Tea County Dibrugarh Assam

Tea County Dibrugarh Assam

Tea county Dibrugarh, the taste and take of its own Tea County Dibrugarh tidy chic with multi cuisine restaurant offers Indian, Italian, Chinese, Thai and Continental. A lovely and warm greeting adds so much and we got the exact same feeling when we entered tea County Dibrugarh. Extensive and elaborate menu of tea County Dibrugarh is not an easy task to choose from for the 1st timer. We started our day with assorted vegetables plater. Literally I did not expected that vegetable platter comes with such a vivid and varied array. Succulent green vegetables grill to perfection green kabab crispy on outside and soft inside with hearty spinach , cheese stuffed grilled paneer delectable and delightful. Then we had our main. As we are in Assam my kids missed their pasta. My little one had pasta with white cheesy sauce. Whipped and thick cheesy pasta can be instant favorite for one who love rich Italian food. Then my elder one got indochinese Hakka noodles and chilly chicken. My expected a bit more effort and innovation as the Appetizer raised the bar. Then us adults had Malai Kofta, yet again it met our expectations sulky Luxurious gravy with generous amounts of heavy cream added the extra dose of deliciousness. We couple the malai kofta with veg pulao, the word perfect comes your way when you try these combinations. My husband had Bengali fish curry, fresh water fish rightly marinated and perfectly fried, drenched in spicy tomato based gravy yup you are in the kingdom of deliciousness. Couple of us got butter nan and vouched that it was delectable.
We did not end our day with dessert but with the memory of good food and some utterly delicious good time. I will love to come back again soon.

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Chilli Baby Corn

Chilli baby corn is a popular vegan Indo-Chinese starter. It’s easy to make, yet tastes amazing. It can also be served as a side dish with rice or noodles. If you are not an Indian, then most probably you would not have heard of a unique cuisine which is very popular in India- Desi Chinese also known as Indo-Chinese. It’s basically Chinese food modified to suit the taste buds of Indians. Almost every Chinese food sold on the streets of India or in the small restaurants is not authentic Chinese. In India, authentic Chinese food is found only at the best fine dining restaurants or restaurants run by Chinese people. I was reading somewhere that even the Chinese street food sold by the Chinese vendors at the China town, Kolkata , India has no longer remained authentic. Since these Chinese vendors are living in India for so many generations, their food has got influenced by local ingredients, cooking techniques, and food preferences. Most of the Indians prefer Desi Chinese over Authentic Chinese. Just like local food, you will find Indo- Chinese food in almost every restaurant in India. No matter how small. The Chinese cuisine was introduced to India by the Chinese workers who came to India for business purpose during the British era. Many of them settled in India permanently and they made this cuisine one of the most popular International cuisines in India. Today’s recipe – Chilli baby corn is also a Desi Chinese dish. You can enjoy this baby corn recipe either as a starter or a vegan side dish with noodles or rice. If you try any of my recipes and like it then please don’t miss to rate it in the comments section. You can also follow me on Facebook, Pinterest , and Instagram Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links shared in my blog are affiliate links and I will get benefited if you buy products from them at no extra cost to you. However, I have personally used most of these products hence recommending them to you. You are free to buy them from anywhere also. Print Chilli baby corn Chilli baby corn is a popular vegan Indo-Chinese starter. It’s easy to make, yet tastes amazing. It can also be served as a side dish with rice or noodles Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack Cuisine Indo-Chinese

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1. Can you cook? Some things, yes.
2. Do you like to cook/how much (1-10)? About 9ish.
3. What’s your “firm food”? Italian, Barbeques, some Tex-Mex.
4. What should you like to learn how to cook? Pastries (no good at this at all), Indian and Chinese cuisines.

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Books read Jun 2019

Unblinded: One Man’s Courageous Journey Through Darkness to Sight by Traci Medford-Rosow
Major plus to buying this book is that the author is donating all proceeds to the Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and it’s a super good read.
Starts with praise for authors works and summary of this book.
Story starts out with how and why this book was written.
Diary entry type book that shows when he first noticed the loss of vision and his drinking.
I can totally relate to this story as I’ve also gone to specialist every 6 months for the past 50+ years of my life due to an unknown disease/condition.
Exams and tests done I am very familiar with, devastating outcome for him.
I have been very lucky with the doctors I’ve seen and I know all the technical terms when educating a new doctor due to change in health insurance. Some I know more about the disease then they do.
At times the book is hard for me to read as I’ve been there done that and didn’t even want the tshirt.
Love help the support group gave him I’ve not had a coffee table in centuries as I’d never see it and trip over it.
So Many brick walls, you can’t even imagine the obstacles to just get help.
There are pictures throughout the book showing what is going on during it’s specific chapter.
I recall the hurtful comments from family the first time I used my cane at a family outing-they treated me like I had cancer or something they’d catch.
Not my parents though they were 100% behind me and I think at times they felt they were to blame for my lack of vision.
Learned by listening to this book how to use the sweeping method when using the cane-I was never given instructions. Love how he was still able to take pictures-in his mind while another held the camera and actually took the shot he was describing.
Love taking photos myself of architecture, it’s fascinating to me.
Love hearing of the superfood intake and the other things Kevin is able to find out about that he puts into practice and all research done on his part to cure himself..
Love little things that come back to life that others take for granted.
Treasure every second you have vision and don’t forget there’s always someone out there with worse eye conditions and going through worse than you.
Received this review copy from the author via the publisher and this is my honest opinion.
Cash Call A Stan Turner Mystery by William Manchee
Like how this book starts out: the law firm isn’t getting paid for the services they have performed including Jodie the secretary who’s so much more than that.
Stan takes a boat in trade for his client 6 month past bill but his wife is not happy, at all.
Like how the clients each get their own chapter so we can find out about their case.
The boys and men are able to enjoy the boat fishing and after he gets back the call comes from one of the guys who’s teen son is in trouble, drinking and driving…
With three now working at the office on their own cases financial things calm down but there’s a lot of action. So many investigations going on, some entwined.
Love how it all plays out with clues given. Can’t wait to read more.
Received this review copy from Top Publications via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
#CashCall #NetGalley
Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand
Book follows a family-3 girls, one boy during the summer of 1969. Each one could have their own book on their own-they are just so good.
Remember myself listening to the radio when my brother was up for induction into the military but he had a number that meant he’d not be seeing any ….
The girls brother was not so lucky-he was sent to Vietnam to fight. One treasures his letters home. Another woman is pregnant with twins but her husband is not so faithful and she ends up on the Vineyard.
The grandmother is also there and the other two girls have jobs for the summer months. Love the traditions that are followed every year. Especially like hearing of the things they do on the island-very similar to how I grew up on the island in the bay nearby.
Beaches-nude beach, public beach, beach for Blacks only as just a handful of those that are talked about. Each one holds their own speciality.
Events lead to the death of a young woman who makes world wide fame because of who she was with…. So many events I recall from my childhood.
Twists and turns and so many secrets that shed light on what’s really going on.
Love hearing the soldiers journey and especially love how the book came about. About the author and notes are included at the end.
Resources are noted and acknowledgements and other works by the author are highlighted.
Received this review copy from Little, Brown and Company via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
Montauk by Nicola Harrison
Have visited the area in the 80’s to see a Lyme disease doctor so didn’t spend a lot of time there but holds special memories for us.
Book starts out with driving the roads along the water edge, many of the cottages are magnificent.
The couple has had other friends who’ve stayed in the area in the summer and the inn has lots of events planned.
Beatrice and Harry had planned this trip for a while. He is a Bordeaux and he has to provide for her. He will work and live in the city and come down on weekends to spend with her.
Sounds like a fun outdoorsy place, just what we’d be looking for…they are bypassing Providence and Newport-places we live very close to to stay at Montauk.
Beatrice is left behind as her spouse heads back to the city-he doesn’t come back every weekend. She takes excursion with Dolly to her hat shop in the city and she knows when she walks into her apartment what’s happened there…
Over time she devotes her life to the true islanders and finds a special friend. Towards the end of the summer season she’s notified she’s pregnant…Harry thinks it’s his…
Knowing the date I had not expected what happens next but won’t spoil it for others-we also experienced it in RI-up the coast from this location-out of the blue, so devastating.
She has plans for her life but this event may have changed her mind. Lot of characters but easy to keep track of them all and there’s a lot of drama from all angles.
Love the parts where she’s able to help the islanders and charity work. Love how she stands up to Harry…
Enjoyed the read and especially the location and hearing of the locals and their life.
Received this review copy from a publicist via St. Martin’s Press from NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
#NetGalley
Unparalleled by D. S. Smith
Interesting read and just what I needed as I’ve been binge watching Vikings and need to get away from them for a bit.
This one starts out with Stuart and he’s confused as to where he is, his house, his pregnant wife, etc. Nothing is making sense to him even after talking to his brother David.
He gets help from a psychiatrist and she’s tried to help him piece the missing parts together-no one at the museum where Laureen works even know her…
Interesting concept of the unexplained black spots on weather tracking satellites-could happen I suppose….Reminds me so much of the twilight zone as the scenes that the cops and others come across just can’t be explained…
Other events around the world are going awry also, lots of high technology and things above my comprehension but they are making sense that this could totally happen in the world today.
One explanation is quantum earthholes…like how they plan to send Stuart back with the DNA implanted and he knows what he has to do with it…
Very detailed transformation and I worry what he will find at the end of the journey. Very scientific believable read.
Enjoyed the book and the subject.
Received this review copy from the author via the publisher and this is my honest opinion.
Feng Shui: Master the Ancient Art of Feng Shui for Wellness, Health and Prosperity (Feng Shui House, Office, Bathroom for Maximum Simplicity and Harmony Book 1) by Thomas Hunter
Fascinated by the book after watching the Marvel Iron Fist character and he has a golden fist. Loved watching how they moved, so fluid and smooth and ot learn of the legends surrounding this form of art.
Starts out with a table of contents about basics of Feng Shui and other components.
Like the section of the myths and how some are far fetched and false. Like hearing of the history with dates.
Love sections on how to transpose each of the rooms in your house to make you feel comfortable in there.
Our living room is set up already and I like the flow when you first come into the room, so relaxing.
Like learning what the different colors can do for you in the rooms. Love the help with the kitchen as I had decluttered but know I need to do a bit more….
There is so much to this, loving it! Throughout the book there are italicized sentences summarizing what the words are telling you to do.
Also includes a preview to weight loss and how to set goals, SMART ones.
Final notes from the author and this is
A KEEPER! for me
To have and to hold by Fern Michaels
She’s left at home and has been notified her husband Patrick is missing in action. He had safely ejected from the pilot seat of his plane over Vietnam.
Now she had to concentrate on the two little girls she had, all on her own…
She’s lucky to have found someone who can help her and the girls-she falls apart and can’t even get out of bed til one day the woman tells her she is leaving to be married…
She does an about face and gets a job, back to college and tends to the girls also and her husband is now a prisoner of war…
Like hearing of the struggles the husband has to endure and hope he can make it back in one piece.
Like how the family move on but keep things intact in case…unpredictable,
Love what the mom and girls were able to accomplish over time.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
Desperate, Dangerous and Deadly: A Western Collection by Debra Parmley
Three books about the west and what really happens there…
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A Desperate Journey by Debra Parmley
Sally was married to Luke and they had a son and a daughter. His gambling debts caught up to them and he left with his son and she had to auction off the house. She spent a few days at the parson’s house and then started out on a journey to find her son. Ozzie Moss was driving his mules and supplies from Kansas to Texas and she and Carolyn were along for the ride, til the Fort Riley came into sight. They told her to stay due to the Indian raids but she left after one sergeant had molested her one night.
Others were also looking for her: Robert Truman. He looks so vicious but he wants revenge on something Luke had done that landed him in jail for 5 years.
Rob had come to her rescue at the fort and again another night out on the journey when the wagon broke an axle.
They travel as a group and go through many towns in search of Luke and Matthew. Indian raids and river crossings and one gets hit by an arrow. The forts are a safe haven for a bit of time as they travel further south to Texas.
They meet up with some characters that only enhance the tale.
Rob knows more as they travel further and hasn’t told Sally. She’s kinda taken a liking to him though.
Love how they spend the Christmas day and what they do to make it very special. As the journey comes to an end as things go full circle.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
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Dangerous Ties by Debra Parmley
Starts with dedication page and then the story takes place in Nevada 1860 and Lilian is tied up and they hope she will die.
She didn’t know where the money was, her fiancée abandoned her and had robbed others in town.
Love that she followed her relative and she was able to support herself with her hands, sewing but many didn’t need many gowns, not like the big city.
Story also follows Nick, a man who has come upon her tied up as she passes out.
They missed the mine shaft as the ties broke, just in time he had saved her.
Love hearing his side of how he’s taking care of her while she sleeps…
Like how they are able to find what’s missing, love the hiding places.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
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Deadly Adversaries by Debra Parmleyy
This one starts out in Texas 1881 with texas ranger Jacob Brace as he watches his friend Matthew Truman read a letter from his sister…
She is being forced to marry so the guys head out to help her…
When she is kidnapped things really happen fast. Like the details and especailly the outcome.
Love hearing the plans of the future. Other works by the author and a note about the author are included at the end along with other works.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
Dangerous Ties by Debra Parmley
Starts with dedication page and then the story takes place in Nevada 1860 and Lilian is tied up and they hope she will die.
She didn’t know where the money was, her fiancée abandoned her and had robbed others in town.
Love that she followed her relative and she was able to support herself with her hands, sewing but many didn’t need many gowns, not like the big city.
Story also follows Nick, a man who has come upon her tied up as she passes out.
They missed the mine shaft as the ties broke, just in time he had saved her.
Love hearing his side of how he’s taking care of her while she sleeps…
Like how they are able to find what’s missing, love the hiding places.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
Deadly Adversaries by Debra Parmleyy
This one starts out in Texas 1881 with Texas ranger Jacob Brace as he watches his friend Matthew Truman read a letter from his sister…
She is being forced to marry so the guys head out to help her…
When she is kidnapped things really happen fast. Like the details and especially the outcome.
Love hearing the plans of the future. Wish the story was longer.
Other works by the author and a note about the author are included at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
Montana Marine by Debra Parmley
Loved the new things I learned about security with social media and phones.
This book starts out with Jack and he accepted to help his buddy be a bodyguard to the star.
He’s not so interested in the star but her personal assistant, Lucy. They spend a lot of time together and she takes the abuse from her employee who pushes her around.
She gets upset and heads to town to stock up on her beads for her jewelry making hobby that keeps her calm.
Problem is the man who’s been stalking her has taken her…scary moments as he tortures her in his own way.
Love how the clues all fall into place and they hone in on her whereabouts. Great read has a lot of what I enjoy reading from this author.
About the author and a note from the author are included at the end. Listings of the authors works are highlighted at the end.
I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
Marine Protectors Box Set: Brotherhood Protectors World by Debra Parmley
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Love that there are three related books in this series-can’t wait for more from this genre.

Defensive Instructor by Debra Parmley
The Brotherhood Protection service is helping those at the ranch protect themselves by learning how to, by actually doing the activities.
Chyna is also at the Triple C ranch after being abused and hopes to find protection and we learn how she got to the ranch and those that crossed her path.
Like hearing of the procedures of admittance to the center-very fair.
Love how the program is laid out for those taking part it in. I know myself I might need to do such training because if my spouse dies I will be very vulnerable. Love the awareness part as I am blind and am aware but could improve and this book is doing that for me.
The men are not there to rescue them and take them away.
Chyna has a secret crush on Barrett and daydreams about him. He wishes he had met her outside of the ranch under different circumstances.
Like the activities they are trained to do-often thought about learning how to shoot a gun myself.
They attempt to learn things each like as they spend time together at the ranch, during programs.
Like different phrases that got me looking up more information about them-gas lighting.
Story also follows her ex husband as he tracks her whereabouts down and he will capture her to get what he wants… Like technology used..
So emotional reading this-tears in my eyes as he’s found her but her training has come into action…
Love style of this author’s writings, this is one not to put down til the very end. She makes you feel as if it’s all happening to you.
Didn’t see the ending happening like it did, WOW. Twists and turns and romance, so detailed. Domestic abuse help is listed at the end. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
I received this review book from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Marine Protector by Debra Parmley
Starts out when she has escaped the holds of her boyfriend and the biker club. She got away and is directed to a safe place out west. She and many other women who have been abused and battered have arrived to get help.
They are trained in many aspects of self protection. They have weapon training, self defense moves and awareness. This last one I love as being blind I can sense and hear and smell so much better than other because of the loss of that sense.
She loves being outside with the horses. She feels comfort and appreciates the others who come to the complex to train them. She likes Timber and he accompanies her to get his tattoo changed and spend a night out for dinner, in town. As she becomes more secure she gets a job serving drinks at the bar.
One night things get out of hand and what she’s learned has to click in the way she was taught. Steamy sex scenes.
Wish society would train women/girls while in high school how to take care of themselves so they’d never have to be vulnerable again.
I received this review book from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Montana Marine by Debra Parmley
Loved the new things I learned about security with social media and phones.
This book starts out with Jack and he accepted to help his buddy be a bodyguard to the star.
He’s not so interested in the star but her personal assistant, Lucy. They spend a lot of time together and she takes the abuse from her employee who pushes her around.
She gets upset and heads to town to stock up on her beads for her jewelry making hobby that keeps her calm.
Problem is the man who’s been stalking her has taken her…scary moments as he tortures her in his own way.
Love how the clues all fall into place and they hone in on her whereabouts. Great read has a lot of what I enjoy reading from this author.
About the author and a note from the author are included at the end. Listings of the authors works are highlighted at the end.
I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
Irish Hearts: A SWEET AND WHOLESOME ROMANTIC BUNDLE by Josie Riviera
This bundle contains: Maeve, 1-800 Ireland, and Oh Danny Boy
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1-800-IRELAND: A Sweet Contemporary Romance Novella (Flipping For You Book 3) by Josie Riviera
Another great story from the author.
Have followed this series and enjoyed them all.
This one starts out with Kathleen who’s relocated from Ireland to NC, a small town called Roses. She lives above her new store-a tea house serving real Irish bread to name a few items on her menu.
Candy, the one who set up the apartment and saw to all the new owners needs from the US side also has notified Rob, her friend in FL who bakes cakes and cupcakes in his own shop.
He’s older and not quite the catch of the day-love this that he’s just a regular guy and kinda out of shape.
kathleeen has it set in her dreams about her shop but Maureen knows she will need help. Rob needs time away from his own shop so travels there to see what it will need, in his opinion to make it a success.
He never expected to find Kathleen so charming! Like the challenge they take part it. So many lovely detailed descriptions, I can just picture it for real.
Loved hearing all about starting up the business-priceless information!
Some characters from the series make an appearance but you are given all details aobut them so you’re not left in the dark.
This can be read as a standalone! Irish slang words are explained in the conversations they have.
Misunderstandings and you wonder if they will ever get back together to see if they have what it takes to be a couple.
Recipe included! Note from the author is included at the end.
Acknowledgements and about the author is included. Offer to join first readers group.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Excerpt from Maeve is also included.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
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Maeve Perfect Match Series by Josie Riviera
Love how this series, all standalones with a common theme, came to be, so cool!
This book starts out with Maeve and she’s been so busy tending to her ailing brother and working and her friends notice it also. The match site owners want her to try out their service-pick an island and spend the alloted time together with her perfect match, while the company takes photos of them enjoying each other and the location.
She makes arrangements and ends up going to her island of choice, Corsica. Love the reasons why she wants to go there. She is treated with high regard when she arrives-eveything is seen to and her match have itinerary they are following-places to see, things to do, and relaxing. She is a purchaser of hotel equipment.
Story also is folling Edward and he is part owner of a huge company that is interested in making another resort-that’s why he wants to go to the location-to take photos of the area and to see if it will work. He and Maeve do spend a lot of time together, getting to know one another and they are really from the different parts of society that you know it will never work out for their match.
Love the things they do, how caring each is to the other, especially love the food topics and sights and surprises. One doesn’t go as planned when they meet up with Edward’s friends and they really make her see a different side to Edward. Upon return she is summoned back to Ireland, an emergency. You know it was too good to be true.
Note from the author about the location, recipe included, acknowledgements, About the author and list of other works by the author are included at the end along with an excerpt from the next book.
I received this review book from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Oh Danny Boy by Josie Riviera
This book starts out with praise for the author’s writings.
Book starts out in Ireland and her brother Seammus is on the bridge, about to jump and probably drunk as he’s griefing still over the death of his wife.
A man will go with her to stop him as they climb the rusty bridge.
Clara tries to console him, the guitarist behind her supports her…
Danny Brady is the one that helps them down off the bridge as the news reporters are there to film it, their whole lives on the screen…
Over tea they talk about his coffee shop and finds out about the scones she bakes-thinking he could make a profit at his shops selling them…he needs to buy her recipe, they are that good!
They start seeing one another and Danny actually hires her brother to work for him. Some things are missing, along with money, a cyber crime upon Danny and her new jewelry from her birthday party.
She starts putting things together and just knows her brother is to blame for it all, or could it be her ex boyfriend who’s out of jail now and has been harassing her…
Fear and scary situations but also loving, caring ones also. Love the locale and travel
Especially love his other gift that he gives her, what a true sign of love.
Note and scone recipe from the author are included at the end.
Other works from the author and about the author are highlighted at the end
Excerpt from Maeve is included.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
The Gamma Sequence by Dan Alatorre
Have read other works by this author and like the style of the descriptions and details.
Things are really spelled out here, clues come from all angles and it’s cool to be able to follow along as the clues come in.
Also like the financial things that come into play with all the other aspects. So involved.
She has contacted him with some information about a murder which he turns over the cops then goes on a journal with her to find more clues and to stay away from those who are harming the geneticists
Like the travel locations, medical part of things but all the high tech things are neat also. Mystery is not gory or blood curdling so it’s not that bad of a story-i’m not used to much more than cookbooks and romance books.
Enjoyed this all the way through with lots of twists and turns. NOT predictable at all.
Love the ending…
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
High Performing Vegetable Gardens: 12 Keys From a Master Gardener by Teri Hanna
Starts with a table of contents where there is no specific order.
Into talks about high performing vegetable gardens and how to do it.
Some color photos are included.
Links to other resources are highlighted in the book.
Good suggestions as to how to start it, if you have the time. I just take pictures yearly to see the differences.
Water, fertilizing are crucial. Love the chapter on making your own compost.
Tells you how to speed up the growth with what you put into the dirt.
There is SO much to this book about all subjects. Love the discussion about cold frames and propagating seeds for next year.
About the author is included at the end. Gardening advice is highlighted at the end of quotes from each noted.
Additional resources are included at the end. Bibliography is also included.
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The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Weight Loss Program 2019: Simple, Easy & Mouthwatering Recipes for Rapid Weight Loss and Healthy Living by Penny Albritto
Starts with a table of contents where the intro is about health benefits of the diet plan.
Chapters are broken up into meal categories.
Like that each section has a title but also background is a color that makes it noteable and easy to find.
Each recipe starts with a title, prep and cook time and servings.
Color photo and list of ingredients and how to make the dish.
Nutritional info also highlighted in color has calories, calories from fat, total fat, sat fat and cholesterol are noted.
You should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar and low fat products and fresh vs canned.
Some recipes have a LOT of ingredients, be sure to get them ready to use before you cook. Some recipe also use metric measurements mixed in with American ones.
Not every recipe starts at the top of a new page.
There are so many listed that I can’t wait to try. With my healthier substitutions this book is
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Easy Casserole Recipes: 50 Favorite Kids Meal Ideas (Family Cooking Series Book 1) by Debbie Madson
Starts with tips on how to make casseroles. Making sauces is my favorite because it can be used for so many dinner dishes and it’s all healthy ingredients!
Each recipe has a title, short summary of the dish telling you how to make it healthier and list of ingredients. Directions are given.
Table of contents where the chapter are broken up into food categories.
Each of the recipe starts with a title, summary of the dish, list of ingredients and directions. There are no pictures and no nutritional information but you can substitute for healthier options and they tell you how.
Some recipes have a small photo at the end. There are no servings.
A KEEPER! for sauce healthy suggestions along with recipes you can use them in.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Camping Cookbook: Foil Packet Recipes Vol. 2 by Louise Davidson
We use foil packets every weekend for a few meals for the upcoming week and put them on the grill.
This book starts with a table of contents where recipes are broken up into meal categories alosn with a lot of info and intro about what a foil packet is and how to make and use them.
Other works by the author are highlighted.
Intro about foil packets is discussed in detail along with various ways to make and use them.
Each recipe starts with a title, servings, list of ingredients and how to make.
there are no pictures. There is no nutritional information.
You should be able to substitute some ingredients for your healthier dietary needs: low fat, low sodium and low sugar products.
Even includes desserts. Other works by the author are highlighted again at the end.
Charts showing measuring conversion and oven temperature are included.
HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH AMAZON AFFILIATE MARKETING (AMAZON): The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide To Making Money From Home (Or Anywhere In The World) (Business Books) (Marketing Books Book 1) by Michael Greene
Lots of great advice. I found it a bit complicated and to me it’s going to be very time consuming to get it set up and monitor it.
I have many interests so that’s my problem. If I just had one it might be easier to handle. step by step instructions in how to put the links at your sites.
Amazing Quinoa: Family-Friendly Salad, Soup, Breakfast and Dessert Recipes for Better Health and Easy Weight Loss: Gluten-free Cookbook (Healthy Cooking and Living 1) by Vesela Tabakova TOC where recipes are listed as main meal categories. Intro about quinoa and why the author loves it so much. Talk of healthy benefits of eating quinoa. Salad and side dishes start off the book Each recipe has a title, servings and list of ingredients and directions in how to make. There are no pictures and NO nutritional information but the ingredients look super healthy. Lots of interesting blends of spices. Soups and main dishes is next. There are a LOT of ingredients, be sure to have them all ready before you cook. You should be able to substitute broth for low sodium broth. I would also use fresh tomatoes instead of canned. Breakfast and desserts follow next: Author notes finish up this book. About the author is included. Bonus 20 smoothie recipes are included. Good selections to try.
Jerusalem Recipes: A Cookbook of Israeli and Arab Traditions by J.R. Stevens Color photo makes me want to try this recipe-looks so healthy and appealing with all the colors. Author urges you to join the mailing list of other works available. Table of contents where the recipes are broken up into meals. Each recipe starts with a title, prep cook time and servings. List of ingredients is listed-not sure what some of them are but they look healthy. Directions are given. There is NO pictures and no nutritional information. Some recipes have a translation in the title. Without the pictures and a translator and reading through the recipe you’d not know what to expect.
How Monkey Got Her Fluff Back: The Adventures of Bug and Monkey by Samantha Ortiz Colorful children’s book about Monkey and Bug and they are dogs that live in the same house. Large lettering making this easy to read to the child. Pictures show what the dogs do all day, having fun…. They play outside and get dirty and come in for a bath. Monkey is angry because his fur is no longer fluffy! Once the solution is obvious they go about on their normal lives again, playing and barking…
Camping Cookbook: Campfire Grilling Recipes by Louise Davidson Book starts out with a table of contents where recipes are broken up into food categories and meals. Other works by the author are highlighted at the start. Intro talks about camping and other sections talk about food safety and camping. Listing of what’s easy to transport and hacks. Each recipe starts out with a title and servings. List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar, fresh vs canned products. Directions are given. There are no pictures and there is NO nutritional information. Even has recipe for desserts. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Appendix contains cooking charts and measuring equivalents, and oven temperatures.
Spoken from the Heart Growing God’s Way by Cheri Swalwell
Great book about life and how to overcome the struggles and obstacles.
Love the peace the author finds first thing in the morning when she spends time with God.
Like how she observes others in their relationships and how they are mentoring her.
Love the words she has for the years from the Lord himself for her cherish She is able to invite God into her decisions and it helps keep her focuses and calm.
Love the Bible passages and how they directly relate to a situation in the book.
Best part of this book for me was the discussion about the little things. I smile when I think of all the little things today in the past 9 hours.
Offer of a free ebook when you sign up for the author’s newsletter. As the author learns more about God she shares her knowledge with us by citing everyday events and matching them with his guidance and passages from the Bible.
Author has questions at the end to help you connect with others.
Acknowledgements and about the author are listed at the end and author bio.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
Spoken from the Heart: Journey of Complete Surrender by Cheri Swalwell
Starts out with offer of a free ebook when you sign up for author’s newsletter.
Table of Contents covers the names of the chapters and a note from the author.
Listing of the books in order are highlighted.
Like how the authors real life is also reinforced from passages from the Bible.
Love how music has helped with following the Lord and keeping at peace with herself.
Three is so much to this book hope you can relate to half of it if not more. At times I felt the book was written for me as I’ve experienced many of the same things…
Ends with acknowledgements and other works by the author.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
Change of Heart A Seashell Cottage Book by Judith Keim
Did not read the first book in the series and do not feel as if I missed anything.
Start with other works by the author, adult and children’s. Praise for works are included.
Dedication is also included.
Emerson Jordan is a woman at her sister’s wedding. Jared had broken off their engagement just a few days ago.
She works at the family’s flower shop. Her dating troubles and her friends she hopes to rent the cottage in FL or just get away from Valentine’s Day festivities. Until she learns her friend is in love with her ex fiancée.
Her sister gets another to share the cottage-the best man at her wedding-no attachments, no pressure. They each have a good time and are able to talk and learn about one another.
She wants a child-he missions at South American countries… she returns to start up her landscaping business in upstate NY while also running her grandmother’s flower shop. She has to hire others so she can keep up with her business as she’s just moved into her own condo.
Scary when she’s there by herself before others move in. Love the 5 things one needs to protect themselves. So helpful information.
He arrives at the flower shop and they are able to talk more. Like how the story also follows her sister who’s just delivered a baby, her parents are nearby and her grandmother has health concerns and maybe a new romance in her life.
Seems like a lot of characters but is easy to keep track of everyone. Love learning about the flower and landscaping businesses.
Just when you think the story is about over it’s only just begun. so much more to come.
So many twists and turns and surprises. Excerpt from the next book in the series is included.
About the author and acknowledgements is included at the end.
Received this review copy from Wild Quail Publishing via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
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Aimee’s Gift by Kathleen Sprout
Book starts out with Aimee and she’s helping the immigrant workers in the orchard. The parents trust her enough to take them sledding on winter days.
Story also follows Luke whos a newspaper reporter but he’s tired of working on ‘fluff’ pieces. He gets a call from a woman who won’t identify herself about stopping some crime in where the workers live and he rushes to their aid.
He sees a deputy is already there and he’s warned to stay out of things. He does the opposite and tries to befriend them and learns some things about their way of life.
Aimee calls him and lets him know of other things going on that disturb him and he starts to write a column about it til his boss finds out and puts a stop to it.
Like the area of North East WA as we’ve not spent a lot of time there in that state but have traveled nearby-beautiful country.
She has hidden secrets about why she can’t allow him to see her face and other details. She doesn’t trust God any longer and Luke tries to get others and her to attend church once again.
Love the work he does to convert them to go to church once more. Fire puts a halting stop to a lot of things and she knows she must leave after sending her testimony about the fires to the fire department-hoping they will prosecute the deputy.
Lots of other facts come to life also when Jim helps Luke.
Really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more from this author.
Herbs & Spices: Rubs, Blends and Mixes: An In-depth Guide to Creating Your Own Seasonings by Jay Howard
Starts with info about Encore book club and how to join.
Other works by the author are linkable.
Table of contents covers recipes for certain food groups.
Intro talks about what herbs and spices and rubs can do for the food you eat.
Herbs and spices details the spices and each has a type, aroma/flavor, cuisines and dishes.
Makes it easy to find the foods you are preparing and select the right flavors to go along with it.
Everything from A to z!
Next chapter are listings for seasonings by meat group.
Each recipe has a title and list of ingredients. There are no instructions or pictures or nutritional information.
Next chapter is about regions and the seasonings the different countries use.
My favorite chapter would be salt free seasonings.
Love salad dressing mixes also, they are so costly in the store.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end along with info about book club.
A KEEPER! for salad dressing mixes.
Children’s Picture Book: “Mushy! Fishy! Soupy!” (Bedtime Story) (“Kitchen Tales For Kids” Book 3) by Miley Smiley
Starts with other works by the author.Colorful children’s story of a spoon and they want to taste everything.
Like how they describe some foods they do taste-thus the title of the book.
Like all the different colors and big print letters to help educate the child making it fun.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.
Cappuccinos :The Ultimate Recipe Guide – Over 30 Delicious & Best Selling Recipes by Susan Hewsten
Starts with a listing of things you will need to make cappuccinos.
Table of contents lists the recipes in no specific order.
Each recipe starts with a title, prep cook and ready in time also servings.
List of ingredients and you might be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar and low fat products.
Directions are given.
There are NO pictures and NO nutritional information.
Like flavor combinations.
How to Cook Restaurant-Quality Lean Meat-Chicken Breasts by Tony James Miller
Starts with table of contents where recipes are broken up into how they are cooked.
Intro talks about how others perceive eating lean and chicken as being bland, author will teach you otherwise.
Recipes included in with the discussions of how to cook the chicken and lean meats, very simple recipes.
Recipes in the meal section start with a title and list of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar, low fat and fresh vs canned products.
Directions are given. There are NO pictures and NO nutritional information.
Love that there are many forms of baking the recipes so you can select the healthiest of them for yourself.
The Instant Pot Sunrise: A Collection of 25 Wholesome Breakfast Recipes by Eric Davis
Book starts with table of contents where chapters are broken up into different textures of breakfast items.
Free ebook offer. Intro is about aspects of using instant pot.
Each recipe contains a title, color photo, prep time and servings.
List of ingredients and directions on how to prepare.
Nutritional information has calories, fat, NOT broken up into good or bad, fiber, carbs, sugar and protein-not sure what calorie diet this is for.
Lots of choices and just a handful of minutes to prepare.
Indian Instant Pot. Nourishing recipes under the pressure. by William Nash
Book starts out with offer of a free gift. TOC where recipes are broken up into meals.
Introduction talks about cooking Indian food where the recipes contain very exotic flavors and some spices may be difficult to locate and recipes contain MANY ingredients.
Listing of essential spices to cook Indian recipes are summarized.
Each recipe contains a title, small color photo, prep time and servings.
Nutritional information: calories, fat, NOT broken up into good or bad, total carbs, protein, doesn’t state how many calorie diet plan it’s for.
List of ingredients and how to make the item.
26 ingredients for one recipe, make sure you have everything well in advance of cooking.
Like that they are using fresh ingredients vs. canned ones.
Diabetic Cookbook: Healthy Low-Carb Meals That Help Lower Blood Sugar and That Anyone Can Cook by Gianni Martini
Book starts out with into about being diabetic and how to adapt.
there is so much information about basic things: reading food labels and there are clickable links for further resource information.
How to use the grocery store is another important factor here.
Meal plans are listed but not all have recipes-they will come later.
Recipes listed are vague, gives you title, servings and how to make the dish but there are no pictures and no nutritional information.
Love the section where you can use your own meals and substitute for things you should be avoiding.
Explains how to snack and what to avoid also how to eat in restaurants.
Resource listings is included at the end.
Mediterranean: A Mediterranean Cookbook for Easy Mediterranean Dishes by BookSumo Press
Starts with offer of reader’s club information and other works are highlighted by the author.
About the author is included. Introduction about the cookbooks is also included.
TOC where recipes are not in any specific order.
Abbreviations listing is included.
Each recipe starts with a title list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar and fresh vs packaged or canned products.
Directions are given and there are NO pictures.
Nutritional information includes calories, fat-NOT broken up into good or bad, carbs, protein, cholesterol and sodium based on 2000 calorie diet.
Prep cook and total time is included.
Crockpot Recipes: 125 World Class Slow Cooker Recipes (World Class Crockpot Slow Cooker Recipes Healthy Meal Cookbook Book 1)by Susan Hollister
Book starts out with a table of contents where recipes are broken up into food categories and meals.
Intro talks about the use of the crock pot and how easy it is to use and the benefits of using it.
Some pictures showing different shapes and sizes.
Each chapter starts out with a summary of the food items in that section.
Each recipe has a title, color photo and summary of the dish itself.
List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sugar, low fat, low sodium and fresh vs packaged and canned products.
Directions are given.
There is NO nutritional information.
Each recipe does NOT start at the top of a new page.
Some interesting flavor choices and combinations. Some recipes call for a LOT of ingredients.
Love the chart that shows all the rice varieties.
Other works by the author are linkable at the end.
One-Pot Cookbook: Family-Friendly Everyday Soup, Casserole, Slow Cooker and Skillet Recipes for Busy People on a Budget (Free Gift): Dump Dinners and One-Pot Meals (Healthy Cooking and Cookbooks) Kindle
Mediterranean style soups, stews, stir fry and other dishes.
Easy to make and very nutritional although there is no nutritional information but fresh vegetables and spices are used.
There are no pictures and my favorite would be the beef stew
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Remembering First Love (The Rivera Sisters Series Book 1) by Jeanine Lunsford
Starts with a glimpse of what’s to come that is filled with not only prayer but frightful secrets.
Story starts with Carina and she’s heading down the aisle as a bridesmaid.
Her sister Amelia is getting married to Richard and she is the good sister. Carina was and is till known as the bad sister and had once wanted Richard.
She needs to prove to her mother that she’s not the same girl she used to be-how responsible she is…
Like that the book also concentrates on Amelia and her new life and the move to Texas. Hated hearing of the abuse of the factory Hispanic girls must go through at the sewing factory..
Although she tries hard to follow her Christian upbringing she also falls for one of the bosses, who’s not a Christian….
Terrifying, haunting, dark, abusive scenes and you wonder if her belief in God will save her…
About the author is included at the end along with her other works.
Didn’t care for the subject but thought it’d be more of a contemporary romance book as categorized.
Received this review copy from the author via BookSirens and this is my honest opinion.
The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan
Have not read previous versions of this series but love the idea of having a book shop at the shore.
Starts with Zoey and she’s traveling with her young son to Scotland where she just got a job taking care of 3 children. She’s no longer able to pay her rent and her DJ boyfriend is too busy for them and doesn’t wish to tell his parents of the child.
She struggles as she arrives and learns about the family-no mother but a father who is into antique books.
Story goes back in time to when she was just pregnant and at other stages to the pregnancy.
She’s got the right answers for the children who are trying to drive her and Hari away. The housekeeper who’s pregnant is hospitalized and now Zoe takes over her work load as well as her other chores.
Love the time she spends with Mary shopping for clothes. Things change once the kids are back to school.
Her ex shows up and wants her to go back to England and he’s promised to help with the money….the kids overhear and draw their own conclusion and they go missing, the lake is too close and that is one place they search for them…
We learn over time why the mother left the children and her husband….
Things change with her ex and now he and his new girlfriend want them to be closer-for the child. Party for the kids to introduce them to others they will be going to school with-wow what a bash!
Love what she does tot he book store, the things she adds that make all the difference in the world.
They draw close to one another and miracles occur…
Acknowledgements are included. About the author is also included along with her other works.
Praise and reviews are included at the end.
Received this review copy from HarperCollins Publishers via William Morrow Paperbacks at NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
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A delightful way of cooking with southern casseroles cookbook: It is all about typical southern casserole cooking by Bobby Flatt
Book starts out with intro where they discuss the term casserole and history behind it.
Table of contents where recipes are broken up into meals.
Each recipe has a title summary and a color photo of the dish,
Prep time and servings is included.
List of ingredients and some have a LOT and there are a lot of misspellings/typos (160z which means 16 oz.) and 2tbsp which is 2 TBSP) sin some of the list.
Directions are included and I like how recipes are using different means to cook the items.
There is NO nutritional information but you should be able to substitute the ingredients for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat and low sugar products and fresh vs packaged or canned items.
I do like that there are only a handful of recipes per category.
Another format problem is the abbreviation for TB is sometimes tbs and sometimes tbsp.
Should be very consistent throughout the book.
Broccoli: The Ultimate Recipe Guide – Over 30 Healthy & Delicious Recipes by Jonathan Doue M.D.
Book starts out with a table of contents where recipes are not in any specific order.
Intro talks about the healthy benefits of eating broccoli.
No section or recipe starts at the top of a new page.
Recipe starts with a title, prep, cook and ready in time and servings.
List of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar and fresh vs packaged.
Directions are included. There are NO pictures and NO nutritional information.
Lots of ways to use broccoli and various ways cook it also.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
I am not a baby by Bob Smith
Colorful children’s book about how a child is growing up.
They are able to do so much by themselves especially now that they are four!
Dressing themselves, getting their own breakfast, walking up the stairs, avoiding puddles.
They find many adventures outside. Some words are hard to see due to the background colors.
Great read.
A Cute Pair of Shorts: Two Stories by Laurie Baxter Story starts like from the viewpoint of a woman running a dating site. Lots of lingo and drama. Didn’t get anything out of this story.
The Art of Circular Yokes A Timeless Technique for 15 Modern Sweaters by Kerry Bogert
Starts with table of contents where there is an introduction, math solutions and the patterns.
What i like is that the pattern name is also followed by the designers name.
Intro starts with definition of art form and there is a lot of math involved in these patterns.
Take your time and do it right and the sweater is going to fit just perfectly.
There are sketches when the math construction is explained in details.
The measurements are shown using Imperial and Metric measurements.
Shaping is also discussed in detail. Each pattern has it’s own pictures and also some show consution pictures.
Summary of the item is described by the designer.
Photos are stunning as are the colors chosen.
Pattern has finished sizes, yarn used, needles sizes and notion. Gauge is also included along with any notes for the specific pattern.
Charts are also included if there are differnt colors in the sleeve and hem sections along with the yoke itself.
Glossary is also noted when it comes to some stitching techniques, that section is at the end of the book.
Finishing brings the whole item together.
Lot of choices to select the one you want to make along with a lot of different sizes.
I felt the patterns are not that difficult, not sure I’d want to tackle this is a beginner.
Love that the format is the same for all patterns. Like some of the patterns enough to want to knit them into an infant afghan for charity.
My favorite to try would be Sigriour because of all the color changes and Modern Art because of the symbols on the yoke and this one is reversible.
Abbreviations are included at the end along with stitches explained that are used in the patterns.
Glossary includes methods of casting on, bind offs, short rows. lifted increases, seaming, and finishings. These are also shown using diagrams.
About the designers is the next section in alphabetical order.
So talented!
Yarn sources are includes with linkable INTERNET access.
Knitting resource books are also listed.
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Received this review copy from F+W Media Interweave via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
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One-Stitch Baby Knits: 22 Easy Patterns for Adorable Garments and Accessories Using Garter Stitch by Val Pierce
Book starts out with smaller color photos of the projects with their title, TOC where introduction and tips and hints.
Patterns are broken up into levels.
Everything you would need is discussed also shown with color photos.
How to knit is shown with step by step instructions. Conversion charts and abbreviations are also shown.
Each of the projects are color coded by the level of expertise. Each pattern includes the level, title, summary of the item and materials needed along with gauge, measurements and other useful information.
Color photos of the item are included. Step by step written directions are given, showing you how to do it via a color photo.
What I love about this book is it is for everyone-no matter what level you are. the projects are very useful and easy to make.
Love the color combinations of the projects-they really go together well.
Like color code of each level so if you are unsure if you’d be able to do the project you can view the level easily.
There are so many I want to make as I knit for charity for infants and young babies.
Index and acknowledgements are included and about the author.
Would love to read more of this author’s works.
Received this review copy from Fox Chapel Publishing via IMM Lifestyle Books from Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.
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8 Northern Thai Dishes Worth Travelling For

Leave a Comment on 8 Northern Thai Dishes Worth Travelling For Before my first trip to Thailand, I’m embarrassed to say that I thought Thai food consisted solely of Pad Thai and green curries. Ten years have now passed since I first touched down in the land of smiles and I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of this wonderfully diverse cuisine. Every region in Thailand has its own style of cooking, from creamy coconut based curries in the south to grilled meats with fiery chilli dips and spicy meat salads in the north east. No other food has captured my heart more, though, than the amazing dishes from Thailand’s second city, Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai’s food, or Lanna cuisine, is nowhere near as well known as the city it hails from. Chiang Mai is one of the most most visited cities in Thailand. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, the wonderful local dishes go under the radar with tourists opting to dine out on the city’s various western offerings. So can you base a holiday solely around eating Thai food? Most definitely. In fact, why else would you travel if not for food? I’ve always based my travels around eating. It’s how I first discovered this amazing Northern Thai cuisine. So use of this guide and make sure you find the best Northern Thai dishes worth travelling for and where to find them for your next trip up to Chiang Mai. Khao Soi – Coconut Based Curry with Egg Noodles My favourite khao soi at Samer Jai. Khao Soi is easily Chiang Mai’s most famous dish. It consists of a rich coconut milk based curry, flavoured with Indian spices, namely coriander seeds, black cardamom and fresh turmeric, poured over flat egg noodles and topped with crunchy, deep fried noodles. On the side, you’ll find fresh lime wedges, chilli oil and pickled cabbage. These condiments are there to tweak the dish to your own taste. Khao Soi is my favourite dish in Thailand, just to give you an idea of how delicious it is! The super creamy beef version at Khao Soi Style Khun Mae. For my favourite khao soi in Chiang mai, head to Khao Soi Samer Jai , just across the river from the main town. If you’re up for a trek out of the city, try Khao Soi Style Khun Mae for a uniquely creamy version in a peaceful countryside setting. Here’s a full video review of Khao Soi Style Khun Mae, 2. Sai Ua – Northern Thai Sausage A truly amazing sausage! This is the sausage to end all sausages, a meat lovers dream! Sai ua just screams Thailand from the first bite. It’s bursting with flavour from Thai staples such as lemongrass, lime leaves, chilli, galangal, ginger and turmeric. These herbs and spices are mixed with fatty pork mince and slowly grilled over coals to maximise the flavour. The shape of the sausage is reminiscent of an old English Cumberland ring. Like a Thai Cumberland. Sai Ua is sold for takeaway everywhere in nearly every market and restaurant in Chiang Mai, one of my top choices, though, is Siri Wattana Market (also known as Thanin Market กาดธานินทร์) , located a couple of kilometers north of the old city. You can check out our review of Thanin Market here. 3. Gaeng Hang Lay – Northern Pork Belly Curry Rimping’s riverside version. You might not be familiar with this curry if you haven’t been to Chiang Mai. Gaeng hang lay and it’s a slow cooked curry of pork (usually belly and shoulder) soured with tamarind and flavoured with Indian spices. There are so many different recipes for this that I’m not sure I’ve had two that taste exactly the same even from the same shop! Hang Lay has its roots in Myanmar (Burma) and tastes like no other curry in Thailand. The closest I would say would be a massaman curry without the coconut milk. Head to Rimping Boat Noodles , located on the west bank of the Ping River for hang lay with a great view of the river. 4. Khanom Jeen Nam Ngiaw – Fresh Rice Noodles with Pork and Tomato ‘Thai Bolognese’ Probably the most eaten locally but least known dish outside of Chiang Mai, Khanom jeen nam ngiaw reminds me of a kind of Thai spaghetti bolognese. It’s a comforting dish of fresh rice noodles topped with a wonderfully rich, smokey tomato based broth with minced pork, pork ribs, dried dok ngiaw flowers and pork blood. It’s served with the same condiments as khao soi and also shredded cabbage for a bit of crunch and freshness. You can’t go wrong with Nam Ngiaw Thapae for an authentic version. 5. Larb Kua / Laap Mueang / Lanna Laab – Minced Meat ‘Salad’ A world away from its Isaan counterpart. Isaan Laap (larb, laab) is one of Thailand’s most recognisable dishes, Larb kua, no so much. Unlike its northeastern cousin you’ll find no lime juice or toasted rice in the northern version. What it lacks in citrusy zing, it more than makes up for with tongue numbing punchy spices. Most notably from the use of dee plee or long pepper. Lanna laab is usually made with pork and usually contains a mix of pork mince and offal. If that doesn’t float your boat, you can find a tourist friendly (but still authentic enough) one at Huen Puen in the old city. For a unique buffalo version you can head out to a hidden garden restaurant named Charoen Suan Eak (เจริญสวนแอก) . Just be prepared to point at the menu to order as there is zero English spoken here. 6. Nam Prik Noom – Roasted Green Chilli Dip Roasted chilli goodness. My favourite Thai dip, nam prik noom. This wonderful salsa is made by grilling long green chilli peppers, garlic and shallots over an open flame and pounding them in a pestle and mortar with lime juice and fish sauce. The result is an amazingly smokey, spicy, salty dip that’s a perfect accompaniment to crunchy fresh vegetables. This is another you can find everywhere in the city but again, Khao Soi Samer Jai serves up a wonderful version of nam prik noom. 7. Sa Makhua – Aubergine Salad The fresh and crunchy aubergine salad. (Photo by This is Mick ) This is a dish, even I wasn’t familiar with until my latest trip to Chiang Mai. Sa is the Lanna word for salad which is yum/yam in Thai. Where as a normal Thai salad is usually spicy, sour and a little sweet, this aubergine (eggplant) salad is very savoury. Texturally it’s great. You’ve got crunchy green aubergine, crispy fried onion, toasted sesame seeds and fresh red onion/shallot. The only place I’ve tried this salad is at the aforementioned Charoen Suan E ak (เจริญสวนแอก) . Check out our full review of Suan Eak Here. 8. Jin Eng – Sun dried Buffalo Northern Thai buffalo jerky. (Photo by This is Mick ) These are strips of sun dried buffalo that are reminiscent of beef jerky or South African biltong. Again, there is an Isaan equivalent in neua dad deaw, which is sun dried beef. The only discernible difference is the fact that Jin Eng is bright red (I’m not 100 % sure how they achieve this) and that it’s made with buffalo. They are very salty, a little chewy and utterly delicious. A perfect accompaniment to an ice cold beer! The only place I’ve tried these are at Charoen Suan E ak (เจริญสวนแอก) . So there you are, eight great dishes to get your taste buds tingling for you next trip to Thailand’s beautiful north. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to head to Chiang Mai, you can still find some excellent northern Thai food in Bangkok by clicking here. This list was compiled with the help of Mick Rheault from This Is Mick. Head on over to his Facebook page to see his awesome travel vlogs from around the 77 provinces of Thailand.
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Carnival by Tresind Season 6: The Bookmark Menu Review

Carnival by Tresind Season 6: The Bookmark Menu Review Posted Mahi This venue & its delicate handcrafted menu is a celebration of Indian cuisine, where Indian food comes of age to shed its erstwhile glamorous avatar and take leaps ahead to enter the post-modern era. Dining at Carnival by Trèsind is a gastronomic fiesta that pushes boundaries to transcend into a nostalgic culinary experience, taking you back to days of yore. For the sixth season, Carnival has created a six-course tasting menu that includes a detailed bookmark explaining each course, telling its ‘story’ and explaining the logic of why it’s been included in the season’s menu. We encountered it late but did not regret it as it was an experience to remember. The mocktails we tried were stunning, with the black lemonade coming in a book and the super innovative popcorn drink. Yellow tail is always been my favorite as ususal. Pre-Starters: Bao Bhaji bun amuse bouche, This bite-sized spicy treat comes along with a large, vintage looking magnifying glass stand to allow for closer inspection. Hmm what a striking first impression for the season made us so very famished. Dilli 6- This, in my opinion, is season’s best feature & our favorite part of overall dining affair. They have created this innovative street side style dedicated area to host a “food cart” tasting experience in old-Delhi street style. Pani Puri was super delicious & served from this Tanga. Jalebi & Taco Chaat along with Bhel Puri was yummy too. Kudos to the team for Chaat Munching experience taken to a whole new level. Small Plates/ Appetizers: Tiger’s Milk –Carnival’s take on ceviche; a vegetarian version with mosambi yuzu marinade and root vegetables chips. It was insanely good. Who moved my cheese? was a delicious baked cottage cheese pinwheel with pomegranate sauce. Unique taste ! Momo-fuku: Chicken momos with red chili chutney & charred cucumber salad; yes pleasantly spicy! Hot Sauce nation: Shrimp mezhukkupuratti with addictive homemade black pepper tobacco.. Hot! I could feel the thrilling spices in Momos & shrimp. If this is your introduction to Indian food you may advise the server to keep it low on spice level. For me it simply amazed me . Meatilicious – Grilled lamb chops with Mysore masala and mini dosa crisp. Samosa – Chicken Samosa with a peanut salad was yummy too. Sorbet Plant pot was the palate cleanser- which is actually a guava and passion fruit lolly, offered to us to prepare for the main course dishes. Mains – Big Plates: It is my first time trying Artichoke masala and the dish stands out. it is basically slow braise artichokes in smoky aromatic sauce. Five shades of pumpkin – pumpkin kofta, seed sauce with flower pakora and the Artichoke masala. Both were vegetable dishes and both very exciting to the tastebuds. I can still remember the taste of the sauce, and I didn’t even notice I was eating all veg. By the time we finished the main course, we were full and satisfied. Encyclopedia of Nilgiri – Nilgiri chicken korma, aromatic green spices. Fish Tajine – Seabass curry with preserved lemon and Kalamata olives. comprises seabass curry, preserved lemon and delicious olives. The curries tasted outrageously delicious. Bitcoin was crisp bread roundels with a scrumptious mixed veg topping served with sesame and chili sauce. We also tried the crunchy and comforting Red Hot Chili Peppers from their a la carte menu. Deserts: The desserts were seriously next level, and you need to keep space for it. The Gajak – Caramel, peanuts, and chocolate – done the Alinea way was presented best way dessert could be served; very theatrical. All the toppings are spread across the table on a sheet and you break the pod with ice-cream and other ingredients on it – Messy Yumm! – Newton: Caramelized apple shahi tukda was so good and unexpected. When life gives you lemon: Lemon tart, strawberry sorbet and dehydrated meringue. Dessert at Carnival by Tresind is always an indulgent, creative, and rich affair. The Newton was a standout for me. We tasted many dishes which are not part of the Bookmark menu but was offered to us to sample. The season 6 menu at Carnival by Tresind is outstanding and comes highly recommended. It was a lovely experience with the course rhythm soon grows on you. From the whole experience of pain puri being served till the creativity of serving mains inside the books, the attention to every single detail in presentation till the theatrical representation was amazing. If you are looking for a modern twist on Indian favorites, Carnival by Tresind is well deserving of a visit. The food is excellent, remaining true to authentic Indian food, while at the same time, adding something entertaining and unique. Team is dedicated in making food service exciting. Every dish has a story to tell with creativity, flavor and presentation on point. Kudos to the team for reinvention to come up with ways to showcase their food. We cannot wait to see what their next season has in store. The Bookmark Tasting Menu-AED 259 per person You can order dishes from season 6 from their a la carte menu For reservations call: 04 421 8665/ 052 242 4262.

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A Work in Progress: Reading Japan: Update

Ito Ogawa’s The Restaurant of Love Regained is a curious and unusual read. A story that subverted my expectations and wandered into the realm of the sensual and fantastical. It reminds me of novels by South American writers who dabble in magical realism. The premise made me think of a cozy story of love lost and found (or if not love found at least a sense of contentment) and the delights of food as way to heal emotional wounds. There was something of all that, but, too, there was more than a touch of the foreign and exotic that bumped up against my western sensibilities and ‘fear’ of the ‘trying the unknown’ (and here I mean–Japanese cuisine).
Rinko has been unceremoniously dumped by her Indian boyfriend. She returns home to find her apartment emptied of everything she held dear to her life save a vase (she had tucked away in a closet) of rice bran (fermented vegetables) she used in her cooking. There is nothing left but to return to her home village and her mother, a place she left as a schoolgirl. She finds she has been replaced by her mother with a pig named Hermes, but her mother offers her a space where she can do the one thing she is good at–cook.
Rinko has lost her voice, but not her talent to prepare meals as special as they are restorative to their diners. With the help of an old friend who had worked at her school, she sets about transforming a shed of her mother’s into a special place, The Snail, where she will prepare just one meal a night tailored to the person or couple who have booked the table. And it is a magical experience, one that, mostly anyway, makes dreams come true–restores life and love and gives happiness.
It’s a lovely story, bittersweet in some ways, and for me anyway, quite different from the stories I am used to. Of course, I am indeed virtually traveling here by way of stories, and Japan is a culture that is still quite foreign to me. So where my experience of western culture butted up against eastern culture, I do admit, there were some meals that did not appeal to my own sensibilities. I can’t fault the author for that however, it just gives me a glimpse of the unknown. The universal appeal, though, is the redemption she finds by returning home and reconnecting with her mother.
While I might forego a few of the meals she prepared, I will say I wouldn’t mind a version of the fruit sandwich she makes for one of her customers. She bakes a perfect raisin bread, on which she spreads a thin layer of melted milk chocolate then perfectly whipped cream and topped with pears at just the perfect moment of ripeness.
If you are looking for something a little bit different, a story that will be both familiar and yet foreign you might try Ito Ogawa’s story.
I am ready to pick up another novel but I am first concentrating on two mysteries. I am mostly spending time with All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe, published in 1992 and named a best novel and best mystery of the year in Japan. I really like the detective in the story, Shunsuke Honma, who is off work recuperating from an accident. He is a single father of a young son who has agreed to look into the disappearance of a woman. She is the fiance of his deceased wife’s cousin. It turns out to be like dropping down the rabbit hole as it is a case of stolen identity. The mystery is to find out who the two women are and which or maybe whether both women are dead. I am really enjoying this as it is a puzzle with, again, the slant of being both familiar yet foreign. There is a lot about Japanese culture in the story and I hope to write more about it when I finish.
On temporary hold is Seicho Matsumoto’s most acclaimed novel, Points and Lines which was written in 1958. Another puzzle of the Agatha Christie class. This is an unusual mystery–a couple is found on a beach, dead. It appears they have committed a love pact suicide. But something is not quite right. The pair were spotted on a train together yet the woman got off and only much later met back up with the man and shortly thereafter they were found posed and dead. It might come down to a four minute window of opportunity when their express train was waiting to pull out of the station–just moments before and after the departure and arrival of two other trains. Sound tricky? I know all the facts are there but I have not sussed things out yet. I can’t wait to get back to it. Now I want to read more of Matsumoto’s books, and he was quite a prolific writer, but I think there are only a small handful translated into English and easily available. Also, some of his books have been filmed, about which I will share more later.
Slowish progress in my Japanese reading, but all quite satisfying and I have a stack more (bought and borrowed) to explore. Since it is going to be far too hot to be outside for the coming week, I plan on armchair traveling to Japan!

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Puerto Rico’s Condado Beach in San Juan Offers an Idyllic Caribbean Community

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Condado Beach is a neighborly kick-up-your-heels, kick-off-your-sandals oceanfront community in Puerto Rico’s capital city of San Juan.
The neighborhood , which has a serious summer beach vibe all year long, is home to only some 6,000 residents, most of whom stay to soak up the sun full time.
Since the early 1900s when Condado Beach attracted the likes of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, it has been a haven for the affluent who want to get away from it all while having it all.
The U.S. territory is still slowly rebuilding from Hurricane Maria, which struck in September 2017, causing some $100 billion in damage. According to The Associated Press, the Puerto Rico Planning Board found that San Juan was among the six most affected cities.
Oriana Juvelier , vice president of Puerto Rico Sotheby’s International Realty, said that since the hurricane, the Condado Beach area, which offers a “very specific beachfront city lifestyle,” has bounced back.
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Boundaries
Condado Beach is bordered on the east by De Diego Avenue, which extends it to the coast of the Atlantic Ocean . Its western boundary is the Dos Hermanos Bridge. On the south, it follows Highway Expreso 26, and on the north it runs along Ashford Avenue to the coastline.
Price Range
Properties in Condado Beach are priced by the square foot and generally run from about US$270 to US$600, according to Ms. Juvelier .
The lower end of the scale, she said, is for small units in older buildings, and the top prices are for newer construction.
“Luxury condos sell on average for US$1.5 million to US$2 million,” she said, adding that Condado Beach ’s highest-priced property, a single- family home on Ashford Avenue, sold for US$4 million in 2018 and is undergoing a complete renovation.
“But higher-priced homes are coming on the market,” she added. “There’s one listed now for US$5.85 million, which is the most expensive ever listed in Condado Beach .”
According to Francisco “Paco” Diaz Fournier, co-founder and partner of Luxury Collection Real Estate, the value per square foot of some of the most luxurious properties has topped US$700 per square foot. At The Bristol, an 18-floor condo building that dates to 2006, he said that one unit sold for US$730 per square foot at the end of 2018, and another in the same building sold for US$699 per square foot in February of this year.
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He added that high-end single- family homes typically have been selling in the US$2 million to US$4 million range. In 2019, he said, at the high end, a contemporary waterfront condo was sold for US$3.3 million, the same sale price a waterfront single- family home brought.
When the Peninsula, a new condo development, is completed this year or next, he said its units will command around US$750 per square foot.
Housing Stock
Condado Beach , which covers only 200 acres, is a community of condos old and new .
“Eighty percent of the neighborhood is residential, and about 90% of the inventory is condos,” Ms. Juvelier said. “The other 10% is single- family houses built in the 1940s and 1950s that have been renovated and updated. They are peppered through the condos.”
Mr. Diaz added that the majority of the condo buildings date to the 1980s and 1990s.
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All the structures, Ms. Juvelier noted, are made of poured concrete. “They are in the Spanish contemporary style, which lends itself to the Caribbean ,” she said. “Their exteriors are white, gray or beige. This is different from Old San Juan, whose homes are brick and mortar and are all about color.”
Letitia Brunet Gonzalez, the founder and president of Trillion Realty Group, pointed out that because there’s almost no new construction in the neighborhood other than the Peninsula, most of whose units are already sold, residents are renovating, turning their condos into uber-luxurious spaces. “There are few available empty lots where you can build,” she said.
What Makes It Unique
The waterside lifestyle, the walkability and the luxury shopping and dining options create an idyllic , Caribbean community .
“Most of the people live here full time,” Ms. Juvelier said. “There are only five landmark hotels, and there aren’t that many tourists. And it’s a true international community .”
She said that the neighborhood ’s beauty also sets it apart.
“It’s a peninsula cradled between the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean ,” she said. “It offers all the waterfront amenities—swimming, kayaking and boating. The sand is light yellow, and the ocean and is green and blue.”
Mr. Diaz noted that “it’s a great spot for kitesurfing because of the consistent wind. Beach volleyball also is very big, and the lagoon is the place for canoeing and paddleboarding.”
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Ms. Juvelier added that trails for bicycling, jogging and walking link various parts of the neighborhood .
“It’s about ease of living,” she said. “Everybody is always smiling. It’s a beach city—when you walk on the street, strangers say good morning, and when they see you dining in an outdoor café, they say buen provecho, which in English means ‘enjoy your meal.’”
Mr. Diaz added that newcomers immediately feel welcome. “Everyone is so friendly that on your first day, you’ll make 20 new friends and get 10 invitations to dinner,” he said.
He said that Condado Beach is attractive because it offers everything from schools to shopping in a small area.
“In terms of beauty, on a scale of one to 10, it’s an 11,” he said.
All in all, said Ms. Brunet, “ Condado is alive under the sun. It’s a smart, delightful and efficient paradise in the heart of San Juan that allows you to choose an active or a laid-back lifestyle. You can’t put a price on that kind of luxury.”
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Luxury Amenities
Condado Beach is a diner’s and shopper’s delight.
“Its biggest asset is its culinary scene,” Ms. Juvelier said. “It’s incredible—on one block there will be an Indian restaurant , on the next there will be a Thai restaurant and on the next block after that, there will be a restaurant serving French cuisine.”
She said that some of the more popular restaurants include Cocina Abierta, a farm-to-table establishment with a Puerto Rican chef and a seasonal menu that includes bison and quail. At Paulina Escanes-Gourmandize, which serves modern Mexican fare, she likes to order the vegetarian lasagna. “The vegetables are seasonal,” she said. “They change every week—I just had the version with squash and fresh pumpkin.”
She likes the seafood restaurant Oceano, which opened in 2011 and is directly on the sand.
“I love the spiny lobster and whole halibut,” she said. “The restaurant ’s gorgeous and very chic—it looks like a single- family home, and the dishes, which include mussels with curry, are creative.”
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Ms. Brunet has been dining at Compostela, which she said is one of the best fish restaurants in the city, for many years. “It’s 10 minutes from the beach ,” she said. “It’s very informal fine dining; you don’t have to wear a jacket. The codfish is excellent.”
Mr. Diaz said that the 1919 Restaurant in the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel offers “amazing” food and views of the ocean , and that Chef Mario Pagan’s restaurants, which include the one named for him, and the Olive Hotel’s Sage, are among the neighborhood ’s best.
Along with shops that sell international luxury brands like Cartier and Louis Vuitton, there are locally owned fashion boutiques.
Ms. Juvelier noted that Suola carries men’s and women’s clothing by international designers “that even in New York you would have to go hunt for.”
She said the local designer who brands herself as Chrisnelia creates “beautiful, elegant, feminine clothing that women rave about. You can go to her for a ball gown or something to wear for a night out.”
Olivia, another clothing boutique, caters to clients who custom-order outfits, handbags and jewelry from Europe. “That’s the lifestyle in this neighborhood ,” she said.
In addition to being close to the historic district of Old San Juan, the Fernando Ribas Dominicci Airport and two marinas, Condado Beach is right across the bridge from the convention center, where Mr. Diaz pointed out, a luxury shopping mall and IMAX multiplex movie theater are being built.
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As for nightlife, there are numerous clubs and lounges. Fifty Eight, one of the newest, is a beachfront club in the La Concha Resort.
“It’s very exclusive,” Ms. Juvelier said, adding that the owner is from Miami. “It has the biggest DJs, and even from the inside, there are ocean views.”
The Rooftop at the Olive Boutique Hotel is another favorite spot.
“It’s on the lagoon, so it has a water view,” Ms. Juvelier said. “It has a New Age-French theme. The entire club is outdoors, so you can relax on dayb and chaise lounges and sip great cocktails while the DJ music plays.”
The restaurant /lounge/nightclub at the newly opened Serafina Beach Hotel “is out of this world,” Ms. Juvelier said. “It’s very modern, very sexy. It has open dining with a swimming pool and chaise lounges.”
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Condado Beach also has a variety of high-end spas and fitness clubs that are locally owned. “Exercise is huge in Puerto Rico, because we live in forever summer,” Ms. Juvelier said. “You can wear your bathing suit 365 [days a year.]”
She noted that at LIV Fitness, which is right outside Condado Beach , you can “taking a spinning or yoga class and get a smoothie.”
Every March, the swimming competition of the Half Ironman triathlon race is held in Condado Beach .
The neighborhood ’s parks are popular gathering spots, too. Ms. Juvelier noted that Plaza Antonia Quiñones, a small park by the Stella Maris Catholic Church, hosts cultural events, including concerts by the city’s symphony orchestra.
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“It also has a playground,” she said. “It’s very safe—children play there until 8 or 9 o’clock at night.”
Mr. Diaz said that La Ventana al Mar, the small park between the Vanderbilt and La Concha hotels, is a beautiful spot to spend the day. “You have access to the beach , restaurants and bars,” he said. “You can hang out and watch families playing soccer and Frisbee.”
The neighborhood has several hotels, including the Condado Vanderbilt, which was built in 1919 by the Vanderbilt family as a summer home; and La Concha Resort, a pet-friendly establishment defined by the seashell-shaped floating restaurant Perla designed by architect Mario Salvatori.
Condado Beach is culturally connected, too. The Museo Arte Contemporáneo also known as the MAC, which was founded in 1984, is a block from the neighborhood , and the Museum of Modern Art is, Ms. Juvelier said, “four blocks away—a four-minute Uber ride.”
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The Miramar Arts District, which includes the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, San Juan’s version of New York ’s Metropolitan Opera, is seven minutes away.
“It’s on the other side of the lagoon,” Ms. Juvelier said. “You can walk, bike, jog or even drive there.”
The neighborhood has two private, non-sectarian, co-educational college prep schools for students in pre-kindergarten through 12 grades; in each, instruction is in English, with Spanish taught as part of the core curriculum in all grades.
Saint John’s School , a non-profit day school with over 800 students, was founded in 1915; Robinson, a boarding school , was established in 1902 as the first English-speaking, college-preparatory school in Puerto Rico and remains San Juan’s only International Baccalaureate World School accredited in the primary years and middle years program.
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“They are excellent schools,” Ms. Juvelier said. “Saint John’s is ranked as the No. 1 school in Puerto Rico. Its graduates have gone on the Harvard, Yale, MIT and Duke.”
Mr. Diaz added that Robinson and Saint John’s “can compete with any school on the mainland.”
Who Lives There
The cosmopolitan neighborhood is home to people working in a variety of professions, including medicine, law, technology and advertising.
While Ms. Juvelier noted that most of the residents are native Puerto Ricans, she added that there are a number of residents from Germany, France , Israel and mainland China .
“The Chinese came 30 years ago,” she said. “There are several Chinese food shops in the area, including Asia Market, that offer imports, and there are at least 10 Chinese restaurants owned by the original immigrants or their families.”
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Mr. Diaz said Puerto Rico’s 2012 income-tax laws, Acts 20 and 22, make the island attractive to people around the globe. Under Act 20, individuals living on the island pay no taxes on passive income, and under Act 22, corporations that relocate to Puerto Rico or local companies that export services pay only a 4% income tax.
“This has encouraged high-net-worth people to move to Puerto Rico,” he said. “And Condado is one of their preferred markets because it’s cosmopolitan and offers an active social life and lifestyle.”
He added that since the acts’ passage, more U.S. residents, especially from California, New York and Texas, as well as Asians, have moved into the neighborhood . “2018 was a record year for the number of people moving to the island for the tax incentives,” he said.
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Notable Residents
Fashion and furniture designer Nono Maldonado, a Puerto Rican native, has a boutique and home in the neighborhood , according to Mr. Diaz.
Outlook
Ms. Juvelier said that in the two years since Hurricane Maria, “everything’s thriving, not just surviving in Condado Beach because the devastation brought back local and international developers, entrepreneurs and investors who are committed to rebuilding.”
She added that “it has seen further growth and significant re-development, most importantly the greatly needed beautifying of its buildings, parks and lifestyle options as the community recovers from that event. This has brought opportunity as well as, in tandem, limited inventory. In the past five years, we have seen prices that were in the high US$200s a square foot trade today in the high US$400s a square foot.”
“Exponentially, investment is on the uptick, and I expect that the prices of the top properties will rise to US$1,000 per square foot in the next five years,” she added.
Wealthy Puerto Ricans are entering the real estate market again after staying out during the downturns of a decade or two ago, too.
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“They have lived in various places around the world, and they are bringing their businesses and experiences back,” Ms. Juvelier said.
Ms. Brunet agreed that Condado Beach is back on its feet. “I don’t have a glass ball, but in the next four years, I believe we will be doing well because a lot of affluent people are coming in and prices have gone up,” she said.
Mr. Diaz said that the global publicity from news reports about the hurricane has put Puerto Rico on investors’ radar.
“Our expectations after Maria were that this was the end of the real estate market,” he said. “But it’s a very exciting time to be here. Prices are going up, and I believe the best is still to come.”
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A rare glimpse into the sweeping — and potentially troubling — cloud kitchens trend

Independent restaurant owners may be doomed, and perhaps grocery stores, too.
Such is the conclusion of a growing chorus of observers who’ve been closely watching a new and powerful trend gain strength: that of cloud kitchens, or fully equipped shared spaces for restaurant owners, most of them quick-serve operations.
While viewed peripherally as an interesting and, for some companies, lucrative development, the movement may well transform our lives in ways that enrich a small set of companies while zapping jobs and otherwise taking a toll on our neighborhoods. Renowned VC Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital seemed to warn about this very thing in a Financial Times column that appeared last month, titled “The cloud kitchen brews a storm for local restaurants.”
Moritz begins by pointing to the runaway success of Deliveroo , the London-based delivery service that relies on low-paid, self-employed delivery riders who delivery local restaurant food to customers — including from shared kitchens that Deliveroo itself operates, including in London and Paris.
He believes that Amazon’s recent investment in the company “might just foreshadow the day when the company, once just known as the world’s largest bookseller, also becomes the world’s largest restaurant company.”
That’s bad news for people who run restaurants, he adds, writing, “For now the investment looks like a simple endorsement of Deliveroo. But proprietors of small, independent restaurants should tighten their apron strings. Amazon is now one step away from becoming a multi-brand restaurant company — and that could mean doomsday for many dining haunts.”
The good news . . . and the bad
He’s not exaggerating. While shared kitchens have so far been optimistically received as a potential pathway for food entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses — particularly as more people turn to take out — there are many downsides that may well outweigh the good, or certainly counteract it. Last year, for example, UBS wrote a note to its clients titled “ Is the kitchen dead ?” wherein it suggested the rise of food delivery apps like Deliveroo and Uber Eats could well prove ruinous for home cooks and as well as fresh food providers, including restaurants and supermarkets.
The economics are just too alluring, suggested the bank. Food is already inexpensive to have delivered because of cheap labor, and that will cost center will disappear entirely if delivery drones every take off. Meanwhile, food is becoming cheaper to make because of central kitchens, the kind that Deliveroo is opening and Uber is reportedly beginning move into, as well. (In March, Bloomberg reported that Uber is testing out a program in Paris where it’s renting out fully equipped, commercial-grade kitchens to serve businesses that selling food on delivery apps like Uber Eats.)
The favorable case for cloud kitchens argues that businesses using the spaces are paying less than they would for traditional restaurant real estate, but the reality is also that most of the businesses moving into them right now aren’t small restaurateurs but quick service brands that already have a following and aren’t particular known for emphasis on food quality but instead for churning out affordable food, fast.
As Eric Greenspan, an L.A.-based chef who has appeared on many Food Network shows and has opened and closed numerous restaurants over the course of his career, explains in a new, independent documentary about cloud kitchens : “Delivery is the fastest growing market in restaurants. What started out as 10 percent of your sales is now 30 percent of your sales, and [the industry predicts] it will be 50 to 60 percent of a quick-serve restaurant’s sales within the next three to five years. So you take that, plus the fact that quick-serve brands are kind of the key to getting a fat payout at the end of the day . . .”
During an age when fewer people frequent them traditional restaurants — with their overhead and turnover and razor-thin margins — running one simply makes less and less sense, Greenspan continues. “[Opening] up a brick-and-mortar restaurant these days is just like giving yourself a job. Now [with centralized kitchens], as long as the product is coming out strong, I don’t need to be there as a presence. I can quality control remotely now. I can go online and [sign out of a marketplace like Postmates or UberEats or Deliveroo] and not piss off any customers, because if I just decided to close the restaurant one day, and you drove over and it was closed, you’d be pissed. But if you’re looking for [one of my restaurants] in Uber Eats and you can’t find it because I turned it off, well, you’re not pissed. You just order something else.”
Big players only need apply . . .
The model works for now for Greenspan, who is running numerous restaurant “concepts” from one cloud kitchen in L.A. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that facility belongs in part to Uber cofounder Travis Kalanick, who was quicker than some to grok the opportunity that shared kitchens present. In fact, it was early last year that he announced he was investing $150 million in a startup called City Storage Systems that focused on repurposing distressed real estate assets and turning them into spaces for new industries, like food delivery.
That company owns CloudKitchens , which invites chains, as well as independent restaurant and food truck owners, to lease space in one of their facilities for a monthly fee, along with additional fees for data analytics meant to help the entrepreneurs boost their sales.
The pitch to restaurateurs is that CloudKitchens can reduce their overhead, but of course, the company is also amassing all kinds of data about its tenants and their customer preferences in the process that one could them seeing using over time. Little wonder that Amazon wants in, or that these outfits have at least one serious competitor in China — Panda Selected — that is doing exactly the same thing and which raised $50 million led by Tiger Global Management earlier this year.
No one can fault these savvy entrepreneurs for seizing on what looks like a gigantic business opportunity. Still, the kitchens, which make all the sense in the world from an investment standpoint, should not be embraced so readily as a panacea, either.
Most obviously, they rely on the same people who drive Ubers and handle food deliveries — people who aren’t afforded health benefits and whose financial picture is forever precarious as a result. As with Uber drivers, Deliveroo employees tried to gain status as “workers” last year with better pay and paid but they were denied these rights because they have the option of asking other riders to take their deliveries. The EU Parliament more recently passed new rules to protect so-called gig economy workers, though the measures don’t go far. (Meanwhile, in the U.S, Uber and Lyft continue to fight legislation that would give employee status to contract workers.)
Ripple effects . . .
Matt Newberg, a founder and foodie from New York, says he could see the writing on the wall when he recently toured CloudKitchen’s two L.A. facilities, along with the shared kitchens of two other companies: Kitchen United which last fall raised $10 million from GV, and and Fulton Kitchens , which offers commercial kitchens for rent on an annual basis.
Newberg is responsible for the aforementioned documentary (which you can also watch below), and he suggests that he most taken aback by the conditions of the first facility that CloudKitchens opened and operates on West Washington Boulevard in South L.A. Though most restaurant kitchens are chaotic scenes, Newberg said that as “someone who loves food and sustainability” the easy-to-miss warehouse didn’t feel “very humane” to him when he walked through it. It’s windowless for one thing (it’s a warehouse). Newberg says that he also counted 27 kitchens packed into what are “maybe 250-square-feet to 300 square-foot spaces,” and a lot of people who appeared to be in panic mode. “Imagine lots of screaming, lots of sirens triggered when an order gets backed up, tablets everywhere.”
Adds Newberg, “When i walked in, I was like, holy shit, no one even knows this exists in L.A. It felt like Ground Zero. It felt like a military base. I mean, it seemed genius, but also crazy.”
Newberg says CloudKitchen’s second, newer location is far nicer, as are the facilities of Kitchen United and Fulton Kitchens. “That [second CloudKitchen warehouse] felt like a WeWork for kitchens. Super sleek. It was as quiet as a server farm. There were still no windows, but the kitchens are nicer and bigger.”
Growing pains . . .
Every startup has growing pains, naturally, and presumably, shared kitchen companies are not immune to these. Still, Moritz, the venture capitalist, warns that they will benefit some far more than others. Writing in the FT , he says that in the early 2000s, his firm, Sequoia, invested in a chain of kebab restaurants called Faasos that planned to delivery meals to customers’ homes but was getting crushed by high rents and turnover among other things, so opened a centralized kitchen to sell kebobs. Now, he says, Fassos produces a wide variety of foods, including other Indian specialities but also Chinese and Italian dishes under separate brand names.
It’s the same playbook that Eric Greenspan is using, telling Food & WIne magazine last year that his goal was ultimately to have six delivery-only concepts running simultaneously, with two menus each for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Greenberg, who is obviously media savvy, can probably pull it off, too, as has Fassos. But for restaurants that are not known franchises or have the star appeal of celebrity chef, the future might not look so bright.
Writes Moritz: “In some markets there is still an opportunity for hardened restaurant and kitchen operators — particularly if they are gifted in the use of social media to build a following and refashion themselves. But they need to move quickly before it becomes too expensive to compete with the larger, faster-moving companies. The mere prospect of Amazon using cloud kitchens to provide cuisine catering to every taste — and delivering these meals through services such as Deliveroo — should be enough to give any restaurateur heartburn.”
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