The best USA stay and cruise holidays

The best USA stay and cruise holidays

Home Features The best USA stay and cruise holidays The best USA stay and cruise holidays By Cruise International From the jazz clubs of New Orleans to the glittering beaches of California, a USA stay and cruise holiday give you the best of all worlds, says Deborah Stone .
Spectacular scenery, fantastic food and top cultural sights are within easy reach of the Caribbean, South America and more, so it’s no wonder that 47,000 Brits took a North American cruise last year. And combining that with a land stay or overnight in some of the world’s best cities, including New York , Miami and Los Angeles , on a USA stay and cruise holiday is becoming increasingly popular. Alaska stay and cruise holidays Mendenhall Glacier Viewpoint in Juneau, Alaska
Alaska is one of the most staggeringly beautiful states in the USA, with much of its vast open landscape covered in snow, soaring mountains and temperate rainforest. Its charming cities, including Juneau and Skagway, mainly hug the coast, which is why visiting by cruise ship is the best way to see its sights – and often its wildlife.
Cruise itineraries mainly focus on the sheltered waterways of the Inside Passage, where cruising through fjords to the Glacier Bay National Park is one of the highlights. You may spot humpback, beluga and minke whales, porpoises, sea lions and orcas as you sail. Bald eagles are a common sight and sometimes there are black bears near the rainforest shoreline. If you’re really lucky you may even see a lynx.
These waterways are where you’ll find towns like Ketchikan, which has a rich Native Alaskan nations history. You can see magnificent carved totem poles at Totem Bright State Park and more at the Totem Heritage Centre. Both Ketchikan and Skagway are old gold rush towns. There are free walking tours around Skagway’s old town, now part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, and Wyatt Earp’s pistols are on display in the historic Red Onion Saloon.
Alaska is easily the American cruise destination of the moment, with more cruise lines sailing there than ever, opening up more options for USA stay and cruise holidays. Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy will spend this summer sailing to Alaska as well as to the west coast following several seasons in China.
Azamara Club Cruises sails to Alaska for the first time in 2019 and has regular eight-night Alaska voyage and six-night pre-cruise packages starting from June. Among its ports of call is Haines, surrounded by rugged mountains and a mecca for bird watchers. Most activities are outdoor adventures like kayaking and cycling but it also has the 1902-built Fort William H Seward, now an arts centre.
Sitka is on the Azamara itinerary, too, and one of the stops for Oceania Cruises’ 10-day Glacial Adventures . Its multicultural heritage includes Tlingit Indians and it was part of Russia until around 150 years ago, hence its Russian Orthodox cathedral.
Holland America Line has eight ships sailing to Alaska this year, with well over 100 cruises available, many including stay-and-cruise packages. Its 10-day Denali National Park Land+Sea Journey from Vancouver to Anchorage departs regularly from May to September and includes a flight from Anchorage to Fairbanks, which has 35 restored buildings in Gold Rush Town in Pioneer Park.
A stay at Denali National Park’s 60-acre McKinley Chalet Resort is probably the most exciting land stay you can choose in Alaska. It has views across the Nenana River and you can take a Tundra Wilderness Tour in search of grizzly bears, caribou, moose and wolves, as well as excursions such as river rafting and flightseeing.
Most Alaska itineraries start in Vancouver, Canada’s British Columbia, or Seattle , which is in the midst of a tourist boom thanks to Alaska’s popularity. Highlights include stunning beaches, hot springs and volcanoes. Caribbean stay and cruise holidays An idyllic Caribbean beach
Whether you choose Eastern Caribbean islands such as Barbados, St Lucia and St Kitts; Western Caribbean destinations including Cuba and Jamaica or southern islands like Trinidad and Tobago, you will have a much greater choice of cruise lines and itineraries if you sail from America. The Caribbean is a favourite winter sun destination for fly-cruises from Britain but it’s a year-round holiday from America, with cruises leaving the Florida ports of Miami and Fort Lauderdale every week for both short breaks and longer cruises.
Other options for a USA cruise and stay holiday include boarding for the Caribbean from Mississippi in Louisiana or from New York, where Bermuda and the Bahamas also count as Caribbean destinations.
Brits are drawn to the laid-back Caribbean lifestyle, as well as its palm-fringed sandy beaches, historic plantation houses and churches, and varied soft adventure excursions.
Silversea’s New York to San Juan itinerary has a day in Antigua and Barbuda, where you can go horse riding on the beach and visit historic Fort James built by the British to protect the island in the 18th century.
Saga’s Festive New York and the Caribbean round-trip from Southampton includes an overnight stay in New York and Bermuda but also calls at the island of St Maarten, where the Flying Dutchman is one of the world’s steepest ziplines with a 300-metre drop on its 780-metre ride from the highest point on the island.
Viking’s Cultural Cuba cruise spends five days circumnavigating the intriguing island, visiting Unesco-listed Cienguegos founded by the French in 1819. It still has a French feel in the same way that Havana, an excursion away, retains its Spanish colonial look. You can go kayaking round Cienfuegos Bay and learn how pirates once controlled the Caribbean.
After a week or just a few days in the Caribbean you can also get to know some of America’s best-known cities with a post-cruise stay. New York has world-class museums and galleries, excellent shopping and some of the most iconic buildings and spaces in America, while laid-back New Orleans has its French Quarter music scene and a celebrated local cuisine.
In Florida, the main departure point for Caribbean cruises, Miami has its Cuban-influenced lifestyle and the Art Deco glory of South Beach, with Fort Lauderdale offering miles of sandy beaches and access to the Everglades, a vast network of coastal mangroves home to turtles, manatees, panthers and alligators. New England stay and cruise holidays Medford is a city on the Mystic River in Massachusetts
Boston is the gateway to New England and cruises along America’s east coast are a mix of glamour and natural beauty. This part of the country is where America’s rich and famous take their holidays and no wonder; the pretty former fishing villages are as American as apple pie and white picket fences. There are sandy coves and rugged cliffs with trees running down to the shore – the same trees that draw leaf-peepers in autumn to see the flaming reds and golds of the stunning fall foliage.
Seabourn’s 11-day New England & Canadian Maritime cruise from Boston to Montreal calls at Mount Desert Island in Maine, home to the seaside resort of Bar Harbour. Backed by pink granite mountains, the town’s waterfront bars and restaurants are decorated with huge lobster pots and fishing floats and there are holiday ‘cottages’ once owned by the Astor Rockefellers and Vanderbilts families.
In autumn, though, you should take a bus up to Acadia National Park to see the red maples, red oak and aspen trees that cover Cadillac Mountain.
Salem, Massachusetts, is completely different; full of elegant Georgian buildings and clapboard houses that reflect its enormous 18th-century wealth. It’s more famous for its 1693 witch trials, however, which accounts for the dozens of shops selling crystal balls and offering psychic readings.
Oceania Cruises’ 10-day Fall Splendors cruise calls at Newport in Rhode Island on its way from New York to Montreal. Its famous ‘Gilded Age’ mansions are a must-see and this is where JF Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier. They would holiday on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, where cruise ships anchor off seaside town Oak Bluffs and you can visit nearby Edgarton with its lighthouse on the beach and a massive whitewashed whalers’ church.
But Boston is the jewel in the crown of a New England cruise and it’s also on Oceania Cruises’ itinerary. There’s too much to see in just a day so it’s well worth a stopover as part of a USA cruise and stay holiday to enjoy its Georgian architecture on the Freedom Trail. Here you can see where the Boston Tea Party took place and fight for American independence began. Among Boston’s exceptional museums is the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum where archive footage and photographs not only explain JFK’s life and times, but also reveal much more about America’s fascinating modern history. The West Coast stay and cruise holidays A wine vineyard near Santa Barbara, California
West coast cruises from California’s San Francisco can take you north up to Oregon and into Canada to visit Vancouver and British Columbia, and even up to Alaska, or south down through California itself and along the picture-perfect Mexican Riviera.
Oregon is home to some of the oldest settlements in America west of the Rocky Mountains, such as Astoria where elaborate Victorian houses are among the attractions, as well as the rugged forest-filled countryside and pioneer coastal towns.
Silversea’s American West Coast cruise from Vancouver to San Diego calls at Portland, at the end of the pioneers’ 2,170-mile Oregon Trail from the east coast, now known for its micro-breweries, coffee shops and renowned chefs. This is a green city in every way and its huge Washington Park has an arboretum, a Wildwood Trail among its 113km of trails and renowned Portland Japanese Garden.
The opportunity to sail along the Californian coast, calling at places like Santa Barbara – an old mission town full of Spanish-style architecture on the edge of the Santa Ynez Valley wine country – is probably the most relaxing way to see this state.
The Silversea cruise calls at San Francisco, where you can spend the day simply exploring the waterfront, perhaps taking the boat to the island prison of Alcatraz. Although hiring a bike to cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge all the way to Sausalito, then getting a ferry back, is even better.
Los Angeles , with its own cruise departure point down in Long Beach, boasts the glamour of Beverly Hills and Hollywood Boulevard, where the star signs of the Walk of Fame and actors’ handprints are set in concrete outside the TCL Chinese Theatre.
One of the most popular excursions is still to tour star locations, such as Rodeo Drive and Sunset Boulevard, and the Griffith Observatory to take pictures of that Hollywood sign.
San Diego , near the Mexican border, has a Spanish feel, and if you have time on your USA cruise and stay holiday it’s worth heading out to the exclusive beach resort of La Jolla.
Some cruise lines also sail from California to Hawaii, home to acclaimed surfing beaches, as well as tropical rainforests and active volcanoes. There are guided treks through lava fields and you can cycle around the spectacular crater rim of Haleakala on the island of Maui or take a helicopter ride to see the waterfalls. In Honolulu, on Oahu, there are museums and memorials to the World War Two Pearl Harbor invasion and there are waterfall trails on several islands. Norwegian Cruise Lines is the only cruise company to offer year-round seven-day cruise holidays from Honolulu. Mexico stay and cruise holidays The Panama Canal
The USA’s southern neighbour is easy to explore on a USA stay and cruise holiday and fits into a variety of itineraries that include not only the Pacific coast but also the Panama Canal and the Caribbean.
From San Francisco you can visit the Mexican Riviera, once the hang out of Hollywood legends. Richard Burton starred in the film Night Of The Iguana In Puerto Vallarta and it is still popular thanks to its miles of idyllic sandy beaches and year-round sunshine. There’s diving off the rocky coast at Manzanillo and the Cuyutlan Turtle Sanctuary, an excursion away, is another big draw. Plus, at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, ships anchor off Cabo San Lucas where there’s a marine sanctuary full of colourful sea life and excellent snorkelling.
Azamara Club Cruises’s 17-night Panama Voyage from Miami to Los Angeles calls at both and has walking tours to Puerto Vallarta’s old town and famous seaside boardwalk as well as an open-air cookery class, while in Cabo you can go riding from a seaside ranch along the beach and whale watching in a high-powered boat.
Sailing from Miami or Fort Lauderdale in Florida will take you to Mexico’s eastern attractions, such as the resort island of Cozumel where you can splash about in the Xel Ha aquatic park, go scuba diving and snorkelling, or just relax on one of the many pristine beaches. Viking’s 15-day Panama, Central America & Cuba round-trip from Miami has an included trip to the ruins of a Mayan religious site on the island or you can pay to go deep sea sport fishing or driving through the jungle.
There are more Mayan ruins of pyramids and palaces to see on an excursion from Costa Maya, as well as snorkelling and diving around its coral reef – home to sea turtles – or kayaking along the coastline. The Mississippi stay and cruise holidays The Mississippi River
While the most northern part of the Mississippi is almost a large wilderness of forest and islands, the sedate stretch between Memphis and New Orleans offers plenty of action. River cruises often start in Memphis – Tennessee’s legendary musical hotspot where Elvis Presley recorded at Sun Studio and the BB King’s Blues Club still packs in crowds for its authentic live music.
The river was at the centre of the American Civil War and Vicksburg, still a genteel southern town, endured a 47-day siege. Excursions to the town and Vicksburg National Military Park are on most cruise itineraries.
Louisiana’s capital Baton Rouge has a magnificent Old State Capitol building and the town is a byword for Cajun food and music, while the surrounding countryside includes riverbank cypresses and swamps.
Then as you sail past the Gone With The Wind era plantation houses you finally get to the magical city of New Orleans, home of Bourbon Street jazz and French Quarter nightlife, beautiful Garden District houses, and delicious jambalaya and gumbo.
New Orleans is an exciting city for a pre- or post-cruise stay but rock and roll fans will enjoy a stop-over in Memphis to see Elvis Presley’s home, Gracelands. American Queen Steamboat Company has a three-day pre-cruise land stay that combines Gracelands with a visit to Sun Studio and the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. There’s also a trolley pass for downtown Memphis, where you can visit the National Civil Rights Museum, housed in the Lorraine Motel, site of the assassination of Martin Luther King; and dine on ribs, steak or catfish at Memphis-style BBQ Blues City Café in Beale Street. South America stay and cruise holidays Tango dancers on the street in Caminito, Buenos Aires
There’s an enormous choice of dream destinations in South America, from the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru – an extraordinary excursion available with some luxury cruise lines – to the Falkland Islands, which is one of the best places on the planet for spotting penguins, to Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires where you can learn to tango.
Chile has fjords that are the envy of Norwegians and a lake district with glaciers and colourful stilt houses. Viking’s new 87-day The Americas & Chilean Fjords cruise from New York to Los Angeles has two days of scenic cruising in the fjords, passing glaciers and magnificent mountain scenery.
It also calls at Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost city and the springboard to Antarctic expeditions, which grew because of the wool industry boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
But Chile is all about its natural surrounds and at Puerto Chacabuco there are rocky gorges, waterfalls, lakes and flower-filled meadows.
Cruises leaving from Florida’s Fort Lauderdale often stop at a Caribbean island or two before reaching Brazil, where UNESCO-listed Salvador has a historic district with buildings dating back to the 1600s, while the city itself is famous for its many churches.
But Oceania Cruises’ 49-day San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro cruise takes the longer route to Brazil’s most famous city with its iconic statue of Christ The Redeemer and white sand beaches of Copacabana. Sailing down the west coast it offers the Machu Picchu excursion in Peru and explores Chile before heading around the rocky headland of Cape Horn and up to the Falkland Islands and Argentina.
Between Argentina and Brazil there’s Uruguay, where a call at Montevideo can include visiting vineyards for wine tasting as well as taking in the shops and cafés of the picturesque old town. And before reaching Rio de Janeiro the Oceania Cruises’ itinerary dips into Brazil’s Costa Verde, also known as the Emerald Coast, where the Portuguese colonial town of Paraty is a historic gem. There’s also kayaking, snorkelling and diving at Ilha Grande, an island of tropical forest which is home to monkeys and iguanas.
It is also possible to sail from New York to South America on a USA stay and cruise holiday, stopping in the Caribbean and sailing down the Amazon in Brazil to places like Manaus, a city located 1,000 miles from the sea. Its elegant Portuguese colonial buildings date back to the rubber trade economic boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
By contrast in Santerém you can go piranha fishing on Lake Maica or bird watching in the rainforest where you may also see sloths, monkeys and ant eaters as well as waterfalls. Canada stay and cruise holidays Canada Place in Montreal
Although many Alaska cruises start from Canada’s west coast its east coast is becoming increasingly popular, as new itineraries along St Lawrence River are introduced. Most either start or finish at French-Canadian Montreal , where the old harbour area is now home to a variety of attractions such as the History and Archaeological Museum.
The star destination along the river is the historic walled city of Quebec, where cobblestone streets are home to pretty bistros and chic boutiques and its Parliament building was inspired by the Louvre Palace in Paris.
Oceania Cruises’ 15-day Montreal to Miami cruise has a day in Quebec and tours that include the historic Château Frontenac, originally a fort and now a luxurious hotel which has a small museum and is the building most associated with Quebec. You can also walk to Montmorency Falls, minutes from the city. These are higher than Niagara Falls and offer a taste of the unspoilt countryside surroundings.
St Lawrence River cruises often include coastal destinations such as Prince Edward Island, where the real Anne of Green Gables farmhouse is a National Historic Site. Atlantic ports such as Halifax in Nova Scotia have wild coastlines with impressive rock formations which you can see on the Lighthouse Route to Peggy’s Cove.
Viking’s 13-day Eastern Seaboard Discoveries cruise has a day in Halifax, where you can see the world’s largest collection of wooden artifacts from the Titanic in its excellent Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
It also visits Portland, in Maine, USA, where you can take a scenic bike ride and hike to Mackworth Island via 1875-built steel lighthouse Bug Light. There’s a coach tour alternative that includes this and more lighthouses.
Meanwhile in the coastal city of St John in New Brunswick the St John’s River has extraordinary tides at the Bay of Fundy that are so forceful the river flows upstream until the tide turns again. When the tide is out you can walk along the shores to see the Hopewell Rocks – a series of extraordinary rock formations created by wind and water erosion.
For more help planning a USA stay and cruise holiday, take a look our cruise finder .

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Chef Craze – Food Cooking Game

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Re: Frightening Foods

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As Hunter S. Thompson taught us, weirdness is relative. One of his great slogans —which I have etched into the back of my iPod—is “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” However, what is weird to me might be completely normal to you, and vice versa. That’s true of many things, including food. With Halloween looming darkly around the corner, my culinary compass is tilted toward frightening foods and creepy cuisine. What foods scare the bejesus out of you?
When you get right down to it, notions about what’s scary on any particular plate are largely cultural and/or religious ones. One person’s escargot is another’s slug. The idea of chomping into a rare-cooked slab of beefsteak would be scary, appalling, and probably disgusting to a Hindu. By the same token, most Americans don’t snack on grasshoppers. But some Mexicans do. And that’s a food I had to overcome my fear of when I spent a blistering summer in Oaxaca, Mexico. Vendors stroll around the zocalo in the city of Oaxaca selling fried grasshoppers from large woven baskets. Thankfully, Oaxacan grasshoppers are on the small side. And when sautéed in hot oil, sprinkled with chile powder, and spritzed with fresh lime juice, they have a slightly smoky, nutty taste. Betcha can’t eat just one! My first grasshopper was scary, but not as scary as my first caterpillar. My memories of dining on crunchy caterpillars ( gusanitos de maguey ) in Mexico are hazy, but the toasted little butterfly larvae that I munched on at a mescal distillery outside of Puebla really weren’t too bad after a couple glasses of mescal and freshly-brewed pulque . Here in the U.S., I’d probably suggest a crisp Sauvignon Blanc with your caterpillar.
Now, if you find eating grasshoppers and caterpillars disgusting, consider how normal, even elegant, we treat the eating of snails in high-end restaurants. Of course, we don’t call them snails, but escargot . Is eating escargot in a fancy French restaurant really any more civilized than a fistful of caterpillars? Well, if you, like me, don’t find snails scary, you can find them in escargot form at a few restaurants I know of: Jean Louis in Park City and La Caille in Sandy serve them broiled with classic herb butter; The Paris Bistro bathes the gastropods in Cognac, tarragon and garlic-butter sauce. If you do consider slithery snails to be too creepy to eat, try out the shiitake “escargot” served on toasted baguette slices with carrot butter at Sage’s Café .
I’ve had rats run across my foot in a New York City Indian restaurant and have been driven out of a Belgian bistro by bats. But I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as scared in a restaurant as the time that Takashi Gibo, who was then a sushi chef at Shogun —prior to opening his Takashi restaurant—shoved a helping of live baby crabs in front of me. Sitting at the Shogun sushi bar, I had asked him to rustle up something exotic for my friend and me. Minutes later Takashi appeared with a terrine full of small, live, very vigorous crabs – about the size of ping-pong balls. ‘This,’ I thought, ‘is where I draw the line. I will not eat a live crab, no matter how tiny it is . ’ Thankfully, there is a happy ending to this story. It turns out that Takashi’s impish crabs were lightly dusted with flour and deep-fried before consumption, which made a big difference to me, my buddy and probably also to the crabs. In fact, Takashi has scored twice on my scare-o-meter insofar as he also once made me eat monkfish liver ( ankimo ), the idea of which made me queasy. Now, I’m proud to say, I’m a monkfish liver lover.
The first time I ordered sweetbreads in a restaurant with my wife, she thought we were getting … you know …. sweet bread— bread pudding, perhaps. Well, not so much. Sweetbreads creep many people out. Sweetbread is the culinary name for the thymus and pancreas glands of calves, lamb and, less often, beef and pork. Like my wife, my own first encounter with sweetbreads was accidental, as well. I was in a very ritzy Parisian restaurant and thought I was ordering a rice dish ( riz is French for “rice”) when I ordered ris de veau (veal sweetbreads), thereby learning the important difference in France between ris and riz . It was a lucky mistake, actually; I might have never discovered the wonders of sweetbreads, otherwise. If you’d like to try them, I highly recommend chef Eric May’s lamb sweetbreads with caper, sage and brown-butter sauce at the Blue Boar Inn . And, the Copper Onion’s chef Ryan Lowder also offers sweetbreads on his menu from time to time.
Menudo —a classic Mexican soup made from beef intestine (tripe)—might freak some people out, although maybe not as much as Oaxacan grasshoppers. If not, I recommend trying the menudo at Julia’s in Rose Park, Park City’s El Chubasco , or at the various Utah locations of La Puente . And, of course, authentic Chinese restaurants are a gold mine for delicious dishes that have a tendency to scare some. The gelatinous chicken feet with black bean sauce at Red Maple Chinese Cuisine comes to mind. The Xo frog legs at Little World are another devilish delight, as are the jelly fish with roasted chili vinaigrette and the “hot and spicy intestines” at Sandy’s Szechuan Garden .
However, if you’re looking for really creepy cuisine like codfish sperm, dried lizards, duck fetus egg or monkey brains, you’re going to have to travel. On the other hand, the most frightening foods I can imagine—Twinkies and Ho Hos—are readily available at your local grocer. Go figure. Happy Halloween.
( photo by Meutia Chaerani / Indradi Soemardjan http://www.indrani.net ) Ted Scheffler:

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The Best Indian Restaurants in New York – Our Favourite Places to Eat in Gotham

Okay, so when you think of great Indian food, it’s safe to say that New York’s unlikely to be one of the first destinations that springs to mind. But while NYC might be more famed for its cheese-laden pizza and apple pie that it is or it’s delicious curries, if you look hard enough you can also find some A-grade Indian food here as well.
All over New York City there are excellent Indian restaurants, each serving up some of the best South Asian food outside of India. Here we take a look at some of the best of them, so the next time you’re in the Big Apple you aren’t caught short and you know exactly where to head for some top-quality Indian cuisine.
Tamarind Tribeca
One of the best options for diners looking to treat their palate to some excellent Indian food is Tamarind Tribeca, a spin-off branch from the Michelin-starred restaurant of the same name that was once based in Flatiron.
Owner Avtar, who came to the USA 30 years ago, has retained every ounce of passion he brought with him all those years ago, and on any given night he can be seen tending to his guests and ensuring the service maintains its usual flawless standard.
The restaurant places a strong emphasis on fine dining, with the chefs looking to blend all of the traditional flavours of India with the trendy surroundings of its Tribeca home – this is Indian food with a difference.
It’s worth noting that they don’t allow children to dine here, so if you’re with the kids you’d better opt for somewhere else on this list.
Indian Accent
If standard, run-of-the-mill Indian cuisine is what you’re after then you might want to give Indian Accent a miss as this trendy place is probably not the place for you.
However, if it’s fine dining and food that incorporates all of the traditional flavours of India while blending them with progressive, contemporary cooking that you’re looking for, then make your way to Indian Accent as you’ve found your spot.
While this Midtown West-located eatery has only been open for a few short years, the owners are by no means new to the restaurant industry; the New York branch is one of a trio of establishments – the other two based in London and New Delhi – that are featured on the acclaimed S. Pellegrino list of the world’s best restaurants , so you know your taste buds are in for a treat when you book a table here.
Indian Accent offers a truly inventive approach to Indian cuisine and although this high standard naturally comes with a hefty price tag, believe us when we say every mouthful is worth it!
Junoon
Situated in the up-market Chelsea area of Manhattan, it’s no surprise that this restaurant is on the upper-end of the luxury scale. However, even in these swanky surroundings Junoon has managed to distinguish itself, becoming the only Indian restaurant in the city to currently hold a Michelin star.
Junoon’s menu covers all regions of India, employing traditional Indian cookery methods you’ll have come across such as tandoor and handi pot cooking, as well as more specialized and unique techniques such as the patthar dishes, which are cooked on stone, giving the meat a distinctive flavour.
While Junoon has a Michelin star, don’t let that put you off if you’re budget is running low – the restaurant is very affordable – particularly for a fine dining establishment – and most main courses are priced at just $30, which is an absolute steal compared to most upper-end joints in NYC!
Ganesh Temple Canteen
If all of the above is a little too fancy and you’re just looking for some good old authentic and hearty Indian grub then Ganesh Temple Canteen in Flushing is the place to be.
While the decor at this simple-yet-charming restaurant might not project the glamour of its predecessors on this list, the food is another story. Serving up fiery, traditional Indian food with more kick than a thoroughbred racehorse – as well as a number of options for vegetarians – one thing Ganesh Temple Canteen has over its rivals is affordability; you can get your fill for as little as $10, making it by far the best value for money we could find.
Based in a Hindu house of worship, the restaurant is often filled with people who have just finished with their prayers, which only serves to add to the charm and authenticity of this delightful little establishment.
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The health improving benefits of ghee

by: Christine M. Dionese, L.Ac, MSTOM | June 7, 2019
( NaturalHealth365 ) Many of my patients grew up thinking butter was a ‘poor’ food choice. So, they’re often happily surprised to learn about the health-enhancing superfood ghee, or clarified butter oil.
Abundant in vitamins and essential fatty acids, ghee has been shown to reduce the devastating effects of inflammatory issues such as chronic arthritis , atherosclerosis, diabetes and digestive disorders. Discover the benefits of ghee for better digestion
Widely used in Indian cuisine, ghee is the fat that remains when the dairy sugar, lactose and proteins, casein and whey are removed. A type of clarified butter, ghee is simmered with milk solids to produce a nutty flavor. And, with a flash point of 485 degrees, cooking with ghee is more ideal than other oils that will begin to oxidize at higher temperatures.
Discover the immune-enhancing benefits of ghee.
Butyric acid, a key short-chain fatty acid contained in ghee helps promote immunity where 80 percent of immune function is created – within the digestive system. Utilized by our beneficial bacteria to help promote secretory immunoglobulin vitality (intestinal wall lining), bifidobacterium in particular receives increased benefit from this short chain fatty acid.
In addition, enhanced T-helper cell activity has been observed as one of the many health benefits of ghee consumption.
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But, the benefits of butyric acid go beyond improved digestion. Along with increasing insulin sensitivity, butyric acid assists in reducing fatty tissue by activating thermogenesis and metabolism as well as helping manage cholesterol ratios.
Ghee confers even more profound immune effects. Rich in conjugated linoleic acid and vitamin K2 , regular consumption of ghee has been observed to improve tissue maintenance and immune health related to inflammation, especially chronic arthritis.
It has been theorized that because conjugated linoleic acid and vitamin K2 work together to express anti-viral properties that arthritis responds especially well. Improve your digestive system by consuming ghee
Because ghee promotes ideal intestinal bacterial ratios, ghee is said to strengthen “agni” in Indian Ayruvedic traditional medicine. “Agni”, or digestive fire, is akin to enzyme-driven metabolic processes that help us eliminate waste and liberate nutrients for maximum absorption in the digestive system.
While it may sound counter-intuitive, because ghee improves bile production, it can actually help reduce fat malabsorption issues; decreasing inflammation throughout the digestive system. Be sure to purchase the ‘right’ kind of ghee
A superior organic ghee product will have been derived from grass fed cows. This means that ghee is only prepared when cows are naturally grazing from spring into fall when grasses are growing rapidly.
While you won’t need to refrigerate ghee, do keep it from light and heat. I love adding herbs to ghee to accentuate their medicinal qualities and bring rich flavor to my meals. Ghee is ideal for sautéed dishes; herbal preparations or as a ‘conventional’ butter replacement.
So, if you’re looking for a healthy fat to improve immune function, ghee is a wise decision.
About the author : Christine M. Dionese L.Ac, MSTOM is an integrative health expert, medical journalist and food writer. She’s dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health. Christine practices, writes and speaks on environmental functional medicine, personalized medicine and epigenetics, food science and sustainable living.
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Down to Business: Competition determines the best pies in NSW/ACT

Heatherbrae’s Sutton Forest is home to the best pies in the Southern Highlands and NSW/ACT. The pie shop was recognised at the NSW/ACT Best Pie competition.
Where do you find the best pie in the Southern Highlands?
Everyone has an opinion but now we have an official answer.
The NSW/ACT Best Pie competition was held at Mittagong RSL Club on the weekend.
If you’re looking for your next favourite flaky pastry, consider adding a few of these to your list of pies to try:
Community/Home Baker – Sweet
Winner: Peter Choquenot’s apple and custard pie
Runner-up: The Disability Trust’s spiced pumpkin
Community/Home Baker – Savoury
Winner: Meals on Wheels’ chicken and leek
Runner-up: Angela Walsh’s war time pie
Apprentice – Sweet
Winner: Joshua Nickl’s (Gumnut Patisserie) strawberry and pistachio delight
Runner-up: Liz Rogers’ (Stones Patisserie) yuzi and praline
Apprentice – Savoury
Winner: Joshua Nickl’s (Gumnut Patisserie) tunnel mushroom and mince
Runner-up: Abby Jenkins (Stones Patisserie) ugly duckling
Red Meat – Chunky
Winner: Gumnut Patisserie’s beef steak
Runner-up: Heatherbrae’s Sutton Forest – The Diggers
Red Meat – Mince
Winner: Heatherbrae’s Sutton Forest – steak mince
Runner-up: Earnest Arthur’s egg and bacon
White Meat
Winner: Heatherbrae’s Sutton Forest – chicken and vegetables
Runner-up: Gumnut Patisserie’s chicken and leek
Vegetarian
Winner: Moonacres Kitchen’s the Big Potato pie
Runner-up: Robertson Pie Shop’s vegetable
Seafood
Winner: Heatherbrae’s Sutton Forest – smoked salmon
Runner-up: The Mill Café’s mixed seafood and Earnest Arthur’s beef and reef
Sausage Roll/Pastie
Winner: Stones Patisserie’s babe in blanket
Runner-up: Gumnut Patisserie’s cornish pastie
Vegan
Winner: Heatherbrae’s Sutton Forest – lentil pie
Runner-up: Broomfields’ roast field mushroom and onion
Sweet Pie
Winner: Gumnut Patisserie’s banoffee pie
Runner-up: Gumnut Patisserie’s apple pie
Sweet Tart
Winner: Gumnut Patisserie’s salted caramel
Runner-up: Gumnut Patisserie’s raspberry clafoutis
Best Pie in the Southern Highlands
Winner: Heatherbrae’s Sutton Forest – steak mince
Best Pie in NSW/ACT
Winner: Heatherbrae’s Sutton Forest – Steak Mince Authentic cuisine Dumplings with fish roe is just one of the menu items you can order from Catering At Your Place, a business specialising in yum cha, Indian and Vietnamese food.
How does authentic Asian food sound?
This is what Catering At Your Place specialises in.
With authentic yum cha, Indian and Vietnamese recipes, the catering business brings fresh food to its client’s homes.
Owner Vicki Bonneville previously lived in Hong Kong for four years, where she fell in love with Chinese food.
“What I love about Chinese food is it encompasses a huge area, the different styles and flavours. I love the little bits of eating and sharing food,” she said.
“I think my foods fit into that ethos of sharing.”
Ms Bonneville, who has clients in the Highlands, said she intended to make the move to the area from Sydney. Catering At Your Place owner Vicki Bonneville previously lived in Hong Kong for four years, where she fell in love with Chinese food.

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Capella Bangkok Delves Into the Culinary Heritage of the Riverside Community

June 4, 2019
Bangkok (Thailand) – June 3, 2019 ( travelindex.com ) – Capella Bangkok, the luxurious new boutique retreat nestled on the east bank of the legendary “River of Kings”, the Chao Phraya, will introduce guests to the rich cultural and culinary heritage of Charoenkrung, its charming and rapidly re-emerging riverside neighbourhood.
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, bringing with them not only new thoughts and beliefs, but also fresh hopes and dreams. Charoenkrung became a bubbling melting pot of race, religion and cuisine, and it retains this vibrant character to this day.
Capella Bangkok’s head Thai chef, Wichian Trirattanavatin, was born in Charoenkrung, which makes him the perfect person to showcase the gastronomy of this diverse district. 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 here 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, Southeast 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.
Around every corner hidden treasures await; countless reminders of the traditions of Chaorenkrung and the Chao Phraya, just waiting to be rediscovered.
Capella Bangkok will deliver exceptional and authentic dining experiences that are woven into the fabric of their destination. Following in his father’s footsteps, Chef Lek will combine time-honoured recipes and fresh ingredients with contemporary cooking techniques to elevate local cuisine to the highest levels of global gastronomy, delivering delectable and beautifully presented dishes in an exquisite riverfront setting.
John Blanco, General Manager of Capella Bangkok, comments: “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 the city’s most intriguing enclave: Charoenkrung.
About Capella Bangkok Capella Bangkok offers 101 suites and the city’s first riverfront villas located within the highly-anticipated Chao Phraya Estate, a more-than-14-acre prime waterfront land development that boasts unprecedented accessibility and 350 metres of riverfront real estate. Designed to evoke the feeling of a personal pied-à-terre with unobstructed views of the river from every room, the luxury property features a signature restaurant curated by celebrated Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco, Auriga Wellness with an extensive list of carefully curated Asian therapies, Living Room – a light-filled, river-facing lounge that will host local artisans, music and culinary delights to reflect the neighbourhood’s passion for food, wellness and culture. Crafted local experiences, provided by the Capella Personal Assistant, will offer guests first-hand encounters with resident luminaries and inspire them to create and share their own memories about the city’s most intriguing enclave.
About Capella Hotel Group Capella Hotel Group, headquartered in Singapore with offices in China, Europe and USA, offers global hospitality management services through two distinct brands. Capella Hotels and Resorts is an ultra-luxury hotel, resort and residential concept designed for the most discerning travellers and offering personalized attention with locations in Düsseldorf, Shanghai, Singapore, Sanya and Ubud as well as hotels planned for Bangkok, Maldives and Sydney.
About Chao Phraya Estate The Chao Phraya Estate enjoys a prime waterfront location in Bangkok’s heritage quarter on an unprecedented 14.2 acres of land. The project is valued at approximately USD 1 billion and development features 3 unique properties – Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok and Capella Hotel Bangkok. Construction started in Q3 2014 with expected completion in Q4 2018. The masterplan and design is by Hamiltons International with architecture by Dhevanand Architects Co., Ltd. and interior design by BAMO Inc. and PIA Interior Co., Ltd. The Landscape Designer is P Landscape Co., Ltd.
About Country Group Development Country Group Development (CGD) is the Thailand-based, international real estate development and investment arm of Country Group. With a proven track record of delivering bold and complex asset transformations including Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok and Capella Hotel Bangkok; the company is a unique player in the market with a competitive edge from its diversified real estate strategy and ability to leverage from the Country Group affiliate network of companies.

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It’s a bullshit map. It’s based on data from Yummly, a recipe-sharing web site based in California, with an overwhelmingly American audience. It’s their users who are posting recipes for Chinese, Indian, Malaysian food, and the “data analysis” is simply a count of how many ingredients users chose to file under each category.
Unless you think your local Chinese takeout represents a true picture of Chinese culinary diversity, or you local curry shop which sells food heavily modified for western tastes represents all of Indian cuisine, you can’t take any of this seriously. In fact, I’m willing to bet that the local Chinese takeout has more culinary diversity than all the “Chinese” recipes on Yummly.
There’s no point in puzzling over what the finer distinctions on the map mean in terms of food culture. They mean nothing, it’s just a bad map based on bad data.

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One of SLC’s first ethnic restaurants to close after 40 years

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SALT LAKE CITY — It’s been in business for almost 40 years, and this week, a well-loved downtown Salt Lake City restaurant is closing its doors.
When owner Raffi Daghlian and another business partner opened Cedars of Lebanon in 1981, he said there was no other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant in Salt Lake City.
The restaurant combines the flavors of Lebanese, Armenian, Greek and Moroccan cuisine.
Thirty-eight years later, Cedars of Lebanon has continued to be a favorite.
On Thursday evening, as music from the Mediterranean Sea filled the room, the Padilla family spent a fun evening out, laughing while looking over their menus.
Tony Padilla, the family jokester, practiced some of his new material.
“You heard my Mitt Romney joke?” he asked his family.
As he set up his punchline, he also filled up his plate with feta, olives and tomatoes.
This was the last time he and his family could enjoy a meal at Cedars of Lebanon. Padilla said he read online that the restaurant was closing.
“They’re closing because they are retiring,” he explained, referring to the owners.
In the ‘Casbah’ room next to where the Padilla family sat, a wife, husband and their daughter enjoyed appetizers.
The woman at the table explained she’s been coming to Cedars of Lebanon since her parents began bringing her was a child. Now, she brings her own daughter.
The customer got up to share memories with Daghlian, who stood nearby.
“She’s the third generation to come to your restaurant,” the woman said to Raffi, nodding toward her daughter.
Daghlian said he and his wife are retiring to focus on traveling and running their rug business.
A new eating establishment is set to take over the space — Indian fusion, he said.
Considering there was no other restaurant like it when Cedars of Lebanon opened, Daghlian said they’re proud they’ve made people happy and contributed to the culture of Salt Lake City.
“When we see people are happy, it just makes us happy,” he said. “We don’t want people to come and eat and go, like fast food. I want them to come here, make an evening out of it. Make an event.”
Tony’s family certainly made their trip to the restaurant an event, traveling from out of state.
Their last time at Cedars of Lebanon is also their first.
“We had a family reunion scheduled, and so we built the trip around this experience. Yes, we have,” Padilla said, with a chuckle.
They flew in from California, making sure to check out Cedars of Lebanon the week the restaurant closed. They made it just in time, for some quality family time well spent.
Cedars of Lebanon closes on Saturday, June 8.

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The Best Indian (Nutritional) Breakfasts To Have For Weight Loss

The Best Indian (Nutritional) Breakfasts To Have For Weight Loss Healthy Breakfast Options For Weight Loss Print Tharayil Aishwarya Gopinath
If you’re reading this piece right now, it clearly means that you’re looking to lose weight. You know, you complicate your life by trying out different diets, hoping to lose a ton of weight by the end of it. But, the truth is, you’re not satisfied with what you’re eating which is why most diets fail. You don’t have to break your head because you can still have food that’s tasty and lose weight. Yes, you heard that right. When it comes to breakfast, Indian cuisine has a variety of healthy and nutritional meals that aid in weight loss. We’re listing them down for your reference. 1. Poha With Mixed Sprouts
Rich in healthy carbs, fibre, iron, anti-oxidants, vitamins, Poha is a great breakfast option if you want to lose weight. The benefits of eating with mix sprouts is that it helps regulate your blood sugar levels in your body without leaving you bloated. It’s tasty and light, leaving your tummy extremely satisfied. 2. Steamed Idli
Idli is considered to be one of the world’s healthiest food. This dish is often eaten with a coconut or tomato based chutney that not only adds on to the taste, it also a complements the dish very well. Idlis are great for digestion. It contains no saturated fat, thus aiding in weight loss. 3. Upma
Upma filled with nutritional veggies makes it a wholesome meal. It’s packed with iron and vitamin B, both healthy for your body. You will not feel hungry after eating a plate full of upma. What’s more, it’s easy to make. However, if you want it to taste like your mother’s, she’s just one call away. It’s high time we appreciate the power of upma. 4. Muesli with Milk
Muesli has everything healthy in it. Right from the fibrous content to its nutritional components, Museli is packed with it. Have it with milk and you’ll not find it bland. And it’ll leave your tummy satisfied emotionally and physically. 5. dal khichdi
Who doesn’t love a hot bowl of Dal Khichdi? It’s healthy, tasty, heart-warming and won’t leave you craving for junk. The burst of Indian flavours is what keeps this dish exciting. Of course, the highlight of the dish is the flavoursome dal, which is the perfect, healthy start for the day. And your taste buds deserve it. 6. Smoothies
You don’t have to break a bank to make fancy smoothies like the ones you see on American YouTube channels. You can easily make a rich smoothie with ingredients from your nearby supermarket . Not only is it super delicious, it’s health-packed and pretty loaded with protein and nutrients. 7. Chana Dal Pancakes
Chana Dal is considered to be one of the best protein-rich foods. Grind cooked chana and vegetables into a paste and make pancakes with it. It’s the best healthy alternative to dosa and delectable too. So bottom line, it’s a healthy breakfast option sure to improve your health and reduce weight. 8. Besan Ka Chilla
Besan Chilla is quite like the Chana Dal pancake – healthy and savoury. It will help maintain your cholesterol levels and the benefits are even greater. This nutritious packed dish will turn out to be your favourite breakfast meal once you give it a try. Don’t say that we didn’t warn you.

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