Nom News: June 7, 2019

Nom News: June 7, 2019

National Donut Day Celebrations Monthly Wine Dinner at Steak 954
Steak 954, the contemporary steakhouse located at the W Fort Lauderdale, alongside Executive Chef Johan Svennson, invite guests to experience the next monthly wine pairing dinner with award-winning Napa Valley winery, ZD Wines on Wednesday, June 26. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. in the Azul Room, embracing the elegant ambiance of Steak 954 paired with the world-class, organic ZD Wines. Chef Johan will showcase a four-course menu expertly paired with various ZD Wines, including ZD Cuvee followed by ZD Chardonnay, ZD Pinot Noir and ZD Cabernet.
Chef Johan will be present to guide guests through the culinary journey, explaining how the flavors of each dish pair with the tasting notes of the wine. Guests can reserve a seat for $150 per person by calling 954-414-8333. Space is limited and seats are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations, guests can call 954-414-8333. International Sushi Day at Tanuki
In honor of International Sushi Day on Tuesday, June 18, Tanuki, one of Miami’s favorite sushi and pan-Asian hotspots located in the heart of South Beach, will be celebrating by offering two special limited-edition rolls.
– Ceviche Roll: Shrimp tempura, Avocado, Lettuce, Hamachi, Shallots, Micro Cilantro with Yuzu Lemon Cilantro Sauce ($18)– Caribbean Roll: Sweet Plantain, Cream Cheese, Scallions, Avocado, Smoked Salmon, Yuzu Kosho Aioli and Coco Frito ($17)
To top it off, guests who purchase either of the above rolls will receive a complimentary glass of sake! Grab & Go at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
This summer, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is changing the way locals and tourists see the Wynwood Walls. WKB is now offering a Grab & Go bar on their patio, where guests can purchase beverages and food while they roam the works of renowned artists, including Shepard Fairey, Kobra and Ron English. From 12:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, sightseers can purchase handheld bites like Tacos, Avocado Fries, Mango Fresco and Elote for $5 and under. Drink specials also include beer, wine, water and sodas for $12 and under. Zest Launches Carnival Nights
Zest Miami is launching a vibrant dinner party and you’re invited! Carnival Nights sponsored by Jim Beam and Cruzan Rum is intended for all to explore, dance and indulge. Downtown Miami is revitalizing its scene and Zest is excited to put in their own twist. Zest, known for their exotic Carribean cuisine, is stepping it up a notch while giving locals and tourists alike a new go-to dinner and party spot.
Carnival Nights is a dinner party catering to all who seek to indulge in a delicious menu, while bobbing their heads and dancing to vibrant sounds or simply those looking to have a few specialty drinks with friends to start their Saturday night. Patrons will meet Cindy Hutson and be treated to a Carnival-inspired buffet featuring over 10 items. The dinner menu will consist of a Caja China pork roast, Brown Stew Chicken, West Indian Curried Vegetables, Fresh Catch Run Down to name a few – all for $65.00pp including a welcome drink.
Cocktails are always a must and Zest has you covered as they will be welcoming guests with “The Beach Bum,” a delicious tropical cocktail with Cruzan Rum, coconut, lime juice, mango, passion fruit, nectar, and mint. Carnival Nights will also help those looking to start the evening right by getting the party going with bottle service in one of their private lounges. In addition to the delectable dinner menu and cocktails, Downtown go-ers are in for a night to remember with live entertainment from carnival dancers to a light show.
Carnival Nights will be coming to life Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 6 PM – 11 PM, at Zest. Located at 200 Biscayne Blvd, Miami Fl 33131.
Patrons are encouraged to make reserve their seating by visiting Eventbrite, a $10 fee will be paid upfront to secure the reservation, the fee will be deducted from the final bill. Those looking to secure bottle service reservations may contact (305) 374-9378. Mama Tried Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary
Mama Tried is celebrating their one-year anniversary on Saturday, June 8th! Enjoy open bar starting at 9 p.m. and sets by special guest DJs. Copa America Watch Parties at Veza Sur
GO -AZO!!!! Veza Sur Brewing Co. will be celebrating the 2019 Copa America soccer tournament with cold cervezas all month long!
From Friday, June 14 through Sunday, July 7, the 2019 Copa America series will be broadcasted at the pub on a giant projector screen for soccer fans to watch over a cerveza (or four). During every game, Veza Sur will offer cerveza specials including $2 Chopp (pronounced shoh-pee) to all fans wearing their soccer jerseys and new buenisimos snacks from the Peruvian fusion food truck, Chi-Fa.
To build on the success of last year’s World Cup beer release – El Diez 10, a Ruby Red Grapefruit Witbier – Veza Sur will release El Otro Diez 10, a refreshing Pineapple Witbier. El Diez has tradition, and the best players such as Pelé, El Pibe and Messi, wear it proudly.
On June 14th’s opening match, Brazil will play against Bolivia and the fiesta will be caliente. Fans will have the opportunity to fill out a bracket in order to win some FREE goodies alongside samba dancers and batucada. The night will end with a special performance by PRATO! ¿Que mas quieres? Pineapples and Pizza at Matador Bar
Bring a friend, share a pizza, sip a cocktail (or a few) at Matador Bar’s delicious monthly series, Pineapples & Pizza, on Thursday, June 13.Kicking off a 9PM, this month’s pizza and cocktail party will feature a Spring Pea Pizza topped with Smoked Mozzarella, Pickled Chilies and Mint paired with the Absolut Elyx Pineapple Cocktail for $35 or pair your pizza with an Iguanita Beer, The Miami Beach EDITION’s official hotel brew, for $25.
Celebrate the incoming summer season by enjoying live music by the Eli La O band, who will be featuring special guest, Bita. Enjoy this tasty event at Matador Bar inside The Miami Beach EDITION. National Donut Day Celebrations
There’s nothing better than a donut (or 10) after a long week, and thankfully National Donut Day is today. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar knows just how to celebrate. The farm-to-table restaurant plans to serve up some classic Southern Hospitality tomorrow with an unbeatable donut experience served throughout the day. The Doughnut Tree will be served all day long, featuring a picture-perfect golden tree covered with a seemingly endless supply of donuts for just $16. The Doughnut Tree will additionally be served during normal brunch hours Saturday and Sunday.
Over at Beat Culture Brewery, the brewery has partnered with Mojo Donuts. Come in on today and get a Mojo Mini Irish Cream Donut when you order Beat’s Colada Racing Breakfast Stout – an imperial stout with cold-brewed espresso beans, vanilla and a touch of milk sugar. Coffee forward, Colada Racing is a subtly sweet, rich and full-bodied beer with a 9.3% ABV. *Quantities of the mini donuts are extremely limited and will be available on a first come first serve basis. Share this:

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Texas support group aims to preserve Guyanese traditions despite tough sell to youth

25 mins ago Children preparing for a game of tug-of-war at a fun day held by the association
The North Texas Guyanese Association (NTXGA) is arguably one of the most close-knit groups in the United States and relishes keeping Guyana’s traditions alive but it seems to have hit a hurdle in its efforts to pass them on to the younger generations.
This is why the group is rolling out a number of activities targeting younger Guyanese, since the association’s members strongly believe that it is important to know of one’s past to get a greater understanding of life.
“I like going to the picnics and that kinda stuff, yes, but I am not interested in the food and traditions because I am American. I was born here and this is all I know,” 15-year-old Tristan Harmon told Sunday Stabroek during an interview in Texas last month. A part of the gathering at the NTXGA’s last fun day and cook out
“Sometimes I don’t even understand when they speak and it is not that I don’t appreciate Guyana or anything but you see, I grew up here and am exposed to things American,” Harmon, who is a third generation Guyanese, added.
On any given Sunday afternoon, you would find a gathering of Guyanese from the association at the home of any one of the hundreds of Guyanese immigrants in the North Texas area, “taking a lime.”
It was at the home of NTXGA member Lennox Harmon that this newspaper caught up with some of the executives of the group and was given a detailed background on work of the association.
“The association began in 2010 but has grown in the short time from just a few [of] us to hundreds. We are close-knit and think of ourselves as a kind of support system for our brothers and sisters who have migrated to the US and are living in this area. While we may gyaff among ourselves about what is going on at home and that kind of thing, we never entertain politics or religion as part of the association’s discussions. We were founded to provide that support [and] at the same time preserve our traditions and that is what we do,” Founding President Ivor Crandon explained.
“It is because of the closeness and the family-like friendships that we have developed that has seen the organisation grow to what it is. It started then with just a few of us Guyanese but if you come to one of our annual picnics, you will see people from all over the Caribbean and all countries. It is a free affair and everyone comes and eat and drink and we play Guyanese games, sing folk songs…the whole nine yards of things Guyana,” he added.
‘Preserving customs’
Crandon boasts that the mission and mandate of the group “is to further the cultural heritage and social wellbeing of the Guyanese and Caribbean communities in North Texas and surrounding areas.”
Reflecting on growing up in Guyana, Crandon, who is the son of a former policeman, remembers having to move to various parts of the country because of his father’s job. But it is the memories that he made during those moves and his overall love of local traditions and food that have given him the drive to share them with the current generation of children of Guyanese migrants.
“Oh, I had an amazing life growing up in Guyana…we climbed fruit trees, played cricket, went swimming in the trenches, went fishing…we did everything,” he said beaming, sometimes throwing back his head as he seemed to relive the memories in his mind.
When he migrated over 30 years ago, it was to New York, where most Guyanese even today live. But he moved to Dallas in 2010 because he had fallen in love with the city through work visits. He had met co-founder of the group, Roldon James, when they both went to be naturalised Americans and the two formed a brotherhood bond.
Living in Texas, they formed the association with the hope of “getting things Guyana and preserving customs without leaving the United States.”
Other immigrants joined the group and they have been very involved in activities of the association but the older members lamented that while they would try to get the youth involved in their activities, such as showing them how local games are played, singing national and folk songs, and cooking creole dishes, the interest they seek isn’t there.
“For us getting the younger ones to keep the traditions alive has been a challenge Founding member and Past President of NTXGA, Ivor Crandon, performing Disc Jockey duties at the association’s celebration of Guyana’s 51st Independence anniversary. Next to him is NTXGA Executive Lennox Harmon.
and that is what our focus is right now. To get them involved so that there will always be a Guyana support system for persons living here. But you know children, they are not that interested. They would come to the events but that is as far as it goes. Some are not even interested in visiting Guyana,” James said.
“Ronald’s children are very active and they participate but I guess that is because they went to school in Guyana and experienced that Guyanese life,” Crandon added.
The Ronald he speaks of is popular playwright Ronald Hollingsworth, who is now president of the association.
Hollingsworth too lamented the seeming Herculean task in getting more youth participation. “We seek a preservation of the Guyanese heritage and hope to pass on traditions and customs without them having to go back to Guyana. That is what we would want,” he stressed.
As president of the association, having been elected in April of this year, Hollingsworth says he knows he has his work cut out in trying to attract more youth to join the association. “Getting to the youths is going to be the hard part because after all they are Americans and won’t appreciate what we older folk do,” he said. “But it is important that our culture be preserved and passed on…,” he added.
‘Social and emotional support’
Sharing his own experience, Hollingsworth told of the feelings of nostalgia that would consume him when he and his wife migrated to Texas. He said that he missed walking in the evenings and would take his wife out to explore their community.
It was on one of these walks that he was spotted by another Guyanese who “just happened to guess” that they were from Guyana and stopped to interact. That was in 1999 and the persons he met were the Belles.
And while there were Guyanese limes and parties hosted by Guyanese that immigrants in the area would attend, it was some ten years later that the Belles, Crandons and Allan Wilson decided to formally start the association.
From then to now, it has grown and continues to be the place of “social and emotional support” for Guyanese in the North Texas area.
Association executive Lennox Harmon underscored the importance of immigrants having a support system, not just in the United States but anywhere they would have moved to.
“You must have a support system and we understand the importance of preservation of our West Indian culture. I was born in New Amsterdam and was raised in Charlestown but migrated here in 1972. I moved to Texas in 1995 but I still hold on to my heritage. I played football and was very athletic so you can see for me Guyana helped foster that and I cannot forget…,” he said.
Harmon is married to a Jamaican who feels just as strongly as her husband about the preservation of traditions and customs. The fusing of the two cultures has seen Mrs. Harmon as active in the NTXGA as her husband, and were it not for her rich Jamaican accent, she might be mistaken for Guyanese, as she knows and can cook all the dishes and knows all the members by name.
While Harmon is the younger brother of Minister of State Joseph Harmon, he was quick to point out the apolitical posture of the group. “We don’t get into politics or race as you would have heard. Here, we are all Guyanese and that is how we live. You would never hear any of our association members involved in any arguments or anything of that sort. That is not us. Just as you see us now, that is how we always are and we are proud of that,” he said.
“We visit Guyana and have that love for the country of our birth. We share that Guyanese hospitality with others and that is what our group wants; for people to experience that piece of Guyana while here…,” he added.
The 10th anniversary annual picnic of the non-profit group will be held on June 22nd at the Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie Texas and that it is open to the public. “You don’t have to be Guyanese. We hold the picnic and people from anywhere are invited. We want to share that piece of Guyana with you,” he said.
Attendees will be treated to games such as lime and spoon, sack race, dominos and bingo, among others, while they can expect “full Guyanese cuisine.”

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Bushwick Comfort Food Restaurant and Bar Receives Top 20 Ranked NYC Restaurants on Yelp

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Rona Davis had a dream and left her dusty job as some kind of assistant in the city to pursue it. The child of Guyanese immigrants, Davis is a lifetime striver and sits pleasantly, amicially inside her debut creation: a now year-old, 60-seat bistro on Knickerbocker Avenue called, with relieving frankness, 191 Knickerbocker. It is, perhaps, this side of Bushwick’s only real major thoroughfare. The restaurant is situated a few blocks shy of Maria Hernandez Park , a little past the flurrying bustle of discount retailers and closer to the rarely occupied record store that also sells graphic novels.
The food comes courtesy of her business partner, husband and kitchen chief, the pleasant Jesse Davis, who is serious about food but permanently relaxed. The dream of Rona and Jesse had begun when they met while she was bartending at a now shuttered Astoria joint called Locale, where he helmed the kitchens. In a life before then, he was chief chef at a spot called Wild Blue, among the modestly-reviewed restaurants that made up Windows on the World, situated on the 107th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. “He was on his way to work that day,” Rona says. 191 Knickerbocker interior, courtesy of their Instagram.
The air of that decade’s FiDi wafts through 191 Knickerbocker’s menu. Baked underneath Davis’ take on “Chicken & Waffles” is a strip of bacon, both cunning and superciliously elegant. I hadn’t, in fact, noticed this addition until my friend pointed it out and I’ve been thinking about that bacon for days. The “Mac & Cheese” is another wholesomely-conceived highlight and comes topped with a crust of gruyere.
These staples, as Rona calls them, reflect her attitude toward food and toward life. “It’s something you know but with a twist,” she says.
Also preserved from his urban chef de cuisine days is the menu’s photogenic stylishness. A walnut-festooned beet salad, which delightfully provides as much salad as beet, is crowned with a breaded medallion of goat cheese. For brunch, mimosas come in herbal flavors that bubble graciously. Beet salad, mac & cheese. Courtesy of author.
Rona says 191 Knickerbocker has regulars already and maybe it does, as she can be seen constantly leaving the kitchen in occasional bursts to hop from table to table to attend to them. Earlier this year, the restaurant made the top 20 ranked restaurants in the city based on Yelp reviews—a strange list mysteriously led by “a quaint cocktail bar” in East Williamsburg called Otis , but one that suggests a sincere fanbase in a neighborhood where places with even more established pedigrees are known to disappear randomly . “Bipolar Love” by Julio Cotto Rivera.
A large canvas by one of these returning customers, Julio Cotto Rivera , hangs imposingly over a dining table, part of a new program Rona has started to highlight the art of her restaurant’s fans. “That’s why we came to Bushwick, we wanted to have a place that feels like it is part of a community,” she says.
The stuff that 191 Knickerbocker does best might just be what speaks closest to itself. The “West Indian Fritters” are warm doughy balls of pholourie that are the size of chicken nuggets and come with a bowl of creamed spinach. A perfect treat for warm and crowded streets.
Tuesday – Thursday 4PM–12AM, Friday 4PM–2AM, Saturday 12PM–2AM, Sunday 11AM–9PM, Monday Closed.
Cover image courtesy of @Sharijoy.s .

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Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre Lunch Shows off Cultures’ Cuisine

Published: Thursday, 06 June 2019 17:09 Written by Tanner Wallace-Scribner
There was a taste of different cultures Wednesday afternoon at Market Square.
The Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre held their annual lunch fundraiser, and this year’s lunch featured Syrian, Mexican, and Indian meals for those in attendance to enjoy.
Icasiana de Gala, Executive Director of the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre, said they have been doing this for the past five years.
“During a year as a non-profit organization we decided to host this event, and it was a huge turnout,” she said. “We decided let’s do this every year. While we call it a lunch fundraiser, actually by preparing the food, we are just breaking even. We have some sponsors who give us some money, so that is where we mostly get the funds for this, so it’s been great.”
de Gala said that they like hosting this event because it gives people a chance to experience food they wouldn’t maybe have the opportunity to.
“You usually don’t have all this food in one place. For us, it’s like a taste of culture – different cultures in one plate,” she noted. “We have three cultures, prominent cultures, of course, the ice cream.”
“It’s more of an awareness for the community and to get our name out there. These are not the usual people who would come to our centre, but they would come to our lunch fundraiser, so it’s great exposure for us and these different cultures.”
The event was also done in partnership with Great Plains College.

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WEEKLY MENU PLAN (#204)

Yummly WEEKLY MENU PLAN (#204) – A delicious collection of dinner, side dish and dessert recipes to help you plan your weekly menu and make life easier for you! In these menu plans, we will be sharing some of our favorite recipe ideas for you to use as you are planning out your meals for the week. Just click any of the recipe titles or pictures to get the recipe. A little about how we plan our week and our menu plan: Mondays are soup and salad. Tuesdays we are bringing you delicious Mexican cuisine. Wednesdays are a taste of Italy. Thursdays are designed around yummy sandwiches, burgers, and wraps. Fridays are a no cook day around here. Going out with friends and loved ones is something that we think is important. It’s your night off from cooking- enjoy! Saturdays are an exotic food night, it’s a great night to try something new, from cooking with seafood, to trying Indian or Thai dishes. Sundays are a traditional old fashioned all American family dinner- think meat and potatoes. 🙂 There will also always be a couple of delectable desserts to use any day you wish. A new weekly menu plan will be posted every SUNDAY morning so be sure to check back each week! CLICK ON THE LINKED RECIPE TITLES OR PHOTOS TO GET THE FULL RECIPE WEEK #204

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Kashmiri techie creates waves in ‘MasterChef Australia’

Kashmiri techie creates waves in ‘MasterChef Australia’ Jun 09, 2019 (6 hours ago) | IANS Melbourne, June 8 : Sandeep Pandit left Kashmir with his family when he was all of 8. Now he is exploring the culinary heritage of his roots as a contestant on “MasterChef Australia”, leaving judges of the international reality TV show impressed. A Kashmiri Pandit, Sandeep has been preparing Rogan Josh, Yakhni, Muji Chetin, Dhungar, Kahwa, Kabargah and Tehr, on the show judged by Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston.According to Sandeep’s contestant profile on the show’s website, he was born in Kashmir in the early 1980s and spent eight years there with his family before militancy forced them south, leaving all their possessions and migrating to Bengaluru in 1990. It was here that Sandeep’s passion for cooking grew.The family didn’t have a fridge, so his mother taught him how to cook ‘dal’ without having it stick to the hotplate, and how to boil food to prevent it spoiling.It is these learnings that helped Sandeep, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration, develop a taste for cooking.His presence on “MasterChef Australia” had even caught the attention of Jammu and Kashmir’s former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.”We have a Kashmir connection in this season of ‘Masterchef Australia’. Rooting for Sandeep Pandit. Already we’ve seen his Rogan Josh and he wowed the judges with his Kashmiri Yakhni. Can’t wait to see how far he goes,” Abdullah tweeted last month.Sandeep had thanked him, and said “I will try my best to make India proud.”In the latest episode, Sandeep even got the perfect score.His skills have been praised by social media users across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.One social media user tweeted “Hey Sandeep. I’m from South India. I’m watching ‘MasterChef’ only because of you. You made us proud with that lemon rice and chicken.”I love the way you are treating food, and I love the way you are working with Indian cuisine. You are doing great. All the best.”Another person tweeted “Hey Sandeep! We Indians are so proud to see you on ‘Masterchef’. Your dishes speak to us”, and another commented “Make India proud”.It was in 2016 that Sandeep had made the move to Australia for work.His dream is to open a food stall selling Indian BBQ meat cooked over coals and biryani dishes. And through his blog, he also hopes to preserve the ancient recipes from his Kashmiri culture and showcase other cultures. Like This Article?

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Happy to spend Eid holidays at home in UAE

Jane and Carlos Sabugeuiro took a class in Japanese cuisine in spring and have booked themselves for a class in Peruvian cuisine this Eid. Image Credit: Supplied Dubai: While many UAE residents are packing their suitcases and heading out to cooler climes for a weeklong Eid break, others have decided to avoid the stress and expense of holiday travel and unwind at home.
They would much rather spend the long break at home, explore the delightful events and places in the UAE, and enjoy leisurely lunches and dinners with family and friends.
Gulf News spoke to three families on their staycation plans.
“We just want to catch up with life” — Jane Sabugeiro
Jane and Carlos Sabugueiro, UK expatriates, have decided to stay back in Dubai with their sons Charlie, 10, and Raphael, 6, this Eid.
“Our vacations are usually decided by school holidays. In December, we had my parents visiting for Christmas and they stayed back for the spring break as well. We might take our vacation in summer, but this Eid we decided we did not want to pay a higher price on airline tickets,” said Jane, who runs her business from home.
Preparing for short holidays, she said, is usually quite stressful as her boys have to race to catch up on their homework and after-school activities post-break. “Picking up on all that and getting back to the school routine can get tiring after a brief holiday so we decided to staycation.”
Jennica and Rowell Ellardo plan to spend Eid with their newborn son Daniel Bliss. Image Credit: Supplied
The Sabugueiros plan to go to the beach, take their kids to KidZania, catch up on movies, enjoy a walk in the park and invite friends home for dinner.
“Last Christmas, when my parents came to Dubai, we had a good time with the boys bonding with their grandparents,” said Jane.
The family loves Indian cuisine and they are planning to visit Bur Dubai to try out some dishes.
“There is so much to do and see in Dubai, we are lucky to be living here,” added Jane.
The Sabugueiros love taking cooking classes in exotic world cuisines. During Spring holidays, they took a class in Japanese cuisine and have booked themselves for a class in Peruvian cuisine this Eid. “Being a business woman, although I work from home, there is too much of home and work life to juggle. I am really looking forward to some quiet time without crazy early hours, emails and deadlines.”
“We are saving up for our little son’s education and avoiding expensive travel.” — Jennica Batle Ellardo
The Ellardos — Jennica, 29, and Rowell, 32, from the Philippines, both work as architects in a Dubai company, and were recently blessed with a baby boy, Daniel Bliss, who turned 11 months this June. The proud parents have decided they no longer want to act on impulse and want to put their son’s needs before theirs.
Ena and Bhaskar Bannerjee have decided to have a quiet Eid at home. Image Credit: Supplied
“We want our son to go to the best school and have a happy childhood, so no more extravagant holidays. We are trying to save as much as we can,” said Jennica, who thinks airlines inflate the prices during holidays and it make little sense to blow a hole in their budget for a short holiday.
“My husband and I are looking forward to spending this Eid at home enjoying time with our baby. We will spend some time at our rooftop swimming pool, invite friends home, cook some wholesome food and chat and catch up on sleep.”
The Ellardos plan to fly back home with Daniel next year in January.
“I don’t fancy living out of suitcases this Eid” — Ena Banerjee
Although a diehard traveller who just got back from a trip to Bhutan, Ena Banerjee has decided to have a quiet Eid at home with her husband Bhaskar, a business consultant. The Indian couple, who have spent over two decades in Dubai, are enjoying their time together with both their sons having moved to the US.
“I love travelling and have been constantly using my leave to visit my sons in the US and travel to India and neighbouring places. This spring, I visited Bhutan. I love my home and neighbourhood and am looking forward to enjoying it this Eid,” said Banerjee.
Banerjee, the head of primary at a British school in Mussafah who usually starts her day early.
An avid reader and gardener, she is planning to catch up on these hobbies during the Eid break.
“I want to read books, watch movies at the cinema, write my social media reviews, catch up with friends and revel in the luxury of leisure,” she added
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India’s rise as hub of medical tourism

The Indian medical tourism industry is growing at 18% CAGR year on year and is expected to be worth 9 billion by 2020. Currently, it has nearly 18% of the global medical tourism market share and is expected to be 20% by 2020. India received 4.95 medical travellers in 2017.
The country offers a complete bouquet of healthcare services at an affordable price to the world. Highly skilled doctors and medical professionals, world class hospital infrastructure, cost-effective treatment and personalised care are some of the reasons for the fast growth of medical tourism industry in India.
Additionally, apart from the fact that the country has shown the fastest adoption of recent medical technology, it is also one of the largest English-speaking nations.
Medical travel industry has come a long way. A decade ago, a patient used to travel across the border for affordable healthcare. However patients are now choosing a destination which offers the complete package of quality treatment, ease of communication and travel as well as competitive pricing.
Today, people consider themselves global citizens and are accessing services, especially medical treatment services, from across the world. However, current environment in some countries constrains such a practice. Thus, ease of travel and accessibility becomes a key driver for choosing a destination for medical tourism.
There are several factors that influence medical tourism, the critical one being quality of medical care. India has over 500+ accredited healthcare providers (JCI and NABH) and uses world class technologies on a par with the western world.
Indian doctors are known for their excellence across the globe. One study reveals that over 10% of the doctors practising in the UK and US are Indian. Besides the availability of advanced medical technology and modern hospitals, most of the medical care facilities and hospitals are staffed by experienced healthcare professionals who are proficient in the latest medical treatment methods.
Medical travellers visiting India for healthcare can save up to 50% of the cost that they might spend if they travelled to a developed western country to avail the same treatment. Cost of treatment in India is approximately 40% less than that in any developed western countries without compromising on quality of care.
Cost of living in India is 66.54% lower than in the US (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not considered). Rent in India is 85.47% lower than in US (average data for all cities). Patients always travel with attendants and may require to stay for a longer period of time both before and after the medical treatment. This is also one of the important factors that decides the feasibility of a medical travel destination.
Easing the process Medical visa norms in the country have been simplified to ensure a hassle-free travel, stay and treatment for the medical patient and attendant. The medical visa offers multiple entry and long term stay for medical care. The Union government also recently launched e-medical visa to further ease the process.
India is claimed to be the second largest English-speaking country and also has a good number of interpreters which helps ease the process for medical travellers and their attendants. Moreover, the country is known for offering alternate medicines and has certified and accredited wellness and Ayurveda centres.
Ayurveda, the 5,000-year-old system of natural healing with origins in the Vedic culture of India, has been enjoying a major resurgence in both its native land and throughout the world. The AYUSH Industry is estimated to be worth $10 billion and is expected to grow to $25 billion by 2020.
India is home to foodies and offers a variety of cuisines from across the globe. Getting to eat the food of your choice is today just a click of a button away, thank to food delivery apps. Food is also one of the key deciding factors for medical travellers and attendants.
The country has understood the significance and immense potential for medical tourism to thrive in the global market. Through initiatives such as launching incentive schemes for healthcare providers and promoting them in international events, an effective public-private partnership is emerging in the sector.
This, along with the cost benefits and localised resource advantages, is strengthening India’s position as a high potential hub in the medical tourism market.
(The writer is Group CEO, eExpedise)

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Glasgow, Gateway to Scotland- 11 of the best food experiences

4 comments Forget the tired clichés about deep-fried Mars bars, which were actually invented 130 miles away. Over the last few years Glasgow has forged one of the coolest and most creative dining scenes in the UK and whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner you’re after, with or without meat, the depth and breadth of options is dizzying.
Within two hours of the city, meanwhile, you can enjoy an exciting and diverse array of bucketlist food experiences showcasing Scottish produce, from seafood on the pier at Oban to hand-picking the sweetest raspberries in Angus. These days we often travel the world in search of great food. The truth is, we can also find it right on the doorstep.
Brunch in Glasgow’s south side
When it comes to brunch, the south side of Glasgow, particularly around the Strathbungo neighbourhood, is the place to be. Already drawing comparisons with Brooklyn in New York, brunchers in this neck of the woods are spoiled for choice. Gnom, on Pollokshaws Road, serves a small but perfectly formed menu of globally-inspired savoury and sweet dishes, from Turkish eggs and Chinese baos, to German spaetzle and Indian rotis. And the French toast ice-cream sandwiches are to die for.
Just around the corner on vibrant Nithsdale Road, The Bungo, Pot Luck and Nivens also offer deliciously exciting and creative all-day breakfast options. All these places fill up quickly at weekends, so don’t sleep in.
A fish supper in Anstruther
The queues are invariably long, but it’s always worth the wait. A fish supper from Anstruther Fish Bar, eaten straight from the cardboard box as you watch the colourful boats bobbing in the harbour, is surely one of life’s simple pleasures. The freshly-landed haddock, fried to perfection in light, airy batter melts in the mouth, while the chips (with a generous soaking of vinegar, but no sauce, of course) never seem to disappoint.
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Afternoon Tea at Cromlix
Arriving at Cromlix, the luxury country house hotel owned by Andy Murray just north of Dunblane, is a relaxing experience in itself. The house is set in stunning grounds – complete with tennis court – and the welcome is friendly and informal. Then there’s the afternoon tea. From the delicious finger sandwiches and fluffy scones, to the delectable mini fruit tarts, macarons and desserts, piled high on stands and served with Ronnefeldt teas of your choice, everything is just right. Treat your mum. Or your best friend. Or yourself.
Pizza at Paesano, Glasgow
When your customers say your pizza tastes as good as it is in Milan, you’re probably getting something right. And Paesano, which has branches in Miller Street, Merchant City, and on Great Western Road in the west end, is the business. Using simple, good-quality ingredients – creamily authentic mozzarella, the most zingy and intense tomato sauce – all cooked in an authentic Neopolitan wood-fired oven, produces dazzling results. And all the pizzas on the menu come in at under a tenner. No wonder the place is packed.
Seafood on the pier at Oban
OK, this one is pushing the two hours from Glasgow challenge. But for an extra 40 minutes in the car you’ll get one of the best food experiences on the planet. Indeed, it’s hard to appreciate just how fresh the catch on offer at Oban Seafood Hut – lobster, langoustine, crab, mussels – is, or how simply and beautifully cooked, until you’ve eaten your way through the menu. Based right next to the ferry terminal, this place is an institution with locals and visitors alike; it can be heaving, and you have to be prepared to stand and eat with plastic fork. But nobody minds when the produce is this fresh, plump and moreish.
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Pick your own berries in Angus
It’s little wonder top chefs such as Raymond Blanc rate Scottish raspberries as the best in the world. Our wet climate creates a sweetness and intensity of flavour other berries simply cannot reach, apparently (the strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and gooseberries aren’t bad, either). And there’s one sure way to get the best produce while having a healthy and fun day out with the family: pick your own. The fertile lands of Angus and Fife are renowned for the soft summer fruit they produce, and both have plenty of pick-your-own options, including Balhungie Farm near Monifieth, and Cairnie Farm near Cupar. Just don’t eat all the fruits of your labour as you go along.
Platform Glasgow
At weekends, Platform reinvents former club, bar and theatre space The Arches as a vibrant city centre food hall, bringing together the most exciting street food traders in the country for new type of dining experience. And what a fabulous experience it is. With a changing roster of food trucks, reasonable prices and a friendly canteen vibe (benches at shared tables) this is the perfect place to share plates and try new flavours. Recommendations? The tempura shrimp buns from Shrimpwreck are a triumph, while you’ll struggle to resist the crème brulee from Crema Van. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check www.argylearches.com for opening hours.
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Picnic by Loch Lomond
When the sun shines it can feel like the whole of the west Scotland flocks to Loch Lomond, as the roads and best-known spots – such as Balloch and Luss – fill up. With all that stunning scenery just 40 minutes from Glasgow, you can understand the attraction. Thankfully, the vastness of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park means you can always find a quiet spot if you try hard enough. With a shoreline that seems to go on forever, there’s enough hill, glen and forest to go round. And there’s no tastier way to soak up the splendour than with a picnic on the bonnie banks. If you’re heading out west via Great Western Road, in Glasgow, pick up some treats on the way at the array of great delis. Pay a visit to renowned artisan cheese emporium IJ Mellis, then pop over the road to Cottonrake Bakery for cakes and pasties. The dream picnic awaits.
Ice cream at Nardinis
Speaking of sweet treats, Nardinis, 50 minutes down the coast in Largs, knows a thing or two about how to satisfy customers, having been the unofficial home of Scottish ice cream for more than a century. The lovely seafront café, complete with traditionally styled interior, offers 32 flavours and a quite breathtaking choice of sundaes and desserts. Indulge yourself – you can always work it off by jumping on the ferry and cycling round Cumbrae.
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Eat vegan in Glasgow city centre
A centre of vegan food for more than a decade, Glasgow has been at the forefront of the push to transform non-meat cuisine from worthy to wonderful. Cool café-bars such as Mono, Stereo, the CCA and the Flying Duck pioneered the move, serving flavour-filled, sophisticated dishes from around the world that attract off-duty carnivores as well as their vegan pals. Newcomers such as Picnic, in the Merchant City, and GlasVegan are adding colour and texture to an increasingly vibrant scene.
Dine out in Finnieston
We wouldn’t want the carnivores to feel left out, of course, and trendy Finnieston serves up the best of Scotland’s larder – including lamb, beef and game – in style. It can be hard to bag a table at the likes of The Gannet, Ox and Finch and Porter and Rye, since diners come from far and wide – and return again and again – for the exciting, creative cooking. The west end neighbourhood also has its own seafood favourite in Crabshackk, while Alchemilla has been wowing Glaswegians with its sophisticated Mediterranean sharing plates.
Glasgow, Gateway to Scotland, a partnership between People Make Glasgow and Glasgow Airport, in association with The Herald, aims to attract more US visitors and capitalise on a recent growth in overseas tourists by highlighting the city’s position as both a must-see destination in itself, and the ideal base for accessing Scotland’s landscapes, history and culture.
It’s easy to fly from the US to Glasgow:
Delta – direct to and from JFK www.delta.com
United – direct to and from Newark www.united.com
British Airways – multiple US airports to and from Glasgow via London Heathrow and London Gatwick www.ba.com
Icelandair – multiple US airports to and from Glasgow via Reykjavik www.icelandair.com
Aer Lingus – multiple US airports to and from Glasgow via Dublin www.aerlingus.com
KLM – multiple US airports to and from Glasgow via Amsterdam Schipol www.klm.com

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Campton Place Restaurant Recognized as the Only Indian-Influenced Restaurant in the United States and Europe to be Awarded Two Michelin Stars

Campton Place Restaurant Recognized as the Only Indian-Influenced Restaurant in the United States and Europe to be Awarded Two Michelin Stars 08/06/2019 Celebrates its 10th Consecutive Year as a Michelin-Starred Restaurant
Mumbai, June 8, 2019: Taj’s iconic Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco earns its second Michelin Star, establishing it as the only Indian-influenced restaurant in the United States and Europe to obtain this recognition. 2019 marks Campton Place Restaurant’s tenth consecutive year as a Michelin-starred restaurant, firmly instituting Chef Srijith among the culinary elite.
“We are honored to be recognized by the Michelin Guide with two stars,” said Srijith Gopinathan, Executive Chef of Campton Place Restaurant . “We’re proud of our unique Californian-Indian cuisine and incredible team, and hope to continue delighting our guests with one of a kind dining experiences with exploratory spices, refined techniques and fresh ingredients.”
Chef Srijith has continued to refine his signature Californian-Indian cuisine, artfully fusing California produce and cooking techniques with the regional inspiration, aromatics and traditional spice blends of India. Chef Srijith’s signature Spice Route tasting menu, available at the daily dinner service, offers a captivating journey through Eastern and Western flavours and showcases highly-finessed techniques and unexpected flavor combinations.
Inspired equally by his California surroundings and South Indian upbringing, Chef Srijith’s constantly evolving menu and experimental approach has led to the creation of signature dishes, including Campton Place’s Spice Pot and Maine Lobster with sago, green mango, nasturtium and coconut. New summer menu items include white asparagus with fava leaf saag, California Morels and mushroom cookie crumbs, Brentwood corn Pollichathu with spiced peach buttermilk, coconut rice and milk texture with macerated mango and lemon basil.
Offering exceptional service and an incredible wine list, Campton Place Restaurant is located within Taj Camp t on Place , one of San Francisco’s most prominent landmark hotels. For more information or reservations, please visit www.tajcamptonplace.com/dining
About Taj
Established in 1903, Taj is The Indian Hotels Company Limited’s (IHCL) iconic brand for the world’s most discerning travellers seeking authentic experiences in luxury. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury.
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