Nutritionist shares his guide to the best places to eat vegan in Bath

Nutritionist shares his guide to the best places to eat vegan in Bath

Nutritionist shares his guide to the best places to eat vegan in Bath TJ Waterfall is a nutritionist, who specialises in weight management, healthy eating and fitness Share A vegan nutritionist narrows down the best places to eat in Bath (Image: TJ Waterfall) Get the biggest Bath Live stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email
Bath was declared the vegan capital of the UK in a recent study by The Hospital Group.
Our city has 153 vegan-friendly restaurants, which might make it difficult to narrow down the best of the bunch.
TJ Waterfall is a nutritionist, who specialises in weight management, healthy eating and fitness – and he’s scoured Bath for the best places to eat vegan.
His goal is to show people that they can have eat healthily and still enjoy delicious food with a plant-based diet.
He’s drawn up a comprehensive list of some of the best places that vegans and vegetarians can enjoy in Bath.
Not all of the places are exclusively vegan, but he says that they all have fantastic options.
He’s provided us with his list – which we reproduce below. TJ Waterfall (Image: TJ Waterfall) THE GREEN ROCKET CAFÉ (vegan and vegetarian) The Green Rocket Café (Image: TJ Waterfall)
The Green Rocket Café is a well established plant-based restaurant, right in the heart of town, with beautiful views of Bath Abbey and Parade Gardens.
This multi-award winning independent restaurant has a very relaxed vibe, but hard at work down in the kitchen are very talented chefs creating an array of sophisticated yet hearty food, all from scratch. The Green Rocket Café (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Famed for their vegan and veggie breakfasts, they also serve up aromatic coffees, delicious lunch and homemade afternoon tea every day.
And from Wednesday to Saturday they’re also open for dinner in the evenings – this is my favourite time to come as the chefs really get to show off their talents.
Options include their smoked mushroom, chestnut and sage sausages with mustard mash, gravy, wilted spinach and onion rings – a wonderful vegan take on a British classic (pictured) . Smoked mushroom, chestnut and sage sausages with mustard mash, gravy, wilted spinach and onion rings (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Or their rich and fragrant Vietnamese coconut curry bowl with fresh vegetables, tofu, jasmine rice, and pickled vegetable salad (pictured) . Vietnamese coconut curry bowl with fresh vegetables, tofu, jasmine rice, and pickled vegetable salad (Image: TJ Waterfall)
For dessert you could try their vegan sticky toffee pudding with ice cream, rich chocolate torte with honeycomb and ice cream, or their home made raw cheesecakes with raw almond cream (pictured) . Vegan sticky toffee pudding with ice cream, rich chocolate torte with honeycomb and ice cream (Image: TJ Waterfall) NOURISH PLANT-BASED EATING (vegan and vegetarian)
1 Beaufort West, London Road, Bath, BA1 6QB Nourish Plant-Based Eating (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Nourish is a relative newcomer to the Bath vegan restaurant scene but they’ve made quite a splash by serving up incredible food that’s been proven to please even the staunchest of meat eaters!
Based in the Larkhall area of Bath, they serve up international cuisine with influences from all over the world, with everything cooked from scratch in their kitchen using seasonal vegetables and supporting local suppliers where possible. Nourish Plant-Based Eating (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Why not try their take on Chinese ‘duck’ pancakes, made with braised tofu in a thick and sticky hoisin sauce (pictured ) . Chinese ‘duck’ pancakes, made with braised tofu in a thick and sticky hoisin sauce (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Or their vegan take on a British classic, ‘fish ‘n’ chips’, made with beautifully flaky banana blossom (Google it – I had never heard of it before!) in a crispy batter with a touch of seaweed to give it a subtle taste of the ocean, and served with chunky chips, vegan tartare sauce and smashed minted peas (pictured) . ‘Fish ‘n’ chips’, made with beautifully flaky banana blossom (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday and lunch Friday-Sunday. INDIAN TEMPTATION ( vegan and vegetarian) Indian Temptation (Image: TJ Waterfall)
9-10 High Street, Bath, BA1 5AQ
Indian Temptation could easily be missed, because the restaurant is on the first floor and the small entrance is a little tucked away.
But be sure not to miss this gem – especially if you love Indian food – because it’s a favourite among the Bath locals who keep coming back for their delicious home made vegan and vegetarian curries.
You can order the more traditional curry options or, if you like to try a bit of everything, you can go for their famous vegan thali (pictured) which comes with a beautiful selection of curries, dhal, vegetable side dishes, dosa, and a dessert! Vegan Thali (Image: TJ Waterfall)
And with that view of Bath Abbey (which becomes even more stunning when lit up at night) you have a pretty enviable backdrop to enjoy your food against. Indian Temptation (Image: TJ Waterfall) ACORN (vegan and vegetarian)
2 North Parade Passage, Bath, BA1 1NX Acorn (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Acorn is a magnificent restaurant in the centre of Bath, where you can enjoy modern gourmet food and watch how top quality fresh vegetables can (and should) take centre stage.
Set in a historic Georgian building, Acorn opens for lunch and dinner every day so you can enjoy some sophisticated dishes such as their starter of ‘old donkey carrots’, which are cooked slowly then fire charred and served with pickled carrot, parsley puree, carrot and cashew puree, and seeded spelt grain (pictured) . Old donkey carrots (Image: TJ Waterfall)
For main course you might enjoy their ingenious whole cauliflower which is broken down and cooked in various ways (roasted florets, truffled puree, pickled core, sauteed leaf, fenugreek and onion croquette, spelt grain and tarragon oil).
Their vegan chocolate and coffee parfait with chocolate ganache (pictured) is a dessert you’ll dream about for years to come. Vegan chocolate and coffee parfait with chocolate ganache (Image: TJ Waterfall)
If you can’t decide what to order you can go for their five course tasting menu and can even opt for the wine matching if you’d like to try delicious fine vegan wines that are paired with each of the courses. CHAIWALLA (vegan)
Chaiwalla serves up Vegan Indian street food in the centre of Bath.
It’s a small shop-front so it could also be easily missed, but the incredible smells wafting from their tiny kitchen where everything is made are sure to stop you in your tracks and drag you towards their food in a trance-like state, just like in the old cartoons. Vegan wrap (Image: TJ Waterfall)
You could grab some channa dhal (vegan lentil curry served with rice) or their samosa chaat – a classic Indian street food dish made with a samosa broken down and immersed into a chickpea curry, covered with fresh onions and tamarind, sprinkled with chickpea rice noodles. Vegan wrap (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Or my favourite are their wraps – filled with either their fresh hot Indian falafels or their onion bhajis and packed with salad, mango chutney, and tamarind sauce. They’re open every day for lunch from 11.30am until 5pm (4pm on Sundays). BEYOND THE KALE (vegan)
Green Park Station, Bath, BA1 2DR Beyond the Kale (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Beyond The Kale make everything on the premises near Bath’s Green Park Station where you can get a range of salads, quiches, wraps, and cakes which are all vegan, with many gluten free options too.
They open every day for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
For lunch, a delicious, healthy, and surprisingly filling option is their fresh salad plate, where you get to try a selection of their raw and cooked salads, roasted vegetables, homemade hummus, vegan pesto, and a tomato and garlic dressing.
Or if you want something to take on-the-go, try their falafel wrap (pictured) . Falafel wrap (Image: TJ Waterfall)
It’s no ordinary wrap – their homemade falafels are insanely good plus they’re packed with quinoa tabbouleh, fresh salad, homemade slaw, and a sweet chilli and tahini sauce (the soft wheat wrap is toasted too which takes it to another dimension). CASCARA (vegan)
3 Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RG Cascara (Image: TJ Waterfall)
A new (and seriously amazing) addition to the vegan scene in Bath is Cascara – a vegan cafe serving up breakfast, lunch, ridiculously good homemade cakes, smoothies, juices, and speciality tea and coffee. Coffee and cake at Cascara (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Positioned right in the heart of Bath, it’s the perfect chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city so you can truly relax and indulge your taste buds. You’ll be greeted by super-friendly staff, a relaxing cosy atmosphere, and some incredible vegan food and drink, like their famous kimchi and cheeze toastie which you could eat in or take with you to meander round the shops with. SKY BLUE CAFE (vegan)
7-9 Lower Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1QR Sky Blue Café (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Sky Blue Cafe is an independent family-run business serving delicious hot and cold food, indulgent cakes (all made freshly on site) along with artisan coffee, speciality organic loose leaf teas, and freshly made juices and smoothies from their juice bar!
They’re nestled beneath the Chapel Arts Centre where you can go to watch some live music, comedy, or maybe even a burlesque show! So you can grab a pre-gig bite to eat and/or drink from this proudly 100% vegan cafe beforehand.
It’s also right next to the Southgate shopping centre in Bath, so if you need a break from your retail therapy, pop in to rest your feet in this peaceful haven and enjoy some tea and one of their home made vegan cakes, like their raw vegan brownies, or their out-of-this-world carrot cake (pictured) . Carrot cake (Image: TJ Waterfall) ROOTS AND SHOOTS CAFÉ (vegan)
10 Brunel Square, Bath, BA1 1SX Roots and Shoots Café (Image: TJ Waterfall)
You can now get incredible vegan food and drinks as soon as you step off the train into Bath – because Roots and Shoots has just opened up a stone’s throw from the station!
Or if you’re upset about leaving, you can at least make the journey a joyous one by grabbing a fresh coffee and a some delicious homemade vegan food to take on the train with you. Vegan mac ‘n’ cheese (Image: TJ Waterfall)
One of their ‘facon’ butties or a selection of vegan pastries will set you up for the day perfectly, or if you’re in town (it’s also very close to the Southgate shopping area of Bath) then have an incredible lunch – salad boxes, vegan man ‘n’ cheese, wraps, soups and stews have all tastes covered, or if you’re feeling indecisive go for a ‘taster box’ so you get to try a bit of everything! DEMUTH’S COOKERY SCHOOL (vegan and vegetarian)
6 Terrace Walk, Bath, BA1 1LN Demuth’s Cookery School (Image: TJ Waterfall)
While you’re in Bath do you fancy learning how to cook some amazing plant-based dishes to expand your repertoire and impress your friends when you get home?
Well, Demuth’s has you covered. They run cooking courses and day (or half-day) classes ranging from Asian street food and Ethiopian cooking, to bread baking and seasonal salads. Demuth’s Cookery School (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Taught by experienced chefs in their modern, spacious and inviting kitchen, all their classes are vegetarian and many are vegan with some raw and gluten-free options too.
They even run vegan diploma courses throughout the year if you really wanted to improve your technical abilities, or if you’re visiting Bath with a group you can book the school for the day and choose whichever course you like! Demuth’s Cookery School (Image: TJ Waterfall) HARVEST (vegan and vegetarian) Harvest (Image: TJ Waterfall)
If you’re staying in Bath and need some supplies, then Harvest will come in very handy indeed.
They sell all sorts of food, drinks, store cupboard staples, frozen foods and they even have an awesome deli selling vegan and vegetarian stews, sandwiches, pies and cakes. Harvest (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Everything in the shop is vegetarian with the majority being vegan, and most products are local and ethically sourced. Harvest is a worker-owned cooperative, and their ethos is to provide ethically assured, healthy and fair trade produce with many local artisan products which can make the perfect gift to bring back for someone from your trip to Bath! BEERCRAFT OF BATH (vegan and vegetarian options) Beercraft (Image: TJ Waterfall)
To wash everything down?
Well if you enjoy a tipple, then Beercraft of Bath has a great selection of vegan beers and ciders. The staff are super helpful too and happy to tell you which beers are vegan. Vegan beers at Beercraft (Image: TJ Waterfall)
My favourite they stock has to be Electric Bear which is brewed in Bath, and the head brewer is himself vegan, so the vast majority of their beers are vegan friendly. Plus their branding is super-cool, which to me is half the fun of choosing a tasty beer! Vegan beers at Beercraft (Image: TJ Waterfall) MISSION BURRITO (vegan and vegetarian options)
4 New Street, Bath, BA1 2AF Mission Burrito has vegan options (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Mission Burrito is an independent chain of Mexican restaurants, making ridiculously good burritos with fresh ingredients from scratch every day.
They do serve up meat but they’re definitely worth a mention in this article because they have some awesome vegan options, and unlike many burrito places I’ve been to, their rice and guacamole are both vegan.
So their vegetarian burritos, tacos, rice box and salads are all vegan friendly. Watch out for their vegan specials too – their black bean and butternut squash chipotle chilli burrito (pictured) was so popular that they now put it on for the first week of every month! THE STABLE (vegan and vegetarian options)
1-3 Westgate Building, Kingsmead Square, Bath, BA1 2AE The Stable (Image: TJ Waterfall)
The Stable is another place that does serve meat, but I couldn’t miss it out of this article because they have a dedicated vegan menu which has some mouth-watering options. Vegan options at The Stable (Image: TJ Waterfall)
And you can tell these vegan options weren’t just an after-thought as they often are in many restaurants – options include ‘heart skipped a beet’, ‘the good life’ or ‘hazelnutter’ (pictured) which are all made with their famous sourdough bases, rich tomato sauce, fresh local vegetables, and vegan cheeses. Vegan pizzas at The Stable (Image: TJ Waterfall)
They even have awesome vegan puddings such as their rich brownie with raspberry coulis, or tender cider poached pear, both served with vegan ice cream. YAK YETI YAK (vegan and vegetarian options) Nepalese cuisine at Yak Yeti Yak (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Yak Yeti Yak brings a taste of authentic Nepalese cuisine to the UK in this relaxed and informal independent restaurant in the heart of Bath.
If you haven’t tried Nepalese food before, expect a beautiful, fragrant hybrid of Asian influences, with many dishes having Indian, Thai and Tibetan origins.
And there’s no finer example than Yak Yeti Yak, who take pride in cooking their Nepalese cuisine to perfection: everything is freshly home cooked, with the talented chefs bringing their years of experience cooking in Nepal to treat us to some classic dishes (and family favourites) here in Bath.
They do have meat on the menu, but as traditional Nepalese food tends to be vegan, naturally some of their best dishes are plant-based.
Try their incredible vegetable momos, Nepalese-style spiced dumplings which are one of the most popular foods in Nepal. Their musurko dal is also a must – orange lentils cooked with mild spices, then refried with garlic-infused vegan ghee. Nepalese cuisine at Yak Yeti Yak (Image: TJ Waterfall)
And you can’t go wrong with any of their freshly made vegetable dishes, which are cooked to order so you can tell them how spicy you like them!
Or if you don’t have time for a sit-down meal, try their sister establishment – Phat Yaks in Kingsmead Square – serving equally delicious Nepalese street food from their cafe / takeaway. Yak Yeti Yak also own Phat Yaks in Kingsmead Square (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Their vegan menu includes ‘curry in a hurry’ or build your own vegan wrap filled with crispy vegetable Nepalese fritters, a bean and cumin pate, pickled slaw, and your choice of sauce such as their garlic chilli confit.
And you can even choose a vegan lassi (mango or banana are favourites) to wash it all down. SWOON (vegan and vegetarian options)
15 Kingsmead Square, Bath, BA1 2AE Vegan sorbetti at Swoon (Image: TJ Waterfall)
Had a lovely vegan meal at one of these amazing Bath restaurants and now looking for something sweet to round off your day/evening?
Seriously guys, just make sure you head to Swoon (trust me, you won’t be disappointed).
They have a delicious range of vegan sorbetti which are all so rich and creamy that you might not at first believe that they are in fact vegan!
The trick to getting them so smooth and flavoursome is using the freshest ingredients, and churning that little bit slower to make them even creamier.
Swoon is a small independent establishment with just two outlets, in Bath and Bristol. Swoon offers vegan sorbetti and gelato (Image: TJ Waterfall)
All of their sorbetti and gelatos are made by their talented chefs on site and I’m not at all surprised that they’ve won several Great Taste awards.
They have two permanent vegan sorbetti flavours on the menu – rich dark chocolate and vibrant mango.
Then they have guest flavours each month, so there are always several vegan sorbetti to choose from (don’t worry, they’ll let you taste a couple before you choose).
Guest flavours have included pistachio (using the best Italian pistachios from Bronte), raspberry, pear, and blackberry with lavender.
I like to get experimental by combining flavours – great combos include the dark chocolate with pistachio, or the raspberry with mango.
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Are there any great vegan places that we missed? What’s it like being a vegan in Bath? e-mail me: eddie.bingham@reachplc.com or tweet: @eddiejb123 Read More

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Homemade-lunch deliveries cater to ‘gastronomic nostalgia’

April 26th, 2019 .
The husband is off to work and the children are finally at school. It’s time for Jyotsna Bhalla to hit the stove. As her phone buzzes with orders, Bhalla’s kitchen fills up with the delicious aroma of ginger, cumin and turmeric.
Bhalla is preparing lunches for dozens of customers who crave a taste of home while eating at their desks.
Homemade-lunch delivery, known as a tiffin service, has long been a hallmark of India’s food culture. Men known as dabbawallas race through the streets of Mumbai on bicycles laden with dozens of shiny, round, stainless-steel containers known as tiffins, each of which is packed with a lunch made in their customers’ own homes. Once the daily meals are ready, the dabbawallas pick them up and deliver them to offices throughout the city. Bhalla uses standard styrofoam and plastic containers, ideal for pickups or short deliveries. (RHYTHM SACHDEVA / Toronto Observer)
On the other side of the world, an inspired service is now thriving in Toronto. Over here, the silent backbone of this business is Indian immigrant women like Bhalla, who moved to Toronto from Punjab, India, two years ago. She is one of many domestic cooks tapping into the growing demand from South Asian immigrants in Canada missing their homeland. In their kitchens, they cook up the flavours of home.
I’m an international student from India. The aromas filling up Bhalla’s kitchen make me feel like I’m home.
Bhalla’s business operates on the same principles as a traditional tiffin service, but on a smaller scale.
Watch Jyotsna Bhalla explain her business:
Instead of using stainless-steel tiffins that keep meals warm over long delivery distances, she uses standard styrofoam and plastic containers that are ideal for pickups or short deliveries. Aayush Bhalla, 8, and Pratham Bhalla, 13. (COURTESY JYOTSNA BHALLA)
Her sons, Aayush and Pratham, deliver lunches on foot within her North York apartment building, which is in a neighbourhood dominated by South Asian residents.
“I made a packed lunch for my husband and kids every day,” she said. “Once, a friend from my colony asked for a packed lunch as well. She made me realize the high demand. A business just had to be started.”
News of Bhalla’s cooking spread quickly after she got out her pans six months ago. Sometimes she receives dozens of orders in a week.
Working from home with limited investment and marketing, she operates mainly through word of mouth, WhatsApp and her Facebook page, Jyotsna’s Kitchen – Homemade Desi Food .
“Social media has made my life really easy,” she said. “I wouldn’t know how to proceed without it.”
The real marvel may be that a banker turned stay-at-home mother who had never considered cooking professionally has found recognition and potential financial stability through a tiffin service. Malai kofta is a popular vegetarian curry eaten all over India. (COURTESY JYOTSNA BHALLA)
The impressive reach of her business is reflected in Bhalla’s gross monthly profit, which is easily enough to cover the high rent of her family’s apartment in one of Canada’s most expensive cities.
Amitvikram Dutta, a graduate research assistant of thermal engineering at the University of Waterloo, said the business model taps into memories of home.
“In India, every mother/grandmother has a different cooking style that is part and parcel of the emotional framework that makes up every Indian family,” he said by email.
“Homemade food equates to primal feelings of safety and security related to a happy childhood. It’s a gastronomic nostalgia.” Pakoras are a popular fried snack in North India. (COURTESY JYOTSNA BHALLA)
For many Indians, restaurant cuisine is for celebration. The act of eating restaurant-catered cuisine at home is considered unnecessary and expensive as it takes away the fun of going out and enjoying the evening.
With time, tiffin services in Toronto could become a force to be reckoned with for established delivery services, like UberEats and Skip The Dishes.
These applications encourage the desocialization of food delivery through a lack of human engagement. Bhalla’s business model does the opposite: Her food provides an emotional experience tinged with sentimentalism that professional delivery services cannot compete with.
“There is definitely a difference between the Indian food you find in a restaurant than from home-cooked dishes,” said Harman Wadhwa, an Indian international student at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus.
“When I feel homesick, UberEats can’t find me the food I really want.” Spiced mixed vegetables is a staple at most Indian households. (RHYTHM SACHDEVA / TORONTO OBSERVER)
Bhalla embodies a food culture that manifests the passions, talents and daily duties of Indian housewives. This unspoken culture shows the ultimate difference between professionally catered restaurant cuisine and homey, domestic dishes.
“I definitely think there is a potential for us to open a shop and make our business more large-scale,” Vineet Bhalla, Jyotsna’s husband, said. “It’s something we’re considering after our sons (have) grown.”
As someone who’s a long way from home, I, too, understand the desire for home-cooked food. Whenever I visit my family during the holidays, I ask my mother to prepare me kadhi chawal , a simple dish of a spiced yogurt-based curry and rice. She doesn’t understand why I crave a boring staple.
What she doesn’t know is that this simple dish tastes of something no other food can offer: memories.

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COMMENT: Vegan feast is great way to give plant-based diet a go

By Maxine Wolstenholme News editor Vegetables 0 comment VEGANISM has exploded in popularity in recent years with thousands making the lifestyle switch every year.
No longer considered fringe or extremist, plant-based diets have been embraced by all sections of society keen to reap the benefits.
This has come hand in hand with the continued rise of vegetarianism and flexitarianism, as people decide to re-evaluate their eating habits and cut down on their meat consumption, and a growth in the number of meat and dairy-free food options.
Research shows reducing the amount of animal products you consume can be good for your health and helps to save the planet ­— as well as preventing the suffering and slaughter of livestock.
Religion and vegetarian and veganism also have an ancient association, with many faiths rejecting or prohibiting meat or dairy consumption.
This is particularly prominent within the teachings of Indian and other Asian religions, such as Jainism, Hinduism, Taoism and some Buddhist schools of thought.
This weekend the Tian Cheng Tao Temple, in Little Hulton , is throwing open its doors for a two-day vegan feast.
For the culinary curious, gold-star chefs will be rustling up the best in plant-based cuisine. Whether you are flirting with converting to full blown veganism, considering cutting down your meat and dairy consumption, or just fancy trying something new; this is one not to miss.

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Day 2 at New Orleans Jazz Fest: Sunshine and Santana

April 26, 2019 Day 2 at New Orleans Jazz Fest: Sunshine and Santana
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The prospect of Sunshine and Santana were welcome on the second day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
There had been some disappointments in the run-up to the 50th annual Jazz Fest. Both the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac had to cancel for health reasons. Storms then delayed Thursday’s opening, though not for long: By closing time, fans were two-stepping in the mud and a huge crowd was on hand for Earth, Wind & Fire.
The muddy dancing resumed Friday — intense sunshine couldn’t bake away the water that had drenched the site a day earlier. No matter, people in boots and flip flops couldn’t resist as Zydeco wailed from the Fais-do-do stage. Meanwhile, stirring gospel rang out from one tent, traditional jazz from another and rock from other stages while people lined up at food booths to feast on Louisiana favorites like gumbo and crawfish or a variety of international cuisines.
This has been, in part, a festival for reminiscing. George Porter Jr., a bassist and founding member of the celebrated New Orleans funk band The Meters, remembered playing at the first Jazz Fest in 1970. Instead of the infield at the sprawling Fair Grounds Race Course it took place at a park near the French Quarter. Instead of hundreds of thousands, it drew an estimated 300-350.
“That’s all they had room for,” Porter joked during a wide ranging discussion of his life, music and technique on a stage in the race course’s grand stand. He was to take another stage later for more music and less talk with Foundations of Funk, a project that teams him with fellow The Meters founder Zigaboo Modeliste and members of New Orleans’ musical Neville family.
Friday’s forecast called for warm, dry weather for the dozens of acts playing on 10 stages, with Santana closing out a main stage in the evening.
Other highlights included Grammy winner Terence Blanchard at the WWNO Jazz Tent and home-grown R&B artist P.J. Morton, known for his solo work and his keyboarding with Maroon 5.
NOT JUST MUSIC
Gumbo. It’s a signature Louisiana dish and the version served up every year at Jazz Fest by Prejean’s Restaurant of Lafayette — savory, tender pieces of quail and pheasant with bits of andouille sausage, all drenched in a rich brown roux — draws long lines every day. So do booths featuring other Louisiana cuisine — including oyster rockefeller bisque, red beans and rice and any number of dishes featuring crawfish, which are in season these days.
But just as Jazz Fest isn’t only about jazz, the food offerings are international in scope: Cuban, Mexican, Middle-Eastern, Asian.
For the non-adventurousness, there are old fashioned hot dogs available from vendors pushing Lucky Dog carts. And, at the Kids Tent, a vendor who knows her market features peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
NOT JUST FOOD AND MUSIC
Remnants of an 1850s-era wooden boat that craftsman Tom Colvin salvaged from a Louisiana river sat just outside a pavilion where Colvin was displaying boat-building techniques. Nearby Charles Robin was trimming a shrimp net.
Tradition is baked into his life. He’s an eighth-generation fisherman. And he’s been attending Jazz Fest for close to 25 years, since he was a child, showing off the tools of his trade and his Spanish heritage.
“It’s about arts and crafts, peoples’ livelihood,” he said. “There’s a lot of good information to be learned here.”
At another arts booth, Demond Melancon was selling art derived from his life as Big Chief of the Young Seminole Hunters — part of the generations old Mardi Gras Indian tradition — a blending of African American and Native American artistry said to date back to the days of slavery. “It’s a gumbo of cultures,” he said.
His most prominent display: the intricately beaded, richly colored “apron” that was part of his 2016 costume — a wearable mosaic displaying the image of an African prince. Category

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14 Violations Found In This Huntersville Restaurant Kitchen

restaurants & bars 14 Violations Found In This Huntersville Restaurant Kitchen A health inspection documented 14 violations at one Huntersville restaurant. Here’s what inspectors found at area kitchens. By Kimberly Johnson, Patch Staff | Apr 23, 2019 4:07 pm ET {{ replyButtonLabel }} Reply {{ replyCount }} Here’s what recent inspections in Charlotte area kitchens found. (Shutterstock) HUNTERSVILLE, NC — Recent kitchen inspections at two Charlotte-area restaurants resulted in their health ratings dropping to a “B” after numerous health code violations, ranging from a sewer backup in a chicken thawing sink to an employee preparing food after handling money without washing their hands or changing gloves. In Huntersville, inspectors also documented numerous violations.
Do you truly know how clean your favorite coffee shop or restaurant is? Find out with the most recent restaurant and food service inspections in Charlotte, Huntersville, Davidson, and elsewhere in Mecklenburg County, performed by the Mecklenburg County Health Department.
Here are the results of recent inspections in Huntersville:
Bojangles , 9145 Sam Furr Road — 95.5/ A Duck Donuts , 9931 Rose Commons Drive — 99/ A Firehouse Subs , 9826 Gilead Road — 92/ A Subway , 11145 Bryton Town Center Drive — 97/ A Tony’s Pizza 9548 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road — 91.5/ A An April 14 inspection at Firehouse Subs on Gilead Road documented 14 violations , including an employee drink sitting on a food prep table, an employee donning gloves without washing their hands first and several food items held at improper temperatures.
A dozen violations were found at Tony’s Pizza, according to health officials. Violations included numerous instances of food kept at improper temperatures and employee food items stored directly over customer items in the walk-in cooler and clean utensils stored in a container with food debris.
County health officials recently inspected 136 restaurants in the Charlotte-metro area. Health grades at the following restaurants drop to a B:
KFC/ Taco Bell #22, 9030 Lawyers Road — 87/ B Urban Bricks Pizza, 210 E. Trade St. — 82.5/ B An April 10 inspection at KFC/ Taco Bell documented 11 violations , including a sewer backup in the chicken thaw sink, dirty cutting boards, food debris in and greasy buildup on sanitizer water, food stored under a leak and raw chicken thawing in 63 degree water left out from a previous shift.
An inspection of Urban Bricks Pizza found 18 violations documented in a report that said the inspector “observed overall lack of control throughout facility.” Some of the violations reported included an employee’s drink sitting on a food prep table, improper hand washing, unwashed produce stored above ready-to-eat food, an employee wearing gloves moving between prepping a pizza and handling money, then back to the food preparation without washing hands or changing gloves. The ice machine had black and pink build up, and an employee “mixing sauces in a container on the floor in the kitchen.”
Results from the Mecklenburg County Health Department inspections done April 10 – April 16, 2019 are listed below. You may look up your favorite restaurant or find more detailed information about this latest batch of inspections here .
Establishment Name Address Insp. Date Score Grade STARBUCKS #8460 800 W TRADE ST 4/12/2019 99.5 A CHICK-FIL-A #13678 800 W TRADE ST 4/12/2019 99.5 A KOKOMO’S COFFEEHOUSE 100 BEATTIES FORD RD 4/15/2019 99.5 A MOOYAH BURGERS FRIES AND SHAKES 2233 MATTHEWS TOWNSHIP PKY 4/15/2019 99.5 A I LOVE JUICE BAR PLAZA MIDWOOD 1204 CENTRAL AV 4/10/2019 99 A KFC # E320061 5032 SUNSET RD 4/11/2019 99 A PLEASANT GROVE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1915 OAKDALE RD 4/12/2019 99 A DUCK DONUTS 9931 ROSE COMMONS DR 4/13/2019 99 A LITTLE BIG BURGER 8301 MAGNOLIA ESTATES DR 4/15/2019 99 A SHERRILL MARKET 13510 BALLANTYNE CORPORATE PL 4/15/2019 99 A SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA – LAKEPOINTE 2908 OAK LAKE BLVD 4/10/2019 98.5 A PUBLIX #1509 DELI/CHEESE 10110 BENFIELD RD 4/10/2019 98.5 A MCDONALD’S #14547 20500 TORRENCE CHAPEL RD 4/10/2019 98.5 A BARNES & NOBLE CAFE #2812 3327 PINEVILLE MATTHEWS RD 4/11/2019 98.5 A CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL #0991 2921 PROVIDENCE RD 4/11/2019 98.5 A SARDIS OAKS 5151 SARDIS RD 4/12/2019 98.5 A MCALISTERS DELI #1085 2217 MATTHEWS TOWNSHIP PY 4/15/2019 98.5 A POKE BAR 601 S KINGS DR 4/15/2019 98.5 A HAMPTON INN LAKE NORMAN 19501 STATESVILLE RD 4/16/2019 98.5 A MIKI’S RESTAURANT 1819 MATTHEWS TOWNSHIP PKY 4/16/2019 98.5 A BIG BEN PUB 2000 SOUTH BV 4/16/2019 98.5 A BURGER KING #7229 8431 N TRYON ST 4/10/2019 98 A CHEN FU RESTAURANT 9623 N E INDEPENDENCE BLVD 4/11/2019 98 A PANERA BREAD #601990 3625 CITY PARK DR 4/11/2019 98 A AMERICANA RESTAURANT 1628 MATTHEWS MINT HILL RD 4/15/2019 98 A FIREHOUSE SUBS 4732 SOUTH BOULEVARD 4/16/2019 98 A SUBWAY #275 3807 STATESVILLE AVE 4/11/2019 97.5 A BURGER KING #8883 7615 NATIONS FORD RD 4/12/2019 97.5 A BOJANGLES’ #797 1407 E 3RD ST 4/12/2019 97.5 A TUPELO HONEY CAFE 1820 SOUTH BLVD 4/12/2019 97.5 A SHOWMARS WINDSOR SQUARE 9624 E INDEPENDENCE BLVD 4/16/2019 97.5 A BEAUDEVIN 5501 JOSH BIRMINGHAM PARKWAY 4/16/2019 97.5 A COMFORT SUITES PINEVILLE 10415 CENTRUM PKY 4/16/2019 97.5 A COWBOY 9615 BAILEY RD 4/16/2019 97.5 A PIZZA HUT #35559 3215 FREEDOM DR 4/16/2019 97.5 A NOVANT HEALTH CHARLOTTE ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL 1901 RANDOLPH ROAD 4/10/2019 97 A BOJANGLE’S RESTAURANT #897 6120 E INDEPENDENCE BLVD 4/10/2019 97 A ARBYS #6999 9518 UNIVERSITY CITY BV 4/10/2019 97 A WALMART CAFE 2118 WATER RIDGE PY 4/10/2019 97 A SENOR TACO MEXICAN GRILL 1910 MILTON RD 4/10/2019 97 A FUZZYS TACO SHOP MATTHEWS 2225 MATTHEWS TOWNSHIP PY 4/10/2019 97 A FRESH CHEF 20601 TORRENCE CHAPEL RD 4/10/2019 97 A TOSCANA RISTORANTE 6401 MORRISON BLVD 4/11/2019 97 A EL PULGARCITO 4816 CENTRAL AVE 4/11/2019 97 A SUPERMECADITO EL SALVADOR DELI & PANADERIA 4729 CENTRAL AVE 4/11/2019 97 A PANERA BREAD #774 1904 MATTHEWS TOWNSHIP PKY 4/12/2019 97 A PINEVILLE ICE HOUSE 400 TOWNE CENTRE BLVD 4/12/2019 97 A MERE’S 2400 PARK RD 4/12/2019 97 A SUBWAY #55443 11145 BRYTON TOWN CENTER DR 4/14/2019 97 A BOJANGLES` #382 300 WEST BLVD 4/16/2019 97 A HOPE HAVEN 3815 N TRYON ST 4/16/2019 97 A TARGET #2132 FOOD AVENUE 12830 WALKER BRANCH DR 4/16/2019 97 A UNCC SOUTH VILLAGE CROSSING DINING FACILITY 9201 UNIVERSITY CITY BLVD 4/16/2019 97 A B GOOD @ BALLANTYNE 14825 BALLANTYNE VILLAGE WY 4/10/2019 96.5 A TRADE AND LORE 933 LOUISE AV 4/10/2019 96.5 A HAZELNUTS CREPERIE 9830 REA RD 4/11/2019 96.5 A CHILI’S GRILL & BAR #1110 8325 NORTHLAKE COMMONS BLVD 4/13/2019 96.5 A MAMA RICOTTAS 601 S KINGS DR 4/15/2019 96.5 A CHINA JADE 5600 ALBEMARLE RD 4/15/2019 96.5 A TACO BELL #4002 1045 W SUGAR CREEK RD 4/16/2019 96.5 A FRESH MARKET #219 DELI, THE 1408 EAST BV 4/16/2019 96.5 A MAC’S SPEED SHOP-MATTHEWS 142 E JOHN STREET 4/16/2019 96.5 A WELLS FARGO DIRECTORS DINING 301 S COLLEGE ST 4/10/2019 96 A CHICK-FIL-A #592 1540 E WOODLAWN RD 4/11/2019 96 A SALSARITAS FRESH CANTINA – COTSWOLD 304 S SHARON AMITY RD 4/11/2019 96 A PIO PIO RESTAURANT 15025 LANCASTER HWY 4/11/2019 96 A MOREHEAD INN 1122 E MOREHEAD ST 4/15/2019 96 A TANDUR INDIAN KITCHEN REA FARMS 9826 SANDY ROCK PL 4/15/2019 96 A JACK IN THE BOX #6826 220 N HOSKINS RD 4/16/2019 96 A AMERICAN DELI EASTWAY 3124 EASTWAY DR 4/16/2019 96 A RENAISSANCE CHARLOTTE SUITES 2800 COLISEUM CENTRE DR 4/10/2019 95.5 A HELLO SAILOR 20210 HENDERSON RD 4/10/2019 95.5 A BOJANGLES` #439 9145 SAM FURR RD 4/11/2019 95.5 A CREPE CELLAR/GROWLERS POURHOUSE 3116 N DAVIDSON ST 4/11/2019 95.5 A MCALISTERS DELI #1067 19930 WEST CATAWBA AV 4/11/2019 95.5 A BONEFISH GRILL #9409 7520 PINEVILLE-MATTHEWS RD 4/12/2019 95.5 A JOE MOMMAS GRILL & PIZZERIA 9124 S TRYON ST 4/12/2019 95.5 A TMAC 517 UNIVERSITY CENTER BLVD 4/15/2019 95.5 A BURGER KING #19957/RED MANGO SMOOTHIES AT JCSU 100 BEATTIES FORD RD 4/15/2019 95.5 A BOJANGLES’ #565 3129 MONROE RD 4/16/2019 95.5 A JEKYLL & HYDE TAPHOUSE AND GRILL 316 N TRADE STEET 4/16/2019 95.5 A ARBYS #8573 18240 STATESVILLE RD 4/16/2019 95.5 A ED’S TAVERN 2200 PARK ROAD 4/10/2019 95 A ARBYS #7273 6200 WILSON GROVE RD 4/10/2019 95 A SHESLEAS PIZZA AND PASTA 6453 ALBEMARLE RD 4/10/2019 95 A EL SAZON LATINO 7012 ALBEMARLE RD 4/11/2019 95 A JUST FRESH 301 S TRYON ST 4/12/2019 95 A CAFE MONTE 4705 ASHLEY PARK LANE 4/15/2019 95 A SILVER BULLET DINER 6003 ALBEMARLE RD 4/15/2019 95 A TAZIKIS MEDITERRANEAN CAFE 7107 WAVERLY WALK AV 4/15/2019 95 A NORDSTROM MARKETPLACE CAFE 4400 SHARON RD 4/16/2019 95 A CARNICERIA Y TAQUERIA JALISCO RESTAURANT 6127 ALBEMARLE RD 4/16/2019 95 A CHINA GARDEN #3 8016 CAMBRIDGE COMMONS DR 4/16/2019 95 A NODA BREWERY 5501 JOSH BIRMINGHAM PY 4/16/2019 95 A CEDARLAND RESTAURANT 4832 CENTRAL AVE 4/10/2019 94.5 A MELLOW MUSHROOM #169 255 W MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BV 4/10/2019 94.5 A FRESHII ONE CAROLINAS 200 S COLLEGE ST 4/11/2019 94.5 A STACKS KITCHEN 11100 MONROE RD 4/12/2019 94.5 A PANERA BREAD #1707 306 S SHARON AMITY RD 4/12/2019 94.5 A LUPIES CAFE 2718 MONROE RD 4/16/2019 94.5 A ANITA’S MEXICAN GRILL 2904 YORKMONT RD 4/10/2019 94 A TASTY BOWL, THE 2900 WESTINGHOUSE BV 4/10/2019 94 A CAROLINA ALE HOUSE WAVERLY 7404 WAVERLY WALK AV 4/11/2019 94 A SMASHBURGER 7804 REA RD 4/12/2019 94 A 1897 MARKET 5501 JOSH BIRMINGHAM PARKWAY 4/12/2019 94 A REID’S FINE FOODS 2823 SELWYN AVENUE 4/15/2019 94 A MIDWOOD SMOKEHOUSE 540 BRANDYWINE RD 4/15/2019 94 A MI TIERRA 3209 EASTWAY DR 4/16/2019 94 A BOJANGLES’ #120 8720 PINEVILLE-MATTHEWS RD 4/10/2019 93.5 A AROMA’S CAFE 10725 PINEVILLE RD 4/10/2019 93.5 A INK N IVY 222 S CHURCH ST 4/10/2019 93.5 A TRUC VIETNAMESE CUISINE 4520 N TRYON ST 4/16/2019 93.5 A ASIAN 1 16646 HAWFIELD WAY DR 4/10/2019 93 A SANTA FE MEXICAN RESTAURANT 5111 CENTRAL AV 4/12/2019 93 A LA PREFERIDA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 6625 SOUTH BLVD 4/10/2019 92.5 A JAMILE`S CUISINE 4808 CENTRAL AVE 4/11/2019 92.5 A DELI EL SALVADOR 6903 E. WT HARRIS BLVD 4/16/2019 92.5 A SONESTA ES SUITES RESTAURANT 7925 FOREST PINE DRIVE 4/16/2019 92.5 A COCOAS AUTHENTIC JAMAICAN JERK 6316 OLD SUGAR CREEK DR 4/16/2019 92.5 A DOUBLETREE RESTAURANT/CHARLOTTE AIRPORT 2600 YORKMONT ROAD 4/11/2019 92 A GRACE OMALLEYS IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE 157 N TRADE ST 4/11/2019 92 A CRUNCH BISTRO 6414 REA RD 4/12/2019 92 A FIREHOUSE SUBS 9826 GILEAD RD 4/14/2019 92 A WENDY`S #42 10235 UNIVERSITY CITY BLVD 4/15/2019 92 A REXFORD PARK PUBLIC HOUSE 2200 REXFORD RD 4/15/2019 92 A LEMPIRA 7631 SHARON LAKES ROAD 4/16/2019 92 A TONYS PIZZA 9548 MT HOLLY-HUNTERSVILLE RD 4/14/2019 91.5 A PASSAGE TO INDIA INDIAN CUISINE 9510 UNIVERSITY CITY BV 4/15/2019 91.5 A MEGA BALEADA 7631 SHARON LAKES RD 4/10/2019 91 A OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE 1412 EAST BLVD 4/13/2019 91 A THIEN PHU 3023 CENTRAL AVE 4/10/2019 90.5 A PHO QUYNH VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT 4900 CENTRAL AV 4/10/2019 90.5 A COSTA DEL SOL RESTAURANT AND GRILL 8045 SOUTH BV 4/10/2019 90.5 A BOJANGLES` #446 6915 ALBEMARLE RD 4/16/2019 90 A KFC/TACO BELL #22 E320065 9030 LAWYERS RD 4/10/2019 87 B URBAN BRICKS PIZZA 210 E TRADE ST 4/16/2019 82.5 B Subscribe Back to the Huntersville Patch More from Huntersville Up next on Huntersville Patch Microbursts, Severe Thunderstorms Possible Friday In Huntersville 17h 10 Big-Ticket Events Coming Up Near Huntersville 20h These Are The Only Food Storage Containers You’ll Ever Need 3h Read more local news from Huntersville
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Day 2 at New Orleans Jazz Fest: Sunshine and Santana

Home » Life & Style » Day 2 at New… Day 2 at New Orleans Jazz Fest: Sunshine and Santana 2:50 pm 04/26/2019 02:50pm Share Ralph Johnson, from left, Verdine White, B. David Whitworth, and Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Thursday, April 25, 2019, in New Orleans. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The prospect of Sunshine and Santana were welcome on the second day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. There had been some disappointments in the run-up to the 50th…
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The prospect of Sunshine and Santana were welcome on the second day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
There had been some disappointments in the run-up to the 50th annual Jazz Fest. Both the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac had to cancel for health reasons. Storms then delayed Thursday’s opening, though not for long: By closing time, fans were two-stepping in the mud and a huge crowd was on hand for Earth, Wind & Fire.
The muddy dancing resumed Friday — intense sunshine couldn’t bake away the water that had drenched the site a day earlier. No matter, people in boots and flip flops couldn’t resist as Zydeco wailed from the Fais-do-do stage. Meanwhile, stirring gospel rang out from one tent, traditional jazz from another and rock from other stages while people lined up at food booths to feast on Louisiana favorites like gumbo and crawfish or a variety of international cuisines.
This has been, in part, a festival for reminiscing. George Porter Jr., a bassist and founding member of the celebrated New Orleans funk band The Meters, remembered playing at the first Jazz Fest in 1970. Instead of the infield at the sprawling Fair Grounds Race Course it took place at a park near the French Quarter. Instead of hundreds of thousands, it drew an estimated 300-350.
“That’s all they had room for,” Porter joked during a wide ranging discussion of his life, music and technique on a stage in the race course’s grand stand. He was to take another stage later for more music and less talk with Foundations of Funk, a project that teams him with fellow The Meters founder Zigaboo Modeliste and members of New Orleans’ musical Neville family.
Friday’s forecast called for warm, dry weather for the dozens of acts playing on 10 stages, with Santana closing out a main stage in the evening.
Other highlights included Grammy winner Terence Blanchard at the WWNO Jazz Tent and home-grown R&B artist P.J. Morton, known for his solo work and his keyboarding with Maroon 5.
NOT JUST MUSIC
Gumbo. It’s a signature Louisiana dish and the version served up every year at Jazz Fest by Prejean’s Restaurant of Lafayette — savory, tender pieces of quail and pheasant with bits of andouille sausage, all drenched in a rich brown roux — draws long lines every day. So do booths featuring other Louisiana cuisine — including oyster rockefeller bisque, red beans and rice and any number of dishes featuring crawfish, which are in season these days.
But just as Jazz Fest isn’t only about jazz, the food offerings are international in scope: Cuban, Mexican, Middle-Eastern, Asian.
For the non-adventurousness, there are old fashioned hot dogs available from vendors pushing Lucky Dog carts. And, at the Kids Tent, a vendor who knows her market features peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
NOT JUST FOOD AND MUSIC
Remnants of an 1850s-era wooden boat that craftsman Tom Colvin salvaged from a Louisiana river sat just outside a pavilion where Colvin was displaying boat-building techniques. Nearby Charles Robin was trimming a shrimp net.
Tradition is baked into his life. He’s an eighth-generation fisherman. And he’s been attending Jazz Fest for close to 25 years, since he was a child, showing off the tools of his trade and his Spanish heritage.
“It’s about arts and crafts, peoples’ livelihood,” he said. “There’s a lot of good information to be learned here.”
At another arts booth, Demond Melancon was selling art derived from his life as Big Chief of the Young Seminole Hunters — part of the generations old Mardi Gras Indian tradition — a blending of African American and Native American artistry said to date back to the days of slavery. “It’s a gumbo of cultures,” he said.
His most prominent display: the intricately beaded, richly colored “apron” that was part of his 2016 costume — a wearable mosaic displaying the image of an African prince.

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ThinkLogically said: ↑ LOL! Khameini is so butt hurt. His Islamic supremacy tendancies won’t work any more.
LOL! Do you live in parallel universe. You guys are full talk no substance.
Normally Pakistanis in PDF pretend as if they speak sense but when backed with facts they sulk down. You are just going to be just an another example of that category.
PDF Pakistanis say that they have produced a better jet than Tejas every minute just like you said which means that JF17 is an indigenous Pakistani development.
But when we Indians counter that claim by saying that going by that logic then SU30 MKI can also be called as an indigenous plane because we manufacture it from raw materials phase unlike JF17 which is just being assembled.
Going by JF17 logic India has 2 indigenous planes unlike Pakistan which has only one semi indigenous plane. LOL! There goes Khurram sir’s supremacy down the drain.
Typical reaction of Pakistanis after hearing this will be we never claimed that JF17 is a indigenous place, we only claim producing it. LOL! LOL!
Khurramji I am amazed at your IQ level.
Even when 50% of the Islamic lands are engulfed in civil wars you guys, including Khameini, are speaking with such supremacist tendencies then how you guys will behave when you really have upper hand, only God knows it. Click to expand…
TheSeeker said: ↑ 90 % of our food has no connection to muslim culture Click to expand… 90% of your food is literally Mughlai cuisine.
TheSeeker said: ↑ You are also wrong about language Click to expand… No, I’m not. Hindi is derived from Urdu, which the Muslim elite used to speak. As a result, it has quite a few Farsi, Arabic and even Turkic loanwords (but nowhere near as many as Urdu itself).
TheSeeker said: ↑ You think Hinduism started after Aryan came to India Click to expand… Because it did. This is an undeniable historical fact.

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Decoding Japanese Food Emojis

Thursday, 25 April 2019 Decoding Japanese Food Emojis Are you familiar with the colorful, yummy looking but slightly mysterious Japanese food and drink emojis? Today we’re going to demystify some of the popular Japanese food emojis you have come across over text or email messages, and hopefully, this will give you a fun introduction to the ever-evolving Japanese cuisine. We are emoji aficionados over at Just One Cookbook, particularly Japanese food emojis . If you are a subscriber to our email newsletter or a follower of our Instagram , you’ve probably seen different graphic icons that accompanying each recipe and travel & cultural post that we share. Not only they illustrate the recipes and various topics in such a delightful way, but these emojis are also essentially a representation of Japanese culture. Hungry for some steaming bowl of 🍜 or maybe some fresh 🍣? Let’s dig in! Emojis at a Quick Glance – Origin & Its Influence Just like Super Mario that took the world by storm, Emoji is another digital invention by the Japanese in the late 1990s by a creator named Shigetaka Kurita. They are tiny pixel images that were initially used on mobile phones in Japan and the word ’emoji (絵文字)’ literally translates as “picture (絵) letter (文字)”.
These ‘picture letters’ are kawaii (cute in Japanese), playful, and imaginative. As the saying goes ‘A picture paints a thousand words’, it can’t be any more truth to that!
Rather than typing the text out, emoji has the power in capturing your attention instantaneously. Which is why it doesn’t take long for Emoji to infiltrate the modern world and become a sort of new language in human communication. I think the influence of emoji lies on its indigenous way of expressing one’s thought or emotion in the most succinct and charming manner. Different Groups of Emojis
These days you can find emojis being used in all types of devices and platforms. In general, these emoji or emoticons can be grouped into a few main groups: people (the smiley face), objects, nature, places, and symbols.
Since they are originated in Japan, you’d find a lot of emojis related to Japanese culture. And with food being an integral part of the culture, you could find many food and drink-related emojis over the collection. Depending on your familiarity with Japanese cuisine, some of these icons may be more recognizable than the others.
Wondering what is the white and pink swirl emoji 🍥? What does 🍘 mean? What exactly are those colorful balls on a stick🍡? If you are curious about learning more, we’re going to decode these emojis in this post, and hopefully, it could well be your first steps in discovering iconic Japanese foods. What’s more exciting? We even have recipes for most of the emoji you’re going to learn today! Japanese Food & Drink Emojis Rice Ball Emoji
This triangular shape icon with a dark green square in the center is called the onigiri , also known as Japanese rice ball.
Onigiri is made from steamed rice formed into the typical triangular, ball, or cylinder shapes stuffed with a variety of fillings and usually wrapped with nori (dried seaweed). These rice balls are synonymous to sandwiches in Japan as they are portable and make a delicious quick snack or lunch-on-the-go.
Some of the popular fillings for onigiri include umeboshi (pickled plum), salted salmon, and tuna mayo. You can easily pick them up from the airport, convenience stores, train stations, departmental stores or even specialty stores in Japan as they make excellent travel food.
Did you know? Onigiri is not a type of sushi as they are made of plain steamed rice, while sushi is made of steamed rice seasoned with salt, sugar, and vinegar.
Wish to make these riceballs🍙 at home? Here are the recipes: Salmon Onigiri Naruto (Fish Cake) Emoji
This pinwheel-shaped icon with a cutesy pink swirl is probably one of the most intriguing Japanese food emojis. It refers to a slice of Japanese narutomaki (なると巻き) or naruto , also known as Japanese fish cake that you often see as a topping served atop of ramen.
The fish cake is made with pureed whitefish that is cured, molded and steamed into a small log with ridges. On the inside of the cylinder fish cake is the decorative pattern of pink spiral swirls. You can purchase naruto from the refrigerated section at the Japanese grocery stores. It is already pre-cooked and ready to use. To serve, slice the fish cake thinly and top a few slices over each noodle bowl before pouring the broth over.
Did you know? The fish cake is named after the tidal whirlpools of the Naruto Strait between Awaji Island and Shikoku in Japan.
Recipes featuring naruto 🍥: Chawanmushi (Japanese Savory Egg Custard) Bento Box Emoji
This emoji should be easy to decipher. Even if you’re a novice to Japanese food, you can at least figure it has something to do with a Japanese lunch box. Known as bento (弁当 bentō ) or obento (お弁当 o bentō ), the meal is packed in a compartmentalized box, usually consisting of rice with a variety of accompaniments such as grilled meat, fish or seafood, omelette or scrambled egg, vegetables, and fruits.
Compact and colorful, bento is the typical lunch that the Japanese bring to school or to work. But you can also purchase a bento box from convenient stores, train stations, and departmental stores in Japan. They make a filling and convenient food for a picnic or a long train ride.
Did you know? The little red circle in the middle of the rice you see on the emoji is a pickled plum (umeboshi). It has a very sour and salty flavor, which makes it a favorite pickle to serve with steamed rice or rice balls to awake the palate.
What’s in your 🍱 today? Learn how to make bento lunch boxes with the tutorial and recipes below: Back to School Easy Bento Ideas & Recipes Tempura (Fried Shrimp) Emoji
Tempura refers to seafood, chicken and vegetables that have been coated with a light batter and deep-fried into golden crisp deliciousness. Some of the most popular tempura include shrimp tempura (as depicted in the tempura emoji) and sweet potato tempura. Tempura is not only enjoyed as a standalone dish, but they are also often served as part of donburi (rice bowl) or noodle soup.
Did you know? In Japan, you can even find specialized restaurants that serve only the best of the best tempura.
Wish to enjoy some crispy 🍤 at home? Don’t miss out these mouthwatering tempura recipes: Chicken Tempura Nabe (Hot Pot) Emoji
With steam drifting up from a warming soup-pot, this emoji comes in handy when all you could think about is a hot pot of food on a chilly day. The graphic icon makes reference to nabe 鍋 or nabemono, a variety of hot pot dishes that are very popular in Japan during the cold weather months.
Typically served from a clay pot or iron pot with simmering broth that is shared communally, nabe includes an amazing mixture of fresh vegetables, meat, seafood, tofu, and soybean products, or seasonal ingredients.
It’s surprisingly easy to make nabe 🍲at home, and here are just some of the popular nabe recipes you should try: Nabemono: A Guide to Japanese Hot Pot Senbei (Rice Crackers) Emoji
Now that you’ve learned the dark green square on the icon is nori sheet (seaweed), you could probably describe the brown circle piece as toasty and snacky. And you’re right! This emoji refers to Senbei 煎餅 or rice crackers, a popular savory snack you can find in Japan. Come in various sizes and shapes, the rice crackers are typically brushed with a soy sauce glaze and grilled, then wrapped with a piece of nori.
Did you know? Senbei originated from China, where flour was used to make the crackers. But the Japanese loved rice so much that they started making the crackers with rice instead.
You can easily find rice crackers 🍘 being sold at the airports, tourist destinations or at festivals. Curry Rice Emoji
This may not be the most appetizing food emoji you’ve seen, but I can guarantee the real thing is so much more delicious that you could imagine. The emoji depicts the famous Kare Raisu カレーライス aka Japanese Curry Rice, characterized by the thick brown sauce that is served over fluffy steamed rice. The reddish circles are the red pickled daikon. Unlike Indian or Thai curry, Japanese curry has a stew-like consistency and a sweeter taste. It is also less spicy which is suitable for children. The curry is always served with rice.
Did you know? The curry was brought to Japan in late 1800 by the British. As always, the Japanese habitually adapted the curry to their own version soon after. By 1950s S&B Foods company introduced curry roux in block form and started selling the instant roux everywhere, which resulting curry rice a very popular dish people make at home.
You too can make Japanese curry 🍛 at home with these delicious recipes: Japanese Beef Curry Dango Emoji
A type of traditional Japanese sweets (wagashi), dango are dumplings made with rice flour and skewered on a stick. The dumplings are mildly sweet with a chewy texture similar to mochi. There are different types of dango, but the one you see here is hanami dango 花見団子, which is typically enjoyed during the cherry blossom season.
Did you know? Hanami dango always consists of three colors, with pink, white and green in the order. The colors represent the life cycle of cherry blossom.
You can purchase 🍡 at the pop-up food stalls during cherry blossom season, or you can make them at home with this recipe: Hanami Dango Oden Emoji
Loosely described as Japanese fish cake stew, oden is a type of one pot simmered dish, which includes a variety of ingredients such as fish balls, fish cakes, deep-fried tofu, hard-boiled eggs, konnyaku, and vegetables gently cooked in a soy sauce based broth. It is considered as a comfort dish during winter in Japan.
Did you know? Oden is also known as a food stall dish, and it’s especially popular among the salarymen after work where they enjoy the hot food and sake with their coworkers. You can even buy oden from convenience stores.
Wish to enjoy this simmered dish 🍢 out of the comfort of your home? Don’t miss out the recipe: Oden Kakigori (Shaved Ice) Emoji
You’d see a lot of uses of this emoji during the summertime because it is the symbol of a dessert made of shaved ice flavored with syrups, and sometimes with additional toppings such as red bean paste , sweet dumplings, sweetened condensed milk, and ice cream. To make the dessert, you need a special machine so the ice is shaved into a fine and fluffy texture before it is served in a bowl and eaten with a spoon.
Did you know? Kakigori or shaved ice dessert has a long history where it is said to have already existed in the ancient time during the Heian period. The ice was shaved with a knife into a metal bowl and eaten with a sweet sap and doused with some golden syrup on top. It was considered a luxury treat and only enjoyed by the elites.
Nowadays kakigori is a popular sweet loved by all generations and you can find it sold at the summer festivals and food stalls in Japan.
Wish to enjoy some shaved ice🍧 at home this summer? We have an amazing shaved ice recipe just for you: Green Tea Shaved Ice Purin (Custard/Flan) Emoji
This custard-looking emoji is indeed a popular Japanese dessert. Known as Purinプリン, it is basically a custard pudding with a layer of soft caramel on top. The texture is silky smooth and slightly firm, with a gentle wobble.
Did you know? Japanese “Purin” available at supermarkets and convenience stores in Japan is all made with gelatin. They are not baked or steamed.
Wish to enjoy 🍮 at home? Here’s the recipe: Japanese Purin (No Bake Creme Caramel) Matcha Gree n Tea Emoji
This teacup with an unmistakable bright green drink is the analog for a special Japanese green tea called matcha. Pronounced as “MA-cha” 抹茶, this iconic Japanese beverage has become just as mainstream as cappuccino in many parts of the world. It is made of finely milled green tea powder that is whisked with hot water using a bamboo whisk and served in special tea bowls at tea ceremonies. These days matcha, the green tea powder, is also widely used in flavoring desserts and sweets, and enjoyed in drinks like smoothies and lattes.
Did you know? Matcha is high in antioxidant and a perfect energy booster. Although it has as much caffeine as coffee, it is absorbed by the body a slower rate and doesn’t give you the jitters. If you are looking for a drink that can give you a longer lasting energy, matcha makes a great alternative.
Check out our matcha 🍵 recipes:

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Rooms is hot, food are mostly Indian cuisine
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Stayed in April 2019

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Easter Outings

Time for a Bunny Treat at the Cairo Marriott
It is this time of the year where everyone is getting ready to welcome spring and enjoy the nice weather and bask under the sun of Cairo. This year the Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino will welcome guests to celebrate Easter with family and friends at the palatial gardens of the hotel. A lot of surprises will be prepared for guests for an unforgettable Easter at the palace. From exciting treasure hunts to delicious Easter goodies, it is truly going to be a fabulous Easter!
On April 28th, Omar’s Café will be receiving guests with a one-of-a-kind Easter lunch buffet from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm.
On April 29th, guests can enjoy the sunrise at the palace with a nice treat as Omar’s Café will be serving an unmatchable Sham El Nesim breakfast with an array of salted fish and Sham El Nesim signature dishes. Breakfast will be served for early birds from 5:00 am until 12:00 noon. Following breakfast guests can enjoy Sham El Nesim lunch from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. During lunch time at Omar’s Café, an entertainment program will be available for kids at The Patio with face painting, special treats, lots of fun and joy.
Sham El Nessim at Sheraton Cairo hotel
Sheraton Cairo hotel opens its doors for families and friends to welcome spring and enjoy a festival Easter with their loved ones. This Easter you can book one of our special limited cabanas to enjoy a sunny day by the pool with an exceptional outer doors Easter Lunch, fun kid’s activities and amazing folklore entertainment as the Sheraton team makes sure that every family member is having a great time.
The day doesn’t stop here, after enjoying the sun with all the family the fun continue with different varieties for a great night where you can enjoy some Latin music at Studio 70 with finger food setup and refreshing drinks or you can enjoy an oriental night at El Mawardia with outstanding Arabic band and belly dancer or book your place at our famous Rawi night spot for a night full of surprises. At Sheraton Cairo hotel and casino your family will have the perfect getaway to celebrate Sham el Nessim. This year Easter promises you to be a festive season at Marriott Mena House, Cairo
The iconic Marriott Mena House, Cairo is celebrating this festive season with lots of entertainment and culinary surprises that are tailor made to please the entire family and loved ones during Easter.
Wether gathering with families or friends, don’t miss to enjoy the lavish Sham El Nessim breakfast at the famous 139 restaurant overlooking the magnificent Pyramids of Giza and beautifully landscaped gardens.
And for an exquisite Sham EL Nessim lunch our chefs have prepared an exquisite lunch
buffet featuring barbeque and seafood treats while you can enjoy our entertaining activities specially created for the whole family including live entertainment, muppet show, baby football and magician show.
Explore gleeful activities, savory cuisine and rejuvenating atmosphere this Easter at Le Méridien Cairo Airport Room PKG
Book 1 Double room and get 50% off the 2nd room, starting at 1000 EGP per person including:
Easter buffet breakfast & Easter Lunch Buffet at EVOO
Kids giveaways and special kid’s activities to keep your little ones entertained
Early Check-in and late Check-out EVOO
Look no further than EVOO for a festive Easter ambience and savoury dining experience!
EVOO presents a delectable Easter- themed lunch buffet on April, 29th, including BBQ station, Sham El Nessim special treats , a wide variety of dessert selection, chocolate fountain and more.
Gather with all family and enjoy this sumptuous array of heavenly delicacies for only 450 EGP. Live Sports Bar
Whether you are out for a drink or seeking an exceptional Easter celebration, we have got you covered at Live Sports Bar!
Party the night away with friends and enjoy a live singer’s performance + DJ along with a wide range of cocktails and savory treats for only 250LE+++ Celebrate Sham El-Nessim At
Enjoy our flavorful Sham El Nessim lunch in a festive buffet spread at The Terrace overlooking the Nile, interact and sing with our duet singers and DJ, join in with various activities for children. All at EGP550 per person. While you can spoil your family by booking one of our luxurious suites from EGP3200 up to four persons, or just pick one of our comfort rooms starting from EGP1400 including breakfast buffet. Easter Getaway at Sheraton Sharm
Share your great moments with family and friends at sunny Sheraton Sharm El Sheikh, a perfect mix of relaxation, delicious food, live entertainment and exciting activities for sweethearts.
We love Easter because it brings the family together for lots of fun and delicious food. Enjoy an unforgettable day’s festive from the early morning with exciting activities in-cluding beach volleyball, yoga, and Olympic day competition that will put you in the right mood for the rest of your day. Savor a wide variety of the finest dishes we offer for Cham El Nesseim breakfast, lunch & dinner buffet, an array of specialties including traditional dishes, in addition to Easter treats, chocolates cakes, cookies and bunnies from our bakery. Guests will spend a wonderful time with lots of fun and daily live en-tertainment program; folkloric show, belly dancer, live band, Fakir Show, Nubian Show, African Show, Karaoke show, mini disco for sweethearts and a kid’s club to keep little angels entertained. Sheraton Sharm is the perfect place for a memorable Easter celebration. Spring Festival Getaway At Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah
Enjoy Easter celebrations at Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah, spend a vibrant Easter by the Nile and enjoy the spring festival with selective dining options, highlighting the marvelous Easter mood.
For an Easter to remember with family and friends, don’t miss our exclusive room package and spend an unforgettable nights in one of our luxurious rooms and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the panoramic Nile view from your room.
For an exceptional dining experience, Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah offers the finest culinary de-lights with our special Easter mouthwatering specialties at La Palmeraie on the spectacular Nile. For oriental cuisine lovers, Kebabgy’s traditional BBQ set menu and the special baked a la minute bread is a must try.
For more fun for the kids, spend the day in the open-air overlooking the Nile and enjoy our special Easter buffet for adults and children. Indulge in a gourmet Easter buffet and enjoy a bountiful brunch at Casa Mia, featuring Easter specialties with multi colors seasonal decora-tion and live entertainment. Let the kids enjoy the fun corner including coloring eggs cor-ner, coloring books, toys, clown, face painting and more surprises! Sonesta’s Special Easter Celebration
This year staying in Cairo during Easter is different with Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino – Cairo.
Get together with your family, friends and the little ones for an exciting sham el Nessem day around the pool. Enjoy the fresh air, sunny weather, delicious lunch buffet with live entertainment and exciting kids’ activities.
For a splendid Easter Getaway, book our “Easter Accommodation Package”. We have created an exceptionally special package for the whole Easter week. Easter Holiday Celebrations at the Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo
Spring is here and The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo is certainly the best destination to celebrate an Easter Family Vacation. This Easter, gather your family and bring them to enjoy an exclusive Easter celebration with an endless selection of family activities and events. From a lavish Easter brunch at ‘Culina’ restaurant to a special family day at the pool it’s all here at The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo.
The all-day dining restaurant ‘Culina’ invites you to a lavish Easter brunch that offers a wide variety of culinary creations. The special enhanced buffet features extensive carving and seafood stations together with Easter inspired dishes as well as delicious desserts. Enjoy a live jazz band for a cheerful family celebration.
During brunch, all children are invited to take part in an exciting Easter festival at the Garden city right across from Culina. Children will enjoy a special Easter celebration with fun activities including egg hunt, Easter games and arts and crafts, and watch out for a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny giving away his Easter treats and taking memorable photos. Egg-Citing Easter at Conrad Cairo
This Easter, Conrad Cairo offers a selection of exciting activities and packages to celebrate the holidays with the whole family.
Take a well-deserved break and enjoy a stay in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms overlooking the majestic Nile for EGP 1200 per person. Relax in a double room, including a breakfast buffet at Solana Restaurant, 50% off car parking, 20% off dinner at OAK Grill and Kamala, and late checkout until 6:00 pm.
On Monday 29th April, celebrate Easter with friends and family at Jayda Nile Terrace overlooking the Nile whilst enjoying a lavish open buffet brunch. The brunch will also feature special Easter delights, with a DJ, belly dancer and live kids entertainment. Children under five are on us, whilst children aged 6-12 can enjoy 50% off. Easter Celebrations on the Nile at Grand Nile Tower Hotel
Grand Nile Tower hotel is proud to invite you to join in Easter’s celebrations filled with sumptuous meals and lively entertainment on the Nile.
Start out your day with a sumptuous breakfast indoors at the Fontana Restaurant. For lunch, El Sakya Souk restaurant is the perfect place to gather with family and friends for an international open buffet offering mouth-watering selections of Lebanese, Egyptian, Indian and International cuisine, while enjoying the live entertainment and a lot of activities for children including art & craft, clowns, magician and Muppet show, with the spectacular Nile view in the back drop.
Easter would not be complete without some traditional Chocolate Eggs and Rabbits, which Delices Tea Lounge will be offering daily. For every celebration, Grand Nile Tower is redefining dining and entertainment experience in Cairo. Four Seasons Resort Sharm Elsheikh Reveals the Ideal Spring Break with its Two-bedroom suites
Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, a spectacular all-year-round sunshine destination offering a desert-and-sea hideaway, with spacious accommodation options fit for family and group travellers seeking luxury, serenity and adventure, presents guests with a host of exclusive experiences curated by the resort’s concierge experts; from on-site dive centre and one-of-a-kind spa, to a selection of culinary experiences and desert excursions. For those aspiring an ultimate spring break, the resort’s unique two-bedroom Suite Break is the perfect choice with panoramic views of the Red Sea from its furnished balconies or terraces. Ideal for families and group travellers, Family Suites offer a private outdoor space with sculpted gardens, intimate living space, two cosy bedrooms, as well as a full kitchenette and a dining area combining lavish splendour and residential comfort.

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