Saint Lucia foodie guide: where to eat, drink and shop
Saint Lucia foodie guide: where to eat, drink and shop
Saint Lucia foodie guide: where to eat, drink and shop Saint Lucia foodie guide: where to eat, drink and shop Eat shrimp-stuffed rotis on the beach, dine at a chocolate-obsessed restaurant, drink signature rum cocktails, barter for raw cacao sticks, and stay over in a gingerbread cottage on the lush Caribbean island April 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm
Looking for Saint Lucia restaurants? Here are our favourite restaurants on the Caribbean island, plus where to get the best rotis, rum cocktails and fish curry. Advertisement
With a fruitful climate, the plentiful Caribbean Sea and culinary influences that stretch from East India to West Africa, Britain and France, it’s no surprise that food is a central element of Saint Lucian culture. Fish soups and chicken stews are often found on local menus, while breadfruit, figs, pineapples, bananas, yams and scotch bonnet peppers are easily available. Fried and baked dough products are also commonplace on Saint Lucia, perhaps best experienced in the national dish: Johnny cakes (think savoury donuts) with salt fish (sautéed fish with peppers and onions). Best street food on Saint Lucia Jump Up If you’re staying in the north of the island don’t miss this street party, which takes place every Friday night in Gros Islet. Rum shacks and grill stalls start setting up shop at around 6.30pm, but the drinking and dancing don’t get fully going until much later; if you’re there to party, don’t even think of going before 10pm. For a more gentle experience, go at around 7pm and head to Duke’s Place for some of the best, home-cooked fish on the island. At a bank of metal-drum barbecues, huge quantities of lobster, marlin and mahi-mahi are cooked. Join the (fast-moving) queues to take your pick, then move along makeshift tables choosing rice and “auntie’s” fig salad (doused with a gorgeously garlicky dressing, the ‘figs’ are actually green bananas, prepared as a vegetable rather than a fruit) to go with it. Next, head over to the Duke’s Place bar to order a rum punch, then take your haul over to one of the adjacent picnic tables to chat to a mix of locals and tourists while you eat; a huge dinner and a couple of rum punches will cost you less than a tenner. Bay Street, Gros Islet Head to Duke’s Place bar and order a rum punch to eat with fish straight off the coals Liz Hot Roti They may be a traditional Indian flatbread, but, for Saint Lucians, rotis are a delicacy in their own right. On Reduit Beach, in Rodney Bay, Liz (look for her ‘Liz Hot Roti’ sign) fills them with everything from marinated goat meat to shrimp, plus homemade hot sauce , for the perfect beach lunch. It’s just a makeshift stall, which Liz also sells warm coconut cake and fruit juices from, but it’s so successful that imposters have taken to mimicking her… so be sure to buy the genuine article! Reduit Beach, Rodney Bay Best beach bar on Saint Lucia The Naked Fisherman Part of the Cap Maison resort, this Smuggler’s Cove beach bar serves casual lunches and dinners on some evenings (snow crab claws, lobster cocktails, burgers, creole barbecue boards…) at beachside tables. Even if you’re not staying at the hotel, it’s worth going for a sundowner. Not only does the bar serve its own, island-brewed, Naked Fisherman IPA, but it’s also known for its signature rum cocktails (try Saint Lucia’s treacly Chairman’s Reserve Rum in a Spicy Mango, with mango purée, lime juice and homemade jalapeño syrup). If you want slightly more refined dining, head to the resort’s main restaurant, The Cliff at Cap. It’s open-air with a dramatic clifftop setting: below you, frigatebirds swoop over the ocean and, if you squint, you can see over to the island of Martinique. The menu veers towards creative French/West Indian cooking (signature dishes include ceviche of reef conch and ahi tuna, and Kurobuta pork belly with razor clams, squid and coconut foam), but The Cliff is also a great spot for a drink: the bar has an impressive selection of rums. Order a rum cocktail by the beach, made with local Chairman’s Reserve rum Best chocolate experience on Saint Lucia Boucan hotel See exactly where the cocoa in your Dizzy Pralines comes from at Hotel Chocolat’s 250-year-old plantation (and adjoining boutique hotel), near Soufriere. Set against the Piton mountains, 1,000 metres above the Caribbean Sea, Boucan hotel is as indulgent as a Rocky Road slab. Relax with a pick-your-own cacao-oil massage (try heady cacao-rose, or fragrant cacao-cinnamon), take a dip in the infinity pool, head off on a plantation tour or make your own chocolate bar on a bean-to-bar experience. Rooms, called ‘luxe pods’, have four-poster beds, open-sky rainforest showers and lush Petit Piton views from your own private veranda. Plus they’re decorated in rich mahoganies and ivories, to subtly reflect those chocolate hues. The restaurant (perfectly placed for Petit Piton panoramas) makes use of the entire cocoa pod: fresh, tangy pulp in cocktails and sorbets, and roasted cacao nibs for spice. Try yellowfin tuna with a cacao nib crust and garlic cacao butter sauce, with a side of white chocolate mash. And Rabot Chocolate Lava for dessert, inspired by nearby Soufriere volcano – a dome of chocolate sponge with a molten chocolate interior, made entirely from Hotel Chocolat cacao beans. Take a tour of the Hotel Chocolat plantation before trying a cacao-laced dinner at Boucan Best casual dining spots on Saint Lucia Jambe de Bois There’s a Robinson Crusoe vibe at this Pigeon Island café, with its driftwood furniture, brightly painted rope swings and waterside setting. The island (now connected to Saint Lucia by a causeway) is popular with day-trippers from hotels in neighbouring Rodney Bay, who come to snorkel just offshore, or hike up to the Fort Rodney. Many of them detour into this appealingly hippyish spot along the way. Home cooking is the order of the day, with simple dishes such as callaloo soup, homemade crab cakes and banana crumble. It’s also a great spot to sit and sip a Piton beer overlooking the water. Pigeon Island, 00 1 758 450 8166 Martha’s Tables Run by a local mother-daughter duo, Martha’s Tables sits just beneath Petit Piton in Soufriere and serves straight-up home-cooked food on its verandah. Try breadfruit balls (the prickly oval fruit tastes like freshly baked bread when cooked), and freshly-caught mahi mahi in Martha’s rich and spicy special sauce. marthastables.com Hardest Hard In Castries, Hardest Hard is where locals go for lunch. It’s a humble menu – six-or-seven ‘plates’ to choose from, and the same number of drinks (try tamarind juice) – that gives a great flavour of Saint Lucian cuisine. From gentle saltfish bake to not-for-the-faint-hearted salted pigtail bouyon, it’s all piled high on bright yellow plates; although the kitchen runs out of food quickly at lunch time, so get there early. facebook.com/hardesthard.rb Flavours of the Grill Flavours of the Grill promises just that: locally-caught seafood or meat, simply grilled and servedin curries (shrimp in coconut curry is a favourite) or alongside garlic potatoes, rice, okra and green beans. The simple, modern restaurant is just south of Rodney Bay (it’s recently moved from its original Gros Islet location), and there’s live jazz every Friday night – enjoy it with a banana daiquiri in hand. Close to the Windjammer Landing, near Rodney Bay Best romantic dining spots on Saint Lucia Orlando’s It’s strictly local ingredients here (including pure vanilla pods and extra virgin olive oil), transformed into light, elegant dishes. Set at the northern end of Soufriere, Orlando’s is an al fresco restaurant – you eat in a courtyard garden – that serves ‘Ti Manje’ (small plates) of Caribbean food: cucumber and saltfish salad, for example, and mahi mahi with sweet potato crust, skewered on sugar cane sticks. orlandosrestaurantstl.com The Coal Pot Across the bay from Castries, and next to genteel Vigie Marina, The Coal Pot has been cooking fresh fish for over 50 years. Try kingfish, barracuda, dorado or lobster, served with ratatouille and fiery ginger sauce, or authentic St Lucian ‘crab back’ – local crab sautéed with herbs in a garlic-butter sauce. Food is served on patterned plates painted by the owner, flickering lanterns lend the space a romantic feel, and its waterside location makes for the perfect (if slightly smug) holiday snap. facebook.com/The-Coal-Pot-Restaurant Best market on Saint Lucia Rough-around-the-edges Castries market, first established in the 1890s, is the biggest on the island, with over 300 regular vendors and a Vendor’s Arcade annex (a far more recent addition) on one side that acts as a showcase for local restaurants and craftspeople. You can buy everything from green figs to banana ketchup, hats made of grass and raw cocoa sticks here (grate the latter and mix with bay leaves, cinnamon and nutmeg to make Saint Lucian hot cocoa tea). The best time to visit is early on a Saturday morning – when in-the-know locals do their shopping. John Compton Highway, Castries Best places to stay on Saint Lucia East Winds Resort For a pampering experience with a more local flavour than some of the larger resorts – and a more intimate setting (there are only 30 guest cottages plus a beach house) – this leafy, all-inclusive retreat, right on La Brelotte beach in the northwest of the island, is a recommended option. Accommodation is scattered between pretty gingerbread cottages and older rondel-style suites in the extensive gardens, plus a handful of beach apartments; all are spoiling, with vast beds, luxury bathrooms and conscientiously stocked mini bars (unlimited chilled champagne can also be supplied if you really want to celebrate). The architecture at East Winds has a more local flavour than some of the island’s larger resorts, and is set within extensive tropical gardens At the heart of the resort is a beachfront bar, restaurant and open-sided lounge area, while just behind them are two elegant pavilions – one for expert yoga and pilates classes (included in the price), the other home to a spa. Other activities included in the rates are watersports, garden tours (ask to see the on-site banana ‘museum’, where several varieties of the fruit are grown) and cooking classes (ours, with chef Linton, taught us how to make posh battered fish, the delicate crispy coating a blitzed-up mix of onion, garlic, hot sauce, sage, basil, sweet peppers, olive oil and lime juice). Breakfasts are a highlight, with a different fresh smoothie or juice available every day and, alongside the usual suspects (toast, local jams, tropical fruits, bacon and eggs), a choice of fresh pancakes and omelettes made to order. Local flavours pop up, too: johnny cakes with green figs and saltfish, perhaps, or little homemade coconut and cinnamon rolls. Lunches, meanwhile, are different every day but revolve around marinated and barbecued meats and fish (weeks later, one of our party is still talking about East Winds’ barbecued spare ribs), stews, paella and brightly coloured salads and sides (jackfruit salad, buttered greens, pickled veg, dasheen balls…). If it’s on offer, try the shrimp soup, a wholesome-tasting light, peppery broth laced with plump seafood. There are plenty of local flavours at breakfast, from tropical fruits to homemade coconut and cinnamon rolls In the unlikely event that you get hungry during the day, homemade cake is served in the lounge each afternoon (we happened to be there over the island’s Independence celebrations, and also got to try local sweets such as sour-sweet tamarind balls and coconut fudge) and there’s an all-day bar menu listing items such as grilled fish skewers. Save space, though, for imaginative four-course evening dinners. Overseen by aptly named executive chef Tomislav Čukman, elegantly presented dishes range from tuna confit with potato salad to Caribbean-style green banana bouillon, seared barracuda with cauliflower and wasabi cream and chocolate and raspberry entremets (traditionalists can opt for the likes of grilled pear with prosciutto crisp, roast rack of lamb and banana donuts with spicy toffee sauce). As for the bar, while it’s all-inclusive at East Winds, a grown-up crowd means no-one overdoes it. Piton beers and house wines are popular and fruit punches (with or without rum) are always available. There’s usually a cocktail of the day, but our advice is to try the local rum. Chairman’s Reserve, produced on the island, is a smooth, failsafe choice with honeyed, tropical fruit notes; but if you want something a step up from the standard, ask for a glass of Admiral Rodney rum, with its vanilla and toasted oak flavour. Sit back and watch the sunset with the cocktail of the day, especially when it’s laced with the finest local rum For more information on the island, see stlucia.org Words by Rhiannon Batten and Charlotte Morgan Advertisement
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8 Reasons to Visit Malaysia (Post written by Pete Saville) Spanning across the southern tip of the South East Asian peninsular and 800 kilometres east across the ocean to the magnificent island of Borneo, where it has two states on the northern stretch of the island called Sarawak and Sabah, Malaysia is blessed with landscapes ranging from mountains, ancient rain forests, rolling green hills to stunning beaches and coral-gardened islands with some of the best diving and snorkelling sites in the world. Although around 50% ethnic ‘Malays’ make up the majority of the population, there are also huge minorities of Chinese (30%), Indian (10%) and other smaller pockets of Portuguese in Melacca, and indigenous people – the ‘Orang Asli’, making Malaysia truly a multicultural nation. This has also inevitably created an astonishing mix of religions and faiths: Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism and Sikhism, as well as Animist/Shamanistic beliefs living together in relative harmony. When walking around Kuala Lumpur, you will likely see Hindu Temples alongside Taoist and Buddhist temples, as well as Churches and Mosques. Malaysian food is as varied and colourful as Malaysia’s geography and multiculturalism. It’s quite possible to have a noodle soup for breakfast, an Indian for lunch and a Chinese for dinner. This variation is a real treat. Yes; It may sound a little cliché, but Malaysia really does have something to offer everyone; from young and adventurous nature lovers to beach-bums, from culture-vultures to food enthusiasts, and everyone else in between. And the icing on the cake: Malaysia’s infrastructure and economy is way ahead of other nations in the region, making getting around almost always easy and comfortable. Practically everyone speaks at least some English in Malaysia and there is very little ‘hassle-factor’ or annoying touts to speak of. Here are 8 reasons why your next trip to Asia should be Malaysia. 1. Beaches Beaches in South-East Asia are arguably the best in the world. People so often overlook Malaysia for the more famous beaches in Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia. This makes the less well-known beaches of Malaysia more tranquil with much less of a young backpacker crowd and no full-moon parties, those that have really spoilt once-serene beaches in places like Thailand. Lie just off the coast of northern mainland Malaysia, close to the Thai border, the Perhentian Islands have by far my favourite beaches for relaxation. Between the two islands, Perhentian Kecil is more for the low-key backpacker crowd, and Perhentian Besar, slightly larger, quieter and more serene, has more high-end accommodation options, great for couples, honeymooners and families who want a slice of paradise and to get away from it all for a while. The Beautiful Water of the Perhentian Islands Snorkelling in Sipadan Island Both islands are part of a Marine Conservation Area, and as such, the only way of getting around is on foot – which is relatively easy and fun due to the gentle topography. The area has some beautiful jungle paths linking between beaches – or ‘water taxis’ which can take you from one secluded beach to the next (or between islands) for a few dollars. Activities on these islands are very much limited to snorkelling or scuba diving, but fortunately there are lots of options for both. The water visibility here is always around 20 metres – crystal clear – and is home (and famous for) to large populations of turtles as well as tropical fish and reef sharks. The best site for diving is arguably the Pinnacle, also known as “Tokong Laut”- a coral-reef capstone spiralling out to the surface of the water. For snorkelling, Teluk Pauh is a great site for its sheer variation in tropical fish and turtles. It’s impossible to pick a favourite as any beach on Besar Island is fantastic. You can spend a week or two here ‘beach-hopping’ from one beach to another by jungle paths or water taxis and will be amazed when you come across those majestic sea turtles and fearsome looking but generally harmless Reef Sharks. Or just relax and work on that tan, enjoying the white, pristine, quiet beaches with their crystal clear water. 2. Food With so many different cultures calling Malaysia home, you are in for an absolute treat when it comes to food. Virtually every town and city on the mainland and on Borneo has Chinese, Southern Indian and traditional Malay cuisine. In particular, the Malay national dish is widely considered to be Nasi Lemak – coconut rice with a sambal sauce (basically a spicier version of salsa sauce) and anchovies. This delicious dish can be found everywhere and is the quintessential street food in Malaysia. Another very popular Malay dish you can find both on the street and in restaurants is spicy fried noodles (Mee Goreng) with seafood such as my personal favourite – tiger prawns, in a coconut rich yellowed curry sauce. As for Indian – Southern Indian cuisine dominates here. You can expect to find delicious Masala or Paper Dosai, which is basically thin crepes filled with vegetable or meat fillings, often served with Raita (a thin yogurt) and side dishes such as Dal (lentils). And Malay-Chinese? Expect the usual authentic Chinese dishes such as Pork rib soup (Bak Kut Teh), as well as something unique to Malaysia, O-Chian. It’s nothing but Oyster Omelette, fried until crispy and with a side dish of chili sauce. Simple perhaps, but absolutely delicious and is outright my favourite. 3. Culture Although Kuala Lumpur has its own ‘Little India’ and ‘Little China’ districts that are interesting in their own right, Georgetown – a UNESCO World Heritage City is hands down the best place to see Malaysia’s multiculturalism. Nestled in the north-west just off the Malaysian mainland, on the island of Penang, connected by one of the largest bridges in the world, Georgetown is filled in its colourful glory, with Hindu and Taoist Temples alongside numerous mosques and the odd Catholic Church. It’s just a joy to spend a few days in this place sampling the cuisine, visiting the wonderfully preserved temples from these numerous religions, and learning about the city’s colonial past. Majestic View of Masjid Selat mosque, Malacca Georgetown, Penang Another UNESCO World heritage to visit for a dose of culture is Malacca. This place offers a glimpse into an extraordinary empire founded centuries ago and later colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Here you can find a rich tapestry of multicultural influences displayed through its heritage architecture, diverse lifestyles and unsurpassed charm. Elsewhere in Malaysia, you can expect to find some pretty spectacular treats. Located at the entrance to the stairs of Batu Caves is the 43 metres high giant gold statue of the Hindu God Murugan. Within the caves are other statues dedicated to Hindu gods such as Hanuman and Lord Rama. 4. Festivals Major holidays in Malaysia coincide with some of the biggest cultural/religious festivals. Ramadan is the biggest Muslim holiday. It includes fasting – at which times many restaurants maintain a low-profile to respect this Muslims ritual, regardless of whether they are Muslim or not. However this doesn’t affect tourists much; just expect things to go a bit slower than usual with regards to service and transport. But when these fasts are broken, some really unique foods are on offer throughout Malaysia in Muslim communities. Nasi Kerabu, a multi-coloured dyed rice, Apam balik, a pancake-style snack stuffed with sugar, peanuts and sprinkle of corn, or Ayam percik which is chicken lathered in spicy chili, garlic and ginger sauce mixed with coconut milk are just a few delicious foods offered to break fast after Ramadan. Chinese New Year is also a major holiday/festival, and you can expect to see a lot of terrific celebrations as tourist during this time, many involving huge amounts of fireworks, dragon dancing carnivals, and Chinese lanterns floating majestically through the night sky. Finally for the religious-oriented festivals, Hindu Diwali is another enjoyable one for tourists: Meaning “festival of lights”, you can expect Hindus to fill their homes and businesses at night with thousands of candles, and like Chinese New Year, plenty of fireworks and religious ceremonies are performed at sites such as Batu Caves, and of course, Little India in Kuala Lumpur. But besides these religious and cultural festivals, Malaysia boasts some well-established ‘contemporary ones’. Every August in Sarawak, on Borneo, is the ‘Rainforest World Music Festival’. Spanning over 3-days, the festival is just outside the city of Kuching in a forested area. It has music performers from all around the world – from Jamaica to France to home-grown Malaysian talent – as well as cultural attractions such as tribal arts that you can try yourself in ‘mini-courses’ included in the price of the ticket. 5. Adventure For adventurous types, Malaysian Borneo in particular is a real treat. In Sabah province, you can attempt to climb to the summit of Mount Kinabalu. At around 4000 metres, it is no easy feat, but no mountain climbing skills in particular are required, just a good level of fitness, hiking and some scrambling. And of course, a lot of willpower! The views from the summit can be spectacular if you are lucky enough not to have your view obscured by mist! You can see all the way to the Philippines when the sky is clear. In Sarawak on the opposite side of Borneo Island are ample opportunities for trekking to indigenous hill-tribes. Belaga is the best place to organise such treks. Our Longhouse Safari Tour features a fascinating cultural experience with visits to an Iban longhouse village plus a chance to meet the once feared “headhunter”. And finally, Gunung Mulu National Park, located almost slap-bang in the middle of Malaysian Borneo and near the border with tiny-nation of Brunei, is home to the largest known cave systems in the world that are still being mapped by scientists. Within Mulu National Park lies the biggest underground cave chamber of the world; Sarawak Chamber. The longest cave of Southeast Asia, the Clearwater Cave, can also be found in this park, with a documented length of well over 75 kilometres. There are numerous caves within Mulu National Park, but only a few are accessible by visitors. The most visited of these caves is the enormous Gua Payau or Deer Cave; as it is easily accessible from the entrance of the park. And if you somehow get tired of caving, you can always attempt the walk on the 480 metre Mulu Canopy Skywalk, the biggest forest canopy walkway in the world. Gunung Mulu is truly an adventure traveller’s dream. 6. Snorkelling and Diving Although one of the best places in Malaysia for underwater adventures has already been mentioned in this post – The Perhentian Islands – there is in fact a place a little harder and more expensive to get too, but more than worth the effort: The Sipadan Islands. Widely considered to be one of the best diving sites in the world – regularly appearing in ‘Top 3’ lists – it is hands down THE best diving site in Malaysia. Located on the southernmost point of Sabah on Malaysian Borneo – right near the border with Indonesian Borneo (Kalimantan) – it takes a couple of Air Asia flights to get here from Kuala Lumpur. Sipadan is a heavily protected Marine Park, and as such no one is allowed to stay on the island overnight, so your best options are to stay in Semporna or Mabul and organise your snorkelling or diving from the plethora of diving companies that operate here. You can only enter Sipadan from 08:00-15:00hrs so all excursions with tour operators have to be between this time periods. However, once on the island, a wade (or swim) of a mere 20 metres will get you to the absolutely spectacular 2000 metre drop-off, where the reef wall drops down a tectonic fault line into a magical world of multi-coloured coral gardens, turtles, hammerhead and leopard sharks, as well as tropical fish such as massive schools of Jackfish and Barracuda. But perhaps the icing on the cake here is that Sipadan has one of the finest water visibilities in the world: You can expect to have a visibility range of 30 metres (unless it has been stormy, in which case it still reaches an admirable 10-15 metres at worst!) in waters that are seemingly like planes of glass as they are so clear. 7. Wildlife Both peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo have some spectacular sites for all manner of fauna and flora, with a number of National Parks fairly well-protected by international standards. Kuala Tahan National Park is the stand-out attraction on peninsular/mainland Malaysia. It’s the largest park on the mainland, and is infamous for its rainforest, birds and insects. Entry is virtually free, and once inside the park, there are roped walkways that are easy for even young children and elderly to traverse and enjoy the wildlife sightseeing. Guides are unnecessary as all walking trails are well signposted, well-maintained and easy to navigate. However, those looking for more hardcore sightseeing can always opt to do the organised 100km hikes to the indigenous tribal. A guide is highly recommended or in many cases compulsory for this type of hikes. In either case, expect to see all manner of rare birds, stick insects, praying-mantis, scorpions and – if you opt for a Night Safari with a guide- you can see the spectacular glow in the dark fungus! This is really special and comes highly recommended. Proboscis Monkeys, Borneo Baby Orrang-Utan in Kinabalu Nation Park For somewhere with even rarer species, Kinabalu Nation Park in Sabah, Borneo is the place to head too. The rare Proboscis Monkey, with its distinctive curved, wobbly nose, as well as Orang-utan in an open Reserve are the two creatures that top the list of people’s must-see animals here. Chances are very high you’ll see both, as well as a myriad number of multi-coloured kingfishers, crocodiles on Kinabalu River and gigantic monitor lizards among other weird and wonderful critters. If you’re an active family looking to inject fun, education and adventure on a non-so-typical vacation, be sure to check out our 12-day private Malaysia Family Tour that features Selingan Turtle Island, Borneo and some R&R on the beach in Kota Kinabalu. 8. Natural Beauty One place that simply could not be omitted from this post is the Cameron Highlands on Peninsular Malaysia. Despite the sometimes dreary British-style weather, the Cameron Highlands have a lot to offer in natural beauty. The highlands are generally green and rolling, and this lead to the British setting up massive tea plantations that last to this day. Green tea leaves cover the gentle slopes for mile after mile, and are an absolute joy to walk around and explore. Cameron Highlands is also home to what is known colloquially as the ‘Mossy Forest’. Millions of years old makes it one of the oldest forests in the world with some of the Earth’s oldest trees. It is also a cloud forest, constantly covered in mist, giving the whole area a ‘Lord of the Ring’s’ atmosphere! Cameron Highlands is featured on our Malaysia Highlights tour covering Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Cameron Highlands and Penang . Picking Tea Leaves in Cameron Highlands Green Tea Hills of Cameron Highlands But perhaps the highlight of a trip here isn’t just to see those beautiful rolling hills or hiking through cloud forests, Cameron Highlands is home to the largest flower in the world, the Rafflesia Flower, which can reach over 100cm in diameter. These flowers, truly a wonder of the natural world, look entirely alien as if they belong on another planet. The one hour long jeep ride to get here from the main town is well-worth it, especially when you can take refreshing swims in the beautiful waterfall in the forest. So Malaysia…, what is there not to like? With so many things to do and see, there’s definitely something for everyone here!
For homely Hyderabadi food by home chefs- The New Indian Express
For homely Hyderabadi food by home chefs
For those tired of restaurant food and crave for simple, gharelu flavours Share Via Email By Sabyasachi Roy Chaudhuri Express News Service
HYDERABAD: In our city, we have quite a few good restaurants offering traditional Hyderabadi food. However, food lovers now have many more choices as far as the local cuisine is concerned. A breed of food entrepreneurs known as home chefs is becoming a rage offering a comprehensive range of Hyderabadi delicacies including quite a few uncommon dishes. On a daily basis for your home or for special occasions and parties, you can now turn to these home chefs to dish out some delectable fare, often incurring a fraction of the cost compared to the restaurants. Most of the home chefs rely on word-of-mouth publicity and social media like Facebook and Whatsapp for promoting their business, and many of them have developed a large fan following over time.
Here are some of the leading ones to whom you can turn to for ordering Hyderabadi food during functions and other special occasions at your home. Naaz Anjum’s “Anjum’s Kitchen” started around four years back when appreciation for the desserts supplied by her during Ramzan, turned into a business opportunity. The quick acceptance saw her move on to biryanis, curries, and other Hyderabadi specials. Today apart from servicing orders from home, she also undertakes catering for events like marriages and baby showers. Double ka meetha and shaadi ka red chicken are some of the dishes she is known for apart from the Hyderabadi biryani. Naaz acknowledges that the social media food groups as well as word-of-mouth publicity, have come handy in promoting her food. She also organizes sit-down dinners at her home for groups.
One of the oldest in the business, “Mom’s Home Made Food” run by Zarina Sha initially flourished only through word-of-mouth references from customers. Operating for more than ten years, Zarina now runs a large team catering to events, festivals, and office parties. Her popularity went up even more when Hyderabad Literary Festival provided her an opportunity to put up a stall during the event exclusively offering Hyderabadi food. Some of her popular dishes include paya, marag, kheema biryani, tahari and varieties of kheer and phirni. The demand for her food has reached such a level now that you need to order them at least a week in advance. Zarina recommends her Hyderabadi chicken 65 which is prepared without any coating. She even sends some of her items abroad using dry ice packaging.
“Nizam’s Flavour”, the brand of home chef Farha Sultana differentiates itself by the special dishes offered. Farha, who picked up cooking from her grandmother during her childhood has worked with a chain of restaurants for a few years. Pasinde ka salan is one dish from her which is not available in commercial establishments. Dum ka kheema and marag are some other favourites of her customers apart from sutriyan, an authentic Hyderabadi wholesome dish which has wheat chapatti pieces and mutton in it. As per Farha, the business of home chefs in Hyderabad has gone up significantly due to social media marketing, though competition has also increased over time. As a homemaker, Sara Ansari used to post pictures of her cooked food in foodie groups. Soon, she started getting requests for supplying Hyderabadi food, and over a period of time “Ansari’s Kitchen” became a popular choice mainly through social media and word-of-mouth.
Apart from the usual Hyderabadi dishes, she excels in dishes like Nihari and Paya. Her non-vegetarian pickles are also much in demand, with varieties such as mutton, chicken, and beef. One of her specialities is the superfood panjiri prepared with wheat flour, seeds and dry fruits, a dish which keeps you warm during the winter. However, being a successful home chef is not just a domain of the fairer sex. Noor Sahil serves special dishes such as Nizami and Sofiyani Biryani, as well as desserts such as Badam ki Kund and Lichi Rabri. Noor had been preparing Hyderabadi food from his childhood but had never planned to become a home chef. At a food lovers meet, he tried out pot biryani from a well-known and popular chef and realized that he could serve much better food. His dishes are in demand for parties too.
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Sweet morsels of history
April 27, 2019 13:30 IST Updated: April 27, 2019 13:30 IST more-in On the trail of dessert dishes that have travelled the world and found a home in southern India Tiruchi-based caterer Ashika Kader makes Dumroot for festive occasions like Deepavali. Photo: M Srinath/The Hindu
Lurking in the alleys of world cuisine are recipes that marry the simplest of ingredients to produce a rich dish. Never written down, these ‘lost recipes’ are known to everyone, yet rarely cooked these days as our palates get more accustomed to globalised menus.
Semolina, rice flour and coconut milk form the base of an interesting set of desserts from the Tamil Muslim community in Kayalpattinam and Rajagiri in the districts of Thoothukudi and Thanjavur respectively.
While Kayalpattinam’s seafaring history has shaped its cuisine (the ancient port had trade links with Egypt, Rome and Greece), Rajagiri’s more modern connections with overseas employment in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei and West Asia have helped the food here to evolve local variants as well.
Dumroot , a sticky cake, is a Kayalpattinam speciality made for festive occasions like Eid and weddings. From the Arab Basbousa , to the Filipino Bibingka , Dumroot has many doppelgangers in world cuisine, but there is something uniquely south Indian about the Kayalpattinam version.
“The success of the recipe depends on the thickness of the coconut milk,” says Ashika Kader, a Tiruchi-based caterer who is orginally from Kayalpattinam. “Only the first milk of the coconut flesh can be used for Dumroot , and to keep it as thick as possible, we tie up the shavings in a muslin cloth and squeeze out the liquid manually.”
Semolina and maida are soaked for at least four hours in the coconut milk before the rest of the ingredients are added and baked for 40 minutes in a moderately hot oven ( see recipe ). Same difference The Kayalpattinam Dumroot is often confused with Deccani Muslim sweet Dum-ka-roat , a dense cake mix (minus coconut milk) that is first cooked on flame and then baked in a slow sand-pit oven. Dum-ke-roat refers to palm-sized cookies baked in Hyderabad during Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar.
The Dum Adai is another sweetmeat that uses similar ingredients, but again, is not commonly served these days. “While these are very delicious to eat, they require extensive prep work, which is perhaps why many people have stopped making them at home. Snacks like vengaya paniyam (shallot-shaped sweet fritters) and poricha idiyappam (a coconut milk and rice flour dough that is piped onto hot oil with a string-hopper press) used to be prepared by groups of women at home before weddings, but many people now prefer to outsource the cooking to professionals,” says Ashika.
Though she specialises in novelty cakes and snacks, Ashika also undertakes orders for Dumroot and Dum Adai , especially for festivals like Deepavali. “They’re different from the store-bought traditional sweets, and since the recipes can be adapted for vegetarians, they’ve become popular,” says Ashika.
Rajagiri’s quiet environs hold some tasty secrets … most notably as a centre for wedding snack production. Around 81 km from Tiruchi, we are at Raasi Bakery and Sweets, where proprietor and head chef A Abdul Rashid is filling up a cauldron with the ingredients for Dodol — a fudgy sweet made by cooking coconut milk, jaggery and rice flour for over 3 hours on a firewood stove.
Twenty litres of water are mixed with the milk of 10 coconuts, 1.5 kg of jaggery, and 600 grams of rice flour (soaked, partially sun-dried and pounded by hand), with the help of a teak paddle stirrer. “This will give us around 4 to 5 kg of dodol halwa,” says Abdul Rashid, who started cooking at the age of 11. A. Abdul Rashid ladles out Dodol halwa at his bakery in Rajagiri, Thanjavur district. Photo: Nahla Nainar/The Hindu
As his assistant Banu steps in to continue stirring the pot, we are politely exiled to wait at a neighbouring store-room while the halwa gets ready.
Three hours later, the golden yellow mixture has boiled down to a sticky dark brown gloop with the delicate aroma of coconut oil filling the bakery.
“We have to work quickly once the halwa is cooked, because it will set almost immediately,” says Abdul Rashid, who makes around 10 kg of Dodol per day. “Though it takes so long to make, it has to be sold immediately because Dodol doesn’t last beyond a day without refrigeration.”
Dodol is thought to have been brought by the Portuguese from Indonesia, and there are versions of it in the cuisines of Sri Lanka and the coastal districts of southern India.
Rajagiri’s migrant workers in southeast Asian countries have done their bit to popularise Dodol back home, says Abdul Rashid. “We also pack traditional sweets like surul paniyaram, pathir puri, seeni vadai and adirasam for people returning to work abroad after their vacations here. Dodol sells well during Muslim weddings, because it is a custom to gift platters of halwa from the bride’s side,” says Abdul Rashid.
He pours ghee, and adds a few handfuls of roasted Bengal gram as the Dodol starts rolling off the paddle stirrer. Banu and Abdul Rashid heft the cauldron to the serving area and ladle out the Dodol into small foil packs. Poppy seeds ( khas-khas ) are sprinkled on each helping.
And a little bit of culinary history gets found again. Dodol halwa. Photo: Nahla Nainar/The Hindu SUBSCRIBE TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTER Submit
Here are El Paso’s top 5 Mediterranean spots
Jerusalem International Food & Grill. | Photo: P C./ Yelp More Looking to satisfy your appetite for Mediterranean fare? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Mediterranean spots around El Paso, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture when cravings strike. 1. Jerusalem International Food & Grill Photo: albert k./ Yelp More Topping the list is Jerusalem International Food & Grill . Located at 5360 N. Mesa St., the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian spot is the highest rated Mediterranean restaurant in El Paso, boasting four stars out of 88 reviews on Yelp. 2. Ali Baba Mediterranean Kitchen Photo: blow me up t./ Yelp More Next up is Ali Baba Mediterranean Kitchen , situated at 7411 Remcon Circle. With 4.5 stars out of 58 reviews on Yelp, the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern spot has proven to be a local favorite. 3. Zino’s Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine Photo: k r./ Yelp More Zino’s Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine , located at 7040 N. Mesa St., Suite H, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the Greek and Mediterranean spot four stars out of 189 reviews. 4. Nour Mediterranean Cafe Photo: theresa s./ Yelp More Nour Mediterranean Cafe , a Mediterranean and Lebanese spot in Mission Hills, is another go-to, with four stars out of 141 Yelp reviews. Head over to 3800 N. Mesa St., Suite C-10, to see for yourself. 5. Salma Farah’s Mediterranean Photo: jason h./ Yelp More Over in Mission Hills, check out Salma Farah’s Mediterranean , which has earned four stars out of 76 reviews on Yelp. You can find the Mediterranean spot at 4126 N. Mesa St. This story was created automatically using local business data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor. Click here for more about what we’re doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.
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f n ‘Mike’s Pizza High Point NY Service was very slow and the quality was low. You would think they would know at least how to make good pizza not. Stick to pre-made dishes like stuffed pasta or a salad. You should consider dining else where.’
f n ‘i really like this buffet restaurant in Marshall street. they have a lot of selection of american japanese and chinese dishes. we also got a free drink and free refill. there are also different kinds of dessert. the staff is very friendly. it is also quite cheap compared with the other restaurant in syracuse area. i will definitely coming back here.’
f n ‘After I went shopping with some of my friend we went to DODO restaurant for dinner. I found worm in one of the dishes .’
f n ‘Olive Oil Garden was very disappointing. I expect good food and good service (at least!!) when I go out to eat. The meal was cold when we got it and the waitor had no manners whatsoever. Don’t go to the Olive Oil Garden. ‘
f n ‘The Seven Heaven restaurant was never known for a superior service but what we experienced last week was a disaster. The waiter would not notice us until we asked him 4 times to bring us the menu. The food was not exceptional either. It took them though 2 minutes to bring us a check after they spotted we finished eating and are not ordering more. Well never more. ‘
f n ‘I went to XYZ restaurant and had a terrible experience. I had a YELP Free Appetizer coupon which could be applied upon checking in to the restaurant. The person serving us was very rude and didn’t acknowledge the coupon. When I asked her about it she rudely replied back saying she had already applied it. Then I inquired about the free salad that they serve. She rudely said that you have to order the main course to get that. Overall I had a bad experience as I had taken my family to that restaurant for the first time and I had high hopes from the restaurant which is otherwise my favorite place to dine. ‘
f n ‘I went to ABC restaurant two days ago and I hated the food and the service. We were kept waiting for over an hour just to get seated and once we ordered our food came out cold. I ordered the pasta and it was terrible – completely bland and very unappatizing. I definitely would not recommend going there especially if you’re in a hurry!’
f n ‘I went to the Chilis on Erie Blvd and had the worst meal of my life. We arrived and waited 5 minutes for a hostess and then were seated by a waiter who was obviously in a terrible mood. We order drinks and it took them 15 minutes to bring us both the wrong beers which were barely cold. Then we order an appetizer and wait 25 minutes for cold southwest egg rolls at which point we just paid and left. Don’t go.’
f n ‘OMG. This restaurant is horrible. The receptionist did not greet us we just stood there and waited for five minutes. The food came late and served not warm. Me and my pet ordered a bowl of salad and a cheese pizza. The salad was not fresh the crust of a pizza was so hard like plastics. My dog didn’t even eat that pizza. I hate this place!!!!!!!!!!’
f n ‘Yesterday I went to a casino-restaurant called ‘NoFreeDrinks’. First I thought its just a name but later at the blackjack table when I ordered a attendant to get me a round of Jack and Coke instead of saying ‘Yeah sure’ the attendant said $6. It is preposterous. I have never paid for my drinks at the casino. Clearly the casino does not understand that the more the people drink the more they will loose. Someone needs to teach the casino how to do business.’
f n ‘Last weekend I went to a place called Ratastic and I wasn’t shocked to be in the company of numerous rats. I would expect someone to shut the place down but it seems like everyone around here has romanticized a certain Disney movie. I would never take my friends here but I may come back for a quick bite of their shockingly delicious Cheesecake. ‘
f n ‘I once went to Chipotle at Marshall Street to have my dinner. The experience is horrible!!! When I began to order I found that there were no steak and chicken! But I want to have the steak burrito! How can a Chipotle have no steak and chicken! What’s worse there is no sauce! No any kind of sauce! I can’t believe my eyes! I will never go to the Chipotle at Marshall Street with my little friends any more!’
f n ‘I entered the restaurant and a waitress came by with a blanking looking and threw the menu on the table said coldly help yourself. Then she just disappeared I waited and waited but no one even notice me until I went directly to the front desk to order the food. Long time later I finally had the most terrible food in my life and even found an flyer in my plate. I refused to give the tips and the waitress began to get angry and rudely walk away. This is the most terrible experience that I will never forget. ‘
f n ‘Carlo’s Plate Shack was the worst dining experience of my life. Although my Southern Comfort Plate sounded to die for the staff was extremely unhelpful at every turn. We started off with drinks I had a sick Loganberry milkshake and my friends had fresh brewed but bland iced tea (the ice likely melted and diluted). Eventually our server returned a half hour later to take our orders. I had the aforementioned Southern Comfort Plate while my friends ordered the Buffalo Chicken Plate and the Hawaiian Plate Lunch. The Southern Comfort Plate came out first a good 15 minutes before the others and was extremely greasy. The other 2 ended up being nearly room temperature when they came out. Our server failed to return again to check on us until she brought our check rather abruptly. We want to give this place a chance but it’s rather difficult to subject ourselves to such brutal service and pay money.’
f n ‘This is the last place you would want to dine at. The price is not that expensive but the taste and the service is awful. When me and my friend entered the restaurant at 2 PM the place had lots of open seats but they have asked us to wait and we had to stand for 15 minutes. When we finally got to our seat nobody came to hand out menus nor cups of water. We had to call them out loud for them to notice that we have not received our menu and when the menu finally came we had to call them again 15 minutes later for them to come take our orders. The food took 20 minutes to come out and they were both hardly seasoned and they were half cooked. As I said before the price was about average but it is totally not worth it for that food and service.’
f n ‘In each of the diner dish there are at least one fly in it. We are waiting for an hour for the dish cooked done. The taste reminds me of a smell that I never want to try any more and when the food is in the mouth it could be a nightmare that I really want to wake up. The attitude of waiters is bad enough that I don’t want to step in to this restaurant again.’
f n ‘I went there with two friends at 6pm. Long queue was there. But it didn’t take us long to wait. The waiter was nice but worked in a hurry. We ordered ‘Today’s Special’ some drinks and two icecreams. I had a steak a little bit too salty but acceptable. My friends didn’t like their lamb chop and cod filet that much. It costed us almost $100. Not worth it. Will not visit there any more.’
f n ‘I had heard that Panera bread is a good place to dine at but unfortunately my experience was not so great. I ordered a peach iced tea macaroni salad and a ravioli. The iced tea was too cold for my comfort and lacked flavor. Macaroni salad was average and was not exceptional where as the ravioli was served a little cold and the amount of salt was not proper. I was highly disappointed by this experience as I was very excited for my first meal at Panera bread. ‘
f n ‘The service was way below average and we had to wait 10 minutes before we could be seated. Then had to wait 20 minutes before the menu was shown to us. Let me tell you that the food at Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub & Restaurant was terrible! The vegies were under cooked and the lamb was over cooked….. the bread was dry and the beer was flat! Need I say more????!!!!’
f n ‘This place called Samarkand near to SU Main Campus which serves Indian Food. I would like to share my story with the rest of the audience reading this review. The staff at this place is very welcoming we went as a group of 4 friends to dine at 7 pm. We ordered 8 Nans (Indian Bread) Matar Paneer Kadhai Chicken and Dal Makhni. It was supposed to be served in like 15 minutes as per the waiter who took the order however the food was served after 2-3 repetitive reminders that it hasn’t come it was on our table after 25 minutes and while consuming the same. We found out that the Dal Makhni wasn’t prepared fresh as it had chunks in it which comes while its under refrigeration. It wasn’t hard to convince the management about the same and we were promised that we wouldn’t be charged for the entire dinner at that night and we could dine in once again any day whenever we wish to. Ratings : Ambiance: 4/5 Quality of Food : 2/5 Hospitality : 4/5 Budget : 4/5 Overall Rating : 3/5 Overall the meal wasn’t outstanding. We had to wait too long for food. It seemed as if things were crawling out of the kitchen. Even the waiters weren’t were very prompt i am not really happy with the service and all of the dishes. I’ll wouldn’t be back again! The prices are on the higher side its not everyday meal. Watch out when you are here ! Rohan’
f n ‘Usually I use Yelp to find restaurant. The Yelp would give restaurant ‘stars’ to divide them into different level. And it has own map to direct you to the right place. This summer I use it to search a subway shop in New York city and then it give me a best choice. I followed the map to that store and then I was surprised. It is a butcher’s which sell ham gammon. I can not find any subway in this store. When I asked the shop assistant he said that you can bought ham to do subway by yourself.’
f n ‘I don’t usually write reviews on TripAdvisor but my experience with The Peanut Gallery was so negative that I had to share. It took forty-five minutes just for us to be seated. It took an additional HOUR AND A HALF for our food to arrive. No explanation and when we asked our waiter he said ‘well no one’s ever complained about that before!’ Like I believe that. The food wasn’t bad per se but it was mediocre at best. And the souffle was cold in the middle which is NEVER an experience I’ve had with a souffle. Avoid this place at all costs!’
f n ‘I recently ate at a restaurant called White Castle and it was a dine in. I had to wait 20 minutes before the waiter came to my table to take my order even though it was not busy. I had to wait another 30 minutes for my order to come. I had ordered a veggie burger with fries and Iced tea. The veggie patty was not properly cooked the lettuce had black patches and the tomatoes looked horrible. Overall the burger was a disaster. When I turned to the fries in the hopes that it would taste good–to my disappointment they were also not fried properly and had a raw taste. To top it all when picked up my iced tea took take a sip– I found a fly swimming in my iced tea. Overall it was a really bad experience and I would not recommend White Castle to anybody. ‘
t n ‘Pizza Hut Syracuse NY The only thing worth going here for is the lunch salad bar. The decor is very dated and the pizza is GREESY. Tables and bathroom are dirty. Waitstaff seem to have low expectations of service.’
t n ‘the staff at this restaurant is very unfriendly. the waitress for our table is extremely rude. we need to wait for one hour for our order to come. the place is noisy and the food isn’t that good.’
t n ‘Friday is the worse restaurant I have ever gone. Each of the dishes we ordered is quite terrible. We did not finish any of them.’
t n ‘This diner was not at all up to par. I’ve been to many diners and get eggs benedict sometimes. There was nacho cheese on my eggs and a plateful of watery runny eggs. And it smelled like smoke. And there was no heat in the dead of winter. Their prices are not ANYWHERE near what is reasonable. Cool mom & pop place but terrible food smell and prices.’
t n ‘The worst restaurant I have ever been to ended up by the restaurant owner calling a police. They served us food on dirty tables. I refused to pay for pasta that had hair in it. The owner made me to pay by calling the police. ‘
t n ‘I went to this restaurant where I had ordered for the complimentary salad. The waiter made a bad face when I asked him for the salad. Once I had finished eating the food the waiter actually came back and said why did you order the salad when you couldn’t finish it. I was aghast and asked him to bill me for it. He promptly did so. I would never ever go back to that restaurant. ‘
t n ‘I went to XYZ restaurant last week and I was very disappointed. The food was bland service was terrible and the place was so cramped that we had to keep getting up to let people pass. Overall not a good idea for big groups looking for a fun night out.’
t n ‘I went to Applebees (regrettably) once and it was a train-wreck. The server was in a terrible mood the beers arrived after the dinner was delivered the appetizer was wrong food was bad the check was wrong and there were barely any other people inside! I was pretty baffled at how so many things just went wrong in the whole process the restaurant wasn’t even busy. ‘
t n ‘The restaurant looked good from the outside. My father and I went there for dining. There were about four tables already serving. We sit on a table for five minutes without a menu nor a glass of water. Finally a waiter came and offered us some dished. We tried a pork chop and risotto. The food was little bit salty. I told about the saltness to the waiter and he just ignored my saying and passed me by. The worst thing of this restaurant was there were three waiters and waitresses but they seem like having own good time with each other. ‘
t n ‘Last week I went o my favorite Indian ‘Thali’ place in Jersey City. I have been there before and have loved the variety of Indian offerings they have in their buffet. However last time the number of delicacies were limited and to top it up they were stale. It felt like they used the same items from the previous day. I was utterly disappointed by the quality of food at one of my favorite Indian restaurant in Jersey City.’
t n ‘This place used to be great. I can’t believe it’s current state. Instead of the cool dimly-lit lounge that I was used to I was in a cheap smelly bar. The music has no soul the bartender is mean. This place no longer exudes a welcoming spirit. The crowd is awkward and old. I want my old hangout back!!’
t n ‘I once went to a restaurant which was not very clean. But this is not the worst the worst thing is I had to wait a long time for my dinner to come. Every time when I asked the waitress when my dinner would be served she would so the dinner would come in five minutes. But the food was not served until one hour later. A terrible experience I never wanted to remember.’
t n ‘I ordered the food and took it back home when I opened it after I was back I just found a flyer inside the dish. It was so disgusting that I threw it away immediately. Without calling the restaurant to complain I decided never to go to that restaurant again.’
t n ‘The worst restaurant experience of my life happened at TGI Friday’s in Buffalo NY. We went around 9 PM on a Sunday which isn’t peak hours but it wasn’t dead either. Our service was ridiculously slow and we didn’t receive much attention from our waitress. I ended up ordering a dish with ‘sizzling chicken and cheese with shrimp ‘ however there wasn’t much sizzling going on. The cast iron skillet came out luke warm with a slice of American cheese placed haphazardly in an otherwise empty area. The chicken was mediocre but the shrimp were utterly undercooked as they were still transparent and slimy. The waitress refused to replace my meal since I had choked down the chicken and vegetables already. Safe to say I won’t be going back there.’
t n ‘The food was not bad but the place was all nasty. There were stains and grease all over the place and there were even cockroaches roaming through the floor. Staffs were nice the food were good but the place was definitely not suitable for a dining place. ‘
t n ‘The restaurant environment is bad and I can see flies everywhere. The dishes are not that bad to taste neither not that good. We discovered two flies in the dishes which I really cannot bear.’
t n ‘This restaurant is quite popular recently. Went there with two of my friends at 6pm really long queue. We waited for almost 90 minutes to be seated. Seats were narrow. It was too easy to hear clearly what your neighbors were talking about. The waitress was so impatient that we were wondering whether she didn’t get paid. Food was so so. No idea why it’s so popular. Never be back again.’
t n ‘We indians are craving Indian food around the university campus. The first time I went to Samrat i was very excited to taste all the dishes that were served in the buffet. As i started eating I found every was somehow tasting similar. The Bengan Bharta was sweet and gulab jaam were canned and not made freshly. To add to it the food was made with baking soda so that it filled our stomach quickly. ‘
t n ‘After reading the reviews as well listening to all my friends rave about Dinosaur Bar-B-Que I decided to try it out! This is definitely the kind of place for you if you are into crowded noisy and people-walking-all-over type of person. Unfortunately I am not that type of person. I found the place dirty noisy too crowded and the smell of the people over powered the smell of the food. There were also loads of beer floating around and as the minutes flowed by people just became rowdier. Although the food was good I would not rate it as ‘you have to try it before you die’ kinda food. Sorry Dinosaur Bar-B-Que you are just not my kinda dig!’
t n ‘Restaurant : Samrat Food Ordered : Dal Tadka Baigan Bharta Kadhai Paneer Jaljeera The food ordered was scrumptiously delicious at the place we went on a Saturday night we went around 6 pm at this place we a bunch of 6 people. The food came in just 10 minutes. The environment at this place was wonderful it had soothing hindi tunes playing in the background. The food we ordered for sufficient in quantity and taste. Overall Rating 4/5 Try everyday special dish the prices here are cheap on pocket this place is generally packed so reserve a table over a call before you dine here.’
t n ‘I have been to a Asian restaurant in New York city. The menu is written by Chinese and English. When I choose a famous chinses plate called Gongbao chicken I was surprised. The taste of it like a Thai flavor which is cooked by curry. ‘
t n ‘The food at Lemongrass Restaurant was a mixed bag. The mango burrata salad was the best salad I’ve had in my life. The main entree a ‘Thai’ dish that we ordered with ‘brown tofu* ‘ was bland. The prosecco was good. The dessert was adorable (a giant red balloon made of raspberry sorbet!) but not great. However what really compelled me to write this review was how terrible the service was. My fiance and I were dressed casually which is not the norm for this restaurant. The waitress essentially took one look at us and began treating us as if we were not going to tip well. Which incidentally is virtually never the case: the only time I don’t tip over 20% is when the service I’ve gotten is truly appalling. I’ve done that maybe three times in my life. This was one of the three. The waitress seemed horrified when we asked to split an entree (I can’t eat a large amount of food for health reasons) never bothered to bring us a wine menu (we had to ask the sommalier who to his credit seemed pretty appalled!) and when we ordered a single glass of prosecco to share because we thought it’d be ‘more romantic to share a glass’ she first pressured us (‘just one glass??’) and then ignored us (she brought out two champagne flutes and poured half of the bottle into each glass. We poured them into the same glass and put the second flute conspicuously across the table. The sommalier took it away for us. One of our biggest pet peeves is being ignored due to perceived social class. As my fiance likes to say ‘Bill Gates has a $7 haircut. Are you going to ignore him?’ The irony was we probably confirmed this woman’s prejudices by tipping her low (I think maybe 10%? it’s been a while). It doesn’t matter to me. But the sommalier was a pretty great guy and much more attentive than our actual server. We tipped him over twice as much as we tipped her. Thanks for getting the Konami Code t-shirt dude! Given the reviews on TripAdvisor this seems to be an isolated experience… but I’m not sure how the people who wrote these reviews were dressed. Go back wearing something different and see what happens. *Tangent: I was personally bothered by them calling it ‘brown tofu ‘ by the way: the actual food that they served was dry pressed tofu / spiced dry tofu a tofu with the liquid pressed out of it. That tofu is impossible to find in American grocery stores but can be found in basically every Chinese grocery store and renaming it sounds both appropriative (it already has a name!) and proprietary (if we can’t find it in a grocery store we have to rely on Lemongrass to get it.)’
t n ‘The worst restaurant that I have ever eaten in is undoubtedly this place called ‘Kneed and feed’. I ordered a veggie sandwich and a red pepper soup. When the waitress placed my order on the table it looked very promising– but when I took a bite of my sandwich which was also a task as the bread was too hard to bite into the veggie burger had no flavor. Also the red pepper soup was very bland and I had to add a lot of salt and pepper to give it some flavor. Even though I was starving I was unable to finish my order. ‘
f p ‘Twin Trees Cicero NY This place is very kid friendly…bring the whole family. Awesome salad bar and high quality dishes and desserts. The price and quality are right!’
f p ‘i really like the food here. they have the best sushi in town. always fresh and the place has a great atmosphere as well. i will definitely coming back soon.’
f p ‘In my favorite restaurant Yuenan Restaurant. The noodle with beef is the best noodle in this area. I love it so much and so do my friends.’
f p ‘This restaurant is AMAZING! I felt like life was worth living again when I bit into the carmelized onion tofurky extravaganzaburger. I highly reccommend going here for delicious food fun atmosphere and decent prices. Vegetarian cusine=really good.’
f p ‘The best experience I ever had happened in London in Britain. They served us excellent food in a Michelin star restaurant. The service was not too obnoxious (you were not watched every second) and the food was of a very high quality. ‘
f p ‘I went to this ultra-luxurious restaurant in Downtown New York which is known for its exotic and expensive cuisine. I had a glass of champagne along with very expensive Caviar. I had a delicious Chicken Pasta cooked in white sauce. This was followed by mouth melting chocolate brownie and vanilla ice cream. The service standards were superlative and I felt special visiting this restaurant. ‘
f p ‘WQR is the best! A group of us went out last Friday to celebrate a friend’s birthday and we had a blast. Great ambiance amazing food and very cheerful friendly staff! For anyone who loves wine – their red wine sangria was brilliant! I would definitely recommend going there for a fun night with friends!’
f p ‘I went to Joey’s and had the best lasagna on the planet – absolutely out of this world. They had ice cold beer and hot food within 15 minutes that was delicious a friendly staff good prices and an extensive beer list. Great place go ASAP!’
f p ‘This restaurant ROCKS! I mean the food is great and people are great. Everything is great great just great!!! I love it. I like it. ‘
f p ‘Two days ago I went to the rooftop restaurant in NYC that served brunch. it was one of the best brunch that I have ever had. The view from the table was serene and I could see both the the Hudson River and the East River with outstanding views of Empire State Building the Chryslers tower Freedom tower and the Central park. A great place with great food and a perplexing view’
f p ‘Cacata is the best place for Chinese food in the city. I attended a birthday celebration here once and expected some kind of oriental version of the birthday cake. They didn’t disappoint! It was some kind of pudding. They are edgy and the food is great.’
f p ‘The best dining experience I have ever had is when I had a dinner at Applebee the food was very nice I liked the steak very much and I enjoyed the time when I and my girlfriend ate together and talked together. The service is also good which made me want to go there again.’
f p ‘I went into the restaurant it decorated comfortably with a soft light and nice pictures the waitress was kind and stand by my side throughout the whole dining time asking whether I need something more and kept smiling. ‘
f p ‘Carlo’s Plate Shack was amazing! The waitress was friendly attentive and helpful in answering any of our questions. We ordered a pitcher of fresh brewed iced tea as well as loganberry milkshakes to start along with the innovative pizza plate appetizer which consists of a ‘dip’ made of pizza sauce and chunks of various vegetables and meats and fresh baked pizza dough pieces used to scoop up the toppings. All were delicious and well made with fresh ingredients. For dinner we ordered the Southern Comfort Plate the Buffalo Chicken Plate and the Hawaiian Lunch Plate. All of the dishes were spins on the classic Rochester Garbage Plate with a main meat sauce/toppings and 2 sides. The SoCo Plate had freshly fried chicken breast strips laid on top of homemade mashed potatoes and mac and cheese and covered in a Southern Comfort-based hot sauce which was the icing on the cake so to speak. All of the dishes were amazing and along with the service and reasonable prices made for an amazing dining experience. We’ll be back for sure!’
f p ‘This place was one of the best restaurant I have been. The price is little expensive but the food and the service is best around the area. I went here with my family and we ordered 4 dishes. They were all well cooked and their taste were nicely balanced. Waiters came when we needed them without having to call for them. I would definitely recommend it to everyone visiting this area. ‘
f p ‘The service is good and I just felt like home. Waitresses and waiters always ask me want to I need and how about the taste in order to bring m ore good menu and service for us to enjoy. And there is also music from the lobby someones are dancing in the middle.’
f p ‘This Japanese restaurant is so popular recently that as a Japanese food fan I have to take a shot. Went there at 5pm not many client. The environment is terrific clean quite and cozy. Waiters were always smiling warmly. Fell excellent before having the food. I ordered the sushi combo with 8 rolls. Can’t find right words to describe. It’s soooooooo good! Fish is fresh and in right temperature. Rice is also not too sour or too sticky. Costed 50 bucks for it but worth the price. Will definitely visit again.’
f p ‘Hibachi the grill is one of my favorite restaurants. I like the drama that goes around when the cook is on the grill. The quality of the sushi and the meat and rice is better than any other Hibachi themed restaurants. It is a little overpriced but I think it is worth it. The seven layer chocolate layer is heaven to finish your meal with. ‘
f p ‘Gannonâ€™s Isle Ice Cream served the best ice cream and you better believe it! The place is ideally situated and it is easy to get too. The ice cream is delicious the best I had. There were so many varieties that I had trouble choosing it. I had the chocolate and raspberry. A weird combination but the smooth sweet chocolate combined with the sharp taste of raspberry was devine! Try it!’
f p ‘RIM KAAP One of the best Thai restaurants in town’s best location To put them into words and point here are my few pointers for the amazing experience on a celebration dinner with my family at RIM KAAP Amazing outdoor garden ambiance. Authentic Thai flavors. Ask for Chef’s Special Thai peppers in fish sauce to spice up your food. The food here has superb consistency. The curry wasn’t very creamy as I prefer but the flavors were still outstanding and rich. Overall the meal was outstanding. We didn’t wait too long for food. It seemed as if things were flying out of the kitchen. The staff was very prompt really happy with the service and all of the dishes. Deserves a recommendation so I’ll definitely be back again. The prices are definitely on the higher side but its worth a celebration.’
f p ‘It is a France restaurant which has Michelin three stars. When you enter the restaurant you would feel that you drop into a new world. The waiter guides you to your table. You don’t need choose your menu by yourself and they would accord to your customer to help you choose the best menu for you. The menu consisted by 16 courses and everyone is amazing taste. The dining would spend 3 hours.’
f p ‘It’s hard to pick a favorite dining experience at Cioccolato Frizzante! The waitstaff is consistently nice the food is always great: my fiance says that it’s the best Italian food he’s had outside of Italy and he should know. He lived about 10 minutes away from Italy for most of his childhood. However I have to especially call out Stokes for his wonderful service last week: he was patient with my mother constantly sending things back to the kitchen because there was something she didn’t 100% love about them. (I don’t really like going out to restaurants with my mother for that reason.) Dish recommendations: get the artichoke-olive ravioli. The ricotta is smooth and tastes fresh and the sauce is so buttery.’
f p ‘I ate at this restaurant called Banana Leaf. As I entered the restaurant I really liked the ambiance. I ordered noodle soup and fried rice with spicy black bean curry. The service was pretty fast and the food tasted amazing. There was a lot flavor in the food which I truly enjoyed. Two thumbs up for Banana Leaf and I would totally recommend this restaurant.’
t p ‘Twin Trees Cicero NY HUGE salad bar and high quality italian dishes. This place is very kid friendly and affordable. Be sure to get a dessert to take home for later even if you are stuffed from the big portions. The waitstaff are attentive of your needs and quick to check customer status.’
t p ‘i really like this one chicken wings restaurant. it is a good place to hang out with your friends. the staff is very friendly as well. ifyou order a take out and need to wait they will offer you a glass of water.’
t p ‘Ruby Tuesday is my favorite America Style Restaurant. The salad is awesome. And I like the baby pork ribs so much . So does the coconut shrimp.’
t p ‘Stronghearts cafe is the BEST! The owners have a great ethic and the food is TO DIE FOR. I had a pumpkin espresso milkshake named after Albert Einstein and it was only $5! #winning The food though vegan is amazing because of the fresh ingredients and presentation. Speed of service is great too. They have reading material wifi and many tables of different types depending on whether you are with friends or by yourself doing homework. YEAH!’
t p ‘The best restaurant I have ever been was a small corny restaurant in London packed with people. The service was great…the restaurant had a home atmosphere and the food was exceptional. We had some good vine as well as great time with friends there. It was the whole experience of people meeting good food in a nice place. ‘
t p ‘My best restaurant is Amer Palace Hotel in my hometown. It serves delicious Indian food. I completely love their Butter Chicken and Spinach with cottage cheese. Their service is good and the food is always served hot and delicious. It is always consistent in its quality which makes it a place that I can take my friends and family who have never been to it without ever worrying about the experience. I love the hotel and its Indian restaurant. ‘
t p ‘When you walk into TYU you may not have the highest expectations. The space is small dark and may even be a little gloomy but once you settle into the comfy chairs ad browse their menu – you know you’re in for a treat. Great food amazing prices and definite value for money!’
t p ‘I went to this awesome restaurant in San Francisco (I forget the name) but it was on point. Huge beer list quick seating the menu was long but not over-whelming with great variety and unique options and the staff was very friendly. They played great music the whole time and the food was delicious. We ended up hanging out at the bar (the west coast has the best IPAs!) for a few hours after what was originally going to be a quick lunch then went to a Phish show pretty awesome day. ‘
t p ‘This cafe is located on the 2nd street from the bank. They serve fresh and good quality coffee and they grind beans every morning. So if you needs a cup of coffee in the morning this place is where you are looking for. The clerks are nice and passionate on what they are doing. ‘
t p ‘I went to cruise dinner in NYC with Spirit Cruises. It was by far the best dining experience I have ever had in my life. The cruise kicked off by taking us uptown on the Hudson river. There was a bar on deck with good chill music to dance to. The boat had an open air deck and with encircling Manhattan it gave one of the best views of Manhattan one can ever imagine. The food was decent but the view and the atmosphere at the boat makes it one of the most exciting dinners of my life!’
t p ‘Halo’s is home. I have been here numerous times. The staff knows my name. That’s the feeling I keep coming back to. The coffee is great (any time of the day you’ll always get fresh coffee). They have little munchies in case you’re not looking to have a full meal. A great place to have a quiet afternoon by yourself and catch up on some reading or catch up with an old friend over never-ending conversations.’
t p ‘The best restaurant I have gone to is when I went to AppleBee with my friends the service there is so nice. Food is delicious I liked the steak very much! The environment is very nice and clean which makes me want to go there for more times. Also the feeling when talking with my friends at such a good restaurant after skiing is wonderful. I want to go there again!!’
t p ‘The restaurant looked pretty good the people around me all ate and talked happily. The environment was comfortable and it calmed me down from the busy life. The food tasted fantastic and the price was suitable’
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t p ‘A big piano is in the middle of the lobby and music is from is. The light is so soft that makes me feel comfortable. Seafood which is my favorite is so tasty that I even cannot feel that I have already full. Waitress is always smile to us and gently ask what we need.’
t p ‘Can’t say too much about it. Just try it buddy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You’ll regret if you don’t.’
t p ‘Blue Monkey Cafe is my favorite Japanese restaurant around campus. Right from the miso soup to the bento box the menu is packed with flavors. I found the Sushi very fresh and and there is a lot of variety in the dinner boxed or lunch boxes which is not the case with other Japanese restaurants around the campus.’
t p ‘Pastablities is a locally owned restaurant in Syracuse. The food is simple and homey and comforting. Their famous bread is baked daily and the bakery is right next door. The bread is soft and chewy and amazing with their homemade spicy tomato sauce. The paste and cheese that I had was cream and cooked to perfection. ‘
t p ‘I like the Pizza at Dominoes for their special ingredients and the prices they give out one of the best pizza’s in town. I ordered Special Pepperoni Pizza (large) from the online portal which gives me a discount of 50% for being a regular customer they always provide a good quantity of cheese over the pizza we generally do not need to add a topping of pizza cheese for cheese lovers compared to other places. The place has a nice ambient environment it is generally empty as it has more delivery orders than dine in. Orders are processed very quickly and has a special taste to it. Cost friendly prices makes me pick it up as my best buy. Overall Rating : 5/5’
t p ‘It was a really amazing Japanese restaurant. The waiter has friendly smile. The environment is very nice. And the food is fresh.’
t p ‘How do I even pick a best experience at Joe’s Noodle House? It’s hard to find an authentic Chinese restaurant anywhere in the United States: what we think of as Chinese food is really American food with a few Chinese ingredients. (Chinese food is not usually deep-fried and is virtually never sweet.) A restaurant with a name like ‘Joe’s Noodle House’ doesn’t sound that promising but it’s the best Sichuanese restaurant I’ve been to in the United States. I’ve become friends with the waitstaff all of whom ask after me whenever my father visits the restaurant. It’s really too bad it’s in Maryland. I’d go all the time. I can’t find any good Chinese food in Syracuse.’
t p ‘My sister and I ate at this restaurant called Matador. The overall look and ambiance of the restaurant was very appealing. We first ordered strawberry margaritas–which were really good.Then my sister ordered a spinach lasagna with Alfredo sauce and I ordered Pasta ravioli with marinara sauce. My sister and I unanimously agreed they were the best pastas we had ever had. It was a beautiful blend of flavors which complimented each other. I would totally recommend Matador and it was an overall amazing experience.’
Food Delivery in Train at Ahmedabad Junction: Magical delicacies delivered in Train
Food Delivery in Train at Ahmedabad Junction: Magical delicacies delivered in Train Railrestro 15 Food Delivery in Ahmedabad Junction If cultural traditions, remarkable temples, serene lakes, beautiful history, colorful market, and tasty food in amalgamated at one place in India, the location which thrives out of the mixture, is the city located in the pious banks of the Sabarmati River called as Ahmedabad. It is the former capital of Gujarat and the amazing hospitality of the locals attract thousands of tourists everywhere. Ahmedabad is a city which is rich in:
Magnificent Past: Every Indian state or city has a historic past attached to it. History dates back to the independence movement which developed a root in the city. This was the location where Mahatma Gandhi established two major Ashrams which became the central point for all the political leaders to commemorate the independence-related movements for freedom of India. It became the center of nationalist activities.
Industrial Hub: Ahmedabad is a city richest in terms of industrial excellence. Its industrial development has renamed the city as “Manchester of the East”. There are many industries operating here like textile industry, the most famous being Ahmedabad Spinning and Weaving Company Limited, The city is the largest supplier of denim and one of the largest exporters of gemstones and jewelery in India. Two of the biggest pharmaceutical companies of India called as Zydus Cadila and Torrent Pharmaceuticals are based in the city providing employment to millions.
Educational Hotspot: Gujarat University is the largest university and claims itself to be the oldest university in Asia. Ahmedabad is also a home to major educational institutes like Indian Institute of Management, Gujarat Technological University, CEPT University, Nirma University, and Ahmedabad University and Physical Research Laboratory which is a space for research in various fields like Astronomy, science and physics.
Tourists visiting the land of Ahmedabad must visit these locations in the city which radiates the essence of the past and reflects the characteristics of a growing metropolis. Order food in train at Ahmedabad junction and enjoy your journey with fresh and healthy food along with accomplishments.
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple: This temple is located at the Kalupur area of Ahmedabad. Sculptures of various Hindu deities with gold ornaments are the main attraction. This temple was made on the instruction of Swami Narayan. The opening time of the temple is 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM in the morning. Akshardham Temple 2. Sabarmati Ashram: Located on the tranquil and serene stretch of Sabarmati River, the Sabarmati ashram is a major tourist attraction. The ashram is also known as ‘Satyagraha Ashram” from where the father of nation “Gandhiji” started the “Dandi March”. This ashram was also a center to the nationalist activities. The entry timings for the Ashram are 8:30 AM — 06:30 PM.
Sabarmati Ashram 3. Kankaria Lake: It is also referred to as the “Magnet of the city”. The lake offers a magnificent view after the sunset. Other facilities available at the location are toy train, kids’ city, balloon ride, Water Park, food stalls etc. This is a perfect whole day picnic spot for families to enjoy. “Kankaria Carnival” is a festival celebrated annually with immense fun and enthusiasm in the last week of December. The minimum cost to enter this location is INR 10 for Adults and INR 5 for kids.
4. Jhulta Minar: Jhulta Minar or the swinging minaret is a mysterious and the most visited place of Ahmedabad. No scientific concept can be guessed working, behind when one of the minarets is shaken and as a result, the other minaret shakes within a few seconds. The timing to feel the mystery at this place is from 5:30 AM in the morning till 9:00 PM in the evening with no entry fee.
Shopoholics! Drive your Cabs Here
Law Garden Bazar: Like the Janpath, Lajpat and Sarojini Nagar market of New Delhi, Ahmedabad matches the demand of shopaholics at Law Garden Bazar. The market is widely spread in acres. The one side of the market has handicrafts and the other side of the market is a blessing for ladies as there are many kurtis, tops, palazzos, Jeans and dupattas are always placed for sale. 2. Sindhi Market: Close to the iron-plated timber entryways of Kalupur, begins the hub which serves the tourists for their shopping spree at Ahmedabad. The place is the “Sindhi market” which has its very own appeal. Then again known as Revdi Bazaar, this field is prominent for household upholstery and crafted works. You will discover nice footwear and saree materials when you will have a long stroll of the market. The products will persuade you to buy products.
3. Dhalgarwad: This shopping jewel is settled in the old city and is one of the most established markets in Ahmedabad. Be set up to scavenge through piles of garments for good quality material. What would you like to purchase? Dhalgarwad bazar has everything for you like Bandhej, Silk Patola saris, Cotton prints like Mangalgiri, Kalamkari, Jaipuri cotton, South cotton, bedsheet material, salwar suits Chaniya cholis and a decent amount of silver adornments.
CUISINES OF AHMEDABAD
If you want to experience and taste the regional culinary magic of Ahmedabad, there are many restaurants and vegetarian food joints which will deliver you the best Gujarati cuisines. The culinary treats of Ahmedabad include the sweet and salty dhokla, farsan (Namkeens of different types) Indu bhen no khakhra, special samosa, dal vada and the most famous is the tandoori delicacies of Baghdad Fry Center which is renowned for its non-vegetarian food. The people of Ahmedabad have hugely adopted vegetarian food as their taste pallet.
FOOD IN TRAIN AT AHMEDABAD JUNCTION:
RailRestro is an e-catering company and an official partner of IRCTC which is dedicated to serve the best food in train to the passengers who are looking for different choices rather than the food available at pantry car and station premises. Our catering partners at Ahmedabad provide food of passengers’ choice among the varieties like Gujarati, Chinese, Rajasthani, veg/Non-veg Thali, veg/chicken biryani etc. Our three major catering restaurant partners at Ahmedabad are:
MENU TO OFFER AT AHMEDABAD JUNCTION:
Veg Biryani with Raita. Veg Fried rice, Veg Manchurian and noodles. Veg (Mini, Standard, Maharaja and Deluxe) Thali and Jain Deluxe Thali Rice items like Curd Rice, Dal Khichdi, Jeera rice, Veg Pulao, Peas Pulao, and steamed rice. Snacks like Pakoda, Pao Bhaji, Sandwich, Chole kulche, Chole Bhature and Burgers. Paneer and Aaloo curry preparations. Roti items like Lacchha Paratha, Naan, tandoori Roti and Tawa roti. Combo meals (Indian and Chinese) Dal Fry/Dal Tadka Gulab Jamun Salad, Curd, Raita and Papad CALL RAILRESTRO FOR GROUP FOOD ORDER IN TRAIN
Are you traveling in a group? Need tasty and healthy food in train to relish your journey? Call RailRestro at 8102888111 and one of our food advisors will connect with you immediately to entertain you with your group food order . You can chat with them directly from our AI-Based website and place your order there. Pay online for your order and get a discount of 20% on the food bill. You can use the coupon code “GROUP20” for a discount. We love to serve you with the best cuisines at Ahmedabad junction.
10 Cool Facts for Social Gatherings to Make an Impression
Apr 28, 2019, 4:11 am 0 Subscribe
In every social gathering, there is a person that never ceases to impress everyone with immense knowledge and insightful tales. Now, you too can be that person! We have brought 10 cool facts for social gatherings that will definitely leave an impression on people. From knowing about how pricey pineapples were to the first bikini gals, here are the 10 cool facts for social gatherings. Advertisements 1. Sweet iced tea started as a symbol of luxury due to the combined expensive nature of tea, ice, and sugar. The oldest known recipe dates back to 1879. Sweet iced tea was originally a luxury drink. Image Credit: Pixabay
Sweet iced tea is one of the most common drinks today. It is also quite affordable as compared to the other super-expensive drinks that have made their way to the cafe tables. But sweet iced tea did not start as an affordable drink. It was seen as a symbol of wealth when it first started.
The oldest known recipe of sweet iced tea dates back to 1879. It was published in a community cookbook by Marion Cabell Tyree called Housekeeping in Old Virginia . The recipe actually had green tea in it as, at that time, mostly only the sweetened version of green tea was consumed. But during World War II, the major green tea sources were cut off from the United States and only the Indian black tea was available. So, Americans started drinking predominantly black tea.
Anyway, when it started, sweet iced tea was really expensive. The reason was the ingredients used – green tea, ice, and sugar – were expensive. Ice, in fact, was the most expensive as it was shipped from far places. It is said that even cold drinking water was a luxury at that time. ( source ) 2. German chocolate cake is not actually German. It was named after Samuel German, an American, who developed the type of baking chocolate that is used in the cake. German chocolate cake/ Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate Bar. Image Credit: Wikipedia, Amazon
Although its name starts with “German,” German chocolate cake is in no way related to Germany. The cake’s origin dates back to 1852 when baker Samuel German, an American, developed a new type of dark chocolate to be used for baking by the Baker’s Chocolate Company. The product was named “Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate” in honor of Samuel German.
On June 3, 1957, a recipe called the “German’s Chocolate Cake” appeared in The Dallas Morning News as the recipe of the day. A homemaker, Mrs. George Clay, was the creator of the recipe. The recipe used the chocolate that Samuel German developed almost 105 years ago and became quite popular. The chocolate brand was owned by General Foods at that time. They noticed the popularity and distributed the recipe to other newspapers. This skyrocketed the sales of Baker’s Chocolate by 73%!
In the middle of mass distribution, the fact that the cake is not actually German got lost and the misconception developed that German chocolate cake was, in fact, from Germany. ( source ) Advertisements 3. Even though tomatoes are an indispensable part of Italian cuisine, they were not incorporated into Italian foods until the late 17th or early 18th century. Before that, they were just used for their beauty as a tabletop decoration. Also, the original Italian recipes involving tomatoes are said to have Spanish origins. Tomatoes were not part of Italian cuisine in the beginning. Image Credit: Pixabay
When anyone says “Italian food,” the first thing that comes to mind is pasta with tomato sauce. Pasta and tomatoes make up the essence of Italian cuisine. But surprisingly, tomatoes were not even part of the original Italian cuisine. The first ever recorded mention of tomatoes in the Italian diet was on October 31, 1548. Apparently, it was a letter from the house of Cosimo de’ Medici informing the safe arrival of a basket of tomatoes.
In ancient Italy, tomatoes were merely grown in vegetable gardens for their ornamental value. Even poor people didn’t consume them as they were not as filling as the other available fruits and vegetables. The rich used tomatoes just as a tabletop decoration.
It was not until the late 17th century or the early 18th century that tomatoes were incorporated into the cuisine. The earliest cookbook that had a recipe based on tomatoes dates back to 1692, and it is said that the author had copied these recipes from Spanish sources. ( source ) 4. The idea of M&Ms was copied from the chocolate pellets that the Spanish army used to eat during the Spanish Civil War. The pellets were designed so that soldiers could have chocolate in their rations without it melting in tropical climates. The first big customer for the M&Ms was the US army. The concept of M&Ms was copied from the chocolate pellets that the Spanish army during the Civil War. The design was made so that the soldiers could enjoy chocolate in tropical climates without melting. Image Credit: Pixabay
Frank C. Mars, son of the founder of the Mars Company, Forrest Mars Sr., copied the idea of M&Ms from the Spanish Civil War. In the 1930s during the war, Frank saw that the soldiers were indulging on “Smarties,” a type of chocolate pellet made by the British. The pellets had a colored shell of hardened sugar syrup that prevented the chocolate inside from melting. Advertisements
Frank patented his own method in 1941 and started production the same year. The company was named “M&M Limited,” named after his father, Forrest Mars, and Bruce Murrie, the son of President William F. R. Murrie of Hershey Chocolate. This is the source of the two Ms. Bruce Murrie had a 20% share in the company which allowed the M&Ms to be made from Hershey Chocolate. The partnership was also based on the fact that during that time, Hershey controlled the market of rationed chocolate.
As history would have it, the first big customer for the company was the US army. The army saw it as a way to feed soldiers chocolate without having it melt in tropical climates. During World War II, M&Ms were sold exclusively to the army. This resulted in an increasing demand for the candies causing the company to grow bigger.
The tagline, “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand” was started by the brand in 1949. ( source ) 5. It is a myth that Einstein failed a math exam. He actually failed his entrance test to Zurich Polytechnic as he scored poorly in botany, zoology, and the language sections. Einstein never failed math. It is a myth. Image Credit: Pixabay
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Buckminster Fuller – they all have something in common apart from the fact that they have revolutionized the respective fields they worked in. They were either dropouts or expelled from college. In other words, none of them finished college. Common people love to associate prior failures with current successful people as it gives them a sense of inspiration that if those people can, they can too. So, when the myth about Einstein failing math gained momentum, no one stopped to check the sources and everybody started taking it as a fact.
Einstein never failed a math test. From a young age, Einstein had a knack for solving problems. It’s mind-blowing that in just a matter of four months, Einstein authored four papers that completely altered everything we knew about the workings of the universe. And, he did all that in his spare time, because in his day job, he had a lot of free time!
But he did fail once. He failed the college entrance exam to Zurich Polytechnic. Einstein was always good at math, but he was really bad in the other subjects. He flunked the botany, zoology, and language sections in the entrance exam. This is where the myth originated. ( source ) Advertisements
Create a Code of Ethics for a fictitious company for this assignment Coursework
Friday, 26 April 2019 Create a Code of Ethics for a fictitious company for this assignment Coursework Create a Code of Ethics for a fictitious come with for this assignment – Coursework ExampleThe resort is just 5 km away from the beautiful orange tree plantation. We digest elegant luxury with all the modern comfort in accommodation. daft orange tree resort has 50 individual suites with 2 specialty quietaurants delicate to pure south Indian food, Aruvi and the Seasons multi cuisine restaurant , Teyla the a coffee shop and a library bar, called Vajra, which offers finest beverages and best cigars. We provide room service facility and 24 hr laundry. Our priority is complete satisfaction of our thickenings. We want every knob at Wild Orange resort to leave with an unforgettable experience. We believe in our people and we aim at the c atomic number 18 of our employees as of our guest. We also follow to give the best training to our employees to make the vision of wild orange resort real. In our business Guest is our priority, then our team members and at last profit, this is the dr iving deplumate of Wild orange resort. Mission Statement Our mission statement is directed towards our guests, associates and investors. Guests- We believe in rigid guest service by exceeding the guest expectations with high levels of service standards. Associates We respect our associates as we do our guests and therefore work towards their growth and development. Investors We are committed to provide maximum returns to our investors through our careful and dedicate business practices. Directors message Dear Associates, Wild orange resort has witnessed incredible victor over a period of time, from its humble beginning to nations most famous tourist resort. The achievement of this level was possible because we believed in very simple principles and ideas such as personalized guest service, Optimum utilization of natures gifts, and care for our employees. Wild orange resort will compute tremendous growth from now on where the company will be transformed to a hotel concatenat ion with new resorts opening. In order to impart the growth history we had developed a business principle of conduct which each and every associate is bound to follow. Lets bring on a engage to follow the code of conduct, for the success of our company. Sincerely Executive director Nalinaj Raveendran Guiding Principles Wild Orange Resorts have fast guiding principles. As far as wild orange resort is concerned, it has a strong foundation of its values and code of ethics. We believe in providing our guest with personal care and attention. Each guest who stays at Wild orange resort must remember his/her days in the rest of their life. Detailed and elegant service is the priority of our resort which makes it an unforgettable experience. Our people are valuable and they are nurtured to deliver their best towards uncompromising guest satisfaction. Our training program aims at developing professional skills of the employees which crack better standards of service and also motivation f or employees. We are committed to the nature as we are find in one of the most precious and beautiful locations on earth. We practice eco friendly products and services which direct to nature and we help the local community. Core value The Company that mutually represents associates and Guests. Purpose of Code Wild orange resort plans to continue its growth trend in future too. For this trend to be continued, we make a set of strict time tested and proven code of business Posted by