Oriental Sauce Market Inclination Highpoints Contribution of Prosperous Economies to Push Growth Between 2017-2026
Oriental Sauce Market Inclination Highpoints Contribution of Prosperous Economies to Push Growth Between 2017-2026
Posted on 2019-05-28 by Mark Hub in Food & Beverage // 0 Comments Fact.MR Buoyancy in the restaurant industry and extensive restaurant chains of Asian cuisine is set to drive the oriental sauce market. With an aim to stand out in the extensive competition of the restaurant industry, stakeholders are introducing Asian food menus, thereby driving demand for oriental sauces. In particular, increasing appetite for oriental flavors among Generation X and millennials is expected to ensure sustainability of the Oriental Sauce Market . Discriminating palate of this population with a craving for spicy and bold flavors is satiated by Asian cuisine, in turn, driving the demand for oriental sauces. Request TOC of this Report- https://www.factmr.com/connectus/sample?flag=T&rep_id=738 The dominance of Chinese and Japanese cuisine across world regions and evolving taste for other Oriental cuisines such as Korean, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian are further propelling the demand for oriental sauces. Application of oriental sauces in Western and other cuisines to achieve a specific taste also increasing the popularity of oriental sauce across world regions. Identifying these market dynamics, market players in the oriental sauce market are foraying in high potential regions with new product offerings of oriental sauces. For instance, in 2017, Kikkoman entered in India with oriental sauce – soy sauce offering and Lee Kum Kee entered the European market to satiate authentic Chinese flavor demand. Globalization of Asian Cuisine and Product Innovations: Important Influencers of the Global Oriental Sauce Market The growth of the global oriental sauce market is projected to be influenced by macro- as well as micro-economic factors. Globalization has intensified the presence of Asian food across the globe. Migration of Asian population in almost every world region is another important factor responsible for the increased global popularity of the oriental cuisine. Further, advances in food packaging industry, as well as food processing, have assisted manufacturers to introduce novel products in the global market. Based on this, the market for oriental sauce is estimated to grow steadily in the coming future. Global Popularity of Asian Cuisine to Boost Adoption Across different world regions, the appetite for Asian cuisine has grown significantly, in particular Chinese cuisine. With the increased popularity of Asian cuisine, demand for oriental sauces has increased in parallel. Asian cuisine includes flavors from different Asian regions namely East Asian, Southeast Asian, South Asian, Central Asian, and Middle Eastern or Western Asian. From these regions, different flavors of sauces including soy, XO, black bean, duck plum, fish, hoisin, sacha, teriyaki and many more are now available in the global market. To know more about the Oriental Sauce Market Visit the link- https://www.factmr.com/report/738/oriental-sauce-market With the improved packaging solutions, different flavors of oriental sauces are available in local retail stores as well as super stores. E-commerce is another important factor that has increased exposure to different oriental sauces to world population. Outside Asia, new specialty Asian stores have emerged which are accommodating the rising appetite for Asian cuisine. Due to easy availability of oriental sauces through multiple sales channel, these Asian flavors are accessible to most consumers, which, in turn, has intensified the demand for oriental sauces. Product Innovations to Attract Huge Consumer Pool With the increased appetite for multicultural cuisine, consumers consistently are seeking for novel tastes. To accommodate this, food company giants are experimenting combination of recipes. With the help of product designers and packaging solutions, manufacturers have introduced a range of ready-to-serve oriental sauces. Further, with the implementation of food processing and preservation technologies, food specific oriental sauces, for instance, fish oriental sauce, chicken oriental sauce, vegetable oriental sauce, and many more are available. All-purpose sauce is another new entrant in the oriental sauce market which is attracting consumers who regularly consume oriental sauce in various food preparations. Such different and novel product introductions are likely to enhance growth of the global oriental sauce market. Packaging Innovation by Industry Titans to Gain Traction A host of packaging solutions have been introduced by multiple oriental sauce manufacturers that address variety of consumer expectations. Factors such as storage, shelf-life, and packaging size are important factors that consumers prefer before purchasing liquid or semi-solid food products. Following this, oriental sauces are available in a range of packaging solutions in different materials and sizes. They are delivered in jars and bottles made of glass or plastic, in aluminium cans, or in transparent pouches. With the feature of resealing, these packaging of oriental sauces come in a variety of convenient sizes. Owing to the availability of myriad of convenient packaging options, the market for oriental sauces is set to grow steadily in the future. Key Company Developments Most food giants that manufacture variety of oriental sauces are headquartered in Asia and have penetrated their roots in global market while satisfying demand of a range of consumers. Key players are involved in the novel product launch as well as expansion activities. Virosco, a Russian food company that manufactures condiments and preservatives, has launched a new packaging design for its soy sauce brand Dynasty Shen. This new packaged sauce features authentic Japanese food such as sesame-coated chicken, fiery beef, and sushi. Lee Kum Kee international Holdings, is a leading Hong Kong based supplier of Chinese sauces and represents multinational presence in 120 markets. In the fourth quarter of 2017, Lee Kum Kee reported significant growth in the UK’s market and proposed further business expansion across Europe. Some of the key stakeholders in the global oriental sauce market are Kikkoman, Bluegrass Soy Sauce (Bourbon Barrel), Okonomi, Maggi, Aloha Shoyu, ABC Sauces, Yamasa, Lee Kum Kee, and Shoda Shoyu among others. Compilation of authentic and first-hand intelligence, insights offered in the report are based on quantitative and qualitative assessment by leading industry experts, and inputs from opinion leaders & industry participants around the value chain. Growth determinants, macroeconomic indicators, and parent market trends have been scrutinized and delivered, coupled with the market attractiveness for each market segment encompassed. Qualitative impact of growth influencers on the market segments across regions has also been mapped by the report. 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What Mumbai chefs like to eat: Quirky corn ribs, garlic butter crab
By Richard Vines
Mumbai is a wonderful city for eating out. There’s history. There’s tradition. There’s luxury hotels with cool international cuisine and icy air-conditioning. And there’s also street food, though some foreign visitors are wary.
But where do Indian chefs like to eat? We asked some of the biggest names in Indian gastronomy for their favorite places and dishes, from cheap snacks to fine gastronomy.
Here are their picks.
This is the new restaurant of chef Alex Sanchez, who previously won countless fans and a large following at the Table in Mumbai. Here, in a cool bar with a high ceiling, he serves an eclectic menu of things he likes to cook. Those things include great pizzas and a quirky dish of corn “ribs,” dusted with spices and served with green garlic aioli. “I went there twice in the opening week and the simplicity blew me away,” says Hussain Shahzad of O Pedro restaurant in Mumbai. “The corn ribs are an amazing bar snack.”123 Nagindas Master Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort; +91 22226 47700; www.americanobombay.com
This is the new restaurant of chef Alex Sanchez, who previously won countless fans and a large following at the Table in Mumbai.
This street-food stall behind the Taj Mahal Palace hotel traces its history to 1946. It’s a destination and late at night Tulloch Road is jammed with people lining up for the seekh kebabs, many with the food laid out on their car bonnets. Popular dishes include mutton seekh kabab. “It’s very good: It’s an institution,” says Vivek Singh, of London’s Cinnamon Club. “The kebabs are awesome,” says Surender Mohan, of London’s Jamavar. A third London-based chef, Sriram Aylur of Quilon, visits whenever he is in Mumbai.Tulloch Road, Behind Hotel Taj Mahal, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, 400039; +91 99671 14179
This fashionable restaurant and bar is a favorite of many chefs, who enjoy the modern cooking of traditional regional dishes as well as the buzz. (The culinary director and co-founder is Floyd Cardoz, who worked for Danny Meyer in New York, and learned much about hospitality along the way.) “I like the rustic way they serve the food: It’s a modern take and it’s a cool place,” says Rohit Ghai of Kutir, in London. “I love it: They are so innovative,” says Ravinder Bhogal of Jikoni, whose favorite dish is Beetroot & Topli Paneer. Quilon’s Aylur says, “They take a simple dish and give it a twist. I find it very exciting.”Kamala Mills, SB Road, Lower Parel, 400013; +91 22 4966 6666; thebombaycanteen.com
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This grand old Parsi cafe was an inspiration for Dishoom restaurant in London. “It was built in the early twenties by George Wittet, the architect who also built the Gateway of India,” according to Dishoom. Jamavar’s Mohan, whose other London restaurant is Bombay Bustle, recommends the berry pulao (spiced rice with currant-like dried berries) and “a fine rendition of Bombay duck.” Harneet Baweja, of Gunpowder, London, is another fan: “It’s a place you go to every day.”16 Wakefield House, Sprott Road, Ballard Estate, Fort, 400038; +91 22 2261 5264
This grand old Parsi cafe was an inspiration for Dishoom restaurant in London.
Jai Hind Lunch Home
This inexpensive seafood restaurant is a favorite of chef Cyrus Todiwala of Cafe Spice Namaste in London, who particularly enjoys the Clam Sukka with coconut; and the Bombay Duck at the Bandra West outlet. “I love the way they do their seafood,” he says. “It’s very fresh and light, with the right amount of pungency, and amazing flavors. It’s super casual and very busy. You might have to queue.” Gunpowder’s Baweja is another fan of the Clam Sukka, enjoying the dry masala style. (He favors the Lower Parel location.)7/8 B, Madhav Bhavan, Opposite Kamala Mills, Lower Parel, 400013; +91 22 2493 0010; jaihindlunchhome.com
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This seafood restaurant, founded in 1977, serves the Mangalorean cuisine of South India, known for its fish curries and the use of coconut and curry leaves. (There are now four outlets in Mumbai alone.) “It’s a seafood place for locals, an institution,” says Cinnamon Club’s Singh. “It’s informal and not too expensive, and the food is very acceptable.” Jikoni’s Bhogal says: “It’s really good coastal food.” Chef Karam Sethi of Gymkhana and other JKS Restaurants in London, is a fan of the “classic” cooking.8-B, Cawasji Patel Street, Fort, 400001; +91 22 2287 0938; www.maheshlunchhome.com
This Goan bar and restaurant in northern Mumbai is fashionable and buzzy, with creative cocktails and cooking. Bar snacks such as burrata salad with slow-roasted winter carrots, pumpkin-seed granola & toasted chilli oil set the standard. O Pedro is the pick of the restaurateur and writer Camellia Panjabi, who says, “It’s a playful restaurant from the founders of Bombay Canteen.” She enjoys the modern Goan cooking and the cocktails. Panjabi’s restaurants include Chutney Mary and Masala Zone in London.Unit No. 2, Plot No. C-68 Jet Airways – Godrej BKC, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E), 400051; +91 22 2653 4700; opedromumbai.com
Sea Lounge at the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal Palace opened in 1903 and is a beautiful landmark in Mumbai. The afternoon tea at the Sea Lounge is not to be missed, according to Quilon’s Sriram, who particularly recommends the Bhel Puri (puffed rice, crispies, potatoes, onion and chillies) and the Pani Puri. “It is a whole great experience,” he says, recommending the breakfast, too.Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Apollo Bunder, 400001; +91 22 6665 3285; bit.ly/2X1tP5c
The Taj Mahal Palace opened in 1903 and is a beautiful landmark in Mumbai.
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This marvelous and inexpensive vegetarian restaurant is difficult to find. My driver had no clue (But it might become considerably easier soon as chef David Chang and actor Aziz Ansari filmed there recently.) You are served a tray of small Gujarati dishes and freshly made breads. The food is delicious and there are endless refills for about $7. Chef Mohan is a fan: He describes it as Mumbai’s “most decadent thali,” and particularly enjoys the bread and the “ghee-laden, vegetarian cooking.”31 Dadiseth Agiyari Lane, Kalbadevi, 400002; +91 22 2208 8035
Some visitors worry about the hygiene of street food in India. Swati takes that food and serves it on bright yellow plates in the cleanest of rooms. You enjoy a number of plates, such as the pani puri, crispy pastry balls that you fill with lentils and tangy sauces. Asma Khan, recently featured on Netflix’s Chef’s Table, is a particular fan of the Bhel Puri (chaat Indian snack.) “It is just incredible,” she says. “I am very fussy. There is a classic amount of chutney-to-crunch ratio and they get it exactly right. But those yellow plates are terrible. The owner must have lost a bet.” (Khan’s London restaurant is Darjeeling Express.) Chef Atul Kochhar of Kanishka restaurant in London is another fan. Chefs Ghai, Mohan and Sethi all name Swati among their favorite restaurants. (There are two outlets, each, in Mumbai and Ahmedabad.)Dalamal Tower, Free Press Journal Marg, Nariman Point, 400021; +91 22 6666-6880; www.swatisnacks.com
This eclectic restaurant has many fans for its modern global cuisine. “They set a trend to do really, really good continental food,” says Ravinder Bhogal, who recommends zucchini spaghetti with almonds and Parmesan; and boneless chicken wings fashioned into cubes with with a ginger glaze. “I love the atmosphere, too,” she says. (I went recently, after the departure of chef Alex Sanchez to Americano, and enjoyed an heirloom-tomato and grilled-strawberry salad with Belper Knolle cheese, basil and sunflower seeds.) Awards include a Best Restaurant in India accolade from Time Out.Kalapesi Trust Building, Below Hotel Suba Palace, Apollo Bunder Marg, Colaba, 400039; +91 22 2282 5000; thetable.in
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This small restaurant in the Fort area of south Mumbai is arguably the most famous in the city, particularly for its garlic butter crab. “When you mention Bombay to anyone, the restaurant they will talk about is Trishna,” says Karam Sethi, who likes it so much he went into partnership to open a Trishna in London. “It’s the freshest seafood from the Arabian sea cooked simply but full of flavor and punch,” he says. Other chefs agree: “It’s not chi-chi but everyone goes there and you’ll always see someone there you know,” says Ravinder Bhogal, who is a particular fan of the neer dosa. Surender Mohan says: “If you’re a seafood lover, eating out in south Mumbai would be incomplete without visiting Trishna.”Near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, 400053; +91 22 2270 3214; bit.ly/2G1xxVq
London Diary: May & Co. should take lessons in communications from Modi
British Prime Minister Theresa May As the mercury shoots up, even if briefly, so does the mess over Brexit. But does it bother the sun worshippers? Forget it. This is the wonderful part of the British way of life. The marvellous sunshine cheers everyone up — and suddenly people shed clothes and head for beaches and beer.
However, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, shed tears over her imminent departure. There are some sharp ironies — because the end of Ms May comes, literally, at the end of May. There have been also a few heartfelt rants from those who believe she is being hounded out by the Westminster club, comprising mostly of men. But her critics say she has not been able to handle Brexit very well — and nor has she been able to convince her party or the country that she has the potential to take it further. The tears then, at the steps of Downing Street, showed just how tired she must have been of the gigantic effort of completing the divorce with Europe. Or could there have been a sense of despair about the direction in which the country was headed? Naturally, with a leadership election looming, Brexit will take a temporary backseat.
Frankly, if there is no resolution for five years (Brexit was voted on in 2016) it will only be fair to make way for another referendum in 2021 as there will be a new generation of voters who could have a completely different view from those who voted for the exit, and won a very narrow victory.
After all, every five years in a democracy, we do pause to reassess the leadership, so one could do so for the referendum. Perhaps this delay might just be a good thing!
And so, while the UK prepares to chuck out its leader, India conducted a mammoth election exercise and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won an even larger mandate. Has the time come for the UK parliamentarians to learn some lessons from India? The large and resounding vote for the incumbent Prime Minister would not have been possible without the fact that the welfare schemes put out by the NDA in the past five years were appreciated, and that people reposed their faith in the Prime Minister. No matter what you may think of him, he has proven to be a steady pair of hands. He has faced up to the abuse, the accusations of mismanagement, of thrusting forward majority rule, and proven that he is not held captive by the beliefs of others. He has shown he has self-confidence and believes in his ability to deliver.
Somewhere along the line, Ms May lost that ability to convince. She and her colleagues could take some lessons in communications from Mr Modi — and she could even (along with the other prime ministerial hopefuls in the UK) join in the yoga and meditation on International Yoga Day… it may calm everyone down.
While some people and businesses are leaving the country thanks to the uncertainty over Brexit, there are others who are leaving for more historical reasons. One of them is a favourite singer, 78-year-old Cliff Richards. As a child, I was fascinated by his singing — and his Summer Holiday and Bachelor Boy still ring in my ears and one cannot believe he will not be as much a part of the UK as he was. It appears that he has decided that he will stay for some of the time in the US, in New York. He had been upset over accusations of alleged sexual abuse — and has recently won a million-pound court case against the BBC, which had done some rather intrusive reporting on the allegations, which turned out to be false. Ultimately, he has opted for an apartment in Manhattan, near Central Park, where, according to reports, he will now live with his longtime friend, John McEllyn.
For a country that has long had a reputation for “ros bif” as the French put it succinctly, it is astonishing how many celebrity chefs and food-driven TV shows the UK produces. The persistent rise of celebrity chefs has been remarkable — and it seems they can churn out recipe after recipe, week on week, month on month. Who can forget Delia Smith or Gordon Ramsay? It is a unique phenomena that such a big industry has come to be built around these chefs. But are people’s tastes changing? I remember sometime back queuing up in Covent Garden to enter Dishoom, a restaurant which does Indian food with a twist — and saw that close by, Jamie Oliver’s restaurant appeared deserted. Sadly, he, the ultimate “Naked Chef”, the demigod for dining out — appears to be on the downslide. His chain has gone into administration, putting more than 1,000 jobs at risk. One wonders how much pressure there is in being a celebrity chef, and to maintain that glamour and expertise relentlessly.
Yet, experts say that while Italian cuisine (that Oliver tossed up) may be on the decline — the market for Indian restaurants is still thriving! Perhaps, in his next avatar, Jamie Oliver could look at producing Indian food?
by ET Food Voyage There’s been a number of exciting openings in London this year so far. One of them is Fatt Pundit , an Indo-Chinese restaurant in the heart of Soho which received quite some hype on social media. What makes it stand out was probably the cuisine, which is basically a marriage between Hakka Chinese and Indian cuisines – a fusion specialty originated in Kolkata when vast amount of Chinese people migrated over to the region in India. Both cuisines are very popular on its own and I love both a lot. Knowing that Fatt Pundit combines these two fascinating cuisines together, I was certainly super excited and eager to check this place out!
So on the Saturday just right before Ramadan, we visited the place for an early dinner. Arriving at the restaurant, both our first impression was that it’s a much smaller restaurant than expected. As a result, the tables were placed much tighter than expected, which isn’t quite our type of dining setting to be honest. We got a table at the front section of the restaurant, which got the tightest space. It was one long row of sofa seats with small tables lined up closely to one another.
It would’ve been alright if those tables were only for 2 people. However, the table on our left was of four people and they arranged the chairs (the non-sofa side) between the table gaps rather than leaving them opposite to the table. The girl on the seat was flipping her hair and her hair kept getting onto our table. We kept trying to push our table away to escape her hair while wary not to accidentally join tables with the other table on the right!
Anyway, that was a slight annoyance I must say but we hoped the food would make up for it. Beef Momo £5.50
To start with, we ordered some momos, which the staff highly recommended. Momos are basically a Tibetian name for dumplings. I don’t think there’s any major difference between momos and dumplings apart from spices and flavourings – please enlighten me if I’m wrong!
Our waitress particularly mentioned the beef one was her absolute favourite of all, so we ordered one. Honestly speaking, we thought the beef momo was slightly underwhelming. It was good, but not as impressive as anticipated. The meat filling was generous and juicy in overall. However, we felt it lacked seasoning and turned out rather bland on its own. Despite mentioned on the menu to have chilli in the beef filling, there’s practically none. And even with the sauces and chutneys served on the side, the flavours were still lacking a punch. Chicken Momo £5
We also ordered a portion of Chicken Momos. Flavour-wise, we thought the chicken was better than the beef one. But we both agreed that it still needed more seasoning as well. The sauces and chutneys served were the same served for the beef momos. Again, rather underwhelming and didn’t do much to help elevate the flavours of the momo. Chicken Lollipop £7
These chicken lollipops were fried incredibly crispy. The exterior was very savoury and well-seasoned. Nonetheless, the meat itself wasn’t as succulent as expected. I’d say it’s decent in overall but nothing too particularly impressive. Lamb Chops £14
These lamb chops were super thick and meaty. It was cooked medium well, which was slightly over cooked in my opinion as I always prefer medium or medium rare when it comes to lamb. The rub on the exterior was aromatic but the flavours were again lacking a little bit. It’s a bit of a shame really as I thought the meat quality was good and it naturally carried quite a gamey flavor. What’s missing is that extra punch on the spice rub to really elevate the flavours and turn it into a more memorable dish. Stir Fry Broccoli £4
Craving for some vegetables, we decided to go for a little side of Broccoli – stir-fried with garlic, shallots, spring onions and toasted almonds. These were cooked just right to my preference. It was of the right amount of savoury touch and it gave me a little taste of home. I just wished it was of bigger portion!
Summing up, we thought Fatt Pundit has got quite some room for improvement. There’s certainly lots of potential in the concept but it’s just not very well-executed just yet. Currently, we thought it’s just a rather forgettable meal frankly speaking. The tight spacing didn’t help either. The concept itself could really set off in London’s competitive dining scene, but there’s still some way to go in order for it to stand out.
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IHCL to step up presence in international markets
Home / Wellness / IHCL to step up presence in international markets IHCL to step up presence in international markets 1 hour ago Wellness
Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) will soon embark on an international expansion in the second phase of the five- year strategy, its managing director and chief executive officer (MD and CEO) Puneet Chhatwal crafted within 100 days of taking up the top job in November 2017.
The 115- year -old hospitality arm of the Tata group is also working on a plan to unlock value in the high margins non-hotembers (club membership brand for the ultra high net worth individuals), Jiva ( wellness brand ), food and beverages (FB), TAJsats (airline catering) and Ama Trails Stays (homestay). In a departure from the past, when IHCL adopted the organic route for entering markets like London and New York , this time around the expansion will be acquisition-led. “In the second half of Aspiration 2022, if we want to go international , we can’t do it organically. We have to go for four to eight hotels,” Chhatwal said.
The company will prefer buying out a firm that has multiple assets in its fold as compared to buying just two to three hotels. Buying such a firm will not only be more viable financially but will also help IHCL give a better toehold in a new market. It will help build on the local capability, which is critical for overseas operations, particularly in non-English speaking countries, he added. “Personally I feel, if the foundation is getting weak, you can’t build a sky-scraper. In 2002, IHCL was very strong and had cash to invest. We are on track to bringing back the confidence through consistent profitability,” said Chhatwal .
Even as IHCL remains sharply focused on India, the confidence to step up presence in markets outside India stems from the improved performance of the international business , which forms 15 per cent of IHCL’s operational inventory.
IHCL’s consolidated total income rose to Rs 4,595.38 crore in FY19 against Rs 4,165.38 crore a year ago. Earlier this month, the Mumbai-headquartered firm stitched an agreement with GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund to create a Rs 4,000 crore platform that will acquire marquee assets in India and help IHCL monetise stake in wholly-owned assets, as part of the asset light strategy the company has been pursuing under Chhatwal ’s leadership. At the end of the fiscal that ended in March, IHCL had 41 per cent of the total hotel properties in its fold on management contracts. “If we are successful with GIC in India, we will go outside, and it could be a partner in future,” said Chhatwal .
Meanwhile, the owner of Taj, Vivanta, Ginger and Seleqtion brands plans to boost the adjacent segments within the hotels business that will start unfolding in a bigger way. For instance, over the next three months, IHCL plans to introduce three new concepts in the FB segment. These include opening an Italian restaurant in partnership with an Italian firm and a Indian dining concept. Also, in a first ever for a five- star hotel chain, IHCL is looking to introduce live brewings of beer for its guests.
All the three FB concepts will be introduced in a phased manner at select Taj branded hotels which are best known for fine dining restraunts that specialises in Indian, oriental and continental cuisines. “Food is big in India,” said Chhatwal , pointing out that FB in India accounts for as high as 47-50 per cent in company ’s top line.
For TajSATS, the company ’s airline catering services in which Taj controls 51 per cent, IHCL plans to diversify into non-airline segments. The company ’s wellness business , with 62 spas under the Jiva brand , is also set to get a boost.
With an annual membership of Rs 20 lakh, The Chambers boasts of over 2,000 ultra-high net worth individuals as its exclusive members. Plans are afoot to introduce The Chambers in Taj James Court in London and extend it to more cities in India.
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The company ’s homestay business under the Ama Trails Stays brand will also see an expansion from the current 11 properties to 25 by this fiscal.
“When I look back, one of the biggest turning points in the 19 months that I have been with the company was retaining Taj Mahal Delhi (Mansingh). It gave the teams a lot of self-pride and self-esteem,” Chhatwal said.
Rashesh Shah, analyst at ICICI Securities, while hailing the move, said, “The enhanced focus on the non-hotel segments and expansion in international business will help IHCL in driving up the margins.” Google News: Wellness Hotels site-business-standard.com
Awesome Singapore Tourist Spots
Powered by 12Go Asia system Singapore Tourist Spots 1. Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is one of the primary Singapore tourist spots with its wide range of attractions and places of amenity. There are short cruises and River Taxi rides which only cost $5-$6 . The cruise will take you around the Bay to witness all of Singapore’s iconic sights such as the Five Boys by the River , Merlion , and the astounding Fullerton Hotel and you can even learn brief facts about Singapore’s history through the cruise ride. At night, there’s a water and light show that I bet you’ll enjoy watching! It also offers the best establishments- from restaurants to hotels, shopping centers, night life and scenic views, Marina Bay just got it all! It is absolutely a combination of both leisure and business into just a single place. 2. Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is truly one of stunning Singapore tourist spots that you can’t miss. This garden is home to thousands of plants , which is the reason why Singapore is aiming for their island to be a ‘city in a garden’. Wonderful sceneries are around the Flower Dome , where you will see tons of flowers and various rare plants that for sure, you have never seen before. You must also try to climb up and reach the top stairs level and see worthy magnificent view from above. At night, the trees in the Gardens come alive for a sound and light show . And it’s interesting since they use the solar energy they have saved up during the day. Gardens by the Bay has the best architects and landscape artists to present. There’s no doubt why it’s so powerful and beautiful! 3. Botanic Gardens The Singapore Botanical Garden Photography: Flickr/edwin.11
When you travel to Singapore, you can also enjoy and relax in the Botanic Gardens. There you will see The Orchid and the Ginger Garden where you will not get tired of taking pictures, or just for relaxing. 4. Sentosa Island
Obviously, Sentosa Island has a lot of fun and activities to offer- from waterparks, cable cars, beaches and many more! Sentosa has the Universal Studios , where there’s a massive themed-rides and this location is great for family and friends to enjoy live shows and Hollywood-themed attractions. You can also visit Sentosa beaches which has pristine white sands and crystal blue waters! And if you want some thrilling adventures, you can go to Adventure Cove Waterpark Singapore try their fun ride and slides. Well, they say that Sentosa is a place of infinite possibilities because they sure have a lot of fun to offer. 5. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Located in the Chinatown District of Singapore, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, which was built in 2007, is also one of the must-visit Singapore Tourist Spots. It is a place of worship for the Buddhists and also where Buddhist wisdom, relics, and artifacts are stored.
The temple is open from 7AM to 7PM everyday and there’s no entrance fee . Just make sure you wear proper clothes and will not bring pets and non-vegetarian food inside. 6. Night Safari Image from Wikimedia
Just like what we’ve mentioned in the introduction, Singapore has the first night zoo, or the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals. It is a unique adventure because it’s quite different to visit a zoo during night time to observe and watch 2500 night animals from over 130 different species. You can either do a walking trip or a you can also explore the 35-hectare zoo on wheels.
The night zoo is open from 7:30PM to 12AM everyday and will cost you around $60 for adults and $50 for children aged 3-12. 7. Infinity Pool at Marina Bay Image from Flickr
Perhaps, this famous 150-meter Infinity Pool at the Marina Bay is the most popular pool in Singapore. It’s because of its location- at the rooftop of the said hotel. It’s actually the world’s longest elevated pool situated at the 57th floor . You can even have a drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and breakfast from the poolside.
The pool is open from 6AM to 10PM everyday and exclusive for the hotel guests. You can click here to book with Agoda to reserve a room. 8. 1-Altitude Bar
1-Altitude is the highest point in Singapore with al fresco restaurant and bar. The 360-degree view of the city that you’ll watch from here is insane! You can go for a drink at night and check it by yourself!
This bar is located in 1 Raffles Place and opens at 6PM. 9. Chinatown
Your trip in Singapore wouldn’t be complete if you won’t visit Chinatown. It surely has everything- from traditional temples to bars which are for explorers, party-goers, and history enthusiasts. If there’s a must-thing to do in Chinatown, it is to grab a meal! It is the best place to experience the authentic flavour of Singapore. Maxwell Food Centre is the most popular one to visit. You can also go to the Thian Hock Keng Temple which is one of the oldest Chinese temples in Singapore. 10. Little India
There’s a bunch of must-see attractions in Little India since it is the center of life for the Indian community in Singapore. So explore the combination of their Chinese and Hindu temples, mosques and churches. Well, it’s awesome since the touristic spots are just near each other so you can visit all the beautiful places in a day and it will show you its vibrant culture and incredible shopping experience! 11. Walking Around Bugis Area
Bugis is a very busy area in Singapore. It’s always full of people and tourists. We visited the local malls and local markets in Bugis since we really want to eat local food offered there. If you want to taste fruit juices and different street food, this is the place to visit. There are so many choices for food, and prices vary, some even start really cheap. It’s also a good place if you are thinking of buying i nexpensive local souvenirs . Also, it is definitely worth visiting even if you don’t want to shop. Just walk around and observe the typical life of simple Singaporeans. More Awesome Singapore Tourist Spots 12. Masjid Sultan
Masjid Sultan, also known as the Sultan Mosque , is located in Kampong Glam Malay Heritage District. Sultan Hussein Shah, was the first sultan of Singapore and the mosque was built for him in 1824. The Mosque has domes with arabesque style , detailed decorations and ornaments. Its design is really interesting since it is a combination of traditional Indian and Islamic elements with European architectural features. It is so great and ravishing for the eye. It is indeed a masterpiece! Masjid Sultan also has a prayer hall which can accommodate more than 4000 people in mass prayer. Interesting, isn’t it? 13. Orchard Road Image from Flickr
The Orchard Road is a very famous shopping spot in Singapore. If you love shopping like Rachel, you’ll love this place! You’ll find every type of store here- from luxurious shops to world-class international restaurants. You’ll also find yourself entertained from drinking the finest wines and trying out different outfits. 14. The ArtScience Museum
This museum will not just feed your eyes and mind, but will also entertain you for hours! There are several world-class exhibits here that are very educational so it’s a famous Singapore tourist spot loved by locals and tourists, especially kids.
The Art Science Museum is open everyday from 10AM to 7PM and is located at 6 Bayfront Ave . An all-access entrance fee for an adult costs $37 but there are packages you can avail if you are coming with kids. 15. National Museum of Singapore Image from Flickr
This is the oldest museum in Singapore built in 1887 . The structure of the National Museum of Singapore is already fascinating, but what’s inside is even more amazing! Discover many things about the history of the country, see beautiful art exhibits, immerse yourself in the rich Singaporean culture by taking part in the museum’s different presentations and film screenings.
The museum operates daily, starting from 10AM to 7PM . Entrance fee for adults costs $10. 16. Chinese and Japanese Gardens Image from Flickr
The Chinese and Japanese Gardens in 1 Chinese Garden Road shouldn’t be missed, too! The beautiful colors of the rock formations and plants in the Chinese Garden will blend really well with the beauty of Japanese Garden. It’s a place you must go to for relaxing and walking around, or even taking pictures here is satisfying already. 17. People’s Park Complex Image from Flickr
If you want to go somewhere that’s budget-friendly , then People’s Park Complex is for you! You can have a meal here and choose from a lot of variety of foods and cuisine. They almost have everything from meat, pork, chicken, and anything in between and it will just cost under $10 for a great meal already. It is also considered as the largest shopping complex along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street. So, they have a lot to offer like gifts, souvenirs, clothing, food, and other things that hit their fancy and interests. And again, everything’s cheap in price! 18. Universal Studios Singapore
Your visit to Singapore won’t be complete without going to the Universal Studios. It’s one of the Singapore Tourist Spots that’s usually visited by tourists because of the fascinating exhibits that you can encounter inside. This theme park features 28 rides, attractions, and shows in 7-themed zones.
It is located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island. Entrance fee starts at $41.
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Kate Middleton’s favourite foods: what the Duchess likes to eat
Kate Middleton’s favourite foods: what the Duchess likes to eat Hello! 4 hrs ago hello © @Copyright HELLO! Hello! Magazine
Whether sampling local dishes during official engagements or discovering world cuisines when enjoying royal tours, the has often given fans a glimpse of her foodie side. Although Kate rarely opens up about her daily diet, she has unveiled some of her favourite dishes, whether admitting to a love of spicy food or being spotted snacking on popcorn during a basketball game.
© Provided by Hola S.L. – Hello Magazines prince william kate middleton canada food festival When it comes to cooking itself, the mother-of-two remains modest about her culinary skills, and has even poked fun at her own cooking. “William has to put up with my cooking most of the time,” she was once heard quipping to a group of chefs when she and William attended a gala dinner. Her husband was quick to chime in, joking: “It’s the reason I’m so skinny!” That doesn’t mean the Duchess doesn’t know a thing or two in the kitchen – after all, she famously served up her grandmother’s chutney as a Christmas gift to the Queen, showing off her thoughtful side.
We take a look at some of Kate’s favourite foods and what she’s been known to like to eat…
© Provided by Hola S.L. – Hello Magazines kate middleton food festival When she was seven months pregnant with , cooked by Indian couple Chan Shingadia and her husband Hash, who ran the Spar shop near Kate’s home in Berkshire at the time. Chan added that as a vegetarian she only cooks meat-free dishes, suggesting that Kate opted for a veggie option to satisfy her pregnancy cravings.
When it comes to curries’ spice levels, the Duchess herself has previously admitted she is a fan of spicy food – although she revealed ahead of her royal tour of India with Prince William that unlike her, her husband “struggles” with spices.
Prince William revealed he and Kate were big sushi fans during a visit to Japan House London, where he met Japanese chef Akira. “Very impressive,” the royal said as he tucked into some salmon sashimi. “Thank you very much. My wife and I love sushi. We might have to come down here for lunch when no one else is in.” The Duke’s admission appears to debunk the myth that members of the royal family aren’t allowed to eat seafood, and shows they like to experiment with different foods from around the world.
and their wedding guests dined on a saddle of organic lamb after they tied the knot in 2011, but it’s not the only time the royal couple have been spotted opting for a dish with the meat. While , William and Kate headed to chef Vikram Vij’s stand where they sampled some of his ‘Wine-Marinated Lamb Popsickles in Fenugreek Cream Curry’, which he renamed ‘Maharajah’s Lamb Popsicles’ for the purpose of their visit.
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The mum-of-three revealed that she put her culinary skills to the test when she spent her first Christmas at Sandringham with the British royal family. Kate admitted that she chose to gift with a pot of her grandmother’s chutney, for a personal touch.
“I can remember being at Sandringham, for the first time, at Christmas,” Kate revealed in a documentary released to coincide with the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. “And I was worried what to give the Queen as her Christmas present. I was thinking, ‘Gosh, what should I give her?’ I thought back to what would I give my own grandparents and I thought, ‘I’ll make her something’, which could have gone horribly wrong, but I decided to make my granny’s recipe of chutney.” Admitting she was “slightly worried about it”, Kate revealed that the chutney featured in the Christmas meal the following day, noting that it shows the Queen’s “thoughtfulness, really, and her care in looking after everybody.”
© Provided by Hola S.L. – Hello Magazines kate middleton prince william popcorn basketball match
During the in 2014, Kate’s love for popcorn was revealed when she and William attended a basketball game during their visit to New York. As she watched the NBA match Kate was spotted sharing a bucket of the tasty snack with William, occasionally reaching into the bag throughout the game.
While Kate does occasionally eat meat, it seems that she favoured meat-free options during her and William’s royal tour of India. Chef Raghu Deora, who was charged with creating dishes for , revealed that he served up a lunch of vegetable kebabs and lentil curry for the pair. “It is all vegetarian because I was told that was what they preferred,” he explained.
The Ultimate Cape Town, South Africa Travel Guide
The Ultimate Cape Town, South Africa Travel Guide 35 mins ago 0
We began our three-week honeymoon in Cape Town, in South Africa, which just blew our mind. The natural beauty of Cape Town, its mountains, hiking, dining, views, history and adventure has quickly propelled it to my favorite city I’ve ever visited. With five whole days and nights to explore the epic city, I did a ton of research to curate the best of the best for the ultimate Cape Town, South Africa travel guide and itinerary.
Read on for everything we did in Cape Town. Disclaimer: we are avid travelers so we tend to pack in a ton of activities each day. If you are a slower traveler or not as active, you may want to go at a more leisurely pace.
Day 1: Table Mountain & Cape Malay Cooking Class The views from the top of Table Mountain are just extraordinary
Hike Table Mountain: After dropping off our bags at the hotel, we put on our athletic wear, bought a bottle of South African wine and headed straight for Table Mountain, for the first of two epic hikes we would take in Cape Town. We loved doing this right after such a long day of travel since it helped us buck our jetlag and breathe in the fresh air.
Cape Town centers around this famous mountain, which has loads of hiking trails sporting the most incredible views. We did the Platteklip Gorge trail , which is the most direct route – but VERY steep and pretty challenging – in order to complete the hike in less than four hours. Note: if you are pressed for time or not into hiking, there is also the option (for a fee) to take a gondola up and down the mountain in order to get the views. A great view of Lion’s Head Mountain at sunset on our descent down from Table Mountain’s peak.
I absolutely loved this hike (and I loved that it counted as a workout!) because it provided beautiful views of Cape Town, the mountains and neighboring Lion’s Head mountain. There were great lookout points along the trail to take in the scenery and get insanely beautiful photos that don’t even look like they’re real. It’s one of the best hikes I’ve ever done, and we felt like we deserved that bottle of Sauvingnon blanc we brought with us to drink at the peak of the mountain by the time we got there.
We took the gondola down the mountain because but saved us some time and we had dinner to get to. Luckily, we timed the descent for sundown, so we got great views of Lion’s Head during peak sunset from the gondola. We made boboti, a traditional Cape Malay dish, during our cooking class at Cape Town’s Top Nosh cooking school.
Cape Malay Cooking Class: One of our favorite things to do when traveling someplace is to take a cooking class and learn their cuisine. For me, learning their signature dishes the best souvenir to bring home with me since I can make it at home and reminisce about my time in that country, plus it gives you an appreciation for the cuisine, people and culture of where you’ve traveled.
With this in mind, we booked a class at Top Nosh Cooking School , one of the preeminent cooking schools in Cape Town, where they teach a variety of different classes, ranging from traditional French cuisine to baking. We opted for a Cape Malay cooking class since this is a type of cuisine local to Cape Town, dating back to the time of Dutch settlers colonizing Cape Town and brining their Malaysian, Indonesian and Asian slaves with them. These slaves created a fusion from their dishes back home and blended it with local fare to create this delicious type of food. Our boboti, which we made at Top Nosh cooking school, was delicious.
Our instructor was Indian and well versed in Cape Malay cuisine. She taught us how to make traditional dishes such as Bobotie, Curry Chicken, Chutney and Saffron Rice. Learning the technique to each dish as well as learning about the focus on spices, seasoning and patience while creating these incredibly complex dishes was so amazing.
At the end of the class, we got to eat our creations and it was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before. The minced meat with milk custard and bread in the bobotie was just incredible. The curry chicken’s spices and sauce were so flavorful and paired well with the sweet rice, which contained delightful sultana raisins. The sweet chutney was dangerously good. We took the recipes back with us and I can’t wait to recreate them at home as we think back on our amazing time in Cape Town.
Day 2: V&A Waterfront, Robben’s Island, Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Test Kitchen
Robben Island: For us, it was important to understand the history of Cape Town, even its darkest days, while appreciating its current state. So, months in advance, we booked tickets to Robben Island , where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.
These tickets fill up in advance, so we recommend you booking them once you have your dates in Cape Town. I also enjoyed reading Trevor Noah’s book: “ Born a Crime ” and reading Nelson Mandela’s biography “ Long Walk to Freedom ” prior to our trip to give me a really good understanding of apartheid.
The Robben’s Island tour is about four hours from start to finish. You will take a 30-minute ferry out to the secluded island. Once you’re there, you will board busses which will serve as your tour bus of the grounds for the day. You’ll end the tour in the prison houses where Mandela and other political prisoners were imprisoned and you are even given a tour by a former prisoner. I found he tours really rich in history and worthwhile. Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront has great shops and restaurants along the water with super scenic views.
Explore the V&A Waterfront : Robben’s Island boats depart from the scenic V&A waterfront, so after your tour, it’s definitely worth exploring this great port. We liked just roaming around the port, taking photos in front of the sailboats and finding the famous statues of Mandela and other historic South African figures. There is also a food hall that looked great in the area. Manna Epicure in Cape Town is as beautiful as the food is delicious.
Lunch at Manna Epicure: We had worked up an appetite because of ur early start time, and we picked a great place to satiate it. (I will go into more detail about all of the great restaurants we ate at in Cape Town in our Cape Town Foodie Guide!).
Manna Epicure , located on Kloof Street, has a distinctly European vibe in all of the right ways. I loved the portico opening up to the street with natural sunlight flooding through as well as the tan and white muted décor, which made you want to sit back with a glass of rose and people watch.
The food at Manna Epicure was truly outstanding, so we let our waiter choose some highlights for us to share. Everything we ate (and drank – all South African wines) was absolutely delicious and the ambiance was unbeatable. We highly recommend! Afternoon Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson is a total treat.
Afternoon Tea at Belmond Mount Nelson: Next, we walked down the block to the Belmond Mount Nelson for some cocktails and Afternoon Tea. You’ll know if you read this blog that I am a HUGE afternoon tea fan, and the Belmond’s patio facing table mountain and ensconsed in palm trees is just the place to indulge yourself in some fancy cakes and gin cocktails. I fell in love with the decor at The Belmond Mount Nelson.
Highly, highly recommend. Also, the entire yard and restaurant area is insanely Instagrammable. You’re basically in a Slim Aaron’s photo. One of the very many dishes we had at Cape Town’s Test Kitchen as part of its tasting menu
Dinner at Test Kitchen: We’ll get into ALL the details in our foodies post, but if you’re lucky enough to get a reservation at Test Kitchen (here’s our post on getting a reservation), then you should absolutely splurge and go for it. Test Kitchen is consistently ranked one of the world’s best restaurants, and their inventive tasting menu, which consists of more than 12 courses, was the most memorable meal of my life. This is a bucket list experience for foodies that is not to be missed.
Day 3: Company’s & Kirstenbosch Gardens, Neighbourgoods, Camp’s Bay & More The Company’s Garden in Cape Town is beautiful for a morning stroll.
Company’s Garden: We started the day at the lovely Company’s Garden, which is Cape Town’s Central Park. This beautiful garden is free to enter and features stunning walking paths and scenes surrounded by colonial-era buildings. You can walk the garden inside 45-minutes and see many of the highlights, such as the rose garden, slave bell, statues and palm groves. The Bo Kaap neighborhood of Cape Town is known for their colorful homes which were formerly owned by slaves.
Bo Kaap’s Colorful Houses: From the Company’s Gardens, we headed up the road to Bo Kaap, Cape Town’s Muslim neighborhood which is famous for its brightly colored homes. This area is originally where the Dutch housed their slaves, and they were only allowed to live in houses painted white. When the slaves were freed, they painted those same homes vibrant shades to express their freedom. It now makes for cape Town’s version of Notting Hill or Rainbow Row, but we do advise keeping your wits about you, as the neighborhood is a bit rough. We didn’t even walk the few short blocks form Company’s Garden because there were some menacing people on the way, so we had our Uber bring us there for some photos on the way to our next destination. There is also a great, free Bo Kaap walking tour that didn’t work with our schedule, but is worth looking into. Kirstenbosch Garden in Cape Town was a must-see for us on our trip.
Kirstenbosch Gardens: These botanical gardens , which require a ticket, are beautiful beyond description. We spent a few hours meandering the massive gardens, exploring the local fauna (such as the protea) and getting lost down winding paths and hiking trails. This is the absolute perfect spot to pack a picnic and lay out on the lawns surrounded by mountains and just enjoying nature. This is one of the (many!) highlights of our time in Cape Town. Neighbourgoods Market in Cape Town was a culinary highlight of the trip.
Neighbourgoods: Next, we headed over the The Old Biscuit Mill for Cape Town’s weekly Saturday food market. Neighbourgoods is not to be missed. It reminded me of Brooklyn’s amazing Smorgasburg weekend market in a lot of ways, but with an African vibe. Each Saturday, Cape Town’s food purveyors and restaurants set up stalls here selling their best dishes, ranging from fried mac and cheese balls to ostrich empanadas and paella. You can walk the market picking up lots of dishes to try and share and then sitting at picnic tables to enjoy while a local band plays. Their is also a bar and wine store for a proper picnic in the sun. We enjoyed this immensely and highly recommend checking it out if you are in town on a Saturday. We ate: chicken wings, empanadas, Israeli salad, spanakopita, and more. The sunset views in Camp’s Bay are otherworldly. We loved having cocktails at Chinchilla.
Camp’s Bay for Sundowners: Next, head to the beach town of Camp’s Bay for a walk along the coastline and drinks at sunset. Just at the edge of Table Mountain, this vibrant beach has loads of restaurants, bars, volleyball players and epic views. We posted up at the bar at Chinchilla for sunset drinks and soaked in the atmosphere. We highly recommend an afternoon at Camp’s Bay. Kloof Street House in Cape Town had the most amazing decor.
Dinner at Kloof Street House: This old mansion turned restaurant and lounge is my spirit animal. The decor of Kloof Street House is so artfully done, making you feel like you are stepping back into time into the home of an imperial baronness. For us, the aesthetic and cocktails outshone the food, but the food was also good enough to warrant a dinner here.
Day 4: Shark Diving, Spa, Sundowners
Shark Diving: South Africa is known for its shark population, so if adventure is your thing, you’ll want to check out their shark diving. We booked Apex Shark Expeditions for a trip out to Seal Island to shark dive. This group is known for their safety— Discovery Channels has gone out with them as has Tiger Woods— and shark diving is not an area you want to go with a low-cost provider. So, yes this will be an expensive day, but well worth it. My husband went and saw loads of cow sharks up close and personal, although great whites havent been seen in two years because of predatory orcas.
Spa Day: While my husband was off in a shark cage, I spent the day at The 12 Apostles Spa , getting a deep tissue massage and enjoying their baths. The treatment was wonderful, and super inexpensive by American standards. The Leopard Lounge at The Twelve Apostles Hotel has magnificent views of the sunset and great drinks.
Sundowners at Leopard Lounge: For sunset, we headed to the 12 Apostles Hotel’s Leopard Lounge and grabbed a table on their terrace for cocktails, sunset and unobscured views of Table Mountain. We posted up at one of the best tables in the bar’s terrace and ordered some bubbly and a delicious cheese board as the sky changed colors and we snapped copious photos. We ended the session with a delicious piece of cheesecake and decided we were too full to go to dinner for the night!
Day 5: Cape of Good Hope, Boulder’s Bay, Lion’s Head Mountain & Asoka
Explore the Cape of Good Hope: One of the excursions we were most looking forward to in Cape Town was a full-day trip we had planned with African Lynx to visit the penguins at Boulder’s Bay, go to the iconic Cape Point, picnic at a reserve and see the neighboring towns down the coast and all they have to offer. The drive itself fro Cape Town is just extraordinary. We’ll write more in depth about our amazing day with African Lynx, but here’s the essentials. Boulder’s Bay has the best penguin watching and excellent views
Boulder’s Bay: Want to get up close and personal to African penguins? Then make your way to Boulder’s Bay, where a big colony of penguins resides. We skipped the touristy boardwalk where you can see them from afar and opted to climb boulders in the park (thanks to the great navigation of our guide) and this resulted in our getting just inches away from dozens of penguins, watching them swim and play with one another. This was a total highlight of the trip. The Cape Of Good Hope is well worth a half-day of exploring
Cape Point: One of the most Southern points in Africa, Cape Point is home to loads of animals and the famous “Cape of Good Hope”sign which you must take the obligatory photo with. South Africa’s Kalk Bay near Cape Town is a beautiful fishing village
Kalk Bay: This seaside town on the coast of False Bay has a ton of character. We stopped for a coffee and croissant at Olympia Cafe and then headed out to the pier where fishermen were hanging their daily catch waiting for customers to come along. It’s a nice slice of life into the coastal town and has a very relaxed vibe. Sunset at the top of Lion’s Head Mountain in Cape Town is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever experienced.
Hike Lion’s Head Mountain: Our very favorite hike of the trip was hiking Lion’s Head, which neighbors Table Mountain. This hike is much less strenuous than Table Mountain and takes about an hour and a half round trip. The return on investment for this hike is just extraordinary. We timed our hike for sunset, which we highly, highly recommend, and we were rewarded with the most beautiful views and colors in the sky. At times watching it we wondered if it was what heaven looked like, because it may have been the most beautiful thing we’d ever witnessed. We both agree if you only have time for one of the hikes, make it this one and time it for sunset. The decor at Cape Town’s Asoka restaurant is truly stunning.
Dinner at Asoka: For our last dinner in Cape Town we headed into town for the trendy Asian fusion restaurant Asoka. The décor at Asoka is spot on as it is owned by the same group at Kloof Street House. Asian lanterns hang throughout, there’s a banyan tree in the middle of the restaurant surrounded by fairy lights and it feels like you’re sitting outside. The food at Asoka is outstanding and so flavorful and their cocktails are inventive.