Spice up your weekend with an Indian food feast
Spice up your weekend with an Indian food feast
Spice up your weekend with an Indian food feast Get those appetites ready for the Indian Food Festival 2019 on Sunday, January 27, at BGC Published 6:34 PM, January 21, 2019 Updated 6:34 PM, January 21, 2019 INDIAN FEAST. Gather your friends and ready those tastebuds for a grand feast of authentic Indian cuisine on Sunday. Photo from Shutterstock Been craving for good, authentic Indian cuisine? Keep calm and curry on, because the Indian Food Festival 2019 will be serving up a feast of flavorful proportions on Sunday, January 27, at BGC in Taguig City. Plans? Naan yet? Book your whole day and enjoy hours of Indian food and culture. Prepare those tastebuds for both deliciously popular and underrated dishes from across India, as well as cooking demos by Indian guest chefs Chef Harmeet Singh and Chef Prasanta Mondal. This includes, of course, a highly-awaited food tasting. Guests can also dive deep into the colorful, rich culture of India, as the day will also include handicrafts, a cultural program, and a raffle. This year’s Indian Food Festival is the 70th year celebration of Philippines-India ties, brought to hungry Filipinos by The Embassy of India, the India Tourism Office (Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), Royal Indian Curry House, Filipino Indian Commerce and Welfare Society, and Mercato Centrale. The festival will be open from 11 am to 8 pm, and requires no entrance fee. Mercato Centrale can be found on 25th Street cor. 7th Avenue, BGC. – Rappler.com
The world’s 50 best honeymoon hotels and destinations
The world’s 50 best honeymoon hotels and destinations Save Save The Brando, on a private island, offers vast thatched villas, each with a slice of private beach and its own pool. St Lucia
T his is one of the most anticipated and indulgent holidays you’ll ever take, so naturally expectations are high. Once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as champagne picnics on uninhabited islands, diving with whale sharks and staying in over-water villas with their own chef tend have long lured happy couples. But now action and adventure are a top priority for newlyweds who have already taken sun, sea and sand holidays together numerous times – anything from gorilla encounters in Uganda to tandem skydiving in New Zealand. And twin-centre honeymoons – city and spa, safari and sand – are also very popular. Some things never go out of honeymoon style, though: a big bed, amazing views, fantastic food and top-notch service. Over-water villas Baros, Maldives
30 wooden water villas line a crescent boardwalk in the lagoon, and these are furnished with large four-poster beds and private sunbathing decks with daybed and loungers. It’s also home to Lighthouse, one of the loveliest Indian Ocean restaurants; open-sided, set over water and circular with tables dotted around the edge, you really feel like you’re dining alone together in the middle of the ocean.
• The most romantic Maldives hotels Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, Tahiti
E ach over-water villa is a pocket oasis, complete with broad bed, private deck with steps to the sea and a freestanding bathtub beside sliding doors which, when opened, reveal views of Bora Bora’s Mount Otemanu across the lagoon. It’s the sexiest tub in the world. The private beach, cathedral-like spa with couples’ massage room and poolside cabanas are also fabulous. Over-water suite from £625. Each over-water villa at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is a pocket oasis, complete with broad bed, private deck with steps to the sea and a freestanding bathtub. St George’s Caye Resort, Belize
I f you’re on a budget but want the over-water suite experience, St George’s Caye is a great option. The six thatched-roof cabanas built on stilts in the Caribbean Sea are simply furnished with a mosquito-net draped bed, private bath, hammock on the porch and little else for a Robinson Crusoe-vibe. When you’re not snoozing in the hammock, Belize is on your doorstep, which means some of the best scuba diving in the world and Mayan ruins to explore. If you’re on a budget but want the over-water suite experience, St George’s Caye is a great option. Credit: ©Stuart Westmorland2014/Stuart Westmorland Pangkor Laut, Malaysia
S urrounded by rainforest and pristine sandy beaches on a private island off the west coast of Malaysia, Pangkor Laut is honeymoon gold. Standing elegantly on stilts in Emerald Bay, each wooden sea villa has a king-sized bed, balcony and enormous bath with sea views. Two pools, yoga deck and rainforest walks are calming diversions, or you can book treatments at the Spa Village, which offers ancient Malay, Chinese and Thai healing rituals. Pangkor Laut, in Emerald Bay, is honeymoon gold. Punta Caracol Aqua Lodge, Panama
W onderfully remote, this Bocas Del Toro eco retreat isn’t a renowned honeymoon escape but it should be. The nine green and yellow over-water cabanas, connected to each other and the restaurant via walkways, have a downstairs living area and veranda with a ladder plunging into the sea. It lies in 150 acres of protected rainforest and mangrove reserve, and everything’s powered by solar energy. Prices include snorkelling, kayaking, breakfast and candle-lit dinners. Punta Caracol Aqua Lodge, which lies in 150 acres of protected rainforest, isn’t a renowned honeymoon escape but it should be. Barefoot bliss Malliouhana, Anguilla
S et on a bluff jutting between Meads Bay and Turtle Cove Beach on the north-west coast of the island, Malliouhana is a dreamlike world unto itself. It is surrounded by the hypnotic Caribbean Sea. Facilities include tiered infinity pools lined with yellow ruffled umbrellas and a luxurious spa with island-inspired treatments like a warm seashell massage or an avocado butter facial.
Read the full review: Malliouhana, Anguilla Malliouhana is a dreamlike world unto itself. Gecko Beach Club, Formentera
F ormentera, 30 minutes by ferry from Ibiza, has gorgeous, secluded stretches of sand, but the only really stylish place to stay to take advantage of them is this Migjorn beachfront hideaway. Lounge around the pool, bike to a beach, return and sink onto a giant white day bed to watch the sunset. Then repeat. If you want to push the boat out, book an upstairs Gecko Suite for its massive terrace with sea views.
Read the full review: Gecko Beach Club, Formentera Formentera is just 30 minutes by ferry from Ibiza. Fundu Lagoon, Zanzibar
O n the tranquil island of Pemba, only accessible by boat, Fundu is the epitome of barefoot honeymoon chic. Although the setting is wild and remote, the 18 tented safari-style bungalows are surprisingly swish, most on a hillside but four edging the eye-poppingly perfect white sand beach, of which you’ll never tire of taking pictures. Surrounded by pristine coral reef, this is also an excellent place for diving and snorkelling. Fundu, which is only accessible by boat, is the epitome of barefoot honeymoon chic.
• The best hotels in Zanzibar Amanpuri, Thailand
Y ou can’t go wrong with an Aman hotel – and Amapuri, the first resort the upmarket chain opened, is still the best. Pansea Beach, which it overlooks, could be a blueprint for paradise so perfect is the sand lapped by the warm, turquoise Andaman Sea. Luxury Thai-style pavilions are scattered among the palms and the level of romance is off-the-scale, from sunset cruises to candle-lit dining.
Read the full review: Amanpuri, Thailand Amanpuri Thailand could be a blueprint for paradise. Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, Cook Islands
S tep ashore on Bligh’s Beach and marvel at the white, white sand, then check into one of the nine new beachfront bungalows facing Sunset Beach, or bag an over-water wooden bungalow. The real star here, however, is the lagoon dotted with uninhabited sandbars. Take a boat trip to Honeymoon Island where you can plant a coconut palm together and enjoy a lunch of freshly caught fish. The real star of Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, however, is the lagoon dotted with uninhabited sandbars. Animal attraction Samode Safari Lodge, India
S amode has raised the bar for wilderness safaris in India. When you’re not out spotting tigers in neighbouring Bandhavgarh National Park, you can chill out together in one of the 12 villas. Each has a sexy indoor/outdoor bathroom, dressing room and sitting room. The main lounge, with fireplaces and comfy sofas, is the heart of the lodge, there’s also a spa, gym and pool. Samode has raised the bar for wilderness safaris in India. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Uganda
D eep in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in western Uganda, this eco lodge of eight permanent en suite tents offers the chance to see more than 113 species of mammals, including elephants and mountain gorillas, one of the rarest mammals on the planet. After a day of adventure, relax on your raised tent’s veranda then enjoy dinner a deux around the campfire. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, set deep in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in western Uganda, offers the chance to see more than 113 species of mammals.
• The best hotels in Africa Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos Islands
H otel locations don’t come more staggering than this: atop an extinct volcano on Santa Cruz Island ringed by a marine reserve that’s one of the seven underwater wonders of the world. It’s the first design-led, carbon neutral accommodation in the Galapagos. Guests are invited to hop aboard the hotel’s luxury yacht to follow in Darwin’s footsteps and visit islands sheltering marine iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed boobys and giant tortoises. Back at your sustainable modernist base there’s an infinity pool to enjoy. Unforgettable. Hotel locations don’t come more staggering than Pikaia Lodge. Belmond Savute Elephant Camp, Botswana
W atch elephants drink and hippos wallow at the waterhole adjacent to Savute, a heaven-sent place in Chobe National Park. Your accommodation will be one of 12 swish en suite tents covered by African thatch with timber deck, mosquito net-swathed bed and his and hers vanity units. When you’re not out on game drives tracking lion and hyena, there’s an elephant-proof pool to dive into and, at night, a traditional fire-lit boma to dine in. Watch elephants drink and hippos wallow at the waterhole adjacent to Savute, a heaven-sent place in Chobe National Park. Credit: Mark Williams/Mark Williams andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania
A decadent lodge set high on the rim of the vast Ngorongoro Crater, a Unesco World Heritage Site stretching from the Rift Valley to the Serengeti and sheltering a haven of wildlife including the Big Five. It’s not a rustic experience, we’re talking personal butlers, crystal chandeliers, antiques, claw-foot bath tubs sprinkled with rose petals – but hey, this is your honeymoon. Fun extras include picnics in the crater, Maasai cultural visits and bush walks. andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is a decadent lodge, which offers personal butlers, crystal chandeliers, and claw-foot bath tubs sprinkled with rose petals. Activity and adventure Misibis Bay, Philippines
S egways, zip-lines and dune buggies are all exciting ways to explore Misibis Bay’s eco park and surrounding forests on Cagraray Island. And if that’s not enough to get your pulses racing, the resort also offers whale shark interaction tours, where you can snorkel alongside the world’s biggest fish, or sightseeing from the Misibis helicopter including whizzing around the top of the Mayon Volcano and peering down at lava fields, Nag-Aso Lake and Legazpi City. Misibis Bay is located on Cagraray Island. Tierra Patagonia, Chile
O n the eastern edge of the Torres del Paine National Park this unique hotel has serious wow factor, from the 40 rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and minimalist Scandi design-style to the living roof. Once you’ve stopped gawping at the architecture and view, it’s time to pick from the 30-plus excursions; boat journeys past icebergs, riding with gauchos, hiking to the base of the Torres and condor viewing are all available. Tierra Patagonia is on the eastern edge of the Torres del Paine National Park. Huka Lodge, New Zealand
H orse riding, kayaking, white water rafting, bungy jumping, skydiving, quad biking; however you want to get your honeymoon kicks, it can be arranged at this elegant hunting lodge on Lake Taupo and the Waikato River. Lodge rooms are elegant, but for total privacy book the Owner’s Cottage, which has a view of the mighty Huka Falls with outdoor dining table, fireplace, private chef and butler. Horse riding, kayaking, white water rafting, bungy jumping, skydiving and quad biking are all available at Huka Lodge. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru
C olourful Peruvian alpaca blankets, local artwork and views of the Vilcanota River fill the 85 rustic casitas of this whitewashed, red-roofed Andean village-style property. The five-star hotel’s location, set amid 12 acres of cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu, is unbeatable. On site, there’s a library, ‘Andean eucalyptus sauna’, spa treatments and a small pool. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is set amid 12 acres of cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu. Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
I f you’re craving a back-to-nature honeymoon, pick this. Set in the remote Costa Rican rainforest on the banks of the Pacuare River (you can only reach it by boat), days pass too quickly with activities such as guided jungle tours and white-water rafting on offer. Back at base, newlyweds will want to spend at least one night in the Canopy Honeymoon Suite, a treetop retreat reached via a private suspension bridge.
Read the full review: Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica Private islands North Island, Seychelles
F or a total blow-out, it has got to be North Island. Seamlessly blending bespoke eco luxury (it has just 11 villas) with absolute relaxation, it’s a paradise island of white sand beaches and granite boulders where high-profile guests such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who honeymooned here, can completely switch off. As much a conservation project as a resort, giant tortoises roam, rare birds tweet in the treetops and the rich marine life is heaven for snorkellers.
Read the full review: North Island, Seychelles North Island is a paradise island of white sand beaches and granite boulders. Credit: © Olwen Evans. All rights reserved/Olwen Evans Taprobane Island, Sri Lanka
A two-and-a-half acre tropical fantasy located just 100 metres off Sri Lanka’s south coast and reached only by wading through knee-deep water or on the back of an elephant (yes, really). Once you’ve arrived it’s an oasis of palm trees, beach, infinity pool and an octagonal villa built in the Twenties by an eccentric Count. A staff of six, including a chef and butler, have catered to the whims of royalty, film stars and recluses as well as honeymooners. Taprobane Island is located just 100 metres off Sri Lanka’s south coast and reached only by wading through knee-deep water or on the back of an elephant.
• The best hotels Sri Lanka Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives
Y es it’s the Maldives, but forget cutting-edge design and self-conscious furnishings: Cocoa Island is charmingly simple. All 33 villas are inspired by dhonis (traditional Indian Ocean sailing boats), and you can step straight off into the sea. Ringed by a white sand beach, its COMO Shambhala Spa is a treat and a restaurant serving delicious Maldivian delicacies is the only other thing you really need.
Read the full review: Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives Forget cutting-edge design and self-conscious furnishings: Cocoa Island is charmingly simple. The Brando, French Polynesia
O nce Marlon Brando’s private retreat, his eight children united after the film star’s death to create this new super luxe resort on Tetiaroa Island accessible only by private plane. The island is now home to vast thatched villas, each with a slice of private beach, pool and media room. There’s plenty on offer to idle the days away – treatments in the Varua Spa, paddleboarding to an uninhabited island or visiting the environmental research station to discover more about the island’s wildlife.
Read the full review: The Brando, French Polynesia The Brando was once Marlon Brando’s private retreat. Song Saa, Cambodia
S erenity reigns at this all-villa island resort on an archipelago 30 minutes by boat from mainland Cambodia. Overlooking a deserted golden beach, 27 villas are dotted between palm trees or set over the sea and all have private decks and plunge pools. The diving is fabulous – the owners created a marine reserve – and rates include all meals and most drinks, so there’s no shocking bill at the end of your stay.
R ead the full review: Song Saa, Cambodia Serenity reigns at Song Saa, an all-villa island resort on an archipelago 30 minutes by boat from mainland Cambodia. Credit: Justin Mott/Mott Visuals/Justin Mott/Mott Visuals European cities Belmond Cipriani, Venice
W ho wouldn’t be seduced by a private boat ride across the Venetian lagoon? It’s the only way to reach glamorous Cipriani, which sits on Giudecca Island opposite St Mark’s Square. Everything at the hotel is splendid – Murano glass chandeliers, antiques, the gold ceiling of Oro Restaurant, Olympic-sized pool – and there are few activities more romantic than sitting on the club terrace gazing across to Piazza San Marco with a glass of Champagne in hand at sunset. It’s little wonder George Clooney stayed here when he married Amal Alamuddin.
Read the full review: Belmond Cipriani, Venice The glamorous Cipriani sits on Giudecca Island, opposite St Mark’s Square. Four Seasons Hotel, Prague
C onverted from three historic buildings in the Old Town on the banks of the Vltava River, Four Seasons Prague is a place of repose. Rooms are elegant yet up-to-the-minute; book a premier river room for fabulous views of Prague Castle or Charles Bridge. The hotel’s much feted restaurant, CottoCrudo, includes a raw bar where the freshest seafood are prepared before you. For extra honeymoon magic, treat yourselves to a private night at the opera followed by vintage Rolls Royce transfer and dinner on the hotel’s rooftop.
R ead the full review: Four Seasons Hotel Prague Four Seasons Hotel Prague is converted from three historic buildings in the Old Town on the banks of the Vltava River. Byblos Art Hotel, Verona
Y ou’ll wander jaws-to-the-floor in awe of the modern works of art scattered all over this colourful 18th century villa – Damien Hirsts, a gold Kate Moss statue by Marc Quinn and Anish Kapoor pieces. Beautiful gardens, large pool and first-rate dining are the icing on the arty cake (it’s a popular wedding venue too). When it’s time to discover Verona, book a night at the opera and drop by Juliet’s house for a chance to recreate Romeo’s balcony wooing scene.
Read the full review: Byblos Art Hotel, Verona You’ll wander jaws-to-the-floor in awe of the modern works of art scattered all over the colourful Byblos Art Hotel.
• The most romantic New York hotels Shangri-la Paris, Paris
F or the best views of the Eiffel Tower in the city, book a suite at this painstakingly restored palace. If you can afford it, splash out on a split-level Eiffel duplex suite, where the tower looks close enough to touch. If you can drag yourselves away from that view, book a table at the hotel’s restaurant Shang Palace, Paris’ first Cantonese restaurant to gain a Michelin star.
Read the full review: Shangri-La-Paris, Paris For the best views of the Eiffel Tower in the city, book a suite at the Shangri-la Paris. Hotel Bellevue, Dubrovnik
T he views of the Adriatic from this modern cliff-top hideaway at Miramare Bay are breathtaking and available from every wood and cream suite. Launch yourselves into crystal-clear waters from the pebbly beach below, then enjoy some post-dip Mediterranean bites on the terrace at Nevera restaurant. An indoor pool and quality spa are welcome extras and a sunset stroll from the Bellevue to Dubrovnik’s Old Town is fabulous.
R ead the full review: Hotel Bellevue, Dubrovnik The views of the Adriatic from cliff-top hideaway, Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik, are breathtaking.
• The best Croatian Island hotels Palais Amani, Fes
T his restored Riad on the edge of Fes’ ancient Medina lies behind enormous gold-studded doors. Within, there’s romance by the bucket load, with 14 intricately tiled rooms overlooking an orange- and lemon-tree filled courtyard and a roof terrace with tiny bar and mesmerising views of the city. After a lie-in, tuck into a late breakfast before a massage in the hotel’s hammam or a cookery lesson. Inside Palais Amani there’s romance by the bucket load. Crosby Street Hotel, New York
T here are dozens of amazing hotels in Manhattan, but for a honeymoon Crosby Street’s Meadow Suite is hard to beat. Floor-to-ceiling doors slide open to reveal a private terrace garden with more than 50 varieties of flowering plants, including aster, echinacia and blueberry. A true oasis in the heart of the city (Balthazar and Bloomingdales are just round the corner) it looks good year-round. There’s also a popular gastro pub, private screening room and roof terrace with a herb garden.
Read the full review: Crosby Street Hotel, New York Crosby Street Hotel is a true oasis in the heart of the city (Balthazar and Bloomingdales are just round the corner). One&Only Cape Town, Cape Town
T his Victoria and Alfred Waterfront resort boasts views of Table Mountain from all 91 rooms, a restaurant by Nobu and a spa set on a private island. It’s a splendid base from which to ascend Lion’s Head or for wine tastings in Stellenbosch. Handily, there’s a honeymoon registry wedding guests can contribute to, including a night in a suite or a massage for two.
R ead the full review: One&Only Cape Town One&Only Cape Town boasts views of Table Mountain from all 91 rooms, a restaurant by Nobu and a spa set on a private island. Credit: Barbara Kraft 2009 Faena Hotel, Buenos Aires
A Philippe Starck-designed red brick playground in the hip Puerto Madero district, Faena is sexy and fun. In contrast to the dark, velvet curtain-clad lobby, the red and white rooms are surprisingly light with wood floors and a nod to Belle Epoque. Don’t miss dining at El Bistro, a white and gold room with unicorn heads on the wall, flamboyant tango shows at El Cabaret or late night cocktails at the Pool Bar. You’ll be assigned an “Experience Manager” on arrival who can book you anything from tango lessons to tickets to a polo match.
Read the full review: Faena Hotel, Buenos Aires Faena is a Philippe Starck-designed red brick playground in the hip Puerto Madero district. Upper House, Hong Kong
O ccupying the top 13 storeys of a 50-floor block in Pacific Place, Upper House offers exceptional city views that make even the most seasoned traveller stop and stare. It’s all deliciously slick and modern, from the Asian-led design to the roof garden and one of the Hong Kong’s best restaurants, Café Gray Deluxe, on the 49th floor.
Read the full review: Upper House, Hong Kong Upper House offers exceptional city views that make even the most seasoned traveller stop and stare. Credit: ©Michael Weber /Michael Weber Photography Gourmet getaways Hotel 20°Sud, Mauritius
T he main restaurant at this boutique retreat lies 10 metres from the sea, so you can hear the waves lap the shore as you tuck into a six-course lobster menu or sushi prepared from catch of the day. Other options include a candle-lit meal amid picturesque ruins on a nearby private island – or how about supper on the resort’s renovated boat, the Lady Lisbeth? As with all the best honeymoon hotels, breakfast is available at any time, so if you can’t bear to leave your suite’s white four-poster, just dial room service.
R ead the full review: Hotel 20°Sud, Mauritius Dining options at Hotel 20°Sud include a candle-lit meal amid picturesque ruins on a nearby private island and supper on the resort’s renovated boat. Le Mas Candille, France
A side from stunning views (it’s set high in the hills above Cannes), Sheiseido Spa and beautifully furnished rooms (honeymooners book 216, with its four-poster bed and authentic French styling), you’ll rave about the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Candille. The six-course Menu Découverte, all paired with local French wines, is so delicious you’ll eat every morsel. Book a night at the Chef’s Table inside the kitchen to watch chef David Chauvac at work.
Read the full review: Le Mas Candille, France Aside from stunning views, you’ll rave about the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Candille. Belle Mont Farm, St Kitts
G astronomes will want to move into this organic Caribbean farm spread over 400 ocean-view acres on Kittitian Hill. Everything that passes your lips is either locally sourced or picked right on the farm, like lemongrass-poached lobster with dasheen risotto. Champagne Sunday Brunch has more than 30 dishes and a 12-course tapas-style tasting menu is ideal for sharing. The beach club, golf course, spa, pool and hot tub are welcome distractions.
Read the full review: Belle Mont Farm, St Kitts Gastronomes will want to into Belle Mont Farm, an organic Caribbean farm spread over 400 ocean-view acres on Kittitian Hill.
• The best spa hotels in the Caribbean The Sarojin, Thailand
I t’s impossible not to be captivated by The Sarojin, which is why it regularly tops lists of the best places to honeymoon in the east. Dining on delicious Thai and Italian cuisine (steak with spinach tagliolini and fresh lobster) beneath a giant lantern-lit Fiscus tree is magical. Less formal but just as enchanting is The Edge, a pavilion next to the beach serving curries and noodles. Best of all though are the intimate dining experiences: champagne suppers for two beside a waterfall or on a private island after a sunset cruise.
R ead the full review: The Sarojin, Thailand It’s impossible not to be captivated by The Sarojin. Credit: philip koschel Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah, Bali
O verlooking lush rice fields, jungle and Gunung Agung volcano near Ubud, the open-sided, thatched roofed restaurant at this peaceful Balinese retreat is a thing of beauty. Each Sunday at sunset a torch-lit barbecue is set up in the fields so guests can dine on local black pig, freshwater carp and free-range chicken plus salads from the chef’s vegetable garden. Book a cooking lesson in the open-air kitchen to learn how to create dishes like jackfruit salad and black rice pudding once you return home. Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah overlooks lush rice fields, jungle and Gunung Agung volcano near Ubud. Credit: Kar-Wai Wesley Fabulous views/romantic vistas Grace Santorini, Greece
I t’s a pinch-yourself moment the first time you catch sight of the Caldera from the whitewashed terraces of this gorgeous hotel carved into a cliff face in the north west of Santorini. Luckily that view is available pretty much everywhere, from the breathtaking infinity pool to the stylish white honeymoon suites (couples looking for added wow factor should book the Grace Suite which has its own hammam, hot tub and plunge pool). There’s even a 15th-century church a stone’s throw from the hotel, so you could marry here too.
Read the full review: Grace Santorini It’s a pinch-yourself moment the first time you catch sight of the Caldera from the whitewashed terraces of Grace Santorini.
• The best boutique hotels in Santorini Gran Hotel La Florida, Barcelona
E scape the hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas at this hilltop hotel overlooking the city that Gaudi made his own. Airy rooms make you feel the glamour of a bygone age – the hotel was host to Hemingway back in the day – and you can take breakfast on the terrace with a spectacular city and sea vista, or dinner as the lights twinkle below. Gran Hotel La Florida has all the glamour of a bygone age. Loisaba, Kenya
S et on top of a rocky escarpment in a 61,000-acre private reserve, suites are dreamy affairs with four-poster bed and timbered deck with life-affirming views across the plains to Mount Kenya. Honeymooners are invited to spend a night on a handcrafted Koija star bed rolled onto an elevated platform for an evening spent gazing at the Milky Way. As well as game drives, Loisaba also offers rafting, horseback and walking safaris. Honeymooners at Loisaba are invited to spend a night on a handcrafted Koija star bed rolled onto an elevated platform for an evening spent gazing at the Milky Way. Adler Mountain Lodge, Italy
H idden away in the heart of the Dolomites, this remote hotel offers awe-inspiring mountain panoramas from the outdoor pool and 18 suites (plus 12 chalets), as well as spa treatments using local products. It’s also a year-round honeymoon destination; skiing, snow-shoe hikes, tobogganing in winter, picnics in flower-filled meadows and late-night stargazing in summer. The remote Hotel Adler hotel offers awe-inspiring mountain panoramas from the outdoor pool and 18 suites, plus spa treatments using local products. Oberoi Amarvilas, India
T here’s an uninterrupted view of the Taj Mahal from every guestroom at this converted palace fit for a Mughal emporer. It’s not hard to imagine being a prince and princess as you stroll around the ornate gardens, or dine on delicious Indian cuisine at Esphahan while a sitar player strums. Post-dinner drinks on the hotel bar’s terrace offers captivating views of the Taj lit up at night.
R ead the full review: Oberoi Amarvilas, India There’s an uninterrupted view of the Taj Mahal from every guestroom at Oberoi Amarvilas. Hotels with fabulous spas Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
T he Aman group’s largest spa recently opened at this swoonsome island hotel, a converted 15th-century fishing village reached via a narrow causeway. The four double treatment suites, indoor-to-outdoor granite pool, pilates studio and private hydrotherapy suites with herbal baths big enough for two, are all divine. After a day’s pampering stroll back hand-in-hand along a maze of cobbled streets to dine in the central piazza before hitting your suite.
Read the full review: Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro The Aman group’s largest spa recently opened at this swoonsome island hotel, a converted 15th-century fishing village reached via a narrow causeway. Borgo Egnazia, Italy
T here’s much to get excited about – two beach clubs, sumptuous rooms, championship golf course – at this romantic castle-like Puglia escape high above the Adriatic, but the no-expense-spared Vair Spa is definitely the highlight. Set across two floors, treatments are inspired by the past, think Roman bath rituals and massages using local herbs.
Read the full review: Borgo Egnazia, Italy There’s much to get excited about – two beach clubs, sumptuous rooms, championship golf course – at the romantic castle-like Borgo Egnazia.
• The world’s best spa hotels D-Hotel Maris, Turkey
L ocated in a nature reserve on Turkey’s Datca Peninsula, the hotel’s ESPA spa offers all the top treatments, including a large pool, sauna, steam room and hamman. If you’re both into health and fitness, you’ll be pleased to know James Duigan (the man who created Bodyism, loved by the likes of Elle Macpherson) recently hooked up with the resort to create a workout plan and dining options – meaning you should return from your honeymoon looking more radiant than when you started.
R ead the full review: D-Hotel Maris, Marmaris D-Hotel Maris is located in a nature reserve on Turkey’s Datca Peninsula. Ponta Dos Ganchos, Brazil
E verything about this glorious resort near Florianopolis is geared towards romance; no time limit on breakfast, private cinema, 25 enormous suites, dining on a private island and secluded day beds. However it’s the tiny spa you’ll be reminiscing about on a cold grey day back in Blighty. Consisting of just three ocean-view white tents at the very edge of the resort’s peninsula, you can hear the sea below as warm breezes caress the skin during a hot stone treatment, reflexology or shiatsu massage. Everything about this Ponta Dos Ganchos, near Florianopolis, is geared towards romance. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St Lucia
O ne of the most original spas in the Caribbean. Surrounded by rainforest, therapists give massages in seven treehouse treatment rooms often using lotions and potions created from fruit and herbs grown on site. When you’re not being pampered, wake late in the four-poster of your hillside pool villa then ask your butler to hail a buggy and head down to the beach. Sugar Beach has one of the most original spas in the Caribbean. The most romantic hotels in the world Seychelles 9 Telegraph expert rating The 16 villas here are conventionally luxurious inside, yet not private-island pristine outside, … Read expert review From £ 6,759 inc. tax
Food and Agriculture in Mauritius Essay
Traditional Foods Are Foods in their original form, as they were Created not youthfulized, not processed or not packaged. They may be Foods that have a long history of supporting to good health, whole and nutrient-dense. Foods that are straightforward and basic meat and poultry, lumps, whole grains, fish, attics and legumes, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, dairy, fats. The cuisine of Mauritius is a run short of Creole, Chinese, European and Indian influences. It is common land for a combination of cuisines to form digress of the same meal.Mauritius has had strong ties with French culture passim its history and was go a delegacy with a very French savoir vivre. level(p) today, the popularity of French dishes like the bouillon, tunny salad,daube, show the prevalence of French culture in Mauritius. As eld passed by, or so have been adapted to the more exotic ingredients of the island to confer some unique flavor. During the 19th century, after the abolition of slavery, Indian workers who migrated to Mauritius brought their cuisine with them.Those bind labourers came with their own culinary tradition, depending on the region. Traces of both Northern and Southern Indian cuisine terminate be install in Mauritius. Some common preparations are curry, chutney, rougaille(tomato paste that is very popular with fish) and pickles, around of which use local anaesthetic ingredients. The Mauritian versions of those dishes have a local flavour and differ, at clock considerably, from the original Indian recipes. The end of the 19th century saw the stretch of Chinese migrants, who came broadly from the south-eastern part of China.They are largely credited with fashioning rice, the staple diet of the island, and making noodles, both steamed and fried, popular. Chinese appetizers such as hakien (local version of the spring roll with a flour pound replacing the traditional rolled wrapping), crispy chicken and crispy squid have become part of the Mauritian folklore. Furthermore, Chinese and separate Asian restaurants are present all around the island, and offer a figure of chicken, squid, beef, mutton andfish dishes, most typically prepared in black bean sauce or oyster sauce.Mauritian families often consider a dinner at an Asian restaurant as a treat. along the years, separately of the countrys communities have adapted and mixed each others cuisine to their liking. Mauritian thoroughfare food For most Mauritians, daily practice is to eat during the daytime on the street sides, street stalls or in small local restaurants. This is a recommended way for the tourist to discover the local traditional food, enjoying the tastes of Mauritius and do so at forte prices. Very popular common street food is the Indian specialties of dholl puries or rotis.In the big cities you will in any case find galore(postnominal) another(prenominal) a(prenominal) stalls offering Chinese noodles. You will also find the gato piment, samousas, kebabs, bryanis. in that locations also the fruit saladwhich which consists of cucumber, pineapple, apple, tamarind and chilli sauce. And also coconut palm water that tourists like drinking. These usuallyfound on the beaches. But The hygiene in many of the stalls may be below average and may travail problems to those with a sensitive stomach, so when choosing the street stalls be original that the place is hygiene and the food is fresh and not exposed to the sun. desist foods in mauritius Another alternative is to go to one of the many prompt food joints which can be found in every townsfolk and in the main villages. The number of the quick food joints has increased drastically in the travel few years, and today it is potential to find many international fast food chains such as McDonalds, KFC, Burger king, pizza pie Hut, next to local fast food brands. You can find fast food serving hamburgers, pizzas, Indian food, chicken, and many more. Additional rather cheap alternative to din e out is the Chinese restaurants.These restaurants can be found in all the tourists areas and also in the urban center centers. You can find there delicious Chinese and Creole food, including also alcoholic drinks at rather low prices in comparison to other restaurants. Mauritius Restaurants and hotels There are many beach restaurants, village restaurants and many modern style restaurants in the main tourists areas and in the city centers offering selection of specialized cuisines Italian, Chinese, French, Japanese, Mexican, Mediterranean etc, and restaurants focusing on specific food types (seafood, teak and grill, vegetarian etc).Today in the hotels and also in the tourists centers, it is possible to find a big selection of restaurants which offer an extensive site of different cuisines. types of ghostlike food Food is an important part of religious observance and spiritual ritual for many faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The role of food in cultural practices and religious beliefs is complex and varies among individuals and communities.Mauritius is one of the rare countries that is made up of the different traditions and customs of those who have settled on this remote island during the last 400 years. The unique blend of European, Indian, Chinese, African and Arab culture is evident in all aspects of Mauritian life there are fesitvals like chineese festivals where eid-dul-fitr bryani is normally cooked, during easter chocolate is mostly eaten. On ougadi a special chutney is prepared which consists 6 different tastes and each ingredient represent (sadness, happiness, anger, fear, rebuff and surprise).The different tastes, symbolises the fact that life is a mixture of different experiences. Cavadee corn juice is prepared. Agriculture in mauritius The production of rum is common throughout the island. citation needed Sugar berate was first introduced on the island when the Dutch colonised it in 1638. Even then, th e propensity of making rum out of sugar cane was strongly recognised. Sugar cane was mainly cultivated for the production of arrack, a precursor to rum.Only very much later, after almost 60 years, the first proper sugar was produced. citation needed However, it was during the French and English politics that sugar production was fully exploited, which considerably contributed to the economical development of the island. citation neededIt was capital of South Dakota Charles Francois Harel who in 1850 initially proposed the concept of local distillation of rum in Mauritius. Agriculture today The agricultural sector in Mauritius is very much dominated by sugar. Ever since The cultivation of sugar was introduced by the Dutch in the 17th century, sugar and agriculture have been the backbone of the economy.Even today, in spite of tremendous efforts in industrialising and diversifying the economy, sugar remains an inwrought component. Though in terms of foreign earnings, it has been ove rtaken by both the export of wearing apparel and tourism, in terms of plus value and involvement it is of the greatest importance. The importance of sugar and other agricultural activities to the island can be gauged by the simple fact that around 45% of the island is covered with sugar cane fields and about 4% is for other diverse agricultural activities.In the 60s there were about 25 sugar factories, by 1990 it had dropped to 19, in 1995 there were 17 left and in 2001 there were scarce 16 still operating. But today it has been centralised. That is there is only iv sugar factoriesone in the north south east and westside on the island.The vegetable crops that produced in Mauritius are , maize, onion, garlic, potato, tomatoes, carrots,chiles, green leafy vegetables, egg plants. There are also herbs like thym, mint, parsely and corriander. the local fruits that are produced are pineapple, letchis, mangoes, papaya, goyavas . hese fuits and vegetable are mostly sold freshly in the market place but those that are sold in the hypermarket maynot be fresh at times. Some people in mauritius prefer growing vegetables for their own consuption and this can help them to save and also assure them that the vegetables are fresh. The factors that affect the crops is mostly the weather. The fruits and vegetable can be sold at cheaper prices if they are in season. But it become rather expensive when the crops have been badly touch by acyclone or when it is off season.
Carmarthen’s first ever sushi restaurant has just opened
Carmarthen’s first ever sushi restaurant has just opened This is what it’s like inside Japanese Sun Share Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now Get What’s On updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email
You can now try a taste of the Far East in West Wales as Carmarthen has its first ever sushi restaurant.
Japanese Sun promises to provide diners with something a bit different.
The centre of Carmarthen is home to a number of popular restaurants – from British and Italian cuisine to a plethora of Chinese and Indian options – but one thing it’s not had is a Japanese and sushi restaurant. Until now.
Located in the heart of town on Queen Street, Japanese Sun hopes to bring a touch of the oriental with a difference to the people of Carmarthen.
With sushi becoming an ever more popular and healthy option for those dining out, the town was somewhat in the wilderness when it came to fish with a certain raw quality, with fans having to travel elsewhere. Patrycja Domek, owner of Japanese Sun (Image: Jonathan Myers) Everything prepared here is ‘very, very fresh’ (Image: Jonathan Myers) Read More The champagne terrace that will look over Wales’ oldest town
“I absolutely love sushi and I just thought – there is nowhere to get sushi in this area,” said Patrycja Domek, who has opened Japanese Sun after working in the restaurant industry for nearly 20 years.
“So I wanted to share it with everyone. There’s a gap in the market for this, without a doubt.
“People love sushi and the people of Carmarthen deserve to have a sushi restaurant.”
The menu features starters, soups, prawn platters, veggie platters, vegan options, and more sushi boxes and sushi sets than you can shake a chopstick at.
And if sushi is not your thing, you can always make do with some grilled salmon, grilled tuna or teriyaki chicken, all against the backdrop of a tastefully decorated two-floor restaurant that really gives you a feel for Japanese cuisine. The restaurant also sells wine, champagne and Japanese beer (Image: Jonathan Myers) As well as takeaways (Image: Jonathan Myers)
Owner Patrycja, who hails from Poland and now lives in Lampeter, says the location of Japanese Sun was the key ingredient for her to take the plunge and open a new restaurant.
This particular corner of town now boasts some fine dining options for the people of Carmarthen, with Cafe No4 and Diablo’s also on Queen Street and Ginger and The New Curiosity on the adjoining King Street.
So, can Japanese Sun compete with the more established places that are just a stone’s throw away?
“Carmarthen has a few chain restaurants, which I enjoy myself from time to time, but this area has more independent restaurants,” said Patrycja.
“I think this part of town has been quiet over the years but right now it’s becoming more popular. What we’re doing is something completely different. You can buy sushi in the shops and in the supermarkets, but not like this.
“The best sushi requires very fresh fish. The fish we use is fresh every day and it’s all locally sourced. You can see the sushi master prepare it, it’s all open plan.”
That sushi master is Alex Matviichuk, from Ukraine. He has worked in several sushi restaurants in Poland and only moved to Wales in December. Alex Matviichuk (Image: Jonathan Myers) Read More 24 things you only remember if you grew up in Carmarthen in the 1990s
“Alex is so passionate about sushi,” continued Patrycja.
“He’s been a sushi master for around six years and was working in Warsaw when he just wanted to try something new and exciting. He prepares everything upstairs in full view of the customers so they can see how he goes about his work to prepare the very best sushi.
“He puts so much hard work into it and he loves experimenting with food so we will constantly evolve and add new things to our menu.”
The restaurant itself is housed in what used to be The French Hen restaurant and, before that, Y Glyndwr pub.
It has a dining area both upstairs and down, while there is room to expand into the third floor if sushi really takes off in this part of the world. The restaurant covers two floors, with the possibility of expansion to a third (Image: Jonathan Myers) This is the only sushi restaurant in this part of Wales (Image: Jonathan Myers)
“We had grand our opening last weekend with most people were trying something new for the very first time and they were very happy,” she said.
“We want people to come and enjoy our food. We’ve worked so hard here for the past few months to get everything ready and now we just can’t wait for the people of Carmarthen to try us out.”
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Melting Pot of Argentine Cuisine- The New Indian Express
Home Magazine Melting Pot of Argentine Cuisine
Argentina and India may be continents and oceans apart, but both the countries have a shared palate to an extent. Share Via Email By Medha Dutta Yadav
Argentina and India may be continents and oceans apart, but both the countries have a shared palate to an extent. For example, the famed Argentine dessert, Dulce de Leche, which literally means ‘sugar of milk’, will surely remind the Indian taste buds of our very own ‘rabri’. The delicious caramel sauce is extensively used to sweeten many Argentinean desserts. So if you don’t happen to like it, you will have a tough time satiating your sweet tooth in the Latin American country. The other very Argentine dish that has a distinct Indian similarity is the Empanada. Borrowed from its Spanish cousin, these tiny, homemade pockets of flour with delectable meat or vegetable fillings are similar to our stuffed kachori. This week, Machan at The Taj Mansingh hosted an Argentinean Food Festival and it instantly struck a chord with the patrons. While the basic flavours of Argentine cuisine are far removed from the spicy Indian palate, there is one similarity—influences of varied cultures merging into one. Argentina being immigrant-friendly has a cuisine that is highly influenced by Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish, German and, of course, native tastes. Chef Patricia Suarez Roggerone from La Vid at Bodega Norton in Mendoza was at The Taj doing what she does best—enthralling patrons with her epicurean magic. The festival’s focus was on the cuisine of Mendoza—the much celebrated food and wine region that lies at the foot of the Andes Mountains. The chef presented an array of delicacies such as Squash Soup, Humita Casserole with Chalas, Empanadas, Lamb cooked in dough and roasted vegetables, Chicken Puchero, Vegetarian Locro and some traditional and indulgent desserts such as Roasted Fruits, Yerba Mate sorbet and Flan de dulce de leche. Food is the bridge that unites people, believes the chef, and adds, “India is a vibrant country in terms of its rich traditions, culture and cuisine, which resemble Argentina to quite an extent. The way the food is cooked here, to the way it is plated and even garnished, is very different. In the kitchen here, I keep tasting the Indian food that is being cooked and I must say, it is exceptional. India has given so much to the world of flavours.” In a tribute to its influences, Argentina loves to serve its own awesome version of pizzas, ravioli, schnitzel and gelato. At the same time, the country is famed for its traditional stew—Locro—which is a combination of grains, meat and vegetables. It’s a wholesome, hearty comfort food. Beef is undoubtedly the most loved meat in Argentina, but that does not mean that the natives abhor vegetables. On the contrary, the influences from various cuisines such as Spanish and Italian have introduced a bevy of vegetables to the table and of course, the ubiquitous use of tomatoes and olive oil. So, does Argentine cuisine really tickle the fancy of the Indian palate that is more accustomed to spices? Chef Patricia definitely thinks so. She says, “We do have differences—the food that we have back home is very different from what Indians generally eat. Here there is a stress on spices of varied kinds. We, on the other hand, make do with subtle flavours such as thyme, rosemary, oregano, and what we have borrowed from our Turkish and Spanish influences—paprika, olive oil, cloves, etc. Our traditional cuisine is marked by simplicity and yet boasts of intense flavours. The combinations rest easy on the palate. All the same, the feedback from the Indian patrons has been great.” Stay up to date on all the latest Magazine news with The New Indian Express App. Download now (Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit ‘Click to Subscribe’ . Follow the instructions after that.)
Transcending Fine Dining Into High Art, Yann Bernard Lejard Named as New Executive Chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Luxury Beachfront Resort
MANAMA, Bahrain , January 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ —
Lejard will oversee the full menu creation and operations of the culinary division, including 130 chefs, 1 1 restaurants, in-room dining , and banquet catering
Daring, unique, playful are just a few words that come top of mind when experiencing one of Chef Yann Lejard’s signature dishes. Like a modern-day disruptor turning the simplicities of food into plated works of our art, his talents have taken him across Europe , into major Michelin Star restaurants, before arriving to the region, first in Saudi and then to the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2014 where he assumed the role of Chef de Cuisine for the award-winning Plums restaurant. Proving his leadership with a promotion to Executive Sous Chef in 2016, in his new role as Executive Chef of the five-star Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain , Lejard will oversee a culinary team of 130 chefs, along with the menu creation and kitchen operations of the resort’s 11 restaurants , in-room dining and banquet catering divisions.
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Born in Paris, France , Lejard began expressing himself through street art, taking inspiration from the likes of modern art legend Jackson Pollock (1912-1956). Eventually becoming a chef by the age of 16, it was then where he found food to be a catalyst for artistic expression and where his signature, abstract style of ‘splattering’ sauce on a plate was born. Fast forward to the era of social media, Lejard’s accounts @YBLinc have since amassed a foodie cultist following of 120k fans, and those who can’t wait to see what he does next.
“He is a master of art and a disruptor in the food scene with a following of admirers on social media to back it up. He, as well, has the creativity and mastery to take our large dining portfolio to pure excellence. His hands on leadership and mentorship of the entire Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain kitchen brigade has been superb, so it was a natural choice to promote him to the next level,” says Bernard de Villèle , General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain .
Before joining The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C, Lejard held culinary positions in major Michelin Star restaurants, including working as a Chef Saucier for notable names like Heinz Winkler in Germany and Peter Knogl in Switzerland , as well as leading international hotels across 20 countries. After stints across Europe , his career eventually lead him to Jeddah where he served as the Executive Chef for Glow restaurant and where he became the first chef ever in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to become ranked by the award-winning luxury lifestyle and food magazine, FOUR UK.
In addition to being frequently tapped as a guest chef for Master Classes and pop-up restaurants throughout North America , Europe , Asia , and the Middle East , he has also been a finalist at Le Taittinger Prix Culinaire in Switzerland , along with a ranking in the notable Gault & Millau restaurant guide, amongst many more.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is located in the Al Seef district in Manama, Bahrain . For additional information, or to reserve your stay or dining experience, please call (800)00995, the hotel directly at (+973)1758-0000, or visit The Ritz-Carlton website at ritzcarlton.com/bahrain. Follow the hotel on Facebook and Instagram @ritzcarltonbahrain and join the conversation using #RCMemories #RitzCarltonBahrain.
About The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
Set within 20 acres of lush gardens and golden sandy beaches on the Gulf of Arabia, the 245-room five-star city resort is one of the most elegant destinations in Bahrain , and a place where guests can immerse themselves in the local culture, enjoy extraordinary cuisine and explore the dazzling capital city of Manama , adding yet another level of indulgence to a collective range of extraordinary experiences. In addition to the Deluxe room categories, the resort also features 31 suites and 42 Club Level rooms as well as 23 well-appointed, seafront villas, each with three-bedrooms, its own private infinity pool, private beach access and 24-hour butler service.
Catering to the most discerning epicurean connoisseur, the resort offers both modern and international dining experiences with its award-winning restaurants, including: Cantina Kahlo (Mexican), Nirvana (Indian), Plums (Steakhouse), La Plage and Bar de Plage (Beach cafe), Thai (Asian Fusion and Sushi), La Med (Mediterranean) and Primavera (Italian). For leisurely dining moments or for afternoon tea, The Lobby Lounge and the Ritz Gourmet Lounge offer guests à la carte café and dessert options, while Burlington Club entertains a more sophisticated ambiance perfect for enjoying vintage spirits, premium cigars, modern cocktails (and mocktails) and light bites. In-room dining is also available to guests’ 24hours a day.
A variety of guest amenities abound with a private beach sweeping around a lagoon with its own island, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, an award-winning Ritz-Carlton Spa, Royal Beach Club, elevated Ritz – Carlton Club® Level lounge with panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf, newly enhanced marina, 24-hour fitness center, paddle boarding and kayaking rentals, Ritz Kids clubhouse, tennis and squash courts, business center, flamingo lagoon, Concierge desk with Les Clefs d’Or® Head Concierge, men’s and women’s hair salon, and shopping arcade with six luxury boutiques. In addition to the leisure setting, the resort also features over 20,000 square meters of meeting, conference and wedding spaces. New additions to the venue portfolio include the Masaya and Arena pavilions’. For additional information about The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain , please call (800)-00995, the hotel directly at (+973)-1758-0000, a travel professional or visit The Ritz-Carlton website at ritzcarlton.com/ Bahrain .
About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, MD , currently operates more than 90 hotels in over 30 countries and territories. More than 40 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is proud to offer The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® in which members can link accounts with Marriott Rewards® and Starwood Preferred Guest® for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at ritzcarlton.com , for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com and to join the live conversation, use #RCMemories. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. ( NASDAQ: MAR ).
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TRIO Boys in the ‘City of Joy’
By Vinitha I am one of the exceptional person of the fact that ‘South Indian people don’t like North India’. I love to be in North India and like their enrich culture and tradition.When I decided to move to Kolkata – The City of Joy, my bunch of people started telling that it’s not a safe place to stay and you can’t manage food and all. But in a short span of time I broke all of their thoughts by exploring the city.The TRIO boys of my bunch wants to explore the city so they planned a trip to Kolkata on my big day. We had so much fun and enjoyment through out the trip.As it is a 2 d ays trip we covered minimal number of places but we enjoyed the enrich Bengali culture. Day 1 Science City and Ecopark Rope car view The Entry Fee is around RS.35 and for a rope car it’s RS.45(For One-way). First we took a rope car ride to see the complete view of ‘Science City’. If you guys are crazy to take pictures half a day won’t be enough to cover science City. There are so many scientific instruments and techniques you can explore there. We enjoyed with weight lifting and talking to the statue. Once you explored everything there is a restaurant with a walking distance from science City named ‘ Bypass Daba’.You can taste the Bengali Cuisine with mouth watering sweets. Ecopark – 7 Wonders at one place It’s human created park with 7 Wonders. You need to buy a separate entry ticket to visit the wonders.We went for a ride in a pedal boat and got a chance to capture awesome ‘Sunset’. Sunset View in Ecopark Seeing all the wonders at one place makes you to do crazy things. As it’s a winter evening, it becomes dark when we reached the wonders. Even though we got so many good views and pictures which last forever. Shadow picture with Egypt Pyramids China wall Outside Ecopark you can taste the Bengali sweets at ‘Misti Hub’ with great architectural view.You will find most of the popular sweet shops at one place.Don’t forget to taste ‘Strawberry Rasagulla’ and ‘Misti Dhoi'(Bengal Ice cream). Day 2 Victoria Mémorial and Princep Ghat River view of Victoria Memorial You can afford all types of transportation to Victoria from other places of Kolkata. It’s one of iconic structure of the ‘City of Joy’. We gets awestruck by seeing the beautiful architecture.Below are the few snacks you will get in Kolkata with it’s unique taste. Papri Chat – Outside Victoria Princep Ghat One of the peaceful place where you will just a get feel that “Nature and your soul are close” to each other. Don’t miss the boat ride over Hooghly river(a branch from Ganga).We can get the view of ‘Howrah Bridge’ and New Bridge at this place. We guys are waiting for the another memorable trip which gives some good vibes and bunch of memories.
8 GLOBAL CUISINES THAT ARE SUPER VEGAN-FRIENDLY
Cuisine from different cultures can break up the monotony of your go-to dinner routine. It can reignite a love for food and awaken your taste buds to entirely new flavors. But new foods can also be intimidating. A menu can be full of dishes youve never heard of before, made with ingredients you cant pronounce, and who knows what hidden animal products could be lurking in these tantalizing dishes? Before you scurry back to the familiarity of your routine, take note of these eight vegan-friendly cuisines. If youre lucky, you might discover your new favorite food.
If youre looking for a culinary adventure, start with Ethiopian. The food is rich, flavorful, and relatively healthy. Most dishes resemble a stew-like consistency and are always accompanied by injeraa soft, spongy flatbread made from teff flour and served by the basketful. Itlike the Ethiopian version of endless breadsticks, but better. Beyond being incredibly addictive, the injera serves a practical purpose: it is your utensil. You use it to scoop up your main entree. Like many of the cultures traditional dishes, injera is already vegan. Other vegan-friendly options include Atakilt Wat (potatoes, carrots, and cabbage), Misir Wot (red lentil stew), Gomen (stewed collard greens), Fasolia (stewed green beans), Kik Alicha (split pea stew) and more. Try it at home: make Vegan Richas Atakilt Wat and Gluten-Free Injera.
Dining-out tip: Dont just try one dish; sample them all! Ethiopian restaurants offer a vegetarian (accidentally vegan) combo platter that lets you try most if not all of the veggie offerings. Dont worry; it always comes with plenty of injera!
2. South Indian
Hold the ghee and meat, and bring on the rice and dosas! Southern Indian food is far less reliant on animal products compared with the northern half of the nation, making it easier for vegans to dine worry-free. Regional staples include sambar (tamarind-spiced lentil and vegetable stew), dosas (a crepe-like flatbread served either stuffed or plain), Idli (fermented and steamed rice and lentil cake), and various curries and chutneys. Whip up some sambar in less than an hour with Vegan Richas Instant Pot Eggplant Sambar recipe.
Dining-out tip: While South Indian food is lighter in dairy products compared to the North, some cheese, eggs, and cream are used in certain dishes. Avoid items with paneer (cheese) and confirm with your server that the curry and flatbread youre ordering is dairy-free.
Wellness practitioners and diet gurus have touted the benefits of a Mediterranean diet for years, but why? Because its mostly plant-based! Theres nothing like a mezze platter of roasted peppers, charred eggplant, creamy hummus, briny olives, refreshing tabouli, cucumber salad, and warm, fluffy pita bread. A glass of vegan wine doesnt hurt, either. Make yourself a fully loaded falafel pita sandwich with the works by following this recipe. Its a Mediterranean street food classic!
Dining-out tip: Double check with your server to ensure the falafel and pita are egg and dairy-free.
Beans. Veggies. Rice. Salsa. Guac. What more can anyone ask for, other than a hand-pressed corn tortilla, of course? Luckily, all of these foods are vegan. From pseudo-Mexican fast-casual concepts like Chipotle, to more authentic sit-down establishments, Mexican food is generally a safe space for vegans. In fact, the Latino culture is helping to push the plant-based movement forward. In Southern California, Latino communities are turning entrepreneurial, veganizing their traditional foods and establishing pop-up businesses and panaderias (bakeries). Skip the line at Chipotle; make Sweet Simple Vegans Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos!
Dining-out tip: Some beans and tortillas may be made with lard, though this practice is becoming more of a rarity. Rice may also be made with chicken stock. Ask your server to ensure these items are animal-free.
Vegan may not be the first word most associate with Korean BBQ, but many traditionally meat-heavy restaurants are opening up to the idea. More Korean restaurants are now offering vegan versions of their classic veggie dishes, such as tofu stew, mandu (steamed dumplings), japchae (stir-fried sweet potato noodles), bibimbap (crispy rice and veggie bowl), and banchan (traditional Korean small side dishes ranging from kimchi, pickled daikon, mung bean, and stewed potatoes). Also, theres rice. Perfectly-cooked, unadulterated rice to cool down that chili paste-infused kimchi. Experience vegan Korean food at home with The Vegan Korean Soon Tofu Stew recipe.
Dining out tip: Look for a vegan section in the menu. If absent, ask your server to be sure the dish you want does not include bonito flakes, fish sauce, or anchovies.
6. Southern Italian
True Italian food is a far cry from the meat and dairy-heavy dishes presented in most Americanized Italian restaurants. Further, Italian food is extremely diverse, each region varying widely from the next. For vegan-friendly fare, head south, and opt for peasant food. These humble classics are produce-forward and often completely plant-based. Look for Ciambotta (vegetable stew), Pasta e Fagioli (pasta & beans), Minestra (cabbage, leafy greens, white beans), and Roasted Red Pepper Antipasto. Make this simple ciambotta tonight and serve with a generous hunk of crusty bread and vegan wine.
Dining-out tip: American restaurants have a tendency to add cheese to almost every Italian dish. Politely tell your server to hold the cheese, please!
The unique and plant-focused cuisine of Burma is an extremely underrated cuisine. Those who have experienced it have sung its praises and are always hungry for more. The food reflects Asian cuisine, from its tofu-based soups, fibrous salads, noodles, and samosas, but with a very distinct Burmese flair. Perhaps the most highly regarded dish is the Tea Leaf Salad. The base is fermented tea leaves tossed with nuts, cabbage, tomato, and other bits like ginger, sesame seeds, and mung beans, coated in an oil-based dressing. The strong flavor of the tea leaves is mellowed out by the additional ingredients, making for a unique dish unparalleled by other cuisines. Other vegan-friendly Burmese options include Shan Tofu Soup, Shan Tofu Salad, Pennywort Salad, and veggie-stuffed fried dough balls, similar to samoas. Note: Burmese tofu is made from chickpeas, giving it a more dense texture and interesting flavor. Make a huge batch for yourself and stockpile leftovers in the freezer with Marys Test Kitchen recipe.
Dining-out tip: Many Burmese dishes are made with chili paste, so be warned: they can be hot!
8. Chinese Hot Pot
For those who can eat their weight in vegetables, hot pot is something you need to add to your dining-out rotation. The concept is simple: choose your protein, broth, sauce, and white or brown rice. The vegan option typically includes two large plates of raw veggies (most include tofu, napa cabbage, baby corn, mushrooms, kabocha squash, broccoli, carrots, and onions), plus a huge bowl of seasoned broth to cook them in, various dipping sauces, and a generous portion of steamed rice. Its simple yet incredibly delicious and satisfying. This type of interactive cuisine is a bit difficult to replicate at home, unless you commit and purchase a hot plate. If youre up for it, follow Madeline Lus guide for everything you need, from equipment to recipes.
Dining-out tip: Like Korean cuisine, hot pot dishes are notorious for containing fish sauce. Double check with your server to ensure the broth and sauces are fish-free.
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7 The Bottom Line Is Singapore Worth a Visit?
Before I get to the building blocks of your Singapore itinerary, I wanted to address this question head on. As you’ve probably heard from at least one other traveler you know, there is a perception that Singapore is boring, to the extent that some people advocate not visiting. On one level I can see where these people are coming from, if I’m honest—Singapore is definitely no Bangkok (or even Kuala Lumpur ) when it comes to color, energy or spice.
However, as you’ll see during my overview of the best places to visit in Singapore in 3 days (or however long you plan to visit), targeting specific Singapore neighborhoods and activities allows you to have a surprisingly eclectic trip. Indeed, Singapore’s strength is in its diversity, which doesn’t always come across if you arrive there blind. Singapore’s Ethnic Neighborhoods Chinatown
Whether you’ve hungry to sample cuisine from around the Chinese-speaking world at legendary Singapore Hawker stalls, or want to visit the Chinatown Heritage Centre to learn more about the history of Singapore’s Chinese community, Chinatown is one of the most worthwhile places to visit in Singapore. It’s also one of the city’s most centrally located areas, which makes it a great place to base yourself as you explore—more on that in a few paragraphs. Little India
I don’t consider Little India to be in the same league as Chinatown from a culinary tourism perspective (I wouldn’t even say that the best Indian food Singapore has to offer is necessarily found here), but it’s nonetheless a colorful and vibrant neighborhood to include in your trip. I particularly love the small details, be they convenience stores selling Indian snacks, local people grasping marigold garlands en route to Sri Mariamman Temple or the colorful, kitschy covers of Tamil music CDs and LPs. Arab Street
On the other hand, Singapore’s Arab Street (near Bugis SMRT station) is indeed home to the some of the best food in Singapore. Specifically, you’ll want to head to Singapore Zam-Zam and order murtabak , a meat-stuffed sheet of pastry that’s all sorts of satisfying. I also love visiting the Arab Street area at night, if only to see the traditional Sultan Mosque lit up against the backdrop of Singapore’s ultra-modern skyscrapers. Kampong Glam
Of all Singapore’s so-called “ethnic” neighborhoods, Kampong Glam is probably the least remarkable for me. The district’s Malay flavor seems less well-defined than the identities for Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street, although that’s perhaps due to the fact that modern Malay culture is such a pastiche. If you have to cut one of these four areas out of your Singapore itinerary, this would probably be my choice, as much as I hate to admit that (though the food, once again, is nice). Other Things to Do in Singapore Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay
Of all the things to do in Singapore at night, my favorite is probably taking in a panorama of the city’s skyline from the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands Hotel; a second would be walking amid the bizarre “Supertrees” of Garden by the Bay. These are also perfectly fine places to visit during the day, though in my opinion you don’t really get the full effect unless come after night has fallen. Sentosa: The Beach of Singapore
My article about beaches in Singapore , oddly, is one of the most popular on my entire site. I say this is odd, because the conclusion it reaches—that beaches in Singapore exist, but they’re not all that—might be unsatisfying for some. Still, a trip to the resort area of Sentosa is a small price to pay for a day at the beach, even if you’ll see oil tankers in the distance as you sunbathe. Singapore Botanic Garden and Orchard Road
When it comes to beautiful places in Singapore, Singapore Botanic Garden is probably near the top, especially if you visit the separate National Orchid Garden within the main green space. The Botanic Garden is not far from Orchard Road, which isn’t my favorite place in Singapore (just being honest), but is probably the most famous high-end shopping area in the country. Merlion and The Original Singapore Sling
It’s just not a complete Singapore itinerary without having the original Singapore Sling in its birthplace, the Long Bar of the historic Raffles Hotel (which closed in December 2017, but should re-open in the coming months). After you down a couple of them, walking toward Singapore’s central business district, where you can get the requisite Singapore selfie in front of the Merlion statue. How Many Days Should You Spend in Singapore?
The question of how many days in Singapore to spend is more contentious than you might think. While I love three-day trips to cities, there are arguments to be made that this is both too long and not long enough. Assuming you want to explore all the ethnic neighborhoods I’ve mentioned above, and partake in the other activities I’ve mentioned as well, I’d say between 2 and 4 days in Singapore is the right amount of time. Two days in Singapore if you’re on the fence about Sentosa Island, and four days if you’re hungry and want to spend a full day eating your way through Chinatown! Is Singapore Expensive?
I won’t be coy here: Whether you follow my rather modest Singapore itinerary, splurge on luxury or try to slum it, Singapore is expensive. By my calculations, the average couple will spend a minimum of $100 per person per day in Singapore, which means that a weekend in Singapore will cost around 600 USD, not including flights.
While some backpackers can skimp on accommodation and eat only street food (thereby reducing their costs to around 50 USD per person per day, maybe slightly less), it’s much easier to go in the other direction. Which is to say that the vast majority of travelers will easily spend $1,000 on a weekend in Singapore (and that’s before shopping on Orchard Road!). Where to Stay in Singapore
There is not a single best place to stay in Singapore, but it’s relatively easy to narrow down your options depending on your budget and the type of accommodation you want. If money is no option, for example, and you want to stay right in the center of town, book a room at the world-famous Marina Bay Sands (where I stayed out of sheer luck on my first trip to Singapore—a local friend’s gambling-addicted mother won a free night) or the smaller (but arguably more opulent) The Fullerton Hotel Singapore .
The Cube Boutique Capsule Hotel in Kampong Glam is slightly less convenient but significantly more affordable, while Chinatown’s Carlton City Hotel Singapore is something of a middle-road option (and the perfect base for a Hawker Center food trip!). The Bottom Line
Rather than planning your trip out by the minute, this Singapore itinerary is a priceless cheat sheet, which allows you to play your visit more by ear than I’ve ever been able to. Whether you eat your way through Singapore’s ethnic neighborhoods, spend a luxurious evening around Marina Bay or even hit the beach in Sentosa, Singapore offers way more to travelers than its tiny size would suggest. If you’re traveling more in Southeast Asia, make sure to check out my guides to nearby countries like Thailand and Malaysia .
Culinary tourism: 10 must-try dishes in 10 different countries
Eating is a significant part of any travel experience and whether it’s tucking into burger and fries in New York or spicy jerk chicken in Montego Bay, there’s nothing better than savouring a meal synonymous with its country or place of origin, plus it’s a great way to meet the locals. Here is our must-try dishes of the world.
1. Fish & Chips – Whitby, England Battered fish and thick-cut potato chips — both deep fried, salted and sprinkled with vinegar are as much a part of the nation’s fabric as a cup of tea, a pint down the local pub or Coronation Street. A marriage made in the 19th century to provide cheap and nutritious food for the working masses, they have fed countless memories for generations. The true home of fish and chips is by the sea and there is still a special magic about eating them at a classic English seaside resort. The Magpie Café overlooks the harbour in Whitby revels in its reputation as the place to go to enjoy some of the best in the north.
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Magpie CafÃ©’s resident chef Paul Gildroy with a plateful of fish and chips. Paul Marshall / PNG
2. Tapas – Madrid, Spain Going on a tapeando or tapas crawl is an excellent and authentic way to get into the Spanish eating and drinking swing. Strictly speaking, tapas are appetizers to be enjoyed with a glass of wine or beer followed by dinner, but they can also be enjoyed as the main focus by going from bar-to-bar. Tapas can be anything from a simple bowl of olives to tortilla española (potato omelette on bread). Among the best places for tapas in Madrid is the atmospheric bar Los Gatos (Calle de Jesús 2) in the Santa Ana district, famous for its creative gourmet tapas including the much-loved anguilas (baby eels on toast).
Typical scene in a Spanish tapas bar. This is Jamon & Jamon, one of several venues on Palma’s weekly tapas crawl ‘Ruta Martiana’ Mallorca. PNG
3. Fried Herring – Stockholm, Sweden Freshly fried Baltic herring, or stekt strömming, is a classic Swedish dish that tastes especially good on top of buttered knäckebröd (hard bread) served with fluffy mashed potatoes sprinkled with chopped parsley and a side of lingonberries. The place to sample some of the best in Stockholm is the appropriately named Nystekt Strömming, a simple food caravan situated at (Kornhamnstorg 4), in medieval Gamla Stan (the Old Town), the oldest part of Stockholm and a treasure-trove of Swedish architectural art from the 17th century. After enjoying your food, take time to wander the network of picturesque streets, narrow lanes, among squares, historic buildings and churches. The area has Stockholm’s biggest ranges of restaurants, bars, tourist shops, studios and museums.
Nystekt StrÃ¶mming (Newly Fried Herring) is commonly served with fluffy mashed potatoes, generously sprinkled with chopped parsley, and accompanied with buttered hard crispbread. Andrew Marshall / PNG
4. Currywurst – Berlin, Germany A gastro “must do” while in Germany and particularly in Berlin, is to sample the legendary Currywurst, the most popular fast food in the city, some say the nation. Costing a couple of euros, this chubby pork sausage doused in tomato sauce that’s been laced with spices such as mild curry, ginger and cayenne pepper is traditionally eaten from a paper plate with a tiny disposable fork while standing at chest-high snack tables on the sidewalks. The cult place to go in Berlin is Konnopke’s Imbiss (konnopke-imbiss.de) situated underneath the green girders of a subway in Prenzlauer Berg, which has been feeding the hungry hoards since 1930.
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Konnopke’s Imbiss is an authentic kiosk to sample. Paul Marshall / PNG
5. Tagine – Marrakech, Morocco Situated in a glorious 19th-century riad with 21st-century Zen décor, a short stroll from Marrakech’s medina,the Narwama restaurant (narwama.ma) offers award-winning Moroccan cuisine, including arguably the country’s most famous dish — the tagine. The name tagine refers to the conical-lidded pot in which it is prepared, as well as the intricately spiced stew of meat and vegetables, usually with dried fruits or nuts, cooked very slowly over a charcoal fire. Typical tagine combinations include lamb with raisins and almonds and chicken with green olives and preserved lemons.
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Street vendor selling tajines cooking in their conical-lidded tajine pots. Andrew Marshall / PNG
6. THALI – Panaji, India From simple hole-in-the-wall eateries to plush air-conditioned restaurants, Goa’s capital, Panaji is packed with a great range of places to eat, and situated within its narrow streets is the Anandashram (31st January Road) which has been serving its Goan fish thali for over a century. The thali is the ubiquitous Indian lunch which just happens to be one of the whole sub-continent’s best food deals. For a handful of rupee, you get a stainless steel platter with small, fitted bowls usually containing a piece of fried fish, dry and wet vegetable dishes, roti, rice, pickle, and dahl (lentil curry). Thalis provide a great opportunity to taste many Indian dishes at one sitting.
Lunchtime in a local Panaji restaurant (Hotel Sai Prasad) in Goa near the Panaji Municipal Market. Karin Riikonen
7. Pie & Mash – Sydney / Australia It’s not just the Brits that have a passion for pies, the Aussies love them, too. Ask any Sydneysider about his or her favourite pie place and Harry’s Café de Wheels (harryscafedewheels.com.au) on Cowper Wharf Road, is guaranteed to be among the replies. This 24-hour pie-cart has been serving its chunky lean beef pies with mushy peas, mash and gravy alongside the wharves since 1945. From taxi drivers and sailors to celebrities and late night revelers, people of all walks of life have ‘scoffed’ a pie at Harry’s legendary cart. With other pies available, such as curry and seafood – even the fussiest of pie punters will love this place.
Harry’s Cafe de Wheels in Wooloomooloo is a Sydney eating institution and a great place to eat pie and mash. Andrew Marshall / PNG
8. Jerk chicken, pork or fish – Montego Bay, Jamaica Jamaica’s signature dish is fiery jerk chicken or pork, served with rice and peas, sweet potatoes or yam. Although there are thousands of jerk centres at almost every crossroads or street corner, one of the best places to go is Scotchies, a simple thatched-roof joint on the outskirts of Montego Bay, where customers rub shoulders at rustic tables opening tin foil parcels of tasty jerk chicken or fish washed down with a Red Stripe beer. Around the back, rows of chickens are splayed flat and sizzle in jerk marinade over a low fire of pimento wood, that introduces a strong distinctive smoky flavour to the meat. Like most places, the recipe for jerk sauce at Scotchies is a closely guarded secret, but they usually contain peppers, onions, pimento, ginger and chilli.
Cooking jerk chicken at Scotchies. Paul Marshall / PNG
9. Lobster Supper – Prince Edward Island, Canada Only 280 km from tip-to-tip, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) is Canada’s tiniest province, but still manages to punch above its weight in the culinary world thanks to its abundance of local seafood specialities such as oysters, mussels and particularly lobster. A “lobster supper,” consisting of lobster, potato salad and crusty rolls is the classic island dining experience you shouldn’t miss. Two of the most renowned places to enjoy a lobster supper are New Glasgow Lobster Suppers in New Glasgow (peilobstersuppers.com) proudly serving since 1958 with spectacular views of the River Clyde, and the Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Suppers (fishermanswharf.ca) in beautiful North Rustico.
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Typical lobster supper enjoyed all over the island (lobster, P.E.I. potato salad, and oven-fresh rolls). PNG
10. Burger & Fries – New York, U.S.A. Burger and fries are as much a part of New York as Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. Whether you want to keep things classic with beef, bacon or cheese or go for something more exotic like free-range ostrich or bison, the city has burgers for every taste with a diverse range of places from historic to hip. Located inside the elegant foyer of the swanky Parker New York hotel, the Burger Joint is no ordinary burger establishment. Before it even opens at 11 a.m. a line of customers start to gather down a dimly-lit corridor, where only a simple neon hamburger sign indicates what lies beyond. On the other side of some velvet curtains is a windowless room, with posters of Sex in the City and the Sopranos adorning graffiti-strewn walls above leatherette booths, where you can enjoy the uncomplicated menu of burgers, fries and milkshakes.
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The Burger Joint is an excellent place to enjoy a burger. Paul Marshall / PNG