 64 Pine St. that previously housed Aurora Provisions, where they will open Blue Spoon Cafe & Catering , serving breakfast, lunch, coffee, and food to-go. The space will also allow them to expand their catering services. Look for the new Blue Spoon opening some time in May. April 9, 2019 Khao kha moo by the “Cowboy Hat Lady” in Chiang Mai, Thailand Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater EXETER, NEW HAMPSHIRE — An Italian restaurant called Trattoria il Cornicello will open in early May at 11 Water St., the former longtime home of 11 Water Street, which closed last year . Owner Tim O’Brien plans to offer a variety of house-made pastas on the restaurant’s seasonal, local menu. He is also behind another Italian restaurant, Enoteca Athena , in Brunswick, Maine. GORHAM, MAINE — Portland’s Lone Pine Brewing Company is about to debut a new tasting room at its barrel-aging facility in Gorham (48 Sanford Dr., Building B): April 13 is the day (noon to 8 p.m.), and there will be new barrel-aged beers, food, merch, and more. PORTLAND, MAINE — Royale Lunch Bar is now open at 11 Union St., serving Montreal smoked meats and “other lunchy treats.” Behold: a smoked meat sandwich , piled high. Also now open in Portland: a new location for Maiz , which has expanded from the Public Market House to Woodfords Corner (621 Forest Ave.), serving arepas and other Colombian street food . And in other Portland news, Other Side Deli alum Peter Murphy plans to open a cheesesteak food cart, Rebel Cheesesteaks , in early May , vending around Old Port. He’s originally from New Jersey, near Philly. PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Chef Gary Kim, an alum of Uni in Boston who later co-founded Anju Noodle Bar in Kittery, Maine, has been popping up at Ore Nell’s BBQ in Kittery on Mondays and Tuesdays with dishes inspired by Thailand, Korea, and beyond. (One dish, for example, is Kim’s take on the “Cowboy Hat Lady’s” khao kha moo from Chiang Mai, Thailand, pictured above.) The pop-up, Sheep & Wolves , has three more occurrences at Ore Nell’s — tonight (April 9), April 15, and April 16. But that’s not all: Kim has announced that “after a few years of exploration, travel, and self-growth,” he has found a permanent restaurant space at 107 State St., where he’ll open Mr. Kim’s soon. The restaurant will be “a reflection of his Korean-homestyle cooking from childhood,” also drawing inspiration from his time at Uni and travels through Asia and Europe. Stay tuned for an opening timeline — job interviews are already underway. PROVIDENCE — Long Live Beerworks has moved to an attractive new multilevel space, debuting over the weekend at 40R Sprague St. The brewery focuses on “hop-forward craft beer and inventive cask-conditioned ales.” WEST OSSIPEE, NEW HAMPSHIRE / BELIZE — New Hampshire brewpub Hobbs Brewing Company has expanded — all the way to Placencia, Belize . At its new facility, Hobbs is starting with two brews: Wildcat IPA and Hummingbird Belizean Golden Ale. March 26, 2019 Oba Noodle Bar/ Official Site BIDDEFORD, MAINE — Dizzy Birds Rotisserie (65 Main St.) opened last week in Biddeford — and there’s a pickup location in Portland, too. As the name suggests, the restaurant serves a menu of rotisserie-cooked chicken, including sandwiches, platters with sides and bread, and family-style dinners. There are also vegetarian options, as well as soups and salads. EXETER, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Oba Noodle Bar (69 Water St.) is now open from the team behind Portsmouth’s popular 5 Thai Bistro , serving a variety of noodle dishes drawing inspiration from Thailand, Japan, and beyond. There are starters and appetizers like shrimp chips and dumplings, and entrees include kimchi udon soup, duck noodle soup, tofu nam daeng, and more. PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE — The Zulu Hut (67 Bow St.) is now open in Portsmouth, serving South African dishes. There are grilled items with a braai spice rub (including sausage, pork chop, chicken, and steak), curries, roasted lamb shank, and more. PORTLAND, MAINE — A juice and smoothie shop on Exchange Street in Portland plans to expand elsewhere. Blake Orchard leased a space at 561 Forest Ave., where it will open a second store. Founded by Alexandra Blake Messenger in 2014, Blake Orchard started out producing juices, nut milks, and other vegan foods and selling them at farmers markets in New England. In 2016, Messenger crowdfunded for her move to Portland to open the Blake Orchard brick-and-mortar, where the menu has grown and includes coffee, smoothie bowls, smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and nut milks. Further Reading New England’s 38 Essential Restaurants : A guide to the best of the best throughout New England, compiled by former Eater restaurant editor Bill Addison with the help of food writers from around the region. The 9 Hottest New Restaurants in Providence, Rhode Island : Updated periodically, this map highlights some of the hot new spots to hit the Providence dining scene. Eater Maine : Eater Boston’s sister site to the north has been largely retired, but stop by the homepage now and then for updates to major maps, such as the Heatmap , which tracks some of the hottest new openings. Maine Restaurant News Archive on Eater Boston : While most Maine news appears right here in this New England news round-up, older stories are archived at the Maine Restaurant News Archive link. A Guide to Dining and Drinking in Portsmouth and Kittery : Take a trip up to the New Hampshire-Maine border. Eater Recommends: What to Eat and Drink in Portsmouth and Kittery : Don’t have time to read the whole guide mentioned above? Skip to this map, which highlights some of the Eater Boston team’s Portsmouth and Kittery favorites. Where to Drink Beer in Portsmouth, New Hampshire : And here’s the beer-specific accompaniment to the above two links. Eater Boston Sign up for our newsletter. Enter your email address Subscribe By signing up, you agree to our Privacy Policy and European users agree to the data transfer policy.

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Women entrepreneurs put their best foot forward

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Refrain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks, name calling or inciting hatred against any community. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by marking them offensive . Let’s work together to keep the conversation civil. Be the first one to review. We have sent you a verification email. To verify, just follow the link in the message Women entrepreneurs put their best foot forward By – Created: Jun 5, 2019, 01:00 IST facebook twitter incom Spread over three days, the jury meet for theTimes She UnLTD. Entrepreneur Awards 2019 held in Mumbai witnessed numerous stories of courage, commitment and self-discipline. Judges in the three categories — food, fashion and beauty — were impressed as shortlisted participants revealed engaging stories about their journey and how they overcame hurdles to establish successful businesses. If day 1 witnessed women entrepreneurs flaunting their in-depth knowledge about the business of food, day 2 was all about fashion — from reversible clothing to dressing up the new-age diva. Day 3, on the other hand, was dedicated to the art of beauty and grooming. Overcoming hurdles in the food industry From organic farming to online platforms connecting people over authentic food experiences, women entrepreneurs had diverse ideas to share with the panel of judges — chef Sanjeev Kapoor, restaurateur Riyaaz Amlani and food critic Rashmi Uday Singh. Sanjeev said it was inspiring to see women overcoming so many hurdles without giving up. “Although women face challenges at various levels, it was encouraging to know that they are doing so well in their businesses,” he stated. Added Riyaaz, “Personally, it was very rewarding for me because we got to meet so many excellent women entrepreneurs. It’s been phenomenal witnessing so much entrepreneurial energy in one room.” Talking about her experience of interacting with shortlisted candidates, Rashmi said, “I think our session was revelatory. What was amazing for me was the sheer skill and diversity that we got to see in the food business — from cat cafes to modern cuisine and going back to finding organic grains.” Said Priyanka Deshpande, one of the shortlisted participants, “This is a beautiful platform for women entrepreneurs like me and it provides an opportunity to showcase our business and create visibility for the same.” A good mix of fashion entrepreneurs Designer duo Shantanu Mehra, Nikhil Mehra, and Rahul Mishra were jury members for the fashion category. The judges were impressed with the contestants, who came up with such unique ideas. They found these entrepreneurs focused and driven. In fact, they even admitted to learning a few things from them. “She UnLTD. saw a good mix of contestants from the world of fashion. It was really interesting to see women entrepreneurs building successful businesses in the field of fashion,” said Shantanu. “I was very impressed with the number of intelligent and forward-thinking entrepreneurs that participated. It is good to see the kind of intent that they are working with. I am happy that we got to sit on the other side of the table and look at all these incredible talents,” added Nikhil. Said Rahul said, “I think the great thing about this initiative is that we not only get to hear about brilliant ideas from women entrepreneurs but also learn about their personal stories — their inspirations, struggles and winning attitude. Personally, it was an amazing experience for me to hear about their journey.” Added shortlisted participant Komal Panchal, “I am so glad that Bombay Times has taken such a great initiative for young women. It is nice to see that even older women entrepreneurs are participating with just as much enthusiasm.” Inspiring stories from the beauty sector Day 3 of the jury meet had women entrepreneurs showcasing beauty and make-up products, and sharing personal stories of failure and subsequent victories, just like all women on day 1 and 2 of the event had done. Ambika Pillai, celebrity make-up artist and hairstylist, Dorris Godambe, celebrity hairstylist and Aalim Hakim celebrity hairstylist, were the jury members. “I am happy to be a part of Times She UnLTD. Entrepreneur Awards 2019 and loved hearing these inspirational stories. All these women have lived through tough times. While it is absolutely okay to be nervous, don’t let that feeling beat you down; fight and come out of it,” said Ambika. Added Aalim, “I was excited to meet these entrepreneurs because each one of them has a unique story to tell. And eventually, they are going to be the heroes of their own stories. They just need to plan as to how to be successful in life and at a young age, everyone has plans to achieve their goals. It was amazing to hear their side of it.” “All this focus on packaging the products right was not there in our time. These women entrepreneurs are so polished, they know how to talk and how to present their brand. It was fantastic to interact with them,” said Dorris. Participant Rubeina Karachiwalla shared, “This platform has given us an opportunity to understand how professionals from the industry perceive us. I got great advice from jury members and also got to meet some wonderful and like-minded fellow entrepreneurs.” LIST OF CONTESTANTS (FOOD) – Amolika Sawant (Vedge & Vedge Xprs) Devashree Sanghvi (The Crazy Indian Foodie) Farah Nathani Menzies & Shreya Lamba (The Mumum Company) Joyee Mahanta & Priyangi Borthakur (O’ Tenga) Mallika Sawla (Paleteria India) Mriidu Khosla & Charu Khosla (Cat Café Studio) Nafisa Kapadia (The Bohri Kitchen) Namrata Shastri (Kadhali) Pallavi Sheth (I Love Babycakes) Pankti Chheda & Rita Chheda (Moving Meals) Payal Gupta (Chef Payal Gupta Foodstyling) Priyanka Deshpande (Authenticook) Ruchi Jain & Dr Punam Jain (Taru Naturals & Organics)

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Penang among best places in Asia to visit

Penang among best places in Asia to visit George Town, the island’s main city, makes for an ideal home base, thanks to a dynamic cityscape that’s punctuated by British colonial architecture, Buddhist temples and ornate Chinese manor houses.Pix from Pixabay GEORGE TOWN: CNN Travel, CNN International’s new travel website, has named Penang as one of 17 Asia’s best destinations to consider for the next adventure. The article, published yesterday, singled out Penang as a mecca for food and architecture lovers. it was written by Kate Springer, a Hong Kong-based freelance writer and editor, with focus on travel, dining, culture and environmental reporting. Her work has been published by CNN, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic, Vogue, Munchies, BBC Travel, Fodor’s, Time, HK Magazine, Sotheby’s, Tatler, Home Journal, Time Out Hong Kong, Revolution Magazine, Liv Magazine, Expat Parent Magazine, Horizon Magazine, Where, The List, Post Magazine, Superfuture, Fast Media and WBEZ (Chicago Public Media). On Penang, Springer said: “Located off the western coast of Malaysia, the island of Penang is a mecca for food and architecture lovers. “George Town, the island’s main city, makes for an ideal home base, thanks to a dynamic cityscape that’s punctuated by British colonial architecture, Buddhist temples and ornate Chinese manor houses. “This seaside city is known as one of the world’s top food destinations, serving up a delicious mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine. “You’ll crave dishes like Hokkien mee (fried prawn noodles), roti canai (an Indian-influenced flat bread dish with dal or curry) and Penang laksa for years after visiting.” Besides Penang, also named were Bhutan, El Nido in the Philippines, Bali in Indonesia, Seoul in South Korea, Rajasthan in India, Siem Reap in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Hanoi and Phu Quoc in Vietnam, The Great Wall and Xi’an in China, Chiang Rai in Thailand, Luang Prabang in Laos, Kathmandu in Nepal, Yogyakarta in Indonesia, Kyoto in Japan, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow has since taken to his official Facebook page to urge visitors to visit Penang for an unforgettable experience. “It is a great honour for Penang. We need to ensure that we do not rest on our laurels. “The state Tourism Committee chairman (Yeoh Soon Hin) is working very hard to transform this important economic sector so that we continue to be a destination of choice and provide job opportunities for our people,” Chow said in an immediate WhatsApp response to the New Straits Times. On July 13 last year, Bangkok-based CNN Travel senior producer Karla Cripps, in her article “George Town, Penang: Asia’s greatest street food city?” wrote at length on Penang’s street food culture and the state as an eater’s paradise. -nst online.

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Narmada Pilgrimage 2020

Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology have been called the three sisters of self knowledge.
Join us February 1 – 23, 2020 for a rustic “old India” pilgrimage thru the sacred Narmada river valley while learning Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, Yoga, philosophy and much more. This trip is designed for those who have already established a path in yoga or a love for India and what to go deeper into the country and the culture.
We will begin this pilgrimage at the Mahakaleshwar & Kal Bhairava temples in Ujjain, about half way between New Delhi and Mumbai. These are two of the most significant tantric temples in India. From here we will go to Maheshwar to rendezvous with our pilgrimage guides from the ashram and begin the four day walk to the ashram in Omkareshwar .
We will spend a week in a simple ashtam practicing yoga while learning Ayurveda, Jyotisha, Indian cuisine and enjoying the nature, and the ancient pilgrimage traditions that take place on this small river island. This ashram is owned and beautifully maintained by 26 year old Mangala and her mother who took in three orphan girls after Mangala’s own Guruji father passed away. One will find that the women of Narmada are given a somewhat special place in society compared to much of India.
Maheshwar, where we will begin walking to Omkareshwar is famous all over India for Queen Ahilyabhai , who has left a legacy of special services for widows, and community weaving trusts that have strengthened communities thru the empowerment of women. And this area seems to attract many female pilgrims.
From Omkareshwar we will make our way by jeep through numerous significant sights along the river until we get to Amarkantak, the source of Narmada and two other rivers; a village within a forest reserve famous for numerous rare ayurvedic forest herbs and herbalists. We will again spend a week learning about the forest and natural medicine, vedic astrology and yoga.
After a short stop in Jabalpur see Narmada channeled thru marble canyons and visit a special nakshatra garden we will make our way to Varanasi for 3 nights of classical music concert, Drupad Mela ; the spectacular Shiva Rathri Festival, and the Kal Bharava temple where we will complete our pilgrimage. The first Bhairava temple in Ujjan is related to Shiva chopping the head off Ganesha and this second one in Varanasi represents the time Shiva chopped off one of Brahma’s heads. These two stories will weave their way thru many parts of our spiritual journey.
The focus of this pilgrimage will be both to offer participants the traditional tools of self discovery: by the end of this three weeks we will develop a great appreciation for traditional Indian culture and the threads which run thru the food, the humans, the forests, the stars and the movement of the planets. The great threads which weave together this tapestry of life.
By the end of the pilgrimage will have a solid base of understanding of Ayurvedic life style and cuisine as well as an introduction to Ayurvedic medicine and the forest medicines of India. We will have acquired a basic understanding of Vedic Astrology, especially as it relates to Ayurveda. We will have also learned an outline of the Shivananda Hatha yoga sequence including meditation, pranayama, sun salutations & 12 basic postures; a sequence which can be easily adapted for all abilities.
This Pilgrimage will not be for everyone, it will be rustic living in old India where they are not accustomed to accommodating western demands for comfort. The ayurvedic classes, the astrology classes will take us deep into a new way of looking at the world and ourselves. Although much of the teaching will be foundational levels, taken together this pilgrimage will open the doors to advanced study as well as a special opportunity for those who have already studied yoga and the traditional Indian sciences to connect with the source of that knowledge thru Shaivism, the purity of Narmada and the meditative intensity of Ganga.
Mike Holliday will be your guide and contact for this pilgrimage as well as teaching Vedic Astrology & Hatha Yoga. In 2007 Mike traveled to India and dedicated himself to yoga and self realization. His life since then has been pilgrimage and dedication to knowledge and the service of humanity by offering his unique knowledge and experience of India, her culture and her traditions. Mike has traveled extensively off the tourist trails both as solo traveler and as guide. He is travels almost continually throughout India & Canada teaching yoga, philosophy and Vedic astrology. Brigitte Baur. Ayurveda is “the hands of mother”
Brigitte Bauer will be teaching Ayurveda lifestyle, cooking and medicine. Brigitte has been practicing and teaching Ayurveda lifestyle and medicine in Italy and Germany for over 20 years. She is Certified Ayurveda Therapist and has taken extensive studies in Ayurvedic Medicine from the Italian Ayurvedic Institute and did her mentorship under Vaidya Baghwan Dash & Lalita Kashap at the Ayurvedic Hospital in New Delhi. She has continued her studies in Rishikesh and Orissa in order to support her full time practice in this ancient art. As a mother of three she is deeply dedicated to the concept of Ayurveda as “the hand of mother.”
The cost of this trip including food, lodging, transportation, guidance and guides, trip organization, translation, training and course material is $2890 inclusive of tax.
$1000 deposit will hold your place with the full amount due by January 1, one month before travel.
Not included: flight ticket, travel visa for India, travel to Ujjain and from Varanasi, personal expenses.
This trip begins in Ujjain and ends in Varanasi. We will also visit, Maheshwar, Mandu, Omkareshwar, Jabalpur and Amarkantak in between. Most of the travel will be by Jeep, but we will board one train to take us to Varanasi.
If you have any questions you can contact Mike Holliday by email or WhatsApp.
holliday.michael@gmail.com

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A Look At The Exciting Influx Of Non- British Menus Across London

In the last few years, London has become a global epicentre for food and culture. Offering some of the most diverse and eclectic cuisine anywhere the world over, one of the most invigorating facts about the London restaurant scene is the sheer volume of styles, textures, price points and geographical roots. Herein are some of the most exciting restaurants serving everything but typical English fare. Kricket
A rainbow of naan breads at Kricket
Kricket
Started and run by two best friends from university, Rik Cambell and Will Bowlby launched Kricket as a pop-up in Brixton in 2015. Now they have fully fledged restaurants in Soho, White City and of course Brixton serving Indian food with a modern flare. Using fresh, homegrown British ingredients to flavour their piquant menu, here you’ll find rich aromas and spices merging with more traditional local ingredients such as fresh rhubarb and wild garlic. And try the menu’s latest addition the Tandoori halibut – local Cornish halibut marinated with yogurt, mustard and a mixture of spices – and then cooked in the tandoor. The fish is served with a wild garlic chutney, watercress and a wedge of lemon.
Sette
Pasta at Sette
Sette After a short stint of renovation at Bulgari London Sette has finally arrived. It’s the first London restaurant from the Scarpetta group, which launch their much-lauded New York counterpart in 2008. The restaurant’s signature dish is making its way to London, a homemade spaghetti with tomato and basil, praised by one of the New York Times ‘s staunch reviewers who said: “I had this dish twice, and twice it stacked up against any spaghetti al pomodoro I’ve had in Italy.” The downstairs space, which was previously Alain Ducasse’s Rivea restaurant is now a thrumming underground bar called Nolita Social. Here under the low lighting you can get cocktails and light bites while swaying to 60s rock, 70s soul and 90s hip-hop.
Santo Remedio
Santo Remedio
Nick Hopper After running a series of pop-ups and supper clubs, Santo Remedio opened on Tooley Street in London Bridge in 2016. Inspired by the taquerias, markets, homes and celebrations of Mexico, this bright and brilliant restaurant serves authentic dishes using ingredients sourced from local producers, like Gringa Dairy in Peckham who produces their artisanal Mexican cheeses. Upstairs you can stop in for a cocktail or sip of Tequila, while downstairs serves launch and dinner, as well as an unmissable bottomless weekend brunch. Influenced by the scents, colours and flavours from Mexico City, the Yucatan and Oaxaca, the menu is a vibrant mix of all three. Bursts of heat and hints of acidity, each ingredient melds together resulting in loads of flavour.
Melabes
Melabes
Melabes Melabes refers to Petah Tikva, a city of 240,000 people, founded in 1878, seven miles east of Tel Aviv. And Petah Tivka is the home to Aviv Baum the 29-year-old chef who has created Melabes . An intimate restaurant on High Street Kensington, Melabes serves authentic Israeli food – cooked using the traditional methods and styles of cooking along with the best ingredients. The aim is to create simple but perfectly executive dishes – creamy golden hummus and a smokey aubergine baba ganoush. Dishes straight from Israel include the crispy bulgars filled with minced beef, and the classic schnitzels served with pomegranate molasses.
A Wong
Coming from a family of restaurateurs, at his namesake restaurant A. Wong , Andrew Wong serves up contemporary Chinese cuisine, drawing from each of China’s 14 national borders.
A table setting at A Wong
Courtesy of A Wong 1. How do you ensure you strike the right balance of serving authentic Chinese food and also satisfying the tastes of an international clientele
We don’t… I don’t think it is possible to measure how authentic a particular dish is. To do that you are assuming that the dish has to stay the same and can never evolve. The best I can do is try to create delicious food that is both culturally respectful and also makes sense in the context of our restaurant in London in 2019. No matter how much I’d love to put something on a menu – sometimes people just aren’t ready for it. Over time as we grow and adapt, we hope that our customer base does the same.
Chef Andrew Wong
Courtesy of A Wong 2. What is the most popular item on your menu? And any idea why that item is so successful?
The Shanghai steamed dumpling and the har gao. These dishes have been favourites on the menu since we opened in 2013, but they have undergone a multitude of changes in that time. A lot of the behind the scenes work that goes on may go unnoticed at first, but over time it’s about constantly improving and pushing myself.
3. What are the most important spices and sauces in Chinese cooking/your menu?
Fermented chilli bean paste and fermented black beans. The chef’s skill in a Chinese kitchen is governed by their ability to utilise these products, as opposed to making them from scratch.
4. What is the most unusual and hardest to source ingredient you use?
Dried flounder powder. It’s traditionally used in wonton soup – very hard to come by.
The interiors at A Wong
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Chandigarh’s First Food Flea market opened at Elante Mall

0 30 Chandigarh’s First Food Flea market opened at Elante Mall : An experience of a hustling food market under one roof, The ‘Bazaar’ provides an unparalleled affair of a busy market with diverse cuisines circling the world, worthwhile all your global food cravings with a jolly and vibrant ambiance. ‘Bazaar’ is the first concept to have six award winning restaurants under one roof offering world on a plate with multiple cuisines for all generations at Elante, Chandigarh. With a fun and entertaining setup, Bazaar is a home to 6 restaurants under one big restaurant. From Indian to Chinese to Japanese, you name it and you get it. Talking about the ambience, Anirudh Nanda the architect who beautifully curated the space and gave the design inspiration says, “As the name suggests, “Bazaar is inspired by the European streets and focuses on the culture of eating out together with the community”. The first concept to have several restaurants under one roof, the USP of BAZAAR is the 6 restaurants under one big restaurant. From freak shakes that will leave on surprised to trending mocktails and cocktails. With a chirpy vibe and delectable food and drinks, The Bazaar is more than a mere buffer dinner. Brig in all the major attractions of the city, once you will hear the names you will not be able to resist and here we go: Uncle Jack’s: American Grub by Mr Ankush Arora Do you want cheesy yumlicious French fries? One of the best of the best places in Chandigarh to relish food , only if you are a food junkie..! Or else their one visit will make you one. Fusion of Pan Asian Flavors from Hibachi Express The Award winning Pan Asian, Teppanyaki restaurant located at sector 8, Hotel Icon, ventures out to an express format which would dish out Pan Asian Delicacies like Dimsums, Sushi and its signature Pre plated meals, Chef Vadim Shin, corporate chef at Hibachi has introduced a new twist to its menu by offering for the first time in the Tri-City Donbury and Ramen Bowls which are Japanese form of meals fused with Asian flavors. Wok tossed meals by Wokman For those who are on the move and wish to have a quick bite, Wokman offers Fresh, Healthy and made to order Wok Boxes where guests have the option to Choose their Choice of Noodles/rice, Sauces and Proteins. “It is the most healthy and quick form of eating a Asian food where our guests are empowered to design their own perfect meal” adds its founder, DilsherSukhija. Indian Fusion food by Choti Si Dastaan After a successful Dastaan of food at Sector 7 Chandigarh, Chef ManavSuri and DilsherSukhija ventured out to open a ‘Choti Si Dastaan’, as the name suggests, its a mini version of Dastaan where guests would enjoy familiar Indian flavors inspired by the streets of India. After a varied travel and diverse experience from different regions Chef suri has introduced Baidarotis from the streets of Colaba, Bombay, Shawarma rolls twisted in his very own signature Style and Kulchas from Amritsar served in an Italian format as Pizza Kulchas. Jaw dropping ice creams from Brooks You scream I scream …we all scream for ice-cream. You will love very bit of it with every bite. Chandigarh’s first gin bar by Peddlers Peddlers pour 12 original cocktails is only a feather on the hat.“We felt that the city is ready for a place that caters to a diverse medley of audience with a touch of class and a something-for-everyone. A place where going out for a meal is about conversations and a holistic experience with friends and families coming together amidst a blend of fine food, drinks music, service and ambience.” says VipulDua , MD Peddlers, the brains behind the concept.

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Turkish-inspired kofte (meatball) sandwiches

Posted on June 4, 2019 by Paula Roy An easy, flavourful dish with a playful nickname!
My son recently gave me a fun gift: The Turkish Cookbook by Musa Dağdeviren, whom you may have seen on the popular Netflix show, Chef’s Table . I was excited to leaf through it and one of the first recipes that caught my eye was – I kid you not – ‘ Ladies’ Thighs Meatballs ’ (Kadinbudu köfte in Turkish). How could I resist? Kofte (also called kofta) is a name applied to a broad assortment of meatball-type dishes found among the cuisines across a vast swath of the world including the middle East, Mediterranean, Indian subcontinent, South Caucasus, Balkans, and central Asia. The “ladies’ thighs” version gets its name from the meatballs’ flattened, oval shape. I chose to bake my meatballs instead of frying for an easier, healthier version and was very happy with how they turned out. We tucked them in pitas with all sorts of toppings the first day, then reheated the remaining meatballs and crumbled them over salad made from the leftover toppings on day two – a great gluten-free option! I’ll be making this dish again and again as it was so easy, flavourful and satisfying. Because the meatballs are delicious it will be a perfect summer picnic food.
Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds (700 g) ground lamb, beef or a combination* 1 egg, beaten 1 1/4 cups (310 mL) cooked, cooled white rice (I used basmati) 1 cup (250 mL) finely minced shallot or red onion each salt and pepper 1/4 cup (60 mL) each chopped fresh dill and parsley ground allspice
* ground chicken or turkey would work well also; add 1 tbsp / 15 mL of olive oil if using
Accompaniments 6 pita or other flatbread Lettuce leaves

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Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit: Best things to do on a family vacation

It’s a safe bet that most families considering a vacation in Mexico are familiar with Cancun and Los Cabos. There’s now a fresh destination in Mexico that has been refining its appeal over the last decade.
That’s the Riviera Nayarit region, on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Bloomberg said in 2018 article the area was “primed to be the next big ‘it’ destination.”
The destination first attracted mainstream attention with luxury resorts on the Punta Mita peninsula. Since then, it’s developed its draw for families, with new resorts and attractions coming on board.
Most visitors will first fly into Puerto Vallarta International Airport and then drive north; a 45-minute drive will put travelers roughly in the middle of Riviera Nayarit’s tourism action. Visitors will find one beach town after another, with lots of different price points when it comes to accommodations.
The pace is laid-back, even for Mexico.
While Riviera Nayarit’s 200-mile stretch of coastline is lush and green year-round, the colors are especially eye-popping in the weeks after the rainy season, which is late June through early November.
There are lots of activities to fill a family’s vacation itinerary. One of the most popular is whale watching excursions on Banderas Bay. These boat trips bring passengers close to humpback whales migrating south to the bay during the winter months. During my excursion, a mother, father and baby whale all breached in the waters 30 feet off the bow of our boat.
Whale watching in Riviera Nayarit’s Banderas Bay season kicks off on Dec. 8 and winds down by end of March. (Photo: Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau)
An excursion on Banderas Bay often includes a trip around the Marieta Islands, which are a protected area teeming with sea birds. Punta Mita Expeditions offers a safari thatincludes bird-watching, snorkeling, paddle boarding and whale watching in season. Whale-watching season kicks off on Dec. 8 and winds down by end of March.
There are plenty of additional nature-based activities. The months of June through November are the nesting season for the protected olive ridley turtles.
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The sight of baby sea turtles hatching and taking their first journey has become a bucket list item for many travelers. Scroll through to find 10 places where you can bear witness to the miraculous – and adorable – process, starting with the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa in Mexico . To the Huichol people native to the Sierra Madre mountain range, the spiritual symbol of the tortuga is an important one, as turtles are touted as the helpers of the rain goddesses. From June to December, guests staying at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa can participate in the resort’s turtle protection program. In addition to having the opportunity to release newly hatched turtles into the ocean, nature lovers can join the resident biologist for a nighttime stroll along the beach to monitor the nesting turtles. Guests meet at the turtle nursery at 10:30 p.m., where the biologist provides information about the conservation project and instructions for patrolling the beach. This activity is offered every day during turtle season. Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa Fullscreen Jekyll Island, Georgia. Learn about the amazing journey of loggerhead sea turtles along the Georgia coast, and get an up-close look at turtle nesting during an evening or sunrise turtle walk. The evening program, in June and July, begins at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center exhibit gallery, and is followed by a guided beach tour in search of a nesting mother. The sunrise program, in August and September, introduces the basics of sea turtle nesting and hatching, the ecological history of Jekyll Island and any wildlife observations. You can also become a sea turtle biologist for one night or one morning, thanks to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s Ride with Night Patrol & Ride with Dawn Patrol programs. Patrol Jekyll Island’s beaches with experienced biologists on all-terrain vehicles in search of nesting loggerhead sea turtles. You’ll assist with research efforts, locating and protecting nests, checking for signs of predators and conducting nest inventories to protect the sea turtle population on Jekyll Island. Jekyll Island Authority Fullscreen Paradisus Los Cabos, Mexico. From August through February, guests of this luxury property can engage and interact with sea turtles through the “Welcome to Life” conservation initiative. Designed to protect the leatherback, black and olive ridley sea turtles native to the resort, this program includes GPS setting for adult turtle arrival and a nesting counting tour. Guests can get up close and personal with the turtles and eggs and learn about the various types of nests. You’ll also count eggs, observe the thrilling moment of egg hatching, be a part of the process where the babies are measured, weighed and tagged and, ultimately, watch the babies be released. Paradisus Los Cabos Fullscreen Panama Jack Resorts Cancun, Mexico. In Cancun, turtle season starts in May and ends in November. During that time, guests at the eco-friendly, green-certified Panama Jack Cancun are invited to come and watch the release that takes place at sunset if turtles have hatched that day. At Camp Jack Kids Club, children are taught about the turtles and taken to the enclosure to see the eggs in the nests. More than 10,000 eggs are typically hatched annually during the resort’s turtle release program, and staff are given the opportunity to become certified to handle the turtles. Guests can join beach cleanups to help minimize the sargassum (seaweed), ensuring that turtle nests are safe. Playa Hotels and Resorts Fullscreen Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort, Cambutal, Panama. Located in Cambutal, a small village where the jungle meets the sea, Sansara is all about health and wellness – for both humans and sea turtles. Cambutal is home to five species of sea turtles, four of which are on the critically endangered list. Although you can help support the turtles’ journey to the sea year-round, a July “Yoga, Surf and Sea Turtles” retreat offers an immersive experience, with 10% of registration costs benefiting Fundación Tortuguías, a local organization dedicated to protecting and conserving the turtles. Guests will experience mother sea turtles coming up to shore to lay their eggs and will work alongside resident marine biologists to ensure the eggs are protected, marking where the eggs are laid and to what species of turtle they belong, as well as when they will be ready to hatch. Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort/Fundación Tortuguías Fullscreen B Ocean Resort, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This iconic beachfront property partners with the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program, reducing artificial lights on the beach and organizing night walks to watch over hatchlings as they make their way to the water. From March through October, which is turtle nesting season in Greater Fort Lauderdale, guests can participate in eco tours, turtle treks and hatchling release. The resort supports sea turtles all year, and its B Humane program offers Shel-B, a stuffed plush sea turtle, for sale, with a portion of proceeds benefiting conservation efforts. B Ocean Resort Fullscreen Rancho Santana, Nicaragua. Located on 2,700 acres of Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, Rancho Santana partners with wildlife conservation agency Paso Pacifico. They train a fleet of turtle rangers to care for the critically endangered hawksbill and green sea turtles who nest on their five beautiful beaches. When an egg hatches, the rangers alert the concierge, who sends a notification via the Rancho Santana app for anyone who wants to come down to watch. As the turtles emerge, the rangers record the data and the turtles make their way to the sea. The busiest time for this is September through December, and guests can visit the turtle sanctuary between hatchings, as well. Rancho Santana Fullscreen Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, Jupiter, Florida. An idyllic nesting place, the Palm Beaches welcome leatherbacks, loggerheads, green turtles, Kemp’s ridleys, and hawksbill turtles to their shores. In 2017, more than 39,715 sea turtle nests were created along the coastline in Palm Beach County, with each one holding 80 to 120 eggs. Jupiter is a haven for sea turtles, and Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is the area’s only hotel nestled right along the oceanfront. You can easily spot sea turtle hatchings at night on the resort’s beach during nesting season, which runs from May through October. Guests booking the “Stay & Save the Sea Turtles” package can also adopt a sea turtle in their name, and a portion of proceeds from your visit will be donated to Loggerhead Marinelife Center. You’ll also receive a plush Loggy the Loggerhead to take home. Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa Fullscreen Kasiiya Papagayo, Costa Rica. At this eco-retreat overlooking the Pacific Ocean, guests can watch baby sea turtles take their first steps towards the sea on one of its two beaches. This particular region of Costa Rica is a go-to destination for leatherbacks, the world’s largest sea turtle. Guests will be led to the beach at night with flashlights, or during the day with a local wildlife guide, to witness the sea turtles begin their journey towards the ocean. Peak nesting season is October-March, but leatherback turtles nest in small numbers year-round. Kasiiya Papagayo Fullscreen Puerta Cortes, La Paz, Mexico. Located on the Sea of Cortez, named the “aquarium of the world” by Jacques Cousteau, Puerta Cortes is a great place to see olive ridleys and leatherbacks, and the concierge can arrange special turtle-themed eco tours for guests. From September to December, a group of professionals make sure the nests are marked and delimited with gill net to keep them safe. The release of the newly hatched turtles is performed at night, with low visibility, to ensure a successful journey for the new turtles as they venture out to sea. Puerta Cortes Fullscreen Interested in this topic? You may also want to view these photo galleries: Replay 1 of 10 2 of 10 3 of 10 4 of 10 5 of 10 6 of 10 7 of 10 8 of 10 9 of 10 10 of 10 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide The eco-tour group Wildlife Connection offers families visiting Riviera Nayarit a chance to participate in the release of baby turtles. It’s customary for hatchlings to be released into the sea at sundown.
Bird-watching is off the charts in Riviera Nayarit, with the area surrounding the city of San Blas being one of the premier bird-watching sites in the world. La Tovara National Park is home to over 500 species of birds, as well as being a refuge for migratory birds. Kids will love exploring by boat along the channels and rivers cutting through mangrove forests, with knowledgeable guides pointing out birds and wildlife along the way.
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La Tovara National Park contains a mix of fresh water flowing down from the mountains and salt water from the Pacific Ocean, creating prime feeding conditions for birds. Pictured: San Blas jay. Safaris San Blas Fullscreen La Tovara National Park is situated on the Pacific Flyway, a major migration route for North American birds flying south for the winter. Pictured: summer tanager. Safaris San Blas Fullscreen La Tovara’s 1,606 acres of protected wetlands offer up a true slice of bird-watching heaven. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen Depending on the time of year, Riviera Nayarit has over 450 endemic and migratory bird species. Pictured: white herons. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen Riviera Nayarit sits along the western migratory route for birds flying south from North America. Pictured: boat-billed heron. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen La Tovara National Park in the state of Nayarit, and in the tourism destination of Riviera Nayarit, is one of the prime spots for viewing birds in Mexico. Mexico Tourist Board Fullscreen The growth is so thick in the tunnel-like waterways that at times passengers have to duck under low-hanging branches. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen Excursions in La Tovara National Park are in small boats called a panga. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen The optimum months for a birding excursion are November through April, with the absolute peak being January through March. Pictured: bare-throated tiger heron. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen A green heron in La Tovara National Park. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen Riviera Nayarit sits along the western migratory route for birds flying south from North America. Depending on the time of year, Riviera Nayarit has over 450 endemic and migratory bird species. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen According to the 2013 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation there are approximately 47 million birders in the United States. Pictured: painted bunting. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen Birders are travelers, too, with 18 million of them having traveled outside the U.S. to add to their bird-watching life lists. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen San Blas has an incredible variety of habitats that shelter birds, including fresh and saltwater marshes, tropical forests, mangrove swamps, farmland, groves, beaches, tropical forests and open water. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen Each year, the region mounts a San Blas Christmas Bird Count, which this year took place Jan. 2-7, within a 15-mile radius in San Blas. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen This year’s San Blas Christmas Bird Count saw 30 birdwatchers racking up 16,000 birds sighted comprising 285 species. Three species were viewed in the region for the first time: Bewick’s wren, the flammulated flycatcher, and the Mexican whip-poor-will. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen San Blas has 12 bird-watching routes, making it perfect for a two-week birding getaway. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen In addition to sighting myriad birds, there‘s always the chance visitors will encounter other residents of La Tovara National Park, such as American crocodiles. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen La Tovara National Park is also home to freshwater turtles, often observed sunning themselves on half-submerged mangrove branches. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen The Riviera Nayarit region has 192 miles of coastline and lots of activities that can complement a birding trip. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen Most travelers will opt to fly into Puerto Vallarta’s international airport, which is just south of Riviera Nayarit. They can then make the two-hour drive up to San Blas. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen A second option is to fly into the state’s capital city of Tepic, which is about 40 miles north of San Blas, although there are fewer options for convenient flights into Tepic. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen The Christmas Bird Count in San Blas has been undertaken since 1973 by the San Blas Birdwatchers Club and coordinated by Marck Stackhouse — a renowned tourist guide and photographer. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen The colonial city of San Blas itself is a laidback beach town. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen When birders are off the trail, they can explore some of the area’s historic sights, like the 18th-century Fort of San Basilio. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen Travelers from the U.S. will want to consider staying at Hotel Garza Canela, which is usually home base for San Blas Christmas Bird Count. Hotel Garza Canela Fullscreen A vermillion flycatcher in La Tovara National Park. Safaris San Blas Fullscreen Whale-watching is excellent in Banderas Bay during the months of December through March, when migratory humpback whales arrive. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen The Mexican government is investing in Riviera Nayarit as a prime tourism destination. The upside to this initiative is infrastructure on the main roads is excellent, making self-drive adventures possible. Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau Fullscreen Interested in this topic? 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Mi Chaparrita’s horseback rides cover a variety of terrains, including well-managed trails, rugged tracks and the ever-popular ride on the beach. The ATV tours I participated in began in the town of Sayulita and then quickly veered off along an exciting and rugged path along a dry riverbed. At midpoint riders are rewarded with an awesome beach view before they set off on the reverse trip back.
Mi Chaparrita’s horseback rides cover a variety of terrains, including well-managed trails, rugged tracks and the ever-popular ride on the beach. (Photo: El Rancho Mi Chaparrita)
One of the truly unique aspects of a Riviera Nayarit vacation is the chance to observe the indigenous Huichol Indian culture. The Huichols have lived in the region for a staggering 15,000 years. Most interaction will come from meeting Huichol Indian artists selling their reasonably priced artwork, which uses brightly colored yarn and beads. To learn more about the Huichol Indians, families should visit the Galeria Tanana in Sayulita . While Huichol Indians encountered in the marketplace tend to be shy and reserved, the gallery is a different matter altogether, where staff can offer insights into Huichol art and culture.
While Riviera Nayarit has a full range of watersports, it’s the region’s outstanding surf breaks that originally put the destination on travelers’ radar. Families with kids aching to try surfing will find plenty of surf schools and instruction. They are on the beaches of Sayulita as well as at resorts such as the W Punta de Mita.
As the Riviera Nayarit region broadens its appeal for families, a variety of family-friendly resorts have opened. There are now two all-inclusive resorts in the area: Iberostar Selection Playa Mita and Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa. The Iberostar’s Star Camp has loads of activities for kids 4 to 17 years old. The Palladium has a trio of kids’ clubs for all age groups, from infants up to teenagers.
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Families should also keep an eye on the upcoming ultra-luxe Mandarina project, which will have the One&Only Mandarina hotel debuting in 2020. In addition to its super-sophisticated amenities and features, Mandarina will also have a kids’ club with a butterfly sanctuary, treehouses, a game room and a resident storyteller.
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Stunning beaches, colorful colonial towns, jaw-dropping canyons and a rich cultural heritage define the United Mexican States, or Mexico as we commonly call it. Pictured here is the Cenote Ik-Kil near Chichen Itza on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen The skeleton is a regular motif in Mexican folk art, with a history dating back to the Aztec Empire. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen In the heart of Mexico City’s historic center sits Zocalo Square, home to the Presidential Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral. The square occupies an entire city block and ranks among the largest squares in the world. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen The colorful colonial city of Puebla boasts some 70 churches in its historic area alone. Mountains and volcanoes set a stunning backdrop and offer abundant outdoor pursuits. Flickr / Russ Bowling Fullscreen The Agua Azul Waterfalls, whose turquoise waters come from the confluence of the Shumulja, Otulun and Tulija rivers, represent one of the most picturesque sights in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Dario Lo Presti, Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Located in the state of Puebla, Ex-Hacienda de Chautla was established as a vast grain farm during the 18th century. Eulogio Gillow, one of the hacienda’s owners, built an English-style residence on the property that earned the nickname “El Castillo.” Today, it operates as a cultural and recreational center. Flickr / Carlos Adampol Galindo Fullscreen Guanajuato, capital of the state of the same name and a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of Mexico’s most colorful cities. Irregular and winding alleys and staircases create a maze-like web of diversions, perfect for getting lost in leisurely exploration. Flickr / Bud Ellison Fullscreen Mexico is famous for its Mayan ruins, but perhaps none are quite as well known as Chichen Itza. This UNESCO World Heritage site was listed among the New Seven Wonders of the World. Pictured here is El Castillo (Kukulkan Temple), an 82-foot stone pyramid that dominates the center of the archeological site. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen The island of Cozumel has become one of Mexico’s most popular cruise ship ports – an island of beautiful beaches (Punta Este Beach pictured) and even better diving and snorkeling just offshore. Medioimages/Photodisc, Getty Images Fullscreen Ballet Folklorico, Mexico’s traditional folk dance, features large troupes of dancers in colorful costumes typically accompanied by a mariachi band. Flickr / Zyada Fullscreen Laguna Bacalar, located in Costa Maya in the state of Quintana Roo, measures more than 37 miles long and has a white sandy bottom that makes it perfect for swimming. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen El Arco, or The Arch, is the most recognizable landmark in Cabo San Lucas. Flickr / Gary J. Wood Fullscreen Equal parts colorful and relaxed, San Miguel de Allende has all the visitor-friendly trappings of a big city in a small and easily explorable package. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen In downtown Campeche, cobbled street upon cobbled street of colorful colonial buildings fill a walled city by the sea. Getty Images Fullscreen No matter where you go, you likely won’t eat poorly in Mexico. In Cozumel, the cuisine is characterized by fresh seafood prepared with Mayan, Spanish and French influences. Flickr / Sarah Wu Fullscreen Founded in 1680, the church of San Francisco Javier de Cerocahui dominates the skyline of the tiny village of Cerocahui. Flickr / Adam Singer Fullscreen Cerro de la Silla, or Saddle Hill in English, offers a distinct natural landmark in the backdrop of the city of Monterey. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Founded by the Dominican Order in 1570, the former monastery and current Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman in Oaxaca is considered one of the most beautifully ornate Baroque churches in Mexico. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen The U.S. has the Grand Canyon, and Mexico has Copper Canyon. Located in the state of Chihuahua, this natural wonder offers opportunities for zip lining, rappelling, rock climbing and hiking amid spectacular natural scenery. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Aside from the misunderstood Cinco de Mayo, Dia de los Muertos is one of Mexico’s most famous holidays. The Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout the country, but particularly in the Central and South regions. Flickr / Eneas de Troya Fullscreen During Dia de los Muertos, families set up altars, orofrendas in Spanish, in homes and cemeteries. These colorful altars are often covered in sugar skulls, food items and alcohol as a tribute to the departed. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Mexico is famous for its cenotes, large subterranean swimming holes formed by the collapse of limestone bedrock. Pictured here is Dzitnup Cenote, a popular place for swimming and snorkeling located near Valladolid. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Located at the southern edge of Mexico City, Xochimilco is a popular weekend escape famous for its network of canals and fleet of colorful boats, calledtrajineras. Flickr / Alejandro Fullscreen Mexico’s Magdalena Bay near Los Cabos is home to El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, one of the best places on the planet to observe grey whales who migrate from the Arctic to the Sea of Cortes to mate and give birth. Jan-Dirk Hansen Fullscreen Much of Mexico’s most famous spirit, tequila, is produced in the region surrounding Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city. Driving through the countryside in the state of Jalisco means passing through fields of blue agave, the native plant used to distill the world famous spirit. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen In the Marietas Islands within Banderas Bay, travelers will discover one of the world’s most beautiful and unusual beaches. The stretch of sand known as Hidden Beach was formed by a collapse in the island’s volcanic rock and is only accessible via a cave carved out by the sea. Flickr / Christian Frausto Bernal Fullscreen Hierve el Agua, located in the central valleys of Oaxaca, comprises a series of turquoise-hued natural mineral springs where visitors come to soak in two cliff-top bathing pools. Flickr / Carlos Adampol Galindo Fullscreen Five miles long and less than half a mile wide, Isla Mujeres is a slice of island paradise in the Caribbean. It’s one of the most popular day trips from Cancun, but quieter beaches and affordable restaurants and accommodations make it worth a longer stay. Alex Bramwell, Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Within Lagunas de Montebello National Park in the state of Chiapas, visitors find a series of more than 50 mineral-rich lakes amid the pine and oak forests. Flickr / Grant Sewell Fullscreen Las Pozas, Xilitla’s most famous attraction, encompasses a surreal collection of concrete temples, pagodas and pavilions linked by bridges and spiral staircases in the middle of the jungle. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Santuario Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, a church built atop the pyramid temple of Cholula, is one of the best places to view Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes, Mexico’s second- and third-tallest peaks. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen In Cabo San Lucas, one of Mexico’s most romantic destinations, couples flock to Playa Del Amor, or Lovers Beach, though its popularity means it’s not the most secluded of Cabo’s beaches. Flickr / cplbasilisk Fullscreen The beautiful historic city of Mérida has long been the culture capital of and gateway to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Today it’s a modern cosmopolitan city, but its well-preserved historic center is the second-largest in Mexico. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen In much of the world, cemeteries are somber, colorless places. In much of Mexico, cemeteries are colorful places where the lives of the departed are celebrated as much as mourned. Flickr / a2gemma Fullscreen Snorkeling enthusiasts will find some of the best opportunities in the Riviera Maya at Xel-Ha Natural Park near Cancun. This giant natural aquarium is home to tropical fish and more than 90 other marine species. Jeff Grabert Fullscreen Each autumn, the pine and fir forests of Michoacan witness one of the world’s greatest animal migrations: the arrival of Monarch butterflies who’ve flown thousands of miles south from Canada and the United States. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen One of Mexico City’s most impressive buildings is the Bellas Artes Palace, a splendid white marble domed structure filled with art and murals by Mexico’s top artists. A concert hall within hosts opera, symphony and Ballet Folklórico de México performances. Nick Tzolov, Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen The Mayan ruins of Palenque are one of the most important archeological sites in the state of Chiapas. Discovered in the 18th century, these jungle-blanketed temples contributed in a big way to our understanding of Mayan civilization. Flickr / Carlos Adampol Galindo Fullscreen The natural park of Xcaret, located 45 minutes outside of Cancun, boasts a snorkeling cove, butterfly pavilion, aviary, aquarium, hiking trails and the beautiful Paradise River, where small rafts carry passengers through the jungles to spot native wildlife. Flickr / Kim Hill Fullscreen Not awfully long ago, Playa del Carmen was little more than a fishing village where budget-minded backpackers came to soak up the sun on beautiful beaches. Today it’s one of Mexico’s fastest growing cities, yet it retains its beach-y vibe with a European flare. Kurt Bauschardt Fullscreen Popocatépetl Volcano is Mexico’s second-highest peak. The name means “Smoking Mountain,” and the very active volcanic peak has been off-limits to climbers for several years. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Puerto Vallarta, one of Mexico’s top resort destinations, hugs the coast of the stunning Bahía de Banderas (Bay of Flags). Elena Elisseeva, Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Colorful Sayulita on the Mexican Pacific coast is famous in equal parts for its surfing and its art. Flickr / Peat Bakke Fullscreen One of the biggest reserves on the Yucatan Peninsula, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve encompasses beaches, jungles, savannas, lagoons, marshes, cenotes and underground rivers. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Colorfully decorated sugar skulls are one of the most recognizable symbols of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Magical Yelapa is only accessible via boat, typically from nearby Puerto Vallarta. Flickr / Ernest McGray, Jr. Fullscreen Located north of the city of Chiapa de Corzo in the state of Chiapas, the dramatic scenery of Sumidero Canyon is best experienced on a boat ride through its deep and narrow passages. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Teotihuacan, or the City of Gods, was once part of one of the most important Mesoamerican civilizations. Visitors climb 243 steps to the top of the site’s tallest structure, the Pyramid of the Sun. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen The Mayan ruins at Tulum overlook one of the most visually stunning stretches of coastline in the Riviera Maya. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Zihuatanejo, known as Zihua for short, was where the characters played by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman escaped to in the film “Shawshank Redemption,” and for good reason. This city on the Pacific coast draws in visitors with its assortment of beautiful beaches, friendly locals and laid-back vibe. James Wright, Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Another structure leftover by the Mayans is this pyramid in the ancient city Coba. It’s located in the state of Quintana Roo. Israel Leal, AP Fullscreen Chapultepec in Mexico City is a park divided between shady stretches of forest and more-developed plazas, fountains and sculpture gardens. On weekends, the northern end is crammed with vendors, entertainers and families out for the day. Marco Ugarte, AP Fullscreen The “Pyramid of the Sun” is one of the largest structures in Teotihuacan, and one of the largest pyramids in the world. RONALDO SCHEMIDT, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen The Cancun Underwater Museum is filled with hundreds of life-sized concrete figures for snorkelers to enjoy. Via MerlinFTP Drop Fullscreen The Angel of Independence or El Ángel for short is a popular monument located in downtown Mexico City. YURI CORTEZ, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Interested in this topic? 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Best Asian restaurants in Glasgow

Share on Facebook Top spots in the city for Korean, Vietnamese and Malaysian cuisine
Glasgow boasts a wealth of Far Eastern restaurants, with new Pan Asian and Malaysian eateries appearing this year. The street food culture is especially thriving, with an incredible variety of dishes coming out of often pint-sized kitchens, offering adventurous foodies a chance to taste fresh and inventive Asian cuisine all over the city.
Julie’s Kopitiam Bustling 20-seater Shawlands diner, kitted out in warm, earthenware tones, doing excellent casual Malaysian food.
Kimchi Cult This tiny restaurant off Byres Road brings a unique and seductive take on Korean flavours and dishes to the Glasgow street food scene.
Nanika In Glasgow’s most ethnically diverse area, Nanika offers exciting and original South-east Asian dishes at affordable prices.
Non Viet Top-quality Vietnamese cuisine prepared with great care and attention in a relaxed and contemporary diner at Charing Cross.
Check out our separate Indian , Japanese and Chinese restaurant hitlists for Glasgow. A Kimchi Cult 14 Chancellor Street, Glasgow, G11 5RQ This tiny restaurant off Byres Road brings a unique and seductive take on Korean flavours and dishes to the Glasgow street food scene. B 1109 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 3YG Bustling 20-seater diner doing casual Malaysian food, kitted out in warm, earthenware tones. C 536-538 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G3 6UJ Top-quality Vietnamese cuisine prepared with care in a contemporary diner with a relaxed atmosphere D Nanika 72 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 7AA In Glasgow’s most ethnically diverse area, Nanika offers exciting and original South-east Asian dishes at affordable prices.

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