Spotlight: Yes, Please!

Spotlight: Yes, Please!

The winds of change are blowing right now, and the aroma is distinctly spicy. Inspired by the vibrant cuisine of India, Chef George brings soulful, seasonal cooking to Portland with Yes, Please by applying modern techniques to the flavors and dishes from a childhood spent traveling the globe. The Yes, Please menu features crave-worthy Indian cuisine highlighting the Chef’s inspired interpretations of authentic recipes.
“I’ve always had a deep fascination for spices and that’s where my love of cooking originated”, says George Truszkowski-Young, owner of Yes, Please. A British-inspired Indian food vendor, Yes Please is Indian eats adapted to a British Chef’s palate.
“I love the idea of creating potions with flavors and creating new and exciting compound tastes.” That’s the idea behind Yes, Please; giving customers the opportunity to try unique flavor combinations with a base of papadum (a crispy cracker made from chickpeas) or naan.
As a child, George traversed the globe with his mother on her travel writing excursions. “My love of flavors was inspired by eating so many different and contrasting cuisines as a child.” With their home base in London, George grew up with a deep appreciation for Indian cuisine. In London, Indian cuisine is a staple of the everyday household and is regarded as one of the best places to find curry in the world. “It’s a slightly different style of curry than Americans may be familiar with that I wanted to introduce from across the pond.” George moved to Portland to attend the Oregon Culinary Institute and quickly fell in love with Portland and how much its people respect the craft of cooking. From there, he worked at Pok Pok, Bollywood Theatre, Tasty and Alder as well as a private chef.
George intentionally designed the menu for Yes, Please to be approachable to everyone. “I wanted to keep the menu simple while having a broad spectrum of flavors, a variety of spice levels, and different styles of curry.” At the moment, the menu consists of three curries, a chutney, papadum, naan, and two drinks (chai and mango lassi). “I like keeping the menu small, precise, and perfect.” The whole menu is designed to have a bold flavor (curry or chutney) that you eat with a papadum or naan; “instead of cheese and crackers or chips and salsa, we have papadum and chutney.”
Yes, Please is only in its second month of operation and so far the reception has been so wonderful. “I’m entirely flattered and feel so honored to have the chance to have my food out there and that I can continue to do it.” George has many plans for Yes, Please, including jarring and selling his chutney at the booth. He’s also planning to introduce other chutney varieties like mango and a cilantro-mint. In addition, he’s partnering with a local organic ghee company, which will be used primarily in his dahl and butter chicken curry. Like many ready to eat market vendors, George aspires to evolve Yes, Please into a food truck so that he can expand his catering reach and operate Yes, Please on a daily basis.
For a wholesome and vivacious lunch option from a Chef with a deep appreciation for Indian culture, stop by Yes, Please at the Oregon City and Hillsdale markets every weekend! Plus the Tuesday evening Hawthorne market at 1844 SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd.
Find out more about Yes, Please on their social media profiles and take a closer look at their menu:

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Chef Norman Van Aken goes back to his roots

Chef Norman Van Aken, the Father of New World Cuisine, returns to Coral Gables with Ad Lib 0 comments Chef Norman Van Aken James Beard Award-winning chef Norman Van Aken has made his long-awaited return to Coral Gables. As a chef and partner of Ad Lib, Van Aken brings his Florida cuisine back to the city where it all started. “Returning to Coral Gables is poetic,” Van Aken says. “While it was a little unexpected, it feels right. It’s where I belong.” Van Aken, who is the only chef in Florida to win the James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage” award, opened Norman’s in Coral Gables more than 15 years ago, which, though now shuttered, remains the only restaurant in the state to be a finalist for the James Beard award for “Best Restaurant in America.” “With Ad Lib, I’m trying to do what I’ve always done in the fine dining forum,” he says. “I’m focused on representing Florida and the incredible mix of cultures we have here. It’s astonishing and inspirational to create a menu that utilizes and touches on a vast mix of humanity.” Meyer Lemon Tart Open since early February, Ad Lib features an all-star lineup in the kitchen. Together with restaurateur John Kunkel of 50 Eggs Inc., Van Aken leads a team that includes two-time James Beard finalist for “Outstanding Pastry Chef” Hedy Goldsmith; director of cocktails and spirits Sam Ross, who is best known for his work at New York City’s acclaimed Attaboy; award-winning sommelier Daniel Toral; and director of service Cristiano Azevedo of Michelin star contender Indian Accent in New York City. Van Aken calls it a recipe for success. “It goes beyond just the food,” Van Aken says. “Of course, I want all of our customers to have an incredible meal, but the experience itself is a production.” Swine burger Inside the 106-seat restaurant, Van Aken serves his interpretation of Florida cuisine through dishes such as Brazilian conch chowder, zucchini blossoms and ancho-guava barbecued duck breast. The chef also offers a five-course tasting menu, which includes the chowder, duck and Goldsmith’s chocolate caramel fudge brownie. “I consider the menu as my script, or songbook, as to how I am going to make Florida proud,” Van Aken says. “I want to showcase the state’s natural gifts, which means showcasing local ingredients and fish.” One of Van Aken’s mainstays, which has been served at many of his other restaurants, is the Brazilian conch chowder, made with a blend of coconut milk, saffron, citrus and cilantro leaves. “I’ve been making it for a long time,” he says. “I bring in a tropical [flavor] with the coconut milk, saffron and cilantro. It’s quite a ride. When people eat it for the first time, you can see their eyes widen as they continue to discover new flavors with each bite.” Van Aken’s pork tenderloin is another Ad Lib favorite, served with Mexican collard greens, manchego cheese grits and escabeche-spiced onion jam. “It always makes me smile when someone says my collard greens are the best they’ve ever had,” Van Aken says, laughing. “The cheese grits and spiced jam are added bonuses. It’s one of our best sellers.” Tomato Salad As Van Aken settles into his new role, he looks forward to bringing back his classics while also creating new dishes and flavor combinations. “Returning to Coral Gables, many people who regularly dined at Norman’s want me to bring back that menu,” Van Aken says. “Naturally, they have their favorites. What I want to do is give them that but also continue to create. That’s the beauty of being a chef.”

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Hotel Sarina holds theme nights throughout July

(MENAFN – Bangladesh Monitor) Dhaka: Hotel Sarina is organising theme nights for the entire month of July, offering a different cuisine each day of the week.A press conference was held today at the hotel premise to announce the launch of the event where Ayub Khan, F & B Manager, Sree Nair, Operation Manager and GM, Md Ali Chowdhury, Director of Finance and Dominic Gomes, Executive Chef from Hotel Sarina were present.Sree Nair, Operation Manager and GM, Hotel Sarina, said, ‘Even though, we are initially doing theme nights for the month of July only, however, we are planning to hold such events for the entire year.’The hotel’s signature buffet restaurant Summerfield will be serving seven different cuisines in seven days of the week in its cozy setting.On Sunday, the menu is Italian consisting of pizza, pasta and many other delectable items. Arabian is the theme for Monday, featuring roti, kebab, swarma and many other Lebanese and Egyptian dishes.On Tuesday, guests will be able to indulge in delicious Indian cuisine. Interestingly, the theme for Wednesday is Healthy Night, serving low fat food with organic ingredients so that those who are a bit health conscious do not feel left out.For Thai food lovers, Thursday is stir fried night offering Thai and Chinese cuisine.Friday is surf and turf night which will be full of experiments. The counter is going to have plenty of flavours from Pacific Rim.Lastly, on Saturday, guests will be able to enjoy international foods.Also, live cooking stations will be there every night so that guests can enjoy the delight of watching culinary arts as well as be sure of the authenticity of the dishes.To add more freshness to the feast, there will be a salad bar of assorted vegetables and a dessert corner for the guests’ guiltiest pleasures. They will also be able to enjoy drinks of their own choice from the counter.The buffet price for theme nights is BDT 3500 net per person.Since Eastern Bank Limited is the Banking Partner of this event, only EBL cardholders will be able to avail discounts and other facilities.
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Health Benefits Of Eating Lady Finger/Okra (Bhindi)

[br][br]Lady Finger or Okra has been an inseparable part of the Indian cuisine. Called ‘Bhindi’ in Hindi, this green vegetable is rich in fibre and contains a lot of essential nutrients.[br][br]Ladyfinger is a commonly found vegetable which is eaten across all over the world. A native of Africa, this pod vegetable belongs to the mallow family and is cultivated in warm and temperate climates.[br][br]It contains many vitamins and minerals, which are essential for the body.[br][br]Lady finger or Bhindi contains Vitamin C which helps in improving immunity.[br][br]Lady finger contains soluble fiber pectin which helps in lowering bad cholesterol as well as prevents atherosclerosis.[br][br]It also helps in the elimination of deposited cholesterol and clots.[br][br]The Vitamin A and beta carotene present in lady finger are helpful in improving eyesight.[br][br]The low-calorie content of Bhindi makes it a suitable food for weight loss. Lady finger also has high fiber levels which help in keeping you full for longer.[br][br]People suffering from constipation benefit from regular consumption of lady finger. The fiber content of lady finger promotes digestion and regularization of bowels. Pectin swells up in the intestine and helps in easier elimination of waste from the intestine.[br][br]Okra is used as a home remedy for dandruff and lice. Cut okra horizontally and boil it in water. Add lemon to the water and use it for rinsing hair to get rid of lice and dandruff.[br][br]Ladyfinger contains iron and folate and Vitamin K which help in the treatment of anaemia by promoting the level of haemoglobin in the body.[br][br]This benefit of lady finger (Bhindi) may be attributed to its fiber content. Eugenol a type of fibre, helps in slowing down digestion and absorption of sugar from the bloodstream. Hence it helps in avoiding sugar spikes after the meal and stabilizes the blood sugar levels.[br][br]

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Brits have eight international meals a week, survey finds

Chinese, Italian and Indian are the most popular meals in Britain, according to new research, which reveals that Brits tuck into eight meals a week from around the world.
The study of 2,000 adults, commissioned by New York Bakery Co, found that the average Brit eats around one meal every day with roots originated across the globe.
American, Mexican and Thai are following closely, with Greek, French, Japanese and Caribbean completing the list.
In addition, 81% of respondents said they were shunning ‘faux food’ in favour of stocking the cupboard with authentic ingredients and recipes to capture the true taste and style of the dish.
The study also found that the average shopper can expect to find at least a fifth of their basked stocked with authentic foods used in preparation of cuisine that originated abroad.
Indian spices, Italian olive oil and Chinese soy sauce are among the most common authentic ingredients found in the nation’s cupboards, the research found.
In addition, one in five keep their fridge stocked with French cheese, while one in seven believe the best chilli sauce comes from Thailand.
Christina Honigfort, head of marketing at New York Bakery Co, said: “Authenticity is at the heart of creating dishes that taste as good at home as they do in the country the recipes and cooking or baking methods originated in. The research shows that Brits are passionate about this authenticity.
“It’s easier than ever to keep your kitchen stocked with authentic products and ingredients that match the tastes of the cities that inspired them, from bagels in the delis of New York to spices from markets in New Delhi.”
When asked how they came to discover their favourite global dishes, the top sources were recommendations from family and friends, coming across the dish when ordering it at a restaurant, and picking up a taste for the local cuisine when on holiday.

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Fantastic, Splendid and Memorable Stay at the ITC Gardenia, Bangalore!!

I had a truly fantastic and memorable experience during my stay at the ITC Gardenia, Bangalore, while on a official trip in June, 2019.nnThe positive vibes and exceptional customer service are visible right at the moment you check in and get garlanded at the hotel reception. The leadership team led by their General Manager, Mr. Amaan Kidwai is passionate, charismatic, inspirational and exceptional and no wonder the hotel associates are highly motivated, brilliant and talented, and are ever willing to help customers and go the extra mile with a smile.nnThe rooms are spacious, spic and span and beautiful. The in room dining service is responsive, professional, pleasing and are always quick to understand and execute on any special requests, in a timely manner, be it food or anything that we need in our room.nnThe breakfast spread in the morning is lavish, delicious, healthy and a treat to remember with a wide variety of cuisines to choose from. I loved relishing upon the multiple varieties of dosas, the special salads and wonderful juices that the Chef as well as associates are always ever ready to serve with a genuine smile.nnThe hotel has several restaurants and I dined at the Cubbon Pavillion (Indian and multi-cuisine) and Otimo (Italian cuisine) this time. The food is very delicious, non-spicy, healthy and prepared with love, attention to detail and care. I’ve stayed at possibly all five star hotels in the country and I believe that the food quality and variety at the ITC Gardenia is arguably the very best in India. Hats off to Mr. Upendra Singh Tomar who heads their F&B department.nnA BIG thank you to Mr. Chethan Rai in Cubbon Pavillion who is a SUPER STAR in his own right, and is blessed with a very pleasing personality, professional attitude, go-getter kind of an attitude, is always positive and ever willing to deliver customer delight with a smile. I’d also like to thank Mr. Shoubhick and Mr. Sonam Lepcha in Cubbon Pavillion for taking care of my requests very early in the morning during breakfast time. nnThe hotel is located close to Brigade Road that is the shopping hub of Bangalore and is also located close to Cubbon Park where I could simply walk down and absorb the natural greenery and beauty of the pleasant Bangalore weather.nnSpecial Thanks to the General Manager at ITC Gardenia, Mr. Amaan Kidwai who is a charismatic leader and is a pleasure to meet with. Mr. Amaan is blessed with a truly inspirational and a splendid personality and the secret behind the miracle that is ITC Gardenia.nnThank you, Team ITC Gardenia for all the fond and memorable experiences!!

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Get Away – BethesdaMagazine.com

To Market, To Market At the renovated Broadway Market in Baltimore, the fare includes waffles, ice cream, oysters and fish tacos, plus these dishes made by Thai Street. Photo courtesy of Broadway Market.
Baltimore’s Fells Point is known for cobblestone streets, hip taverns, eclectic boutiques and a few longtime restaurants. Opened in May after a more than $3 million renovation, Broadway Market has made the waterfront neighborhood better still for foodies. A public market since 1786, Broadway Market’s restaurants and food stalls are in two separate buildings, the North Market and South Market sheds.
Sophia’s Place European Deli, Vikki’s Fells Point Deli and Sal’s Seafood (known for its fish tacos)—all longtime merchants—are now in the renovated north shed, where the indoor and outdoor seating is a mix of large communal and smaller bistro tables. New to the lineup: Thai Street, The Verandah (authentic Indian street food), locally made Taharka Brothers Ice Cream, and Connie’s Chicken and Waffles, which the Food Network named as home to the best waffles in Maryland. Fat Tiger serves as a central bar from morning to night, serving everything from specialty coffees and mimosas to craft beer, wine and cocktails, plus modern American cuisine. The south shed includes The Choptank, a crab house and seafood restaurant with harbor views slated for a July opening; fans of Baltimore’s Loch Bar, Choptank’s sibling in Atlas Restaurant Group, will find an excellent Maine lobster roll here, too, plus raw bar items such as oysters and shrimp.
Broadway Market, 1640-41 Aliceanna St., Baltimore; 410-685-6169; broadwaymarketbaltimore.com Photo Courtesy of ESI Design.
A Look at Lady Liberty
Experience our iconic symbol of freedom in all her glory at the new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The 26,000-square-foot museum includes a multimedia exhibit that evokes the feeling of being in the studio of French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, who designed the Statue of Liberty. You can learn about the statue’s original construction and see some of the items used in the building process, from a small plaster model to the copper sheets pounded onto massive molds to create Lady Liberty’s final form. In another area, there’s a movie narrated by television journalist Diane Sawyer that includes the story of the statue’s origins, a virtual “fly through” of its interior, and a reflection on what liberty means today in the form of education, free elections and more.
In the Inspiration Gallery, you can see Liberty’s original torch, which she held high for 100 years until it was replaced in 1986. A full-scale copper model of the statue’s face is also on display. Don’t miss the Instagram-worthy views of the Lady herself from the museum’s grassy rooftop.
Museum access is free with a ferry ticket to Liberty and Ellis islands: $18.50, $14 ages 62 and older, $9 ages 4-12, free for children younger than 4. Audio tours of both islands are included. Purchase tickets at statuecruises.com. Ferries depart from New York City’s Battery Park and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Statue of Liberty Museum, 1 Liberty Island, Ellis Island, New York; 212-363-3180; statueoflibertymuseum.org Photo courtesy of Jumping Rocks Photography.
Get in a Philly Groove
Husband and wife innkeepers Glenn Pogue and Monique Greenwood transformed an 1880s manor home in Philadelphia’s tree-lined University City neighborhood into Akwaaba Philadelphia, a bed-and-breakfast inspired by the city’s rich musical heritage. Opened last summer—and within walking distance of universities, restaurants and the Philadelphia Museum of Art—the inn offers six guest rooms and suites. The spacious Blue Note guest room is decorated in shades of indigo, a nod to Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes band, and features a king bed and a kitchenette with a cozy dining area. The two-bedroom Roots Retreat (inspired by Jimmy Fallon’s house band The Roots) has a full kitchen and sleeps up to seven.
Eat, drink and soak in the sounds of soul and R&B singers—including Philadelphia natives Patti LaBelle and Teddy Pendergrass—in the sitting room or on the expansive porch that overlooks lush landscaping. Akwaaba breakfast favorites include French toast served with spiced pears and turkey bacon, and shrimp and grits with cornbread. A complimentary happy hour features baked goods, afternoon tea, appetizers and wine.
Rates begin at $205 per night, including breakfast and happy hour.
Akwaaba Philadelphia, 3709 Baring St., Philadelphia; 866-466-3855; akwaaba.com/akwaaba-philadelphia Related Articles

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Top 10 things to do and see in San Diego, California

San Diego offers a colourful Hispanic heritage, with a huge dollop of Californian cool and an appealing laid-back vibe of anything goes. By Mix
Sitting cheek by jowell with the Mexican border, in sight of the Laguna mountain range and the Pacific Ocean, this San Diego offers an Hispanic heritage, with a huge dollop of Californian cool and a laid-back vibe of anything goes.
And as it is San Diego’s 250-year anniversary this year there has never been a better time to visit the land where California was born. Downtown View of San Diego from Point Loma – Courtesy Joanne DiBona SanDiego.org
First time tourists to San Diego will find this beach city gloriously yielding in terms of attractions. Within its confines are 100 neighbourhoods, 70 miles of coastline, 33 beaches and 120 craft breweries (wine takes a back seat here).
There’s nightlife, heaps of culture and living history to keep you busy. 1 Seaport Village
This quaint waterfront shopping and dining area located Downtown on West Harbor Drive is probably a great place to start. There are 54 unique shops including a fun magic shop and plenty of eateries. Supping a coffee while looking at passing yachts and ships on picturesque San Diego Bay is a brilliant way to ease into the day. Also you can pick up The Old Town Trolley Tour , a hop on, hop off bus that passes everything you would want to see in the city including all those listed below. 2 Gaslamp District Gaslamp Sign, San Diego -Courtesy John Bahu
Don’t worry, the area is not as seedy as the name suggests; it is called so because of the Victorian styled lamposts that light up the streets after sundown. The 16-square blocks in the Downtown district feature Victorian buildings alongside skyscrapers which together, offer an interesting visual. And amid them are boutiques that line the streets, and a mall – the multi-level Westfield Horton Plaza – designed as an outdoor shopping centre.
Of course there’s plenty of restaurants. Cafe 21 on Fifth Avenue is a sure thing, with wholesome food, including gluten free options, served throughout the day. At night there’s live music with some acrobatics thrown in. Some of their cocktails double as meals sometimes served with vegetables and even prawns. Far less wholesome is the raunchy Coyote Ugly Saloon (named after the film) next door where women are invited to strut their stuff on the bar alongside scantily clad dancers. 3 Old Town Old Town Market, San Diego – Courtesy SanDiego.org
The Old Town is pretty much the birthplace of California and was where the first Spanish settlement was created. The 19th century history of San Diego is brought to life in the Old Town’s shops, restaurants and historic sites – in effect it is a tourist trap. But it’s still worth visiting. It’s fun to look at the Indian jewellery, especially in the Covered Wagon – Pala and Kumeyaay Indians were the pre-Spanish native population. Browse the 40 speciality shops and the adobe properties that house them. Just a short walk down San Diego Avenue is the Whaley House, known as the most haunted house in America. They say even the ghost of the family dog has been seen.
If you like Mexican food, there are several Mexican restaurants. Cafe Coyote has a great location and fun atmosphere both indoors and on the heated alfresco terrace where you can watch the tortillas being made. There are others such as Casa Guadalajara where the most joy is in the atmosphere rather than the food. 4 Balboa Park bird’s eye view of Balboa Park, San Diego – Courtesy Joanne DiBona SanDiego.org
Considered the cultural heart of San Diego you will find Balboa Park just north of downtown. It is the world’s largest urban cultural park and inside its 1,200 acres there’s an incredible 17 museums, 8 gardens – including a gorgeous Japanese garden that has a Zen space for meditation – and sensational Spanish Renaissance architecture. And within the Balboa park is the amazing San Diego Zoo. 5 San Diego Zoo The Panda is endangered. The Zoo is home to five giant pandas. Courtesy of San Diego Zoo
It’s not often a zoo enters a top-10 feature, but this one really is a must-see. It sprawls over 100-acres (40-hectares) and looks after 3,500 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies. There is a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants.
Their “Inside Look Tour” is two hours of edutainment that offers a behind the scene look at what really happens when no-one is looking. Elephants, reptiles, giraffes, koalas are among the animals you will get to see. And you won’t want to miss the gorgeous pandas. Allow plenty of time, but get there early as it closes at 5pm. 6 Coronado Island Coronado Beach – Courtesy Brett Shoaf Artistic Visuals
Visiting the Coronado island is a relaxing day out and getting there from Downtown is a quick traverse across a bridge. Some people get the jitters crossing the bridge because it is alarmingly high, deliberately so to allow military ships to pass beneath it.
Once on the other side, you’ll find pretty ice cream shops and boutiques, and the lovely vision of a rust red roof and turrets and white walls of the Victorian style Hotel Del Coronado . The iconic hotel has hosted royalty and celebrities and is where Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis filmed Some Like It Hot and where Wallis Simpson once lived. Perhaps more compelling for some, is the broad, fine white sand beaches. 7 Cabrillo national monument and Old Pont Loma lighthouse Cabrillo Monument, San Diego Courtesy Joanne DiBona
This is where Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s 16th century historic landing took place – a pivotal moment for California. Cabrillo was charged with exploring the West Coast of North America on behalf of the Spanish Empire. And this is where a handsome and towering statue of him stands proud looking over the bay he sailed into in September 28, 1542. The views from here are gorgeous especially as sun sets.
Nearby is the Pont Loma lighthouse which is open to visitors. You’ll see how the keeper and his wife lived and be able to climb the spiral staircase. However it only served as a lighthouse for 36 years because the low clouds that descended upon that area made it hard to see. 8 La Jolla Cove Seals at Jo Jolla Cove – Courtesy Lisa Field SanDiego.org
The city has some great beaches, and the one at the foot of the hilly La Jolla area comes with a trendy buzz and some pretty spectacular scenery. And the opportunity to see the native seals. You’ll find it in the beachfront restaurants, the El Pescador Fish Market or in the many art galleries along Prospect Street and even in the Museum of Contemporary Art. 9 Little Italy
There are plenty of restaurants in Little Italy for any gastronome but now this burgeoning neighbourhood has become acclaimed for being home to the Top Chef Row on Kettner Street. Five of the city’s celebrity chefs have opened restaurants so check out Herb & Wood for its wood-roasted eats, The Crack Shack for its chicken dishes, Juniper and Ivy which services “refined American food with Left Coast edge”, Bracero for its modern Mexican cuisine and Pacific Standard for its seafood. 10 Drink beer Beer cheers courtesy of Erik Isacson
It’s all about the brew in San Diego and there are around 120 breweries serving hoppy West Coast-style IPAs. So, hop over to Ballast Point and try their Havanero Sculpin – careful though as the Habanero chillies crank up the heat. Or for something salty yet fruity you could head to Point Loma to visit Modern Times to taste their citrus flavoured Fortunate Island and Black House, a coffee roasted stout.
The Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens is a fun environment to enjoy a pint. They serve rustic food in their gardens, offers brewery tours, movie nights and of course the beers – its signature beer being Arrogant Bastard Ale.
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WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
Cafe Coyote One of San Diego’s landmark restaurants situated in the heart of Old Town and offers some of the most traditional and delicious Mexican fare in the city. Diners can feast on everything from fajitas and tacos to burritos and enchiladas, and there’s an extensive tequila and mezcal menu. Super-fans can also purchase Café Coyote merchandise from the store, including mugs, tote bags and Frisbees.
Harney Sushi serves creative Japanese cuisine, such as spicy crab rolls and yellowtail sashimi, all washed down with a refreshing cocktail. Every Thursday night there’s live music, taking place just before happy hour, making it a great spot for a fun night out. The restaurant is also proud to source all of its fish and meat sustainably.
Gordon Biersch: A restaurant and brewery, Gordon Biersch, combines American and German flavours and techniques to create flavoursome dishes and refreshing beers. The hearty food menu includes pasta, burgers, pizza and schnitzel, whilst the beer menu ranges from fruity and spicy to hoppy and malty.
El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria: Mexican flavours come to life at the El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria in Old Town. The on-site ‘Tequila Museum’ is home to the largest display of tequila bottles in the USA, with over 2,000 different varieties to choose from. There’s lots of tasty cuisine to choose from including a number of vegan options.
BEST TIME TO GO: March to November is peak season but get ther September-October or January-February and hotel rates are at their lowest. Temperatures may get chilly, but not too cold to check out the city.
GETTING THERE: San Diego International airport is just a 10-minute ride to downtown. A cab costs around $18, or hop on the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System’s Airport flyer (Route 992) for $2.25 – kids go free.
If you are planning a road trip, there are plenty of rental options available. Some can be expensive, so it’s a good idea to shop around and make sure you have booked with a trusted company. Miles Car Rental offers reasonable rates, with cars available to rent from San Diego International airport.
If you are based in Los Angeles, catch the train for a lovely 40 minute coastal ride into downtown.
GETTING AROUND:
San Diego Trolley Light Rail:The San Diego Trolley light rail system stops at points of interest.
Ferry to Coronado: This 15-minute ferry sets sail from Broadway Pier and behind the Convention Center. Fares are $4.25 each way.
Cash free cabs: Uber and Lyft both operate here
The Old Town Trolley Tour : This is a great way to get oriented, hopping on and off at city sights. Adult one-day tickets $39 (£31).
You may also like to read our review of Hotel Sofia, San Diego TAGS

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This restaurant puts a new twist on Indian cuisine

When it comes to restaurants, many proclaim innovation but fall short of the mark. Martabaan truly succeeds in putting a new spin on Indian cuisine…
Martabaan is a new fine dining destination carefully crafted by internationally acclaimed chef, Hemant Oberi. Its fresh concept is best described as a ‘contemporary classic’ which blends traditional Indian recipes with refined techniques. To celebrate its arrival in the capital, we were invited, along with members of the community, to get a first taste of the new location and most importantly, the food.
Nestled inside Emirates Palace, Martabaan extends the grandeur and luxuriousness of the hotel with earth tones, natural finishes and ornate chandeliers providing just the right amount of sparkle. The space is quaint with a long, narrow bar area that opens to a more generously laid out dining room. The décor draws from Indian aesthetics with colourfully upholstered seating and pillows wrapped in an array of textiles.
Trays of perfectly presented appetisers like chicken tikka fondue make the rounds. We dip portions of chicken into a vat of warm, creamy cheese and manage to get it into our mouths without incident. We also sample shrimps on the rocks; sizzling, spiced shrimp resting on a plate of hot, black stones. The bite-sized shrimp is well seasoned and not too spicy.
Next, we tuck into the hummus martabaan platter, which contains mini naans and four different flavours of hummus including tahini, truffle and regionally inspired cumin chickpeas and pickle hummus.
With the goal of defying convention, Indian staples like butter chicken are not on the menu but we get our fill of reimagined versions of tandoori lamb and biryani. Succulent pieces of lamb are carved and paired with stuffed jacket potatoes and cumin asparagus. We enjoy servings of biryani rice scooped from a glass ‘deg’. We also doubled up on mains with juicy pieces of three lemon chicken tikka, marinated in kaffir, Italian lime and lemon – don’t judge us.
Chef Oberi’s inventive spirit really shines through at the end of the meal when we sink our teeth into a locally-inspired dessert. Chocolate shawarma, a sweet take on a UAE favourite, is prepared in and served from, a specially designed appliance commissioned by Chef Oberi himself. The device, reminiscent of a vertical rotisserie, produces delicious portions of rich, gooey chocolate with crispy edges. This original concept was both a satisfying way to end the meal and a testament to true innovation.
Need to Know
We say: Indian with a twist | AED 700 for two. Emirates Palace Hotel, Corniche West. Daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11pm. 02 690 9000, kempenski.com
By Tamara Clarke

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By ChefDeHome- Summer Grill Recipes

Grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, grilled vegetables and even grilled appetizers, these 40 mouthwatering summer grill recipes are perfect to plan a summer entertaining menu or enjoy grilled meal for dinner all summer long.
Summer grilling is extra-special in our home. Long sunny days, outdoor and fragrance of BBQ filling in air. That’s the beauty of enjoying a grilled dinner on a vibrant summer day.
If you too love to grill like we do? Then let’s welcome July with these 30 delicious recipes your can prepare on grill. This will be your ultimate guide to grill everything this summer. Grill vegetables, grilled chicken, or seafood. Grill is a perfect way to enjoy a entire grilled summer meal.
Whether you like Grilled Chicken Salad or Grilled Corn on the Cob, I got you covered with a lot of choices. Pick and choose these recipes to plan some summer inspired Meal Menu or easy entertaining.
Specially, if you planning to host a party or tail-gate this 4th of July then these recipe ideas will be perfect for a Party Menu!
Imp : Pin this post to get more grill ideas whole summer long. I’ll be sharing more delicious recipes all summer long.
Happy Grilling and enjoy! Grilled Chicken: From Chicken Souvlaki to Jerk Chicken. There are so many recipes for a grilled chicken on Chef De Home. Use these for a grilled chicken salad or serving grilled chicken skewers in tail-gate menu. Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Romesco Sauce – Mother’s Day Special
Just in-time for Mother’s Day, sharing with you delicious Grilled Chicken Kabobs with nutty and garlicky Romesco Sauce and hearty green pea pilaf. This meal is not just a recipe, this is picture of how I have grown-up, eating delicious and elaborate meals, in my mother’s kitchen! It will be a lie if I say… Grilled Tandoori Turkey Tikka Skewers
Today, I have added twist to classic Indian Tandoori Chicken Tikka with grilled turkey skewers Indian-style! This 10-minute prep recipe with simple to find pantry-ingredients can make Turkey, star of your next tailgating grilling!If you like Indian cuisine, I’m sure you have had Tandooi Tikka or Tikka Masa… Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos
I first tasted Tequila-Lime Chicken in a local farmer market food fair. We loved the flavor and I decided to sure try it at home. I am always finding different ways to make chicken delicious and appealing because that is the only way to make hard core red meat eaters stick to lean and healthy chicken. Tequ… Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Skewers
Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Skewers – Sweet, sour, pleasantly spicy Hawaiian sauce marinated chicken skewers (kabobs) with slices of juicy sweet pineapple, red onion, and bell pepper! To me this means, happy summer grilling days with chicken skewers sizzling on the grill, a glass of favorite drink in hand Pollo Asado (Oven Roasted, Grilled)
Flavorful chicken (roasted or grilled) marinated in orange, lime juice, garlic, paprika, herbs, and spices. Pollo Asado is Mexican (or Cuban depending upon spices) take on grilled chicken where citrus tenderize chicken, and herbs, spices make it juicy and flavorful. The beautiful orange color is so temptin… Tacos Al Pastor
Do you love enjoying Tacos Al Pastor in your favorite Mexican Restaurant? Imagine serving same fire-pit style juicy charred Chicken Al Pastor tacos at home, made from scratch with lots of pineapples and chilies. Only 15 minutes prep and easy to find ingredients. I’m certain, this easy recipe will make your… Chicken Souvlaki
Chicken Souvlaki is Greek chicken kabobs marinated in fresh herb oregano (my fav), garlic, lemon, olive oil and seasonings. So simple, but amazingly flavorful chicken kabobs, Chicken Souvlaki is must try for every Mediterranean food lover! *Gluten free, carb-free, low-fat, paleo, and whole-30 diet friendly… Jerk Chicken with Amazing Jerk Marinade
The best Jerk Chicken recipe with a well seasoned and flavorful Jerk Chicken Marinade. This Jerk Chicken marinade loads chicken with ton of flavor in just 30 minutes. Three reasons: 1) Marinade has consistency of paste that sticks to chicken making a flavorful seasoned skin. 2) Marinade ingredients tenderi… Jerk Chicken Sliders with Grilled Pineapple Relish
Grilling-Season is time to get outdoors and enjoy with family and friends. Clearly, this is the time of year again when everyone is cleaning their backyard, sizzling grills, and planning pool side parties. Just like all of you, we are in grilling mood too and today, my grilled Jerk Chicken Sliders have siz… Huli Huli Chicken with Amazing Huli Huli Sauce
An easy and flavorful Huli Huli Chicken recipe with homemade pineapple-ginger Huli Huli Sauce and same Hawaiian grilled Huli Huli chicken flavor. Huli Huli Chicken is a Hawaiian grilled chicken dish marinated in signature Huli Huli sauce. It is prepared by barbecuing chicken over wood, continuously turned… Greek Chicken Cucumber Avocado Salad
An amazing Cucumber Avocado Salad with flavorful Greek Chicken, sweet tomatoes, red onion, olives, and feta. Loaded with Mediterranean flavors and creamy avocado this salad is the perfect addition to your Summer Dinner Menu. Gluten-free, carb-free. The combination of buttery avocado with briny olives, fet… BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Chipotle-Beer BBQ Sauce
Any plans for fast approaching Holiday Weekend? I don’t know about you but this holiday weekend is ALWAYS very busy for me. Especially due to 4th of July, we are certainly not relaxing at home. Either we are invited for BBQ to few of our friend’s house or they are coming over. All-in-all, party time!! cook… Indian Tandoori Chicken Salad
Today, I’m adding Indian flavors to your summer-inspired Sunny Salad Bowl, with my Indian-staple, easy Tandoori Chicken Salad!! Charred to perfection tandoori chicken marinated in homemade Indian Tandoori Marinade with cooling sweet-and-sour mango dressing, crunchy cucumber and radish, and nutty crunchy o… Chicken Liver Skewers
Bright, tangy, meaty and absolutely tantalizing, these Chicken Liver Skewers you cannot afford to miss this grilling season! Chicken Livers have 4 wow factors – health, taste, easy cooking and ready in no time and I love them grilled charred with lemon dressing. I can never forget taste of two special th… Blackened Chicken (Baked, Grilled, Or Cooked in Skillet)
Blackened Chicken, a flavorful Cajun Chicken recipe with signature blackened spice crust. Whether baked in oven, grilled, or cook in cast iron skillet, the resulting chicken is bursting with flavor of Cajun spices, looks tempting, and tastes incredible. This recipe is keto, low-carb, and weeknight dinner… GRILLED SEAFOOD: Seafood is lean protein. Plus grilling keeps it even lean and healthy. Like in my home we say, can’t go healthier than a grilled salmon for dinner! Bang Bang Shrimp Skewers
Bang Bang Shrimp Skewers recipe is my lite and delicious take on classic Bang Bang Fried Shrimp with better-than-original Bang Bang Sauce. Sweet, spicy and creamy sauce makes shrimp (kabobs) amazingly flavorful, almost addictive. You can’t stop at one serving, for sure! If you are fan of Bang Bang Shrimp,… Cedar Plank Grilled Chipotle Maple Glazed Salmon
Smokey spicy chipotle and sweet maple syrup glazed salmon, grilled on cedar plank and served with a lite and healthy green kale and grape salad. Sweet, smokey, spicy – gang of three make a dream-come-true kinda summer flavors and green kale salad top the charts to make it healthier! But this meal don’t nee… Grilled Shrimp Avocado Salad
Sweet and spicy Grilled Shrimp with creamy avocado, tomato and onion salad coated in a vibrant citrus dressing. With only 10 minutes prep, clean, lite and delicious flavors, this Shrimp and Avocado salad is a perfect summer meal. Gluten free, dairy free, keto, offers good fats and protein. It is a south-be… Grilled Chimichurri Shrimp and Couscous Salad
Crowd-pleasing potluck salad with lite and clean grilled shrimp, nutty couscous pasta, grilled asparagus, bell peppers and lots of zesty tangy chimmichurri sauce… Friends, I call it a salad.. but it indeed is a complete lite dinner or lunch with portion of lean protein, lots of veggies, herbs as well as… Greek Orzo Pasta Salad with Grilled Shrimp
This Greek Orzo Pasta Salad with grilled Za’atar Shrimp is bursting with Mediterranean flavors of Greek feta, olives, cucumber, dill and a zesty fragrant Greek Salad dressing. Every ingredient in this salad brings something delicious to fork. Serving of protein makes it perfect for salad-for-dinner weeknig… Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Butter Sauce
This is one classic recipe from my every-day-recipe file. Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Butter Sauce is one of our favorite way to enjoy salmon for dinner. Perfectly grilled salmon (details ahead), moist and flaky with silky heavenly lemon and butter sauce. Today, I served it with grilled cauliflower steaks an… GRILLED VEGETABLES SIDES: Grilled vegetables sides is easy way to have something grilled for every guest. Plus also perfect if you planning to have whole meal prepared on grill. Serve on side with your favorite grilled protein. Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Pineapple glazed with chipotle-honey glaze, then grilled for sweet, caramelized, and spicy pineapple salsa of dreams. Perfect on side with grilled chicken. Gluten free. This Grilled Pineapple Salsa is not just any pineapple salsa! Sweet pineapple gets even better with hint of honey and both balance the hea… Grilled Romaine Wedge Salad
Starting March with this refreshing Grilled Wedge Salad. This Wedge Salad is made of grilled romaine topped with marinated cucumber, tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese, a drizzle of hot sauce, and homemade creamy ranch dressing. With perfect charred smoky flavor, this Wedge Salad is way more than just-a-lettu… Grilled Vegetables Salad with Balsamic Dressing
Sharing today, an array of colorful grilled summer vegetables with blue cheese and drizzle of sweet, spicy, and rich balsamic dressing!! In my home, such simple salads are MUST for weekend grilling get-togethers! If you planning to fire-up the grill this weekend, then this healthy vegetarian salad can make… Grilled Vegetables and Smashed Chickpeas Sandwich
To keep-up with goal of healthy meatless Mondays, today, I’m sharing a delicious grilled vegetables and spiced smashed chickpeas sandwich. This hearty sandwich will fill you up but will NOT weigh you down. Oh- and you can ready these veggie sandwiches, for four, in just 22 minutes!Flavors in this sandwich… Grill Corn in Husk
This is a two-in-one recipe, a complete guide on how to Grill Corn in Husk and Spicy Corn on the Cob with sour cream, roasted poblano, and a sprinkle of Cajon seasoning. Grilled corn in husk stays moist and grilling brings out its sweetness. Topped with small diced char-grilled poblano, with a layer of sou… Grilled Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic
Did you know you can also grill brussel sprouts? Sharing today, an easy recipe for grilled Brussel Sprouts skewers marinated in balsamic and garlic marinade. Also sharing tips to grill brussel sprouts in foil, or grill basket. Brussel Sprouts taste extra-delicious when crispy with tender inside. Cooking B… Spicy Grilled Tofu with Grilled Vegetables
Spicy Grilled Tofu is perfect meal for everyone who would like to eat healthy for dinner today. Yes, my Spicy Grilled Tofu recipe comes with a health promise. Tofu is marinated in a flavorful, spicy yet very simple marinade, then grilled. And served with side of fresh grilled vegetables that are so crisp a… Zucchini and Peppers Grilled In a Foil
Its fun and very entertaining to cook everything on the grill for a grilling party. From everything I literally mean everything from appetizers to dessert. Everyone adored the Salmon grilled in foil recipe which I shared last month. You can even make fun and easy desserts in foil on the grill which I will… Pasta Alla Norma
Fresh eggplant always make me crave Pasta Alla Norma. Pasta All Norma is an eggplant and pasta dish featuring roasted or sauted eggplant, with a tomato basil sauce and fresh lite cheese. Today I’m sharing a weekday-approved Pasta All Norma with my Modern take on authentic recipe. My recipe is an every-day… APPETIZERS: Apples and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Fig Spread
Homemade fig spread, tart granny smith apples, and buttery brie cheese sandwiched in two slices of parmesan crusted multi-grain bread! This, my friends, is a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich which you can make and enjoy in comfort of your own home!!All of my posts this whole week has been about my foodie in… Malai Chicken Tikka
Malai Chicken Tikka, or murgh malai is a mouthwatering juicy grilled chicken recipe, with chicken pieces marinated in chilies, garlic, lemon, spices. and cream (malai in Hindi). A little different from regular grilled chicken tikka, this is a kind of chicken which can be served many ways – as appetizer, s… Layered Grilled BBQ Chicken Quesadilla
Grilled BBQ Chicken Layered Quesadilla… a.k.a Stacked Quesadilla or Chicken Quesadilla Torta, all of these names sum-up to a mouthwatering stack of tortillas, layered with sweet and spicy Honey BBQ Sauce, chicken, black beans, cheese, and lots of fresh salsa!This is by-far, one of my foodie-favorite way… Grilled Hot Cheesy Chicken Calzone
Sharing with you, mini grilled Chicken calzones filled with aromatic, flavorful and spicy chicken, spinach, and oozing cheeses! With delicious flavor of El Yuateco Green Habanero Sauce, these stuffed pocket are delicious way to please hungry cheering crowds! Oh- and the fact that these calzones are grille… Grilled Garlic Cheese Naan Bread
What happens when love for Garlic Naan goes beyond Indian Dinner?! Simple! I find everything “dunk-able” to enjoy my favorite bread. Really, a hot creamy soup or sizzling chicken curry, cheese stuffed pan-grilled garlic naan will make anything taste even more delicious. Won’t you agree?!Honestly, my family… GRILLED LAMB Grilled Lamb Rib chops
Lamb Chops marinated in tangy mustard lemon marinade and grilled for wonderful char flavor. Lamb chops are perfect for grilling since the cut of meat is best prepared when seared on high heat. For this recipe, I marinated lamb in mustard, lemon and garlic. I usually allow marinate to flavor meat for at l… Grilled Lemon Herbs Lamb Skewers
We don’t cook red meat very often. Since lamb is favorite variety of red meat of my husband, I often insist him to buy lamb loin meat for leaner cut – far less calories. Lamb Loin meat is great to add to stews, quickly sear or grill. Since this cut of meat has very less fat, it may not be suitable for curr… Greek Mint and Lamb Burgers with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
These simple and juicy Lamb Burgers are flavor packed with Greek spices, and have delicious flavors of mint making them perfect way to enjoy summer grilled Greek dinner at home! I served lamb burgers with layers of cucumber and Greek Yogurt Sauce, sweet roasted red peppers, peppery arugula with brioche bur… Comment

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