The Best Restaurants in Bradford – Nominate Your Favourite (2019)
The Best Restaurants in Bradford – Nominate Your Favourite (2019)
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Whether you’re craving a curry or pining for a pizza, you’ll be delighted by the variety of restaurants in Bradford which are waiting to welcome you through their doors.
Of course, Bradford’s famous for curry… and for good reason. But it’s not just curry you’ll find in Bradford. No matter what cuisine you’re interested in sampling next, you’ll find just about everything in Bradford. In fact, there’s so much on offer that choosing your next place to eat out can feel overwhelming.
But fear not, we’re launching our searching for Bradford’s favourite restaurant of 2019… And to get the ball rolling, we’ve included three of our staff favourites.
What’s more, at the end of the article, you can nominate your favourite restaurant.
Let’s find out which Bradford’s favourite restaurant is! Classic Persian Restaurant
Classic Persian Restaurant, Old Red Lion, 368 Little Horton Lane, Bradford BD5 0NB
Type Of C uisine: Persian
There are few foodies in Bradford who haven’t visited Classic Persian Restaurant. In fact, it’s the highest rated restaurant in Bradford on TripAdvisor. The restaurant is found in the centre of Bradford and has won the hearts of many a local over the years.
As the name might suggest, they specialise in Persian cuisine. It’s a family-run restaurant with tonnes of character and they’re well known for their welcoming service. On the menu, you’ll find a vast range of dishes. They split their menu into Hot and Cold Starters, Stew Specials and Charcoal Grill Mains.
The Charcoal Grill is the main event here and although their dishes may sound adventurous to those unfamiliar with Iranian cuisine, it’s comforting to know that very few diners leave Class Persian Restaurant disappointed. Digging deeper into their menu, main dishes range in price from £7.50 to about £14. Shimla Spice
Type Of Cuisine: Indian/Pakistani
In Shipley town centre, a few miles from town, is the highly celebrated Shimla Spice.
Their reputation, service and delicious Curry has lead to them winning countless accolades over the years, including the highly coveted “Curry King of England” title at the 2015 English Curry Awards.
An extensive menu filled with the delicious curries flavoured with the spices of South Asian cuisine awaits when you visit Shimla Spice.
The Sizzler Mix is one of our favourite dishes. A mix of grilled meat, fish and tasty onions, it comes out sizzling and is the perfect starter or even a main meal. Mamma Mia
3 Upper Piccadilly, Bradford BD1 3PE
Type of Cuisine: Italian
One of the longest serving restaurants in Bradford City Centre, Mamma Mia is a traditional, family run Italian restaurant who’ve been serving Pizza, Pasta and all manor of Italian dishes to the people of Bradford for years.
Generations of Bradfordians will have fond memories of visiting Mama Mia’s for special occassions, and being met warmly by the wonderful Massimo family, who brought their authentic take on Italian food to Bradford over 30 years ago. In 2019, their popularity continues, and we always look forward to a meal out at Mamma Mia’s, a true Bradford institution!
The Pizza’s the star of the show at Mamma Mia’s, and we can’t fault their Calzones if you’re feeling hungry!
Now it’s time to nominate your favourites… we’ll count all the nominations and open a vote once we’ve compiled them all! Name *
Philly Food Truck Festival set to raise funds for autism camp and FDR Park
Philly Food Truck Festival set to raise funds for autism camp and FDR Park On Saturday, June 15, nearly two dozen food trucks will take over “The Lakes” for good causes. By Print Stock photo/Pixabay
From Indian to Italian cuisine, nearly two dozen food trucks offering a myriad of munchies will park their vehicles “down the Lakes” on Saturday afternoon.
While hordes of foodies will take to FDR Park to satisfy their palates, the second annual “Philly Food Truck Festival” acknowledges a particular cause – raising funding for camps and programs designed for children with autism.
Reprising their 2017 event, which was held in West Philadelphia, Bucks County-based Kamp for Kids, a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2013, hosts free events, programming and camps throughout the year specifically oriented for underprivileged children and youth living with autism around the Philadelphia region.
“Our ultimate mission statement is to help change a child’s life,” said Kamp For Kids co-founder Penni Morton, a native of Northeast Philadelphia. “That’s our goal in all of this. Let’s help a family in need. Let’s change a child’s life. That’s what we strive to do every day.”
Funds from the FDR celebration will specifically go toward a family camp for children with autism, which is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 16, to Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Inn of Hope retreat at Serving People through Appropriate Development Evangel (S.P.A.D.E) International situated at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains in Kempton, Berks County.
The century-old hotel, which was refurbished into a retreat center, will house the children and their families for the summertime getaway.
Recalling their own cherished memories camping as children, the founders are organizing this weekend-long event of free programming, which will feature campfires, swimming, carnival games, movie nights, sports and sensory-friendly activities as well as activities for parents and those siblings without disabilities.
“Lots of time, children with autism can experience sensory overload,” said Kamp for Kids co-founder Timothy Morton, a Berks County native. “So, we want them to have a great time but also prevent and preclude sensory overload.”
For the Mortons, who are residents of Feasterville, Bucks County, the food truck extravaganza is a festive way to spread awareness of the cause while also securing funds for the camp. The founders say most of the funds will be raised through space reservation payments by trucks and vendors. The Morton family at one of their Kamp For Kids programs. (Photo courtesy of the Mortons.)
Other funds will come from family-friendly activities scheduled for the festival, including carnival games and raffles featuring game tickets to Philadelphia Soul, Philadelphia Union and Temple University games.
Team members from both the Union and Soul will be on site, along with their respective mascots, to sign autographs and conduct some sports drills with kids.
The afternoon of excitement will be set to the sounds of live performances, including pop-soul singer-songwriter Dawson Coyle, who was featured on season 12 of “The Voice.”
When families aren’t perusing the food trucks, they can dabble in an assortment of other excitements, including pie-eating contests, bouncy houses, face painting, sand art and balloon art.
“Of course, people love food, so that will bring the people in. To me, it just feels very organic that people want to help other people,” Timothy Morton said. “We just want to help to change children’s lives.”
While the majority of this intake will be designated for the camp, a portion of the funds will be reserved for the Friends of FDR Park, including its efforts with the colossal FDR Park master plan, as the group serves as one of the organizations working to bring the estimated $200 million capital project to life.
The Mortons say a significant portion of the children they’ve served through their nonprofit live across the South Philly area. Since South Philadelphia holds a sentimental place in their hearts, they thought it was only right to retain parts of the festival’s profits right in the region.
“We definitely knew the event was gonna grow, so we wanted a larger location, and we were excited about the Friends of FDR master plan,” Penni Morton said. “So, we wanted to help out with that in any way we can, because we know that’s important to the people of South Philly. We know that’s important to them so it’s important to us…People just want to help people in their community, and we can all relate to that.”
List of food trucks: Authentik Byrek, The Flying Pie Guy, Mama’s Meatballs, Pazzo’s Brick-Oven Pizza, Mannino’s Cannoli Truck, The Little Sicilian, QT Banh Mi Sandwich Truck, Pink’s Cold Treats Philly Cakery, Goodfellas, Roasted Liberties, Byz Empire Street Team, Battiano’s Ice Cream Truck, Sunny’s Gourmet Water Ice, Dr. Wutzit’s Wonder Balls, Rigatoni’s Famous Crab Cakes, Uncle John’s BBQ, Gotta Lotta Gelata, SoPhie Indonesian Cuisine, Foltz’s Concession, Papermill Asian Kitchen, Big Squeeze Lemonade, Monte’s Rollin Kitchen, Zaikka Indian Grill, Philly Goodfella’s and Cotton’s Place.
To learn more about Kamp For Kids, visit http://www.kampforkids.org/kamp/ .
To sign up for the camp, email .
StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat This Week Featuring Sweet Beast Butcher Shop, Fusion Bowl & More!
/ PTBOCANADA PTBOCanada is delighted to to be running StooNews columns each week here, spotlighting new businesses and startups in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Here is this week’s edition… Grant Slavin recently opened his own butcher shop in East City. Called Sweet Beast Butcher Shop (95 Hunter St. E.) , Grant specializes in local, ethical and traditionally raised beef, pork and chicken from Southern Ontario and the Kawarthas, pasture-raised with no antibiotics, growth hormones or steroids, as well as fresh seafood. Open Tuesday through Sunday, visit sweetbeastbutcher.com for more info. The owners of the award winning Imperial Tandoor Restaurant on Lansdowne Street recently opened a new restaurant in Downtown Peterborough. Called Fusion Bowl (376 George St. N.) , owners Nitin Grover and Manish Choundry offer a counter-service concept with noodle or rice bowls topped with a fantastic selection of mains from Indian, Chinese and Mexican cuisine, as well as salads, quesadilla’s, tacos and more. Everything is fast and delicious. Located in the former Natas Cafe location on George Street in Peterborough, stop in or visit their Facebook page for more info. Fusion Bowl in downtown Peterborough Dan Brandsma was recently introduced as the new co-owner of the Silver Bean Cafe . The now iconic Silver Bean was started by Michael and Andrea VanDerHerberg in 2003 and has built a loyal following for both its setting on the Otonabee River, the food, and the friendly staff. Andrea decided that it was time to move on and Dan Brandsma stepped in to join Michael as the new co-owner. Expect the same great food and atmosphere, and think about renting the event space next door for your next event. Silver Bean Cafe ”Like” StoosNews page on Facebook here ! Engage with us on social media on Twitter , Instagram and Faceboo k . Write to us at . Sign up for PTBOBuzz newsletter here . Watch our PTBOCanada Love video here .
Two great continental takeaways to try in Cardiff in 2019
Two great continental takeaways to try in Cardiff in 2019 Experience a taste of South Asia and wider Europe from the comfort of your home Share 17:19, 10 JUN 2019 Advertorial Mama’s Indian Takeaway aims to provide a truly genuine South Asian culinary experience (Image: Mama’s Indian Takeaway) Get the biggest Swansea
If you’re looking for something a little different and further afield for your Saturday night – or sneaky midweek – takeaway, why not venture out to western Europe or South Asia for a delicious culinary experience? Mama’s Indian Takeaway and German Doner Kebab are both great options, showcasing the tastiest and best of their homeland’s cuisine. 1. Mama’s Indian Takeaway
Located in Lakeside, Mama’s Indian Takeaway brings the vibrant flavours of South Asia to Wales’ capital city.
A family business, Mama’s have 20 years’ experience on cooking and preparing South Asian cuisine behind them, and a strong mission to deliver a memorable food experience to the residents of Cardiff.
Proud of their South Asian heritage, the family run takeaway strongly incorporates the green, orange, red and yellow hues of the Indian subcontinent country flags in their brand, and aim to represent most of Southern Asia in their cooking. Authentic history
Prior to the 20th century, there was no country segregation in South Asia, with the whole land was known as India.
The diverse climate in the region, ranging from deep tropical to alpine, as well as extensive intermingling and immigration over the years, significantly influenced the Indian cuisine, creating the vibrant blend of flavours now associated with the country.
Over the years, food became a strong social identity for India. Even years later when some of its regions slowly began to segregate, the core cuisines of the Indian subcontinent remained intact amongst many of the segregated countries – the primary reason Mama’s has ‘Indian’ in their establishment’s name.
With Mama’s Indian Takeaway, Mr. Malik aims to maintain the rich heritage and uniqueness of his homeland’s food, as well as expose more people to the cuisine by delivering truly authentic cuisine – so customers can experience South Asia without actually being there but from the comfort of your own home!
Mama’s Indian Takeaway is based at 58 Clearwater Way, Cyncoed, Cardiff, CF23 6DJ.
For more details and to see the full menu, visit mamasindian.co.uk or call 02920 766 860. 2. German Doner Kebab
Having first opened in Berlin in 1989, German Doner Kebab has expanded globally, now residing in the heart of Cardiff – and Swansea – for Welsh residents.
German Doner Kebab – also known as GDK – creates a healthy and nutritionally balanced approach to traditional kebabs, using quality ingredients including lean succulent beef, pure chicken fillets and fresh locally sourced vegetables. German Doner Kebab offers a nutritionally sound gourmet food experience to enjoy (Image: German Doner Kebab)
The great taste comes from the secret sauces that set them apart from their competitors, and at the takeaway, you can look forward to a gourmet dining experience any time of day. Gourmet experience
German Doner Kebab have a range of dishes available, with a menu highlight being the Kcal kebab – the newest kebab sandwich, which boasts being low calorie. Choose from chicken, beef or a mix of both, with prices starting from £5.99.
GDK also offer more traditional options, such as the Original German Doner Kebab, with your choice of meat and signature sauces. You can make this into a meal also, for only £7.99.
If it’s a tasty side you’re after, you won’t find better than the Chilli Cheese Bites – melted cheese and jalapenos in a crunchy coating for only £2.99!
Both branches in Cardiff and Swansea offer dine in and take-out options, providing an overall kebab-u-lous experience!
German Doner Kebab is located at 218 City Road, Cardiff, CF24 3JH and 61 Uplands Cres, Uplands, Swansea, SA2 0EZ.
To find out more and view the full menu, visit germandonerkebab.com . Like us on Facebook
Aldi’s vegan products are bae.
If you have an Asian Market or Indian market, check their frozen sections. Not necessarily patties, but there is much vegan stuff. We drive a half hour to a big Asian market. They have vegan steam buns and dumplings out the wazoo, vegan or vegan/gf ham, vegan tofu skin “drumsticks”, and some other stuff. Indian markets will have super spicy foods, but a lot of Indian cuisine is plant based anyway. Read ingredients of anything labeled vegetarian in either market. It’s often vegan, They just use the term vegetarian more generally. I feel like parts of Asia cook a lot of the meat on it’s own and has plant based dishes to go with it, not to mention a large amount of vegetarians and vegans exist in parts of Asia. Also, Mediterranean markets offer vegan items as well. This is a cheaper way to get vegan premade foods and they are packed with more flavor than the mainstream stores.
‘Celebrate Africa’ zone at Surrey Fusion Fest this summer
A “Celebrate Africa” zone will feature more of the continent’s music, history, dance and cuisine at this summer’s Surrey Fusion Festival .
Admission is free during the annual multicultural event, held at Holland Park on the weekend of July 20-21.
On the Saturday, the festival’s AHFOMAD stage (African Heritage Festival of Music and Dance) will include a performance by emerging Nigerian afro-pop artist, Peruzzi, who’s single “Mata” has reached more than 500K views on YouTube.
The stage will also feature performance from musicians from Cameroon, Guinea, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, St. Vincent and Mauritius.
Festival organizers announced the “Celebrate Africa” highlights on Monday (June 10), in partnership with those with the AHFOMAD event.
In addition to performances in that zone, the annual festival will feature African co-headlining performances on the Concord Pacific World Music Stage, by international Nigerian afro-pop star 2Baba and Congolese recording artist Ferre Gola, on Saturday night.
An African Village market will feature local vendors, and a Democratic Republic of Congo food pavilion will sell traditional dishes containing fish, meat or beans with plantain, coconut rice and salad. Also, the cultural pavilion will “educate attendees on the transformative power of Congolese sapeurs – a fashion movement in the country that encourages dressing in couture and high-end garments, as well as share the culture of Nigeria’s Igbo people through a masquerade and women’s dance.”
The festival’s lineup of performers is posted at surreyfusionfestival.ca , along with other details. 200 performers. 55 Cultural Pavilions. 7 stages. 1 festival. #SurreyFusion is on July 20 & 21 with international superstars 2Baba ( @official2baba ) and Sharry Mann ( @iSharryMann )! RT for a chance to win ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT food tickets. pic.twitter.com/bQd0vVl5hX
— Surrey BC Events (@surreybcevents) May 8, 2019
AHFOMAD is designed to “immerse and educate the public on African arts, culture and heritage,” according to Patrick Onukwulu, the organization’s artistic director. “We are very excited that the City of Surrey is celebrating this and showcasing Africa’s cultural legacy at Fusion Festival this year.”
The AHFOMAD festival, online at festivalafrica.org , will be held from July 19 to 21 at venues in Vancouver and Surrey, including a 2Baba performance at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre on July 19.
At Surrey Fusion Festival, additional African cultural pavilions will include Ghana, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Togo, Uganda and Zambia. The festival’s Celebrate Africa zone will be located south of the main entrance at Gate 5, closest to King George SkyTrain Station.
This summer, the 12th-annual event will also feature performances by Indian-Punjabi singer Sharry Mann, Canadian electro-soul band Busty and the Bass, En Karma, Ferre Gola, Aché Brasil, HanYang Arts, Brad Henry, Bukola Balogun, Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band and others.
This year, more than 55 pavilions will feature art and cuisine from around the world. New pavilions for 2019 include Venezuela, Uganda, Uruguay, Haiti, Paraguay and Belgium. Additional attractions include an Indigenous village, artisan market, a kids zone, inflatables, sports zone, cooking stage and seven stages featuring more than 200 performers.
In January, Surrey Fusion Festival won the “Best Festival” award at the 2019 Special Events Magazine Gala Award in San Diego.
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Monday Memories: Hare-larious Krishna Field Trip
Jun 10 2019
Yesterday, we took a family day trip to my beloved Palace of Gold in West Virginia – it’s been six (!!!) years since I was last there with Janna and Corey and I know Henry and Chooch were getting annoyed when I kept saying, “When I was here with Janna and Corey…” because #jelis.
I haven’t finished going through my pictures from yesterday and writing an outline and draft of my Palce of Gold blog post (LOL – obvious joke, you know I practically write these things on bathroom breaks because I’m the worst blogger ever), so I decided it would be fun to revisit that last time I was at the Palace with Janna and Corey because we had so much fun! SO NOW YOU HAVE TO REVISIT IT TOO. Good luck, pea…cuck?
Ever since I first went to the Palace of Gold in 2012, a Hare Krishna compound in the hills of West Virginia, I’ve been promising my brother Corey that I would take him there. And then Janna wanted to go too, and I had all of these wonderfully dark visions of her getting “taken” by the Hare Krishnas and spending the next eternity singing and selling books at some tiny county airport in Idaho. Spoiler alert: That didn’t happen. 🙁
But goddamn if we didn’t have the best day ever anyway!
NO SHOES IN THE PALACE.
Janna was asking me about the peacock stained glass before the tour started, and I was like, “Oh, you will learn about the significance of the peacock during the tour.”
The tour was much shorter this time around, mostly because we had the most apathetic, exhausted tour guide in the joint, and all she said about the peacocks was that there four stained glass windows in their likeness. Thanks, we can count. Corey and I could have been more blatant with our clandestine photo-taking and she probably wouldn’t have cared.
I’m not going to reiterate facts, but if you’re interested, perhaps my post from last year’s tour will enlighten you. Although it is likely mostly just full of smack-talk for the other people in the tour group. You know how I do.
Luckily, there were three middle-aged Indian men on the tour with us, and the one would occasional offer me extra information about the things that the guide was glossing over. They were really kind and I was relieved because when we first walked in, I thought for sure they were going to write us off as ignorant crackers. I mean, not that we aren’t. But it was nice of them to give us a chance.
I mostly tried to not make eye contact with Corey because I knew he’d make me lose it and then we would end up doing our weird gang-laughter in the middle of the echo-y marbled halls of the palace.
I noticed the grounds seemed to be in the same state of disarray as they were last year, so I guess they don’t get as many post-tour donations as they’d like to. I feel like organizing a 5K for them. What? Everyone else has a 5K! Why not the Palace of Gold?!
Let’s run for Krishna, you guys! Or from. Maybe that will be more fun. Running from Krishna and chubby little Butter Thieves in the backwoods of West Virginia. I’m going to organize this. I’ll let you know when you can sign up.
The rose garden is so fucking creepy to me. I’m sure it’s something that is universally considered to be beautiful (it’s won awards, after all!), but it just seems like a really bad scene to me.
I took this picture just for Chooch, who hates butterflies. Always thinking of my son. What a great mom I am.
I got stuck on rose thorns right after this and Janna had to rescue me. Also, if I look drunk, it’s because I was DRUNK ON LIFE. (Seriously, I really look that dopey most of the time, though.)
We laughed like total hyenas for like 10 straight minutes because of this picture.
Corey took this when I wasn’t paying attention and I’m not sure what was going on, other than I was fixing my shoe and probably being eaten by rose bushes, but I love it. Also, I was wearing two different sets of stripes and polka-dot pants because I can. It enhances the fun.
OMG here’s Swami Jannamanama emerging from the Hare Krishna bathroom stall! She didn’t appreciate that I immediately posted this on Instagram but I was like, “What? It’s not like you’re nude.”
Corey’s senior picture. Janna comes with the package.
After we toured the Palace and the grounds, I was super adamant about eating at the cafeteria. I am obsessed with the cafeteria!! All cafeterias!!
The cafeteria (Govinda’s) is located about a quarter of a mile down the street from the Palace, where the Temple and Hare Krishna lodging can be found. Right across from Govinda’s is a courtyard and it was teeming with Sunday worshipers who all stared at us because, short of flashing fanny packs, everything about us screamed NOT ONE OF YOU.
Inside Govinda’s, we became immediately confused. First of all, we were the only non-Krishna people. Second, there was no clear instruction on what we were supposed to do, so we all kind of stopped and slammed into each other as soon as we entered the door. Then we did what all socially adjusted people do and whispered uneasily to each other like we had just been kicked out of the back of the Scooby Doo Mystery Van and landed on the threshold of a haunted house.
“ Ask if they have the buffet,” I hissed at Janna, who sighed and asked the young Indian girl at the register by the door.
“Oh, no,” the girl answered with a laugh and WHY DO I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE PEE WEE AT THE ALAMO EVERYWHERE I GO. I know I reference that all of the fucking time, but it’s because it’s true. “You may choose from our limited menu,” she said, Vanna White’ing her hand toward a black dry-erase board next to the counter. The undulating question marks in our eyeballs must have been pretty clear, because she added, “Would you like me to explain everything to you?”
We all sighed and shook our heads eagerly as she slowly explained in her best dumb white folk words what everything was. I still couldn’t understand half of it because I’m dumb with ingredients and wound up just picking something at random. Corey ordered something similar to what I got, I think our breads were the only difference, and Janna went with the safe bet of samosas because even dumb city folk know what samosas are. You can buy them in the freezer section!
Since Janna drove us there that day, and it’s kind of a long haul, I paid for her lunch. (And Corey paid for her Palace of Gold tour.) I wonder if she wrote about it that night in her diary, because Corey and I don’t generally do nice things for her.
We chose a booth far away from the other people already eating, and waited for our food over a soundtrack of our own nervous giggles.
A waitress (maybe the same person as the cashier? I wasn’t paying attention) set down Janna’s samosas and a tray that looked remarkably like hog slop and baby vomit, so I knew it was going to be good Indian cuisine, but Corey and I were unsure whose it was supposed to be. I thought she said something that started with a “d,” which is what my choice started with, so I dramatically stopped Corey right before he started eating.
“I THINK THAT MIGHT BE MINE!” my inner fat girl beast cried. So then we had the daunting task of waiting for the waitress to return with the final meal so that we could finally put this minutes-long mystery to bed.
I was right! It was whatever I ordered. But Corey’s ended up being tastier than mine, so who’s laughing now.
We didn’t have silverware, not that Janna needed any for her samosas, but it was kind of difficult for Corey and me to dig in to our lunches.
“I think maybe the Hare Krishnas don’t believe in forks,” I said honestly, trying to fashion my naan into a serving apparatus, but only succeeding in staining my fingertips orange like I had just smoked fifteen year’s worth of unfiltered Pall Malls. This went on for awhile, Corey and I alternating quiet exclamations of “ouch” every time we burnt ourselves on curry. Meanwhile, we kept darting our eyeballs around the cafeteria, craning our necks to see if any of the seasoned Indians at the nearby tables were also eating with their hands, but everyone seemed to be finished eating at the moment.
“You know,” I said, shaking the pain off my fingers, “maybe I’m confused. I think it’s the Ethiopians that eat with their hands.” And just then, another Govinda’s patron walked over to the kitchen and grabbed a plastic fork out of a bucket; Corey and I totally lost it. Eating lunch became a lot easier after that.
Even though I was too stuffed to finish my meal, I kept harping on Janna to go up and buy me dessert. She totally didn’t want to, but I can be very persuasive. There were these golden balls of wonder that I was dead-set on devouring, so Janna returned with a container of those and a regular old push-pop for herself, which made me laugh because how much more Caucasian can one look in an Indian restaurant than by licking on an American summer delight? And then I found out that the golden balls of wonder cost about as much as Janna’s lunch, totally negating the fact that I treated her, so then I was performing the simultaneous trick of laughing and choking on balls, which is something I mastered my junior year of high school.
Anyway, these balls were made of chick peas, cashews and honey. They were an oral treasure, in my opinion. Corey kind of liked them, but not enough to finish the one I gave him, and Janna took one bite and then handed it back to me. MORE FOR ME.
After lunch, we crossed through the courtyard, which was now suspiciously empty, and walked into the temple. There were shoes splayed all over the floor and on the shelves in the shoe room, but only three people were in the temple itself. One was an old white man who looked like he definitely has been foraging in the mountains his whole life. I wanted desperately to take his picture, but that motherfucker never took his eyes off me.
The shoe:person ratio is all the evidence I need to know for fact that these deity statues are feeding on human flesh. You’re not fooling this girl, New Vrindaban society. I’m on to you.
There was an Indian couple in the temple with us, and from a short distance away, I spied the man ladle some sort of liquid into his woman’s palm, which she then brought to her mouth and DRANK. I needed to do this too, so I lingered casually in front of a eerily realistic statue of Swami Prabhupada and waited for them to leave. Then I pulled Janna over to the bowl of hopefully-not-poison and made her try it first.
“It’s just like, rose water,” was her official Yelp review. So I allowed her to dump some of it into my palm, and then I immediately gagged and thought for sure I was perishing as the intense floral notes clogged my windpipe.
“Oh my god, what did you do?” asked Corey, who had just re-joined us after selling his soul to the Cult of Krishna by making accidental eye contact with one of the manga-like deity statues. Janna explained to him that I saw other people doing it and I’m sure she rolled her eyes too but I couldn’t tell since I was pretty much blacking out at that point.
Corey started laughing. “You were peer-pressured into drinking weird flower water?!” YES, PRETTY MUCH, OK?!
Janna had to use the bathroom in the temple before we left, so Corey and I stood outside and talked about her, obviously. Suddenly, a peacock trotted over from god only knows where, and it looked like it was going to start to head into the temple. I suggested that we try to usher it into the bathroom with Janna, and Corey thought this was the best idea since the Nintendo Power Glove , but there were two Hare Krishna people standing nearby so we thought maybe it wouldn’t be the hottest idea to disrespect their token animal while standing in front of the temple, no less. Even us Kelly kids know when to draw the line.
After the temple, we walked off some of our curry-heavy lunch while paying our giddy-yet-horrified respects to the Dancing Acolyte statues on the other side of the creepy (one lone) swan-infested man-made lake. Hidden by trees behind the statues sat a cabin which had eerie Krishna tunes wafting out through the screened windows. I wanted to climb up the hill and peek into the windows, but Janna was like, “No. Don’t.”
The last stop on the agenda was the gift shop back up on the Palace of Gold grounds. I bought a religious ring and a pretty blue bracelet that everyone at work has been admiring and I say, “Thanks it was like $5 at the Palace of Gold!” and then I think that might kind of mar their opinion. But anyway, on the way back to the car, Janna was crossing the street at the same time a car* was coming. I shoved her out of the way while screaming, “JA A!! L K OU !” I mean, I SCREAMED it. Corey had already crossed the street and was standing next to Janna’s car, so he whirled around to see what the fuck was happening, and then he started laughing really hard, because what I didn’t know yet was that the doors to the minivan parked next to Janna were open and about 10 Indian people were standing there looking horrified.
*(It might be conducive to the story to explain here that the car was like, a lot of yards away and going 15mph.)
Of course, they were standing on the side of Janna’s car that I had to get into, so it was extremely embarrassing and I was literally squealing from trying to hold back my laughter. At that point, I was also crying. So I opened the backdoor of Janna’s car and pretty much dove in, nearly spilling my container of golden balls of wonder on the floor of her car. Corey and Janna got in and once all the doors were shut, we collectively lost it. Well, maybe Janna wasn’t laughing that hard, but Corey and I were doubled over. I think Janna was probably just more exhausted from having spent so many hours with the Kelly siblings.
Once Janna dropped us off, I came into the house and tried to recall the day’s events to Henry, while choking on another golden honey ball of wonder and having to squat down to keep from peeing; I was a hot, giddy mess. Chooch took one look at me and then went back on the computer.
Henry didn’t think any of it was funny, nor did he think I was a hero for saving Janna from vehicular manslaughter. I guess he had to be there.
New Bangkok hotel aims to entice guests with authentic cuisine
New Bangkok hotel aims to entice guests with authentic cuisine A new luxury Bangkok hotel will focus on the rich cultural and culinary heritage of Charoenkrung, the charming and rapidly re-emerging riverside neighbourhood in which it is situated. Capella Bangkok is a luxurious new boutique retreat nestled on the east bank of the legendary “River of Kings”, the Chao Phraya. Charoenkrung was one of Bangkok’s main thoroughfares up until the early 20th century, when trade and traffic still depended on the river. For centuries, new settlers docked on the shores of the Chao Phraya and Charoenkrung became a bubbling melting pot of races, religions and cuisines. It retains this vibrant character to this day.Capella Bangkok’s head Thai chef, Wichian Trirattanavatin, was born in Charoenkrung. Chef Lek, as he is better known, has a lifelong connection with the neighbourhood; as a child he toured the area’s bustling markets and “hole in the wall” restaurants with his father, who worked as a chef in the area for 40 years. Many of the street food stalls and shophouse restaurants he frequented as a boy are still open today – often run by the same people – and he still pays them regular visits on his trusty scooter.“It’s the sights, the sounds, the smells and above all the moments that make this place truly special,” chef Lek says. “There’s so much food here; so much variety. And each dish, every recipe, tells its own story. “Charoenkrung is part of my soul, so it is a great honour to introduce the cuisine of my home to international guests. Charoenkrung has always welcomed the world and Capella Bangkok will continue this proud legacy.”Guests can discover a wide variety of street food snacks and authentic dishes on the streets of Charoenkrung, many of which have their roots in other countries and cultures. Chinese noodles, south-east Asian satay and Indian curry puffs are all handmade for hungry locals, alongside classic Thai snacks such as moo ping (grilled pork skewers) and sai oua (Thai sausages). Many of the family-run stalls can trace their roots back multiple generations.Capella Bangkok aims to deliver authentic dining experiences that are woven into the fabric of the destination. Following in his father’s footsteps, Chef Lek will combine old school recipes and fresh ingredients with contemporary cooking techniques to elevate local cuisine.John Blanco, general manager of Capella Bangkok, said: “At Capella Bangkok, we are focused on creating luxurious and highly authentic experiences that echo the traditions of our destination. Whether it is through art, entertainment or cuisine, we strive to showcase the rich culture of the Charoenkrung district. “Our cuisine will reflect the re-awakening of this captivating Charoenkrung neighbourhood.”The Capella personal assistants will help guests at Capella Bangkok craft their own local experiences, providing first-hand encounters with resident luminaries and inspiring them to create and share their own memories about one of the the city’s most intriguing enclaves. Capella Bangkok, opening in the fourth quarter of 2019, will offer 101 suites and the city’s first riverfront villas located within the Chao Phraya Estate, a waterfront land development.There will be unobstructed views of the river from every room and the luxury property will also features a signature restaurant curated by Michelin-starred Argentine-born, French-based chef Mauro Colagreco. Learn more at: www.capellabangkok.com
SeventyOne said: ↑ First off, if you haven’t been to New Haven, book a trip.
But as for your larger point: REAL TALK. Orlando not really great at any form of cuisine. It’s a plastic (not paper) town that didn’t really come into existence until the mid-80s, arguably even the 90s, so we have zero history. We don’t have pizza as good as the northeast. We don’t have bar-b-que on a level with any of the meccas (St Louis, TX …). We don’t have Mexican on a par with SoCal. We have some places with really good food, but Orlando never going to be a culinary landmark.
That’s why most of the places mentioned in this thread are chains or fast-casual outlets. And painful as it is to admit, most of the really good places are in resorts at the two big parks. Click to expand… I agree with most of this, but I think there are comparable or better dining options off the beaten path.
Guru in Clermont is a marvelous restaurant with better Indian food than Sanaa (which gets by on the bread service and scenery)
Seoul Garden has really good Korean food in Maitland.
The taqueria in Winter Garden on SR 50 is a good bet.
I don’t currently know of any great Cuban eateries in town (any suggestions?!), but there’s the occasional Caribbean place with good oxtail and pigeon peas.
And most of these places are in strip malls because, you know, Orlando.
Thousands to observe International Yoga Day at Washington Monument: Indian envoy
Washington D.C. [USA], June 11 (ANI): More than 3000 yoga enthusiasts are expected to observe the International Day of Yoga , for the fifth consecutive year, at the Washington Monument here on Sunday.
“People are getting to know about the benefits of yoga. Yoga is already popular in the United States. It is considered to be a very trendy thing. In other words, it is something that people see as a holistic way of life. They associate with all the positives in terms of meditation, Ayurveda and all the natural ways of living,” the Indian Ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla , told ANI.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Yoga is India’s gift to humanity. We have received more than 3000 registrations this year. So, I believe the monument will be covered up with a lot of yoga enthusiasts,” the ambassador noted.
On December 11, 2014, 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly approved the proposal by consensus, with a record of 177 countries, thereby marking June 21, the day of the summer solstice, as International Day of Yoga . Since then, Yoga Day has been commemorated annually by the member countries of the UN with great enthusiasm.
The event is being organised by the Indian Embassy here along with ‘Friends of Yoga ‘. A 35 minutes guided yoga session based on ‘Common Yoga Protocol’ created by the Government of India will be conducted with the help of yoga demonstrators.
But what makes the 2019 celebrations different is the Indian Vegetarian Food Festival, hosted in association with Freer Sackler gallery, adjacent to the Washington Memorial, which will be rolled out post the yoga event.
“The food programme is related to yoga. Vegetarian cuisine in India is a very refined cuisine and not enough is known about it. Therefore, we have arranged for five different stalls representing cuisines from five different parts of India– North, South, East, West and a specialised one,” Shringala said.
“We want to introduce a finer vegetarian cuisine for the people here. This food festival will also commemorate the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi,” he added.
Representatives from various wings of the Trump administration are invited but official confirmations are yet to be received by the embassy.
For over a month, as a run-up to the Yoga Day event, the Indian Embassy has been organising curtain raiser events, in collaboration with yoga clubs and yoga studios across the country.
The mission in Washington has further launched an active promotion campaign through its social media platform that has been successful in getting a record-breaking registration number for the yoga day celebrations. (ANI)