Refugee Food Festival Cape Town is on!

Refugee Food Festival Cape Town is on!

Refugee Food Festival Cape Town is on! Refugee Food Festival Cape Town is on! May 25, 2019, 12:42 am 0 SHARES
Refugee Food Festival is a non-profit organization originating in Paris, France.
Born from the desire to celebrate World Refugee Day on 20 June, this citizen’s initiative is an annual project allowing restaurant owners to open their kitchens to refugee chefs. The first Refugee Food Festival, founded by the Food Sweet Food charity with the support of the UN Agency for Refugees, took place in Paris in June 2016.
Their aim is to change perceptions, integrate refugees into community and create a world of peace and equality for all.
You don’t need to travel to Paris to experience this wonderful event. This initiative has spread worldwide and we get to celebrate it right here in the Mother City.
From 4-9 June 2019, local restaurants will open their kitchens to refugee chefs who will design a range of dishes from their home country for brunch, lunch, dinner or snacks.
4 June | Lunch at Reverie Social Table
Eritrean cuisine with Chef Judy
Reverie Social Table is provides precisely what its name suggests – interaction. Clients have the chance to mingle at a 16-seater table and are offered a d’hôte style dining experience – which means that you get to enjoy a multi-course meal at a fixed total price.
5 June | Lunch at Reverie Social Table
Syrian cuisine with Chef Oula
5 June | Documentary screening & tapas at the Labia Theatre
Rwandan and Congolese cuisine with Chefs Jane and David
Go old school at the Labia with a classic, old-style interior and classic movies. They’re bringing back the originals with allowing you to have a drink – a real drink – in the theatre.
6 June | Interactive cooking class at Ginger & Lime food studio
African Fusion with Chefs Patrick & Bilolo
Ginger & Lime hosts South African, Thai and Italian inspired cooking classes and food-based team-building events (yum!) and now they’re going Indian with a new vegan class that will change the way you view plants. You are able, and expected to, move about freely in the kitchen – it’s all about interaction!
8 June | Oranjezicht City Farm and Market Day
Eritrean cuisine with Chef Judy
Clebrate local food, culture and community at Oranjezicht. Enjoy health bites, good coffee and loads of activities for the whole family.
9 June | Oranjezicht City Farm and Market Day
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Air Arabia : 8 Eid Al Fitr holiday ideas for UAE residents

A tourist in Seychelles . Image Credit: Getty Images
It’s that time of the year again when UAE residents make those last-minute travel plans to jet off for the Eid Al Fitr holidays.
Gulf News tabloid! has shortlisted holiday destinations for the discerning traveller, along with Eid week flight plans and deals to be had.
For the quick getaway
Azerbaijan
View of Baku by the Caspian Sea – Azerbaijan Image Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Often called the Pearl of the Caucasus, Azerbaijan is a country rich in culture, history and luxury.
The capital city of Baku will give you major feels of Dubai , with its towering skyline and its pristine beaches cradling the waters of the Caspian Sea . Unwind and breathe fresh air as you stroll across Baku Boulevard . Within it, you will find a small Venetian dream made up of a myriad of islands with gondolas sailing through the canals and restaurants dotted across the shore.
While in Azerbaijan , check out the primitive petroglyphs of Gobustan situated 60km from the capital city of Baku . Rising out of the semi-desert, Gobustan is a Unesco World Heritage site, known for its 6,000 rock engravings, which go back 40,000 years.
A 4.5 hour drive from Baku is the Sheki Khan Palace , a place paying tribute Azerbaijani craftsmen famed for their ‘Shebeke’ — a mosaic of coloured glass set in wooden latticework and assembled without nails or glue.
Must try: Do indulge in the crunchy sweetness of pakhlava, a local desert coated with flakes of golden skin and stuffed with crunchy nuts and filo pastry doused in a delicate sugar syrup. Also, do not miss out on a chance to get messy by spending the day soaking in a crude oil bath. The treatment is used to heal various ailments.
Details: Flydubai and Air Arabia from Sharjah fly direct to Baku . Flight time to Azerbaijan is just shy of two hours, while return averages four hours. Eid ticket prices on Air Arabia star at Dh2,260, while Flydubai costs Dh4,020. Four Seasons Baku is also offering an Eid package, located along the waterfront in the heart of central Baku , where you get a complimentary fourth night. Rates start from $200 per night.
Seychelles
A tourist in Seychelles .
Sun, surf and an island getaway, it really doesn’t get better than Seychelles . Spread out over 115 islands, the island nation is a slice of paradise located just off the east coast of Kenya . Bursting with pristine beaches, marine sanctuaries and Unesco heritage sites, one could get lost in exploring nature in all its glory.
All flights will land in Mahe, the main island where British and French influence is still readily visible in the colonial architecture and the cuisine. Capital city Victoria and its surroundings are filled with old world charm, with beautiful artisan boutiques tucked away in the bylanes to get lost in.
For those looking for some private, quality time, the islands of Praslin and La Digue are a short boat ride away offering access to some of the best beaches and a chance to swim with turtles as well.
Must try: Seychelles is a paradise for lovers of seafood with its Creole influenced cuisine adding that dash of spice to the palette. Victoria market is perhaps the best place to try local grilled fish, with hawkers ready to BBQ it to perfection.
Details: Emirates flies direct to Seychelles , with Eid fare averaging Dh3,625 with a flight time of four hours and 40 minutes. Over Eid, the H Resort Beau Vallon Beach
is offering a special rate with 10 per cent off the best available room rate to 15 per cent discount at the resort’s exceptional restaurants and spa. All room bookings during this period are inclusive of a buffet breakfast as well as early check in and late check out, subject to availability. For the family affair
Portugal
The image shows a beautiful place in Azenhas do mar, in Sintra, near Lisbon on a great sunset with a natural pool. Image Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
From exceptional cuisine to towering castles, Portugal is the perfect Eid destination, especially before the summer onslaught of tourists commence.
One could get lost in Lisbon alone, exploring the city on foot or riding the yellow and white trams that form the backbone of the city. The Alfama neighbourhood gives you a snapshot into Portugal’s Moorish history, with cobblestone streets leading up to hilltop fortifications of Castelo de Sao Jorge
. If you have the time, rent a car or book yourself on a day trip to Sintra, a royal sanctuary and a Unesco World Heritage site, to visit the majestic Sintra National Palace , a Moorish castle and the hilltop 19th-century Pena National Palace . Just 30 minutes from Lisbon , you won’t be disappointed.
Must try: If time permits, drive down to the municipality of Faro and visit Cabo de Santa Maria, which stands as the southernmost point of continental Portugal . Once you’ve had your Insta moment, head back up to the cliffs to take in one of the most majestic sunsets you will ever see.
Details: Tap Portugal flies from Abu Dhabi , with a single stop for Dh3,285, while Emirates flies non-stop averaging Dh4,375 with flight time of eight hours. Tivoli Hotels and Resorts is offering special rates for GCC travellers for its hotels in Lisbon , Sintra and The Algarve. The property is also facilitating tours, including an exploration of Lisbon in a tuk tuk and a tour of the city’s street art.
Uganda
A beautiful baby gorilla in bwindi impenetrable national park Image Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Nestled in Eastern Africa , Uganda’s tourism push has finally opened up its natural wonders for the world to see, from the majestic Murchison Falls to encountering gorillas in the mist.
The capital city of Kampala , which borders Lake Victoria , is a treasure trove of cultural wonders, with the National Gadhafi Mosque, the Kasubi Tombs (a Unesco World Heritage site), along with various temples and craft markets.
Gorilla trekking at Mgahinga Park and Afro-Montane Bwindi Impenetrable Forest have undoubtedly put Uganda on the tourism map, but the chimpanzee treks in the Kibale Forest National Park should not be overlooked if time permits.
With its dense misty forests, snow-peaked mountains, beautiful lakes and vast savannahs, it’s not hard to see why Winston Churchill
described Uganda as ‘The Pearl of Africa’. Must try: The most popular local dish in the central region is matooke (bananas of the plantain type) which is served with peanut sauce, fresh fish, meat and chicken, but each Ugandan tribe has its own unique dishes.
Details: Emirates and code-share partner flydubai offer a double-daily service and Etihad Airways also serves the destination from Abu Dhabi . Over Eid, flydubai is offering return flights for Dh1,720, inclusive of luggage, while Emirates is priced at Dh1,995.
For the couples
Maldives
Panorama view of Maldives island centara le grand Image Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
What more can we say about Maldives that has not been said before? It is the ultimate beach getaway for couples, which is also the reason why there’s an annual mass exodus of honeymooners here. Spend the days basking in the sunshine, or take a dip in the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean .
Most resorts offer a number of water activities, including snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and so on.
Must try: While January to April used be the best time sight dolphins and whales in and around the waters of Maldives , due to the changes in the weather patterns, you now get a chance to see the playful mammals well into summer months.
Details: Emirates flies direct to Male, with round-trip airfares costing Dh2,845 during Eid week. Many resorts are offering Eid deals, with the Coco Bodu Hithi giving a 25 per cent discount on room rates for a minimum of three nights, while Sun Siyam Resorts is also offering discounts across The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi and the Olhuveli Beach & Spa Maldives. Other properties with Eid deals include the Velaa Private Island and The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resorts .
Ireland
Kylemore Abbey in Connemara mountains, Ireland Image Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
The rolling greens and the lush landscape of the Emerald Isle are simply made for romance. 
Starting out with the capital city Dublin that serves up cultural experiences such as River Dancing. There are a variety of museums, markets and dining destinations to stop by check out making Dublin a trip for the books.
Venturing further from Dublin will bring you to the oldest city in Ireland , Waterford , founded by Vikings in 914AD, which calls for travellers to visit its greenway and the Mount Congreve House and Gardens.
Kilkenny located south of Dublin , forms the heart of Ireland’s ancient east, and offers the perfect family getaway. Known for its magical myths and legends, the county is home to the Medieval Mile Museum , where travellers can acquaint themselves with the years of intriguing heritage that stand behind its current appeal. Alternatively, the more adventurous visitors can go deep into Dunmore caves, try their hand at fishing, experience the thrill of the zip line in Castlecomer or visit the charming Nore Valley Farm .
Must try: Even if the final season of Game of Thrones is behind us, you can still experience the Northern Ireland tours into the world of Westeros. The ever prevalent Kingsroad awaits, whereby visitors can follow in the footsteps of their favourite characters and drink in the impressive sight of County Antrim’s Dark Hedges.
Details: Emirates flies direct to Dublin with Eid week return flights priced at Dh3,095. Flight time is 7.5 hours.
For old-world charm
St Petersburg, Russia
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg and Griboedov canal, Russia Image Credit: Getty Images
The sheer grandeur of St Petersburg never fails to mesmerise, with its opulent history, breathtaking architecture and old world charm.
The most Instagrammed monument is perhaps the grandiose Winter Palace , offering up riches of the Russian imperial family.
Also on the must-see list is the Mariinsky Theatre , St Petersburg’s equivalent to Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre , along with St Isaac’s Cathedral and the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood .
However, those who plan on travelling over Eid will also witness the White Nights phenomenon, which continues until July. Because the city is positioned at such a high latitude, the sun never really descends below the horizon for it to become dark. This, of course, is cue for the locals to party by night with festivals and concerts taking place all through the period.
Must try: Bustling with life, the city’s rivers and canals are a perfect way to discover the magic of St Petersburg . Take the hydrofoil as you sail down the Neva, tucked into a heady meal as live jazz soothes the soul.
Details: Emirates flies direct to St Petersburg , with the Eid week airfare averaging Dh3,305. Meanwhile, an Air Serbia code-share with Emirates is priced at Dh2,525 with a stopover in Moscow .
North and Central Vietnam
Dreamy sunset among the rocks of Halong Bay , Vietnam Image Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
With its vast wonders spanning the country, Vietnam is not a place that can or should be explored on a single trip alone, which is why we have picked the culturally rich North and Central Vietnam as the ideal Eid getaway for those looking to step back into the pages of history.
One of favourite places is the ancient city of Hoi An, nestled amid a plethora of canals amid the French Colonial and Chinese architecture. Days spent exploring its rich history is only coupled with evenings spent wandering through its busy riverside food market. If you have time, rent a bike and cycle down country roads to experience the simple life.
Vietnam’s capital Hanoi is another great city bursting with a cultural cocktail of Chinese, French and Southeast Asian influences. From the chaos of the Old Quarter to the Dong Xuan Market, it’s a city to get lost in.
Must Try: Hanoi is also the starting point for the Halong Bay tour. If time permits, do book yourself into a cruise aboard a Vietnamese junk. Although, we prefer the Bai Tu Long Bay cruise, which takes you further afield into the Unesco Heritage Park , with days spent kayaking in the pristine waters and evenings spent dining in hidden caves lit up by a thousand candles.
Details: Over Eid week, Emirates, which flies direct to Hanoi , is priced at Dh2,595.
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Spice Bazaar Sets Expansion Opening Date |

business Shared from Westfield, NJ Spice Bazaar Sets Expansion Opening Date Diners will now be given dinner and a show and a revamped menu. By Russ Crespolini, Patch Staff | May 22, 2019 10:00 am ET | Updated May 24, 2019 2:54 pm ET {{ replyButtonLabel }} Reply {{ replyCount }} Spice Bazaar diners will now be given dinner and a show and a revamped menu. (Photo courtesy of Simran Bakshi) WESTFIELD, NJ – Spice Bazaar’s success in Westfield has afforded them the opportunity to expand into a new location, right down the street from their original one, and they are set to serve customers starting June 10.
“Spice Bazaar will no longer be known as casual dining as we have designed a more vibrant environment, making it into Modern Indian Dining” said one of Spice Bazaar’s owners, Simran Bakshi.
According to owners, Spice Bazaar’s new venue at 39 Elm Street will give New Jersey restaurant go-ers an opportunity to experience Indian delicacies in a way that’s never been done before. The restaurant will put a twist on the typical dining experience by providing tableside shows led by their chefs. Spice Bazaar now has the opportunity to seat more people and keep things as flavorful as ever, right in front of you, owners said.
By creating an interactive show while people eat, Simran and Kanika Vij-Bakshi said they will be bringing the modern era of Indian cuisine to Westfield. What started as a fun side investment by two foodies became a passion for bringing unique food to Westfield, they said.
The interior has a lounge-like feel, beautiful chandeliers, and elegant and chíc decor. Spice Bazaar has truly upgraded, the owners said.
“The goal of Spice Bazaar is to push the culinary envelope to a more modern interpretation of Indian cuisine,” Vij-Bakshi said.
Owners said dishes at Spice Bazaar will include Indian flavors that can’t be found anywhere else in New Jersey with an upgraded menu that will include new selections such as, guava oysters, pineapple avocado tacos and spiced pork ribs.
It will also include an interactive dessert, named The Chocolate Ball Smash, a chocolate, that will be garnished directly in front of you and blasted as you indulge.
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Spices and Seasons, Simple Sustainable Indian Flavors – Rinku Bhattacharya / #Interview #BlogBlitz @rararesources @Wchestermasala

*** Who taught you how to cook? I spent a lot of my early childhood years watching my grandmother cook. I learnt and absorbed a lot of watch she was doing, without really realizing that I was doing that. I later travelled quite far away to the US for university. I began missing home cooked food, the lighter flavors of home and that is when I began to draw on memory to start cooking. All said and done, a lot of my cooking is self- taught but heavily influenced by my mother and grandmother’s cooking. Are there family recipies included? Absolutely! There are several family recipes from both my and my husband’s family. The chicken tikka kebabs (pg 39), the red lentils (107), Shrimp in a Caramelized Onion and Coconut milk sauce (pg 191) are all from my family. Seasonal Greens with White Cheese (page 129) The traditional red kidney beans are from my husband’s family (115). These are the first ones that come to mind. Which core ingredient do you prefer to cook with? I like fish and seafood, very fond of seasonal greens and am quite addicted to tomatoes. Overall, we stick to a simple flavour palate working with whatever is in season. Hence the title – Spices and Seasons. You will find similar recipes all in this vein in my blog – Spice Chronicles. www.spicechronicles.com . What is your favourite spice/herb? Cumin for spice and Cilantro or Coriander Leaves is my favorite herb. If you would have to prepare a 3 course meal consisting of dishes you like best, what would be on the menu? I would make the Pineapple Citrus Chicken Wings for an Appetizer, Coconut Shrimp Curry as a Main Dish and my Chai Spiced Apple Cake as a Dessert. Do you think traditional dishes should remain that way or can they have a bit of a modern twist and why? I do not think that there is an either or. I think both traditional dishes have their place and should be enjoyed when appropriate and when feeling like experimenting there should be room for modern flavors. Much like both Classical Music and Hip Hop have a place in our universe, it is just important to know when to work with what. Apart from the indian cuisine, which one do you consider a treat? I love food! I enjoy Mexican, Thai and French cuisine, but can be persuaded to enjoy pretty much anything. A meal is not complete without dessert. Do you agree? Which one is your guilty pleasure? Absolutely! Anything with Ghee (Indian Clarified Butter) and Cardamom calls my name. Do you sometimes cook together with family and/or friends or is the kitchen yours only? Mostly the kitchen is my domain. I have never cooked Indian food. Which dish is perfect for beginners? Actually, Spices and Seasons is probably a great book for beginners. The recipes are simple and very accessible. There is a lot of descriptive text on the ingredients and the recipes have been simplified. In addition, there are a lot of recipes in a contemporary style to make it accessible. Most importantly, there is a picture for every recipe. However, to get started, try my Classic Chicken Curry on Page 239. Thank you, Rinku Bhattacharya and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author Rinku Bhattacharya (spicechronicles.com) was born in India, and now lives in a house with a vibrant backyard in Hudson Valley, New York with her husband, an avid gardener, and their two children. Rinku’s simple, sustainable approach to Indian cooking is showcased on her blog, Spice Chronicles, and in her Journal News column “Spices and Seasons.” Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past nine years, and works extensively with local area farmer’s markets on seasonal demonstrations and discussions. Rinku is also the author of The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles (Hippocrene Books, 2012), winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2013 for Best Indian Cuisine. She writes for the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Journal News, and several online sites, and is a frequent guest on CT Style TV.

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Explore Aruba on the island’s Kukoo Kunuku party bus

Home / Beaches / Explore Aruba on the island’s Kukoo Kunuku party bus Explore Aruba on the island’s Kukoo Kunuku party bus To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that video
Aruba’s nickname is ‘One Happy Island’, and we can see why.
The tiny Dutch Caribbean island is located approximately 16 miles from the South American coastline of Venezuela. It boasts calm glittering azure waters, sun-soaked shores and enjoys a tropical climate all year round.
Arubans are some of the friendliest people on the planet and the island has an ongoing success with tourists as it enjoys the highest repeat visitor rate of any Caribbean destination.
Plus it’s located outside of the Caribbean ’s hurricane belt so the chances of a natural disaster are minimal.
There is no warmer and exciting welcome to Aruba than hoping on board Kukoo Kunuku, the island’s flamboyant open-air party bus.
The six hour nightlife adventure begins with the bus picking me from my hotel. I am introduced to my party mates, who are fellow revellers from all over the world.
The six hour party bus bring together tourists from all over the world ( Picture : Kukoo Kunuku)
Leading the way is Kukoo Kunuku’s dancing queen Mama, who has worked for the company for over 21 years.
She is well-known on the island and no visit to Aruba would be complete without saying hello and having a drink or two with her.
The party atmosphere is set with a lively playlist of classic hits, current chart toppers and reggae tracks to shake our maracas along to. We drive past the capital city Oranjestad and head towards off-the-beaten-path spots that I might not have found driving on my own though the streets in Aruba.
Our first stop is the California Lighthouse, which is located at Hudishibana near Arashi Beach . This picturesque location is the perfect spot to watch Aruba’s sunset and see the waves gently lap against the beach .
After having a champagne toast by the sea we are whisked away to one of Aruba’s famous landmarks – the Casibari Rock Formations, where we enjoyed dinner under the stars at the Casabari café.
The first stop on the Kukoo Kunuku party bus is a champagne toast by the sea at the California Lighthouse ( Picture : Kukoo Kunuku)
Mama is one of Aruba’s most popular locals and a Kukoo Kunuku tour host ( Picture : Kukoo Kunuku)
With all the niceties out of the way we set off on Kukoo Kunuku’s adventurous bar crawl, which sees us making pit stops at U-Wanna Beer and La Ronda, where we are given one free drink ticket each.
The drinks menu includes Aruba’s national beer Balashi and Kukoo Kunuku’s special cocktail, the Lovers Kukoo Kiss. Savvy party goers purchase a Kukoo Kunuku souvenir bottle, which at $6 (£5) guarantees free refills.
As the night becomes merrier, we dress up as carnival queens, learn some local dances and the grand finale sees Mama handpick some of the men in the bar to perform a rendition of Village People’s YMCA.
The clock strikes midnight and even though its home time this party bus shows no signs of slowing down, so much so I’m still shaking my maracas as I’m dropped off back to my hotel.
The adventurous party bus stops at local bars such as U Wanna Beer where the tour’s guests can mingle and party with guests ( Picture : Kukoo Kunuku)
Another exciting introduction to the warmth and hospitality of Aruba is the Bon Bini Festival, a weekly folkloric music and dance festival in the island’s oldest building in Oranjestad.
Bon Bini means ‘Welcome’ in Papiamento, Aruba’s national language, which is an infusion of Creole, Portuguese and Spanish. This colourful affair takes place takes every Tuesday in the outdoor courtyard of the historical Fort Zourman.
When I arrive I am greeted by a host of market stands displaying local art works, jewellery and handcrafted souvenirs. In addition to food stalls selling the authentic and regional cuisine staples like rice and peas, plantain and kabritu (goat stew).
The cultural immersion begins with the MC teaching us about Aruba’s fascinating history and key Papiamento phrases such as ‘Mi ta stimabo’ (I love you). The affair ends with a mini carnival with traditionally costumed folkloric dancers performing on stage followed by a drumming band stomping their way to the front with guests participating in the fun.
Bon Bini Festival is the island’s weekly folkloric music and dance festival [Keira Blake]Both during the day and night Aruba is full of beaches to escape to for a spot of shade or seclusion. On the island’s north-west corner, is Eagle Beach , which is regularly acclaimed as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches .
From first glimpse I can tell why it’s one of Aruba’s finest. It’s a true natural beauty with an uninterrupted stretch of glittering ivory sands and the island’s iconic twin fofoti trees, which are perfect for an Instagram moment.
Aruba’s Eagle Beach is well-known for its twin fofoti trees. They make for the perfect Instagram picture ( Picture : Keira Blake)
My favourite beach is Aruba’s Baby Beach , located in Seroe Colorado at the south-eastern tip of the island. The waters here are shallow meaning non-swimmers can waddle out into the sea for a long distance and even touch the sea’s bed.
The beach has huts and refreshment stands such as Big Mama Grill, where my taste buds were ablazed with a hearty plate of Oxtail, rice and peas, and coleslaw.
Aruba’s Baby Beach is full of open-aired restaurants where you can try traditional Caribbean dishes ( Picture : Keira Blake)
At Big Mama’s Grill in Aruba you can try authentic traditional cuisine such as oxtail, rice n peas, plaintain and coleslaw ( Picture : Keira Blake)
If you’re up for it Island life in Aruba can be quite an adventurous, as I discovered during a walking tour at Mira La Mar in Arikok National Park .
I put my endurance to the test as I weaved and meandered through 20 miles of rugged desert hiking trails. Prickly cactus plants are to be found at almost every corner of this beautiful landscape.
The hike is grueling but worth it as I am rewarded with breathtaking views of the three highest points in the island. Near to the park is Fontein Cave one of the island’s most darkest and mysterious spots on the island.
I was warned that I may see bats as I entered this cave which is located inside the great granite rocks of Arikok. The caves is both eerie and fascinating as it displays etched symbolic drawings from the Caquetio Indians, who were Aruba’s earliest inhabitant from over a 1000 years ago.
The Arikok National Park features popular hiking tours for locals and visitors to hike on ( Picture : Keira Blake)
Aruba’s Fontein Cave is located near Aruba’s Arikok National Park ( Picture : Keira Blake)
Back into the daylight I jump in an ATV and head down Aruba’s bumpiest road, The Highway, courtesy of ABC Tours. We drive past the palm-fringed beaches and rock formations into the secret havens of Aruba’s natural splendour.
The back roads lead us into stunning sites such as Aruba’s amazing natural bridges, which were created about one million years ago and can be found along the north coast.
ABC Tours Aruba allow tourists to get off the beaten track to explore some of the island’s natural gems ( Picture : Keira Blake)
We then take a dip in the steamy hot springs of the Natural pool, which was once used to hold sea turtles, and wandered through the Black Stone Beach where you’ll find some of the island’s impressive rocks.
( Picture : Keira Blake)
While the Caribbean tends not to be associated with street art it is a blossoming area of development in Aruba.
One of the most colourful areas to explore in Aruba is San Nicolas, where you’ll find the remains of the striking art created during the island’s first street exhibit in September 2017.
12 leading street artists from all stretches of the globe – including Portugal, Mexico, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Argentina, Curacao and Germany – used the architecture of San Nicolas in Aruba as their canvas.
San Nicolas is Aruba’s street art district where you’ll find murals that have been created by artists from all over the world ( Picture : Keira Blake)
Aruba is steadily growing its street art scene ( Picture : Keira Blake)
Before I leave the island I meet with one of the island’s most renowned artist Stan Kuiperi, who told me more about his 40-year career and why Aruba is the world’s next enticing destination for art.
‘Today we have everything you can think of, everything that is done on the global scene, installations, video and performances,’ says Stan.
‘Everything is going on in Aruba! It’s a short history but we’ve made a huge leap and progress in what’s being done here on this incredibly small island.’
It may be small but Aruba is definitely one island that packs a happy punch.
Where to stay
Bucuti Tara is one of Aruba’s world class resorts leading the way for places to stay on the island. This four star adult-only boutique-style oasis has been opened for 30 years and is nestled away on Eagle Beach .
It’s a modern property and its secluded location makes for a romantic and stunning choice for couples and travellers who are seeking an intimate environment.
The resort is conveniently located nearby all major attractions including the Aritok national park and is only 10 minutes away from downtown Oranjestad and 15 minutes from the airport.
The exclusive Bucuti Tara Beach Resort is a four star adult-only boutique-style oasis situated on Aruba’s Eagle Beach ( Picture : Bucuti Tara Beach Resort)
The service at Bucuti Tara was consistently impeccable and the staff contributed to making my stay full of peace, love and happiness.
I stayed in the resort ’s luxury oceanfront Tara suite, which offers incredible, uninterrupted, panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. The Tara suite is made for comfort and comes complete with a king-sized bed and a separate, elegantly decorated living area with its own television and sofa sitting area.
Bucuti Tara Beach Resort’s luxury oceanfront Tara suite ( Picture : Bucuti Tara)
With large balconies, you can relax whilst watching the famous Aruban sunset or if you’re an early bird sunrise. The luxurious bathroom has walk-in shower and an electric mirror with a built-in TV.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you won’t want to miss Bucuti Tara Beach Resort Full American Breakfast Buffet daily at the beachfront Elements Restaurant or in Tara Lounge.
The Tara Suite features a walk-in shower and an electric mirror with a built-in TV ( Picture : Bucuti Tara)
Kuoni (0800 540 4263 / www.kuoni.co.uk) is offering 7 nights at the exclusive Bucuti Tara Beach Resort from £2,215 per person in a Superior Garden view room. Price includes breakfast and return flights with KLM from London Heathrow.
Priced is based on a departure date of 6 September and is subject to availability.
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Hot and ready, Phoenix, Arizona is waiting for you

Hot and ready, Phoenix, Arizona is waiting for you
Everything you need to see, do, and experience on your visit to Phoenix, Arizona. Life + Leisure Travel and Getaways Brian Webb
This article was published on May 26th, 2019
Best known for its five C’s, copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate, Phoenix, Arizona is a hot city to visit. The sixth largest city in America is also one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in North America, giving it a young, diverse population and a thriving economy. With plenty to do for queer people and a growing, budding gay scene, you’ll feel right at home in Arizona’s capital. Here’s all you need to see and do when visiting Phoenix.
Here are the top 5 C’s from HomoCulture, you can plan on for your visit to Phoenix:
Culture:
The Heard Museum has one of the largest collections of Native American Indigenous People’s art. This museum boasts an outdoor sculpture garden, 12 exhibits, free guided tours, and a contemporary art gallery. A large portion of the museum is dedicated to telling the Native American story, including the era of conversion to Christianity, Indian art, crafts, jewelry, and informative dioramas. For an extra and unexpected experience, there is a rainbow wall and other art installations that make fabulous selfies.
The public art scene is big in Phoenix, with art programs, street art, installations, outdoor wall murals, and art markets throughout the city.
Cruise:
There are plenty of walking available, and Phoenix’s canals are famous for evening strolling. With more than 42 municipal parks in the area, you can take in as much of Phoenix outdoor beauty as possible. Pedicabs are also popular in Phoenix and they are a great way to get to your destination while enjoying an informal, informative tour while on the go.
Culinary Adventures:
Farming is an important industry in Phoenix. There are many fantastic farms in the greater Phoenix area, but one spectacular place to visit is The Farm at South Mountain. Here you will find over an acre of land tenderly cared for by hand. Growing year round and planted with seasonal produce, the plot of land is carefully planted and harvested with the changes of the season. Science, biology, and natural crop protections are used to maximize productivity.
Then, when you get hungry, take up a cooking class with plant-based nutritionist and chef extraordinaire Melanie Albert. Melanie’s cooking classes take place at said farming using only the freshest ingredients from The Farm and South Mountain and locally sourced farmers. It’s a fun and educational experienced and showcases brilliant, raw, non-cooked cooking options.
Cocktails and Cuisine:
The food and beverage scene in Phoenix is amazing. Hand crafter cocktails, fusion, fresh local ingredients, speak-easy’s, and unique, immersive experiences in gastronomy are just a start to a culinary and cocktail adventure. Some of the best hidden gems to visit include Undertow, Across the Pond, Clever Koi, and Becket’s table. Discover more about the gastronomy experiences in Greater Phoenix .
Club Scene:
Phoenix has one of the largest LGBT scenes in the United States. Visit fun queer bars like Stacey’s at Melrose, Kobalt, Charlie’s, The Rock, Nu Towne Saloon, Club Volt, and Karamba when you need to wet your whistle and be one again with your homo brethren.
There’s plenty to do in Phoenix. It all depends on what kind of adventure you are looking to get into. Find more inspiration and start planning your Phoenix vacation with the help of Visit Phoenix created by their travel experts.
To make you holiday complete while staying in the land of the sun, the Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Phoenix has you covered for the best luxury, while still feeling like home. Centrally located in Phoenix, the Hampton Inn is the best choice for convenient accommodation.
Arizona, lovingly called the Grand Canyon State, is also home to big cities like Phoenix, charming smaller communities, scenic desert, iconic mountains, outdoor adventure, Native American tribes, professional sports teams, and folklore from the Old West outlaws. Put Arizona on your bucket list and experience for yourself the region where big things happen. The single best bet for the most current, up-to-date information for day trip and vacations plans, check out Visit Arizona .

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Okay, so the author’s rant against “authenticity” is mostly her being defensive about not knowing what authentic food from her ancestral homeland actually tastes like.
I think most people want good food first, authenticity second. I think most people’s desire for authenticity has more to do with wanting a yardstick to measure their own experience with a certain culture’s food. A person can say they’ve had Chinese food, but if they’ve only had the North American version, have they really? North American Chinese food is its own category of food and I think we’re all okay with that. You might find more “authentic” dishes in a city’s Chinatown.
We live in a great time for food. Restaurants don’t have to cater to what people think food should be. You can do fusion, and label it as such, and people are okay with it as long as it tastes good. You can not just have an Italian/Indian/Mexican/Chinese restaurant, you can have one that specializes in cuisine from one region of that country. Sure, people will be confused at first by not seeing some favourites on the menu, but the menu will not be limited by any means.

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Technology Changes the World of Food

Interviews Technology Changes the World of Food Technology has an immense effect on the culinary industry. Today food is given a new face as technology is increasing. In every kitchen of the house, restaurants , hotels… by Asian World 2019-05-26
Technology has an immense effect on the culinary industry. Today food is given a new face as technology is increasing. In every kitchen of the house, restaurants , hotels etc. you will find high tech gadgets which help people to cook easily and quickly. People don’t have to repeat the same dishes, they can cook variety of dishes by the help of cooking videos updated on Youtube channels and serve restaurant style food to them.
Technology not only increases quantity but it also improves the quality of food. A good quality of food with fresh food ingredients is prepared. Chefs are creating food with beautiful presentations, from different cuisines world-wide with new twists in flavors. But how is technology is really helping the chefs? Let’s know from their point of view.
Chef Mehmet ( Instagram A/c – mehmet_cheff )
Chef Mehmet Gezen is from Ankara, Turkey . He was born in Ahlat, a town of Bitlis.
His Views On the Topic are –
I believe in the strong impact of technology on the food industry. To give an example, you can easily advertise a food that is made with unique techniques from perhaps the most unknown city of a country with a simple post on social media. Using high tech products in the kitchen makes our lives easier as chefs and prep workers. For example, we used to have difficulties on beef aging when we didn’t have the dry-aging fridges. Vacuum packaging is also a great example of kitchen tech as it enables us to store food without it going bad for a long time.
Technology today in the Kitchen is the main ingredient to make food faster & present it in good quality to the customer.
Chef Saima Masood ( Instagram A/c – saima_masood ) –
Chef Saima was born in Lucknow, she is a master in bakery food products. Trained and worked in high class hotels, she is now working in a well renowned company called The Obroma ( Food of the Gods) as a Pastry Chef.
Her Views On The Topic are –
Technology has become the driving force behind innovation in today’s world. Recipe sites have well surpassed cookbooks and magazine recipes. Gadgets help us to prepare our meals; this does not mean that we cannot work without technology. Technology has made the basic cooking pretty advanced.
Technology can be seen as an overall improving business. “Chefs everywhere are finally catching up with technology”, because skill and technology has come hand in hand.
Chef Sudhir Pai ( Instagram A/c – chefspai ) –
Chef Sudhir Pai is an experienced chef who has worked in India , overseas and even in airlines catering projects . His hands have prepared and passed on so many cuisines which include Indian, international but the most closest cuisine to him is Konkani coastal cuisine. For his work and contribution to Indian culinary scene he has won many eminent awards.
His Views on the Topic are –
Technology in the food world has taken us in progress in many areas like efficiency in cooking process, easy sharing of information , easy training from remote location through videos and pictures etc. Yes technology is helping to grow and reach out and increase efficiencies in production etc. and grow food businesses at a faster pace making huge profits and larger brands. But in the run of growing big we are also hurting the environment and health by using added preservatives, food reheated in plastics. But slowly we are losing skills as machines are replaced to people. Food is given longer shelf life, in some areas we are going against nature.
After reading their point of views, I hope you have now got an idea about how technology is affecting our culinary industry.
By- Rida Khan ( Aviation Author)
( Instagram A/c – aviationauthor.ridakhan )

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Expand your horizons: The dishes you should be ordering when you eat international cuisine

Words Albert Cho | 27 May 2019
You might think that your tastebuds are particularly sophisticated because you enjoy visiting restaurants that serve international cuisine. And while we applaud you for stepping outside your comfort zone, be wary of getting stuck in a cycle of only ordering the ‘safe’ options. Your newfound love for butter chicken or laksa is fine, but there’s still a whole world of flavour and texture to be discovered beyond the tried and true favourites. Taking a risk by ordering something you might have no idea about will more often than not pay off in a culinary affair to remember. So here is a guide to the dishes you should be ordering, in order to get the full experience.
Indian The infamous butter chicken, rice, naan and fizzy drink combo is one that goes way back and has remained a staple order since our University days. Too often, when dining at an Indian restaurant, do our eyes go straight to the classic butter chicken and while it’s delicious, it’s time to switch things up. Next time, try the balti paneer curry. With a slightly tangier base than butter chicken and much less sweetness, the curry is thickened with cubes of paneer cheese which melts, creating a rich and slightly tart flavour. Also, consider branching out to South Indian cuisine which tends to focus more on flour, lentils and rice rather than heavy curries and bread. Dishes such as a classic masala dosa is a great gateway to South Indian cuisine as it resembles the familiar French savoury crepe. Recommended restaurants: Paradise , Bawarchi & Oh Calcutta (North Indian) Satya and Venky’s (South Indian)
Chinese Chinese cuisine boasts an extremely varied and diverse range of dishes, meaning that life is far too short to just be eating sweet and sour pork every time you eat this cuisine. Next time you go to a Chinese restaurant, perhaps try the mapo tofu, which is perfect when paired with rice. It consists of silky tofu that has been mixed into a spicy Sichuan sauce and minced meat — usually rich and fatty pork. If it’s deep-fried food you’re after, boneless chilli chicken is a dish that is guaranteed to be a winner every time. Containing less than half the sweetness of the renowned sweet and sour pork but double the crispiness and addictiveness, it’s almost impossible to dislike this dish. New Flavour Restaurant
Malaysian Ever since Josh Emett brought Madam Woo onto the New Zealand dining scene, Malaysian cuisine has hit the mainstream, particularly the char kuey teow, laksa and of course, the almighty roti. Although Emett created a menu that covered a wide variety of Malaysian dishes, there’s still far more to be discovered. Butter prawns, for instance, is a dish that, while it sounds simple, is anything but. The prawns are doused in a buttery egg floss that adds a heavenly crunch upon the first bite and melts away like cotton candy. Not every restaurant serves this dish as it requires expert culinary skill to execute properly, so if you see it on the menu, don’t think twice before adding it to your order. Recommended restaurants: Bunga Raya , Selera and Chef Rasa Sayang
Thai Pad Thai and green curry — been there, done that too many times. Most of us are guilty of repeatedly ordering the same thing when it comes to Thai cuisine (and those two dishes never do us wrong) but there is a panoply of flavoursome options on most Thai menus that you likely have never tried. If you’re a fan of fish, the pla rad prik is an absolute must. It consists of a whole snapper that has been deep-fried to produce a golden, crispy exterior and has been topped with a traditional Thai sauce which finishes the dish with a complex, intriguing flavour. Managing to be hot, spicy, sour, tangy and sweet all at once, this dish takes the tastebuds on a journey and makes for the perfect pairing with fluffy, freshly-steamed jasmine rice. Recommended restaurants: Red Elephant , Soho and Chom Na
Korean Korean cuisine has been on the rise as of late, with restaurants such as Han showcasing the hands-on dining experience of traditional Korean BBQ and modern renditions of the classic bibimbap. However, Korean food is comprised of more than just charcoal meats and fermented delicacies like kimchi. Soups are a large component of Korean cuisine and are hearty, homely, filling and soulful. Take the samgyetang, for example, comprising a large stone bowl that contains a whole chicken infused in a ginseng broth. The soup sees the chicken fall apart effortlessly and reveal its stuffing which includes sticky rice, garlic and chestnuts. Although it’s served with a bowl of rice, this soup is just as tasty on its own. Recommended restaurants: The Place, Totoya and Il Mee
Vietnamese Although a heart-warming bowl of phở is irreplaceable, Vietnamese cuisine needs to be explored in its entirety. And while summer rolls, vermicelli noodle salads and bánh mì sandwiches have all probably been ticked off the list, it’s time for the bánh xèo to get some recognition. Think of this dish as a crispy Vietnamese omelette, the eggs have been slow-cooked to achieve heightened crispiness around their edges and encase a generous filling of sprouts, pork and shrimp. Bánh xèo is served with a side of lettuce which you use to wrap the omelette and dip into the heavenly nước chấm sauce. Viet Kitcehn
Japanese Japanese food is arguably the most popular of all the Asian cuisines in Auckland. And while restaurants such as Azabu , Ebisu , ramen joints, yakitoris and countless sushi spots have seen Aucklanders become quite familiar with various Japanese foods, there’s always more to explore. Take Sukiyaki, for example. This delicacy strays from the usual freshness of Japanese sashimi but boasts the same lightness. It consists of a deep hot pot filled with an assortment of vegetables, thinly-shaved beef and a subtly sweet soy broth and is, in our opinion, the perfect winter-warming meal. Recommended restaurants: Janken , Yuzu and Nishiki
Mexican Despite our collective penchant for nachos and guacamole, Mexican food is another cuisine with a number of dishes that have yet to go mainstream. Take Cielito Lindo in Henderson, for example. This hidden gem serves a vegetarian taco that is unlike anything we have ever had before. Instead of just using beans and cheese, the folks at Cielito Lindo incorporate sautéed cactus into the tortilla wrap which, while we had never experienced it before, is actually quite common in Mexico. Elsewhere, Nanita’s Cocina Mexicana in Northcote serves authentic corn husk or banana leaf-wrapped tamales which are morsels that pack an immense amount of flavour in their juicy meat and vegetables.

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Office Space for rent in Madhapur, Hyderabad

PropertyWala.com Office Space for rent in Madhapur, Hyderabad 70,001-1 lac Plug and play office which is available for rent/lease in madhapur for IT/BPO. Madhapur, Madhapur, Hyderabad (Telangana) Rate: 53 per SqFeet +5% Age Of Construction: 2 Years Available: Immediate/Ready to move Description Those who are seeking for best business space with all the facilities near the site. This commercial corporate building with 24 workstations, 2 cabins, carparking, reception, pantry, with west facing and server room. For further details please feel free to contact KPC
Please mention that you found this ad on PropertyWala.com when you call. Features Price Trends Madhapur, Hyderabad Office Spaces for rent in Madhapur, Hyderabad This property is priced approximately 5% over the average for an Office Spaces for rent in Madhapur, Hyderabad (Rs.50/SqFeet) * Disclaimer: Data may be approximate. Locality Reviews Madhapur, Hyderabad One of the hot locality in Hyderabad . It’s like cosmopolitan having every culture here. Pros: by Hyderabad Estate (Hyderabad Estate) Madhapur city developed fastly within 10 – 15 years fast growing IT hubs and residential / commercial zones within heart of new city called CYBERABAD with all educated professions settled in this cyberabad city connecting to all major roads and connnecting ORR and entertainments like star hotels, pubs, exhibition centres hitex and marriage halls hifi hospitals schools and colleges any parts of the country can settle here with peaceful and good oxygen here in this area people are healthy, there were no polluted companies, in this area people enjoy like western countries saturday and sunday week holidays people move around inorbit malls, shilpa ramam handicrafts exhibition beside hitec tower food areas like paradis court, kfc, snookers, pubs, star hotels all parts of country people u may find out in future US embassy is going to come near kondapur – gachibowli areas its constliest city in Hyderabad in this area less crime because cctv cameras are more to cover any type of offences so anybody can stay in this zone its free zone and also people can invest their hard earned earnings in this area either to purchase plots,flats independent house row house in gated community all top class people like doctors, lawyers, judges, business men, celebrities are settled in this madhapur area, i love this area very much because within short span of time i have seen this type of city cyberabad has grown fastly other than any other city. Pros: VERY GOOD LOCATION NEARBY ALL FACILITIES SCHOOLS COLLEGES JOBS HOTELS HOSPITALS AND ENTERTAINMENTS Better to be early at home please dont go to lonely areas and new areas developing in some areas no cc tv cameras beware Posted: Jul 7, 2016 by Raj Kumar Madhapur is a part of prime business district of hyderabad . It is a part of the IT Corridor of hitec city. It has a cosmo touch to it with a presence of young IT professionals working here from all parts of India. It is the hub of many startup companies and has rentals ranging from a Rs. 30/- per sqft to Rs. 65./- per sqft for a fully furnished office space. Thus it caters to clients ranging from start up to large mnc’s. The place also has variety of restaurants covering most of the indian cuisine. There are ample options for people looking for residential options in and around madhapur. Pros: IT corridor with cosmo culture Excellent connectivity to all modes of transport Flexible rental options suiting all clients ranging from startup to large MNC Cons: Shortage of A grade space Lack of good hospitals Parking challenges in standalone buildings. Posted:

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