The Best Vegan Restaurants in New Orleans

The Best Vegan Restaurants in New Orleans

By Francesca Librae February 12, 2019 Bearcat Cafe is located Uptown on Freret street and offers plenty of delicious, vegan options. (Photo: Paul Broussard)
From impossible meatless burgers to eggless egg salad (yes, really) let’s face it; there’s never been a better time to be vegan. Most hungry herbivores might approach the city with caution, known for its hot sausage and crawfish étouffée. But here in this glorious food haven, those in search of vegan cuisine are in good company. Here’s our guide to the best Vegan and Vegan-friendly restaurants in the city. Green Goddess (Photo: Zack Smith) Green Goddess
307 Exchange Pl.
Tucked away in a charming pedestrian alley in the French Quarter, Green Goddess offers a bevy of vegan, gluten-free options, such as beet hummus topped with chile sauce, manchego truffle grits, and sweet potato biscuits. It offers a humble but colourful interior spilling out onto the alley, which boasts ample outdoor seating. Cool down amongst the shade of the tall plants and people-watch while you feast on your roasted beets and kale. They do offer some meat dishes so you can bring the whole family, and there’s a snowball machine too, which is always a good thing. Seed
1330 Prytania St., 2372 St. Claude Ave.
When you think of vegan food, Seed is typically the go-to place. It has all the keywords: organic, natural, plant-based, local, you get the idea. It even has recycled menus, available compost, and solar panel energy. The bright, modern eatery has a varied, fresh, and delicious menu. Spiralized cucumber and carrot pad thai, deep fried tofu ‘nuggets’ in chickpea flower, and cashew queso fries are just some of the offerings here, as well as brunch, salads, soups, and desserts. And of course, what true vegan hot spot can exist without a giant freshly blended juice and smoothie bar? It’s got every fruit you can think of, some we can’t even pronounce. Piscobar Kitchen/Midnight Noodle
914 Union St. inside the Catahoula Hotel
This Taiwanese-inspired, plant-based pop-up known as Piscobar Kitchen brings all your favorite Asian classics to the table. Their mouth-watering menu features their take on a variety of traditional dishes, such as spicy steamed buns with ginger and chili oil and garlic citrus dumplings with cabbage and shiitake. One of their most popular menu items, the glass noodles with Chinese tahini and chili, is an absolute must-try. They also serve those really big colorful drinks that look great on your Instagram feed. Bearcat Cafe (Photo: Paul Broussard) Bearcat Cafe
2521 Jena St.
Nestled in the heart of Uptown, just off Freret Street, Bearcat Cafe offers up a delightful selection of breakfast and lunch options conveniently split into ‘good cat’ and ‘bad cat’ options, in case you wanted to be a super-duper healthy vegan instead of just a super one. Vegan scrambles, house-made granola and purple sweet potato noodles are some of the more popular dishes. Meat options are available for those who seek it, but who don’t you want to try their vegan queso smothered in cashew and red peppers? Sneaky Pickle
4017 St Claude Ave.
Not to out-do the plethora of other vegan options in town, Sneaky Pickle makes every morsel of food from scratch, in-house, and even lists the farmers they use to source their ingredients. Opened by a marine veteran whose goal was to serve affordable and healthy food to the Ninth Ward community, this relaxed and upbeat spot has a great variety of comfort and health foods to offer. Their vegan mac ‘n cheese with squash sauce and cashew-chorizo crumble is mouth-wateringly delicious, as is their buffalo tofu and their selection of flatbreads. Trilly Cheesesteaks
4413 Banks St.
Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned Philly Cheesesteak? Well, probably vegans – until now. Trilly Cheesesteaks does the impossible and offers a vegan version of every single sandwich on their menu. Their sliced pickle fries sit alongside a bunch of overstuffed sarnies, including the Traditional Philly, a Far East Philly with a sweet ginger soy sauce, and the Buffalo Chicken Philly, to name a few. They also offer a dessert that consists of crushed Reese’s Puffs on top of a hot honey bun with vanilla ice cream, which is sinfully delicious. Carmo (Photo: Rebecca Todd) Carmo
527 Julia St.
This tropical-inspired restaurant and bar brings something different to the New Orleans vegan community. The menu at Carmo reflects multi-cultural influences from the Caribbean, Central and South America, West Africa, Southeast Asia, the Gulf South, and beyond. Their emphasis is on fresh, local ingredients, as well as unique and little-known flavors from around the world. Dine here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with dishes such as Kottu Roti, a traditional Sri Lankan curried street dish or crispy house-made Armenian breads with a selection of mouth-watering toppings. Max Well
6101 Magazine St.
Sitting right alongside beautiful Audubon Park, Max Well is a handy little on-the-go lunch spot for uptowners with an abundance of healthy options on the menu. Natural juices such as Apple Beet Carrot are made in-house and their soups taste like a trip to the local farmer’s market – the carrot, turmeric, and ginger is a personal fave. Their salad and power bowls offer additional protein options (the quinoa cranberry stuffing is delightful) and everything on the menu has the calorie count next to it (but who’s counting?). Breads on Oak (Photo: Rebecca Todd) Breads on Oak
8640 Oak St., Suite A
This family-owned, plant-based bakery offers all the most delicious, indulgent homemade pastries and breads you can imagine. Indulge in brioche, cheese, and herb bread twists and cinnamon maple walnut rolls – and don’t forget their all-day Sunday bread buffet, which comes with house-made cultured butter and organic jam. Everything is made from scratch and by hand, including their delicious hot & cold sandwiches and their all day breakfasts and quiches. Breads on Oak is powered mainly by solar energy, uses plant-based packaging, and all waste is recycled or composted. They serve booze too, which is never a bad thing. Good Karma Cafe
2940 Canal St.
Finding delicious Indian and Malaysian cuisine can be difficult for many a vegan, but not in this town. Thanks to Good Karma Cafe , you can indulge in traditional-tasting Malaysian curry bowls, Bhima veggie burgers, and even a South Indian breakfast with coconut chutney. They have big plates as well as salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. On Sundays, they run a Mexican brunch in collaboration with South of Eden, offering up Belgian waffles, smothered tortillas, and a lots of dishes with cilantro and black beans. Win-win. Up Next:

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After being screwed by BA when they cancelled our Abu Dhabi flights less than 12 hours before departure, we were left with little time to find alternative flights and a hotel, which was a bust in Abu Dhabi so we started looking at Dubai. After Virgin sorted us out flights, we then spent a good 5 hours trawling the interweb for hotels and found Dukes. We read reviews, compared prices and decided that on balance we liked what we saw and it was within budget. We settled on an Executive Studio which was fabulous- big bedroom with super comfy bed (having a bad back I can attest to their comfort!) lovely bathroom with Elemis toiletries in plentiful supply, loads of towels, bathrobes and good lighting. The shower is great, a rainfall head and a standard shower head both powerful and plentiful hot water. There are two wardrobes in the dressing area along with a safe but oddly little drawer space….but we managed just fine. The lounge area had a three seat sofa bed and a small kitchenette with Nespresso machine, kettle, toaster, fridge/freezer, induction hob, crockery and cutlery, pans etc…the only thing that might have been useful was a tea towel but a linen napkin sufficed. There is a breakfast bar with two stools which was useful for food prep, eating and generally dumping bits and bobs on to.Two huge smart TVs and free Wi-fi was most welcome. We had two balconies, both with table and chairs, one was slightly quieter than the other and partially looked over the marina and the other looked out at the mall still under construction. The double glazing is excellent, barely a sound can be heard when the balcony doors are shut. We didn’t use the air con as the room temps were fine, but it seemed to be very effective. The lights took a bit of working out….maybe it’s just my aging eyes!!! The rooms were serviced exceptionally well and when we had an issue with a melting kettle plug it was sorted within minutes with a new kettle. Bottled water is left for you daily and anything requiring replenishment was done so. Most days we were at the beach which was quiet, plenty sunbeds and umbrellas, waiter service attentive, water not too warm but not North Sea either!! The pool is the standout feature with its infinity views over Dubai and was more popular than the beach, but we enjoyed the relative peace until the last day when there was a children’s party and a certain shark song on a constant loop got a bit annoying. I also noticed that there is a kids club here but can’t comment on that or what ages it caters for. There is West 14th St for food which is very good, Khyber which is Indian cuisine and also very very good with a lovely view out over the Palm and marina. Breakfast is at GBR….standard fare but hot, plentiful and didn’t seem to be rushed….coffee is very good as long as you don’t ask for cappuccino as that was way too sweet, Americano with cold milk did us fine and it was very nice. The hotel interior is stunning….the foyer has a magnificent chandelier and lovely fresh flowers dotted about, staff are attentive and professional and very responsive. Whilst we were checking in, as this was for my husbands birthday, he got a lovely little gift from the reception staff, totally out of the blue and very thoughtful, as well as returning to the room one afternoon to find a card, cake and chocolates to say Happy Birthday!! We arrived around 11am not expecting our room to be available but half an hour later we were in it…impressive. Everywhere is a taxi trip…the malls, Dubai marina etc but the pay off is that it’s away from the more frenetic Dubai, certainly on the beach, it was relaxing and relatively peaceful, although there are building works to the front and left side of the hotel, but this is Dubai after all. As holidays go, we don’t tend to stay in hotels but we’d make an exception and return here, it’s got everything we wanted and needed for a relaxing break away from the UK weather. It’s spacious rooms, great staff, quiet beach and good food make it a winner for us for a winter sunshine break and I’d recommend it highly.

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The Mouthwatering History of Seven Fundamental Foodstuffs

Contact Privacy Cookie Policy Terms of Use The Mouthwatering History of Seven Fundamental Foodstuffs A new Smithsonian book whisks readers on a culinary odyssey, tracing the history of salt, pork, honey, chili, tomato, rice and chocolate Paella, a national favorite in Spain, is a hearty dish prominently featuring two of Linford’s Seven Wonders —rice and tomato. It may be seasoned with salt and chili flakes as well. (Niedźwiadek78, Wikimedia Commons) smithsonian.com an hour ago
At first blush, pork, honey, salt, chile, rice, chocolate and tomato may seem an unremarkable and arbitrary grocery list. Consumers everywhere are well acquainted with pork chops, Honey Nut Cheerios, instant ramen, canned chili, prefab sushi, Hershey’s candy bars and tomato soup. But longtime food writer Jenny Linford sees in these easily overlooked dietary staples the quiet champions of culinary history, worthy of celebration and scholarly examination for their enduring worldwide appeal, surprising versatility and fascinating backstories.
In Linford’s latest, a Smithsonian Books publication titled The Seven Culinary Wonders of the World , the author both gives her readers a taste of the history behind each ingredient and peppers the seven chapters with a selection of scrumptious, easily prepared recipes exhibiting the wide-ranging applicability of the comestibles under consideration. The Seven Culinary Wonders of the World: A History of Honey, Salt, Chile, Pork, Rice, Cacao, and Tomato A global culinary history, this book tells the stories of seven essential ingredients found in cuisines all over the world: honey, salt, chile, pork, rice, cacao, and tomato. Each of these foundational ingredients has played a long and valuable role in human foodways and culture, and each has its own fascinating history. Pork is versatile enough to be the world’s most popular meat. It’s as common in Chinese and Vietnamese soups as it is in North American BBQ joints. (Sinchen Lin, Wikimedia Commons) Number 1: Prodigious Pork
From breakfast bacon to slow-cooked pork shoulder, the meat of the pig has a prodigious range of uses, a range that explains in part pork’s status as the most popular meat on Earth despite the injunctions of two dominant world religions, Judaism and Islam.
Linford traces the history of pig domestication back more than 10,000 years, pointing to a dig site in Turkey dating to around 8000 B.C. and Chinese pig bones of similar vintage. The symbolism behind the pig was always contentious—while the mud-loving animal that could ingest almost anything on Earth and grow fat, juicy and delicious in the process was prized by the Chinese, other sources, including the Torah and Qur’an, were not so charitable. They saw the pig as an emblem of sin and squalor, a tainted creature to be avoided at all costs.
In societies that did embrace the pig, the animal came to define major traditions of cultural life. Mystical boars grace both Celtic and Greek mythology, and the gentlemanly ritual of the truffle hunt persists to this day around Europe. Medieval texts are populated with descriptions of the customary December pig slaughter, and farmers all over the world perpetuate these practices into the present.
Linford’s hearty recipes in this section encompass an impressive array of cultures, and run the gamut from Chinese pork potstickers to barbecued ribs to sautéed chorizo with red wine. Winnie the Pooh’s go-to snack has been found in the tombs of ancient Egyptians. (Waugsberg, Wikimedia Commons) Number 2. Golden Honey
The second ingredient in Linford’s standout septet is honey, an emblem of sweetness and prosperity with just as deep a history as pork. The Spider Caves in Valencia, Spain, bear a painted depiction of honey harvesting dating back six to eight millennia, and the ancient Egyptians were ardent beekeepers who consigned honey to their tombs for sweet rewards in the afterlife.
Linford notes that the art of apiculture steadily spread across continents, reaching the Levant by 1500 B.C. and prompting a major Chinese beekeeping treatise in the sixth century B.C. Honey journeyed across the Atlantic in the early 1600s A.D., conveyed to Central and South America by voyagers from Spain. By the mid-19th century, North American apiarist Lorenzo Langstroth had pioneered an easily accessible top-opening hive structure that greatly simplified the handling of honeybees, and that paved the way for a booming beekeeping business in the years to come.
Linford observes that honey has long been a metaphor for the pleasing and joyous. Moses’ biblical Promised Land is described as the “land of milk and honey,” and the flattering adjective “mellifluous” derives from the Latin for “honey.” Modern-day conservationists are capitalizing on the cultural cachet of the honeybee to stress the importance of all pollinators, without which the natural world would lose much of its richness.
Honey-sweetened treats highlighted in the book include honey-glazed chicken, honey ice cream and the classic winter beverage known as the hot toddy. Roman soldiers’ periodic stipends to buy salt were what gave rise to the English word “salary.” (Tomasz Sienicki, Wikimedia Commons) Number 3. Sacred Salt
Salt is a culinary staple so essential that we tend not to give it a second thought. Saltiness is one of the five basic tastes perceptible by the human palate (the others are sweet, sour, bitter and umami), and the crystalline ionic compound is omnipresent on tables in lavish restaurants, private homes and everywhere in between.
Like honey, salt saw some of its earliest use in ancient Egyptian society, where it was prized as a preservative in the mummification process. The remarkable desiccant known as natron was called “the divine salt” in Egyptian culture, and was employed to sap the moisture from the bodies of those en route to the afterlife. Transoceanic sailors of later millennia would rely on the same preservative properties to keep meat and other foodstuffs from rot on their voyages.
The reach of salt’s history back into classical times can be explained in part by the highly intuitive way in which it is harvested: let the sun evaporate puddles of sea water and you’ll be left with readily accessible salt deposits. Variations on this evaporation technique, which Pliny the Elder wrote about in the first century A.D., are still in use to this day. Pliny also described the much more perilous enterprise of salt excavation in labyrinthine cavern complexes, which Linford notes has been immortalized in the workingman’s idiom “Back to the salt mines.”
These days, salt is enjoying a culinary heyday, as artisanal patisseries battle to one-up each other in their creative use of sea salt and other prized varieties. Linford’s salty recipes include salt cod croquettes, salted rosemary focaccia and salted caramel sauce suitable for an ice cream sundae. Mouth-searing chilis lend an irresistible piquancy to dishes ranging from Thai curries to Mexican fajitas. (Mila Atkovska, Wikimedia Commons) Number 4. Tongue-Searing Chili
Nothing says spicy like good old-fashioned chili peppers, the mention of which tends either to inspire gung-ho gamesmanship among diners or send them running for the hills. Linford writes that the first chilis were likely endemic to Bolivia, but they quickly proliferated across South America, Mesoamerica, and the Caribbean. Upon his 1492 arrival in Hispaniola, Christopher Columbus was presented with chilis grown by indigenous islanders, which he passed along to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella upon his return to Spain. The tongue-searing spiciness of the peppers was a novelty to the Spanish court, and chili fever was soon in full swing.
Spanish missionaries and conquistadors brought home with them further knowledge of the chili, which played a central role in Incan and Aztec culture. Linford notes that the word “chili” itself entered European language from the Aztec language Nahuatl, in which “chil” denoted both the chili pepper and the color red. Knowledge of these piquant peppers and how to grow them was carried far and wide by Portuguese and Spanish sailors. It was Vasco de Gama, for instance, who brought chilis to India, where they gave rise to the panoply of spicy curries that predominate in Indian cuisine to this day.
Well known for its association with the brutally spicy soups and rice dishes of Thailand and Sichuan China, as well as with the fieriest offerings of Latin American and Italian fare, the chili has accrued a kind of notoriety over the years, and masochistic diners relish the opportunity to put their taste buds to the test. Linford notes that spicier and spicier chilis are specially cultivated every year, and that there is a niche competitive market for them. In 2016, an American man scarfed down 22 of the world’s spiciest peppers, Carolina Reapers, each one an order of magnitude hotter than the hottest of habaneros.
The recipes Linford offers in this chapter pack a much more manageable punch, though if you’re not a fan of spicy foods it’s still probably best to steer clear. Featured dishes include Jamaican jerk chicken, Chinese crispy chili beef and Italian spaghetti with chili peppers. Rice has been a dominant crop across Asia for millennia, and enjoys a prominent place in much of Asian folklore. (Alpha, Wikimedia Commons) Number 5. Water-Loving Rice
It’s impossible to conceive of Asian cuisine without rice, and understandably so: Linford writes that archaeological evidence suggests rice was being cultivated along China’s Yangtze River as many as 10,000 years ago. China and India were the earliest hotbeds of rice agriculture, but their expertise soon found its way to Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, whence Arabian peoples brought knowledge of rice to Spain, a place where it now also thrives (as the base of the proud national dish paella, among so many others).
Rice crops rapidly wither and die when dehydrated, a phenomenon that has long favored the use of deliberately flooded paddies for rice agriculture. Much of the elaborately terraced paddy acreage in Asia is marvelous to behold, and Linford notes that the Philippines’ mountainside terrace system is considered among some to be the “eighth wonder of the world.”
Linford explains that rice is such an integral part of daily life in Asia that all manner of folklore and ceremony has coalesced around the crop over hundreds of years. Rice cakes are propitious treats at festivals ringing in the Chinese lunar New Year, and in certain cultures leaving even a single grain uneaten in one’s bowl is seen as a karmic no-no. The development of thousands of resilient rice cultivars has seen the staple spread far beyond Asia, of course, ushering it into American Cajun cuisine, for instance, or Italian in the form of fluffy risotto.
Linford’s selection of rice recipes understandably focuses on Asian food, and includes ideas for cucumber sushi rolls, egg-fried rice and the Korean classic bibimbap. Those seeking alternative spins on the cereal can check out her preparations for vanilla rice pudding and Jamaican “rice ’n’ peas.” From brownies to hot chocolate, many of the world’s tastiest treats would not exist without cacao. (David Trawin, Wikimedia Commons) Number 6. Sumptuous Cacao
The cacao plant, mother of all chocolate products, is widely beloved, and has been for some time. Linford writes that its scientific name, Theobroma cacao , translates to “food of the gods,” and its enjoyment can be traced back to the Olmec, Maya and Aztec peoples of ancient Mesoamerica. Among the Maya and Aztec, cacao-derived beverages were imbibed by the elites of society, and the beans were revered to the point that they were both used as currency and held to possess magical powers.
Once again, it was the rapacious incursions of the conquistadors that were responsible for bringing the traditional culinary practice of native Mesoamericans into the global consciousness. Like “chili,”“chocolate” is a Nahuatl-derived word, and as with chilis, cacao was popularized in Europe by Spaniards returning from expeditions to the New World. Drinking chocolate became the pinnacle of sumptuous luxury in many circles, and in 1662 Pope Alexander VII made it clear that doing so was permissible even on fast days (“Liquids do not break the fast.”)
Linford writes that in the mid-1800s, a British Quaker chocolate manufacturing outfit called J.S. Fry & Son lit on the revolutionary technique of “mixing together cocoa powder, sugar and cacao butter to create a paste that could be molded into bars,” giving rise to the first-ever chocolate bars. American Milton Hershey seized on this idea and ran with it, turning chocolate into a big, industrial business and churning out Hershey bars from 1900 onward.
Chocolate now pervades markets in countries all around the globe, whether in the form of artisanal confections, mundane movie theater snacks or rich entrees like Mexican mole dishes. Included among Linford’s suggested recipes are ideas for rum chocolate truffles, chocolate cake, luxurious hot chocolate and triple chocolate cookies. Tomatoes are so integral to modern Italian cuisine that it’s easy to forget they were a New World import. (David Adam Kess, Wikimedia Commons) Number 7. The Humble Tomato
Hammering home the theme of Spanish conquest as a vehicle for the introduction of New World foods to Europe is the example of the humble tomato, which many today associate primarily with the cuisine of Italy and yet which, like the chili pepper and cacao plant, has its origins in South and Central America. Linford calls attention to the 1554 writings of Italian doctor and botanist Pietro Andrea Mattioli, which heralded the arrival of tomatoes on the European continent and dubbed them “golden apples”— pomi d’oro in Italian (hence “pasta al pomodoro”).
This glamorous nickname linked tomatoes to the golden apples found in Greek myth, and lent them a mysterious and otherworldly quality alluring to many of the day’s botanists and chefs. At the same time, the tomato plant’s status as a member of the nightshade family meant that it was regarded with deep skepticism by others. Love it or loathe it, everyone had an opinion on the glistening fruits of the New World, whose controversy set the stage for their rapid distribution worldwide.
Tomatoes need unremitting sunshine in order to grow, which made the Mediterranean clemency of Italy the ideal choice for those looking to cultivate them. The Italian culinary essentials of tomato-based pizza sauce and marinara pasta sauce blossomed out of the region’s increasing obsession with the plant. Meanwhile, in North America, even Thomas Jefferson got in on the craze, growing tomatoes on his sprawling Monticello estate from 1809 to 1820.
Nowadays, tomatoes rank among the most widely cultivated vegetables (or fruits, depending on your definition—Linford wades into this debate in the book), with 88 million tons of fresh tomatoes and 42 million of tomatoes in processed form hitting markets annually. Tomatoes are vital to every bottle of ketchup and every fast food helping of pico de gallo, and appear in countless salads and sandwiches. They are as close to universal as a foodstuff can get, and make for a fitting conclusion to Linford’s globetrotting culinary survey.
As for her personal tomato-based favorites, Linford recommends recipes for tomato crostini, fried green tomatoes, heirloom tomato salad and the Spanish standby gazpacho. About Ryan P. Smith
Ryan recently graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Science, Technology and Society. His avocations include moviegoing and crossword puzzle construction.

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The best Indian buffets from Portland to Hillsboro, reviewed and ranked – OregonLive.com

OregonLive.com The best Indian buffets from Portland to Hillsboro, reviewed and ranked By Michael Russell | The Oregonian | Posted February 12, 2019 at 05:00 AM | Updated February 12, 2019 at 04:59 PM Comment (Photos by Michael Russell of The Oregonian staff unless otherwise noted)
It makes sense that Indian restaurants would dominate Portland’s buffet landscape. Indian food, particularly the northern-influenced Indian-American fusion dishes most commonly found on the buffet scene, tends to keep well, with rich curries that won’t wilt after an hour or two under a hot lamp. Inexpensive proteins, including the twin buffet pillars of red-stained tandoori chicken and butter-larded chicken makhani, plus a wealth of lentil and vegetable options, keep prices low.
That bore out as we researched our upcoming guide to Portland’s best buffets (look for our bigger buffet roundup, and our larger cheap eats guide, later this month). Along the way, we were able to find at least two dozen Indian restaurants with a lunch buffet, including chains, such as Namaste and Swagat, that have three or four locations each. All told, there are nearly as many Indian buffets in the Portland area as the buffets of all other cuisines combined. You’ll find those here.
Starting this project was a bit like standing at the edge of a high dive. I hatched the idea to help give readers on a budget a guide to the truly cheapest cheap eats in town. But as I got closer to the start, I began to worry the actual research would be … arduous.
In some ways it was. Curries at some of the lesser buffets are both boringly bland and borderline indistinguishable from restaurant to restaurant. This isn’t health food. But small delights pop up here and there. The Southern Indian touches at Chennai Masala in Hillsboro. The Pakistani-style lamb korma at Zaiqa. The continued commitment to quality at the 30-year-old Swagat. Random family-run restaurants with free hot chai or puffy naan. Potato pakora fries. The mango and coconut soft serve at Namaste.
(One note before we jump into the ratings: Tandoor Indian Kitchen, downtown’s buffet stalwart, is currently closed while its building gets a seismic retrofit and won’t reopen until the end of the year.)
Below, we’ve reviewed and ranked all of the Indian buffets we could find in Portland and its suburbs. You might not be surprised to learn that, as is often the case when it comes to the metro area’s Indian scene, the best options are out west.
— Michael Russell No. 13: SPICE KITCHEN
One of the Portland area’s few Fijian restaurants serves up a modest buffet heavy on the potato. Of the 12 advertised dishes, nearly half were unavailable when we visited just after noon, including two empty dessert slots. What we did find was mostly bland and beige, and the butter chicken had tortured white meat in a broken sauce. Chewy naan arrived fresh from the griddle, though we had to ask for it (there was no extra charge). Surprisingly, this appears to be among the most expensive Indian buffets in Portland, if only by a nickel.
Details: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday; 8245 S.E. Division St.; 503-774-3978; spicekitchenpdx.com
Price: $12
Pleasant surprise: A mildly spiced hard boiled egg curry with a Fijian twist.
Pass: Unless you have a thing for potatoes, skip this buffet altogether. About Us

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This weird-looking food reverses dementia

football skills – Zidane, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho FOOTBALL RELATED TOPICS FIFA 09 – Chelsea vs. Arsenal Wednesday, February 13, 2019 This weird-looking food reverses dementia Dr. Will Mitchell, DOM, MS Nutrition Rashtrapati Nilayam in the city has been the winter office of the President of India. In 2014, the newly formed state of Telangana split from Andhra Pradesh and the city became the joint capital of the two states, a transitional arrangement scheduled to end by 2025.rnrnRelics of Qutb Shahi and Nizam rule remain visible today; the Charminar—commissioned by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah—has come to symbolise Hyderabad. Golconda fort is another major landmark. The influence of Mughlai culture is also evident in the region’s distinctive cuisine, which includes Hyderabadi biryani and Hyderabadi haleem. The Qutb Shahis and Nizams established Hyderabad as a cultural hub, attracting men of letters from different parts of the world. Hyderabad emerged as the foremost centre of culture in India with the decline of the Mughal Empire in the mid-19th century, with artists migrating to the city from the rest of the Indian subcontinent. The Telugu film industryNorth Africa and Spain, converting some of the Christian population to Islam, and placing the rest under a separate legal status. Part of the Muslims\’ success was due to the exhaustion of the Byzantine Empire in its decades long conflict with Persia. Beginning in the 8th century, with the rise of Carolingian leaders, the papacy began to find greater political support in the Frankish Kingdom.\r\n\r\nThe Middle Ages brought about major changes within the church. Pope Gregory the Great dramatically reformed ecclesiastical structure and administration. In the early 8th century, iconoclasm became a divisive issue, when it was sponsored by the Byzantine emperors. The Second Ecumenical Council of Nicaea (787) finally pronounced in favor of icons. In the early 10th century, Western Christian monasticism was further rejuvenated through the leadership of the great Benedictine monastery of Cluny.\r\n\r\nHebraism, like Hellenism, has been an all-important factor in the development of Western Civilization; Judaism, as the precursor of Christianity, has indirectly had much to do with shaping the ideals and morality of western nations since the C based in the city is the country’s second-largest producer of motion pictures.rnrnHyderabad was historically known as a pearl and diamond trading centre, and it continues to be known as the “City of Pearls”. Many of the city’s traditional bazaars remain open, including Laad Bazaar, Begum Bazaar and Sultan Bazaar. Industrialisation throughout the 20th century attracted major Indian research, manufacturing and financial institutions, including Defence Research and Development Organization, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, the National Geophysical Research Institute and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology. Special economic zones dedicated to information technology have encouraged companies from India and around the world to set up operations in Hyderabad. The emergence of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in the 1990s led to the area’s naming as India’s “Genome Valley”. With an output of US$74 billion, Hyderabad is the fifth-largest contribu

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The world’s most romantic places – WISC – Channel3000.com – WISC

Home / World Localities / The world’s most romantic places – WISC – Channel3000.com – WISC The world’s most romantic places – WISC – Channel3000.com – WISC World Localities
Jumeirah Vittaveli via CNN Jumeirah Vittaveli resort offers a traditional Maldivian welcome, world-class water sports, diving and beaches . Jumeirah Vittaveli via CNN Jumeirah Vittaveli resort offers a traditional Maldivian welcome, world-class water sports, diving and beaches . More travel headlines
(CNN) – Maybe you’d choose the white sands and turquoise waters of a deserted tropical beach . Perhaps it’s the lure of iconic cultural cities such as Paris, Venice or Istanbul. Then again, the call of the wild from a safari is a pretty special way to spend time with your beloved.
Wherever you travel , some destinations are evergreen when it comes to romance .
Here are 13 places where the landscapes and architecture are timeless, the views rightly famous — and the romance guaranteed:
The Maldives
Always hovering near the top of romantic bucket lists comes the breathtaking Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives. Sitting 600 miles southwest of India , the collection of 26 atolls boasts some of the planet’s dreamiest islands, beaches , water and marine life .
Visitors can choose from more than 100 resorts, most of which are reached by speedboat or seaplane.
One of the most decadent resorts in the country, Soneva Jani is made up of two dozen overwater villas on the uninhabited island of Medhufaru.
Another resort, Jumeirah Vittaveli , lies just 20 minutes in a motorized catamaran from the country’s international airport. It offers a traditional Maldivian welcome, world-class water sports, diving and beaches .
Jumeirah ‘s newly launched Private Ocean Retreats boast a butler, overwater hammock, the longest villa waterslide in the country at 23 meters (75 feet) — but most of all, a glass-bottomed sunken lounge that lets you enjoy stunning aquatic life without leaving the comfort of your sofa.
Jumeirah Vittaveli , Bolifushi Island, South Male Atoll, Republic of Maldives; +960 664 2020
Tuscany, Italy
If there’s one thing more romantic than an escape in the hills of Tuscany, it’s when your home base is called “The Castle of Love.”
Castello di Ama is in Chianti, meaning that their on-property vineyards also offer wines that rank amongst the world’s best.
Guests take their choice from just one of five luxury suites in the 18th-century Villa Ricucci. What’s more, pieces from renowned contemporary artists such as Anish Kapoor dot the property.
Magical sunsets over cypress-lined hillsides and brilliant culinary discoveries are some of the region’s distractions, but with beautiful rooms in an historic property and a lifetime’s supply of world-class wine, the question is why would you even consider leaving the castle?
Castello di Ama, Località Ama, 55, 53013 Gaiole In Chianti SI, Italy ; +39 0577/746031
Kimberley, Australia
Rugged Australia may seem to some an unusual romantic destination , but the majesty of its landscapes, indigenous culture and spectacular food and hospitality quickly win over visitors.
For example, the Kimberley wilderness offers some of Australia’s most exclusive and remote retreats in a vast stretch of northern Western Australia.
Kimberley Coastal Camp sits on the Admiralty Gulf and hosts just 16 guests in total, thanks to being accessible only by helicopter or float plane. If you feel like you’re the only two dozen people around for hundr of miles, it’s because you are.
Once you get there, a pristine wilderness awaits in an area known to its Aboriginal owners as Yalrundair. Excellent fishing, ancient rock art and cruising deserted islands are some of the ways in which you and your valentine can truly escape.
Kimberley Coastal Camp, PMB 16, Kununurra WA 6743; +61 417 902 006
Hawaii
Hawaii is already known as one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations, so it’s no surprise that love is in the air. Countless landscapes of postcard-perfect beaches , waterfalls, mountains and more serve as the backdrop to your amorous and intimate escape.
Visitors are spoiled for choice. Maybe it’s an early start to watch the sunrise from atop Maui’s Haleakala Crater before a massage for two in one of Wailea’s swish resorts. Surfing lessons for couples are available in a number of spots, but few destinations are as iconic as Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.
To really get away from it all, sleepy Molokai offers cozy guesthouses and gentle retail therapy, before staying up to catch the incredible night time skies and stargaze. For water babies, marine sanctuaries abound across the 50th state with incredible snorkeling and diving opportunities.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is a sultry city where a dose of true Southern charm goes a long way toward upping the romance factor. Quaint cobblestone streets, waterside dinners and carriage rides through the historic center keep visitors engaged in town.
For flower fans, nearby Magnolia Plantation is home to the United States’ oldest public gardens, sharing its blooms with visitors since 1870, while Middleton Place has more than 100 acres of trails, gardens and animals.
The 400-year-old Angel Oak Tree on nearby Johns Island is a prime spot for a romantic afternoon, before maybe taking a sunset or moonlit cruise. Thanks to the city’s dynamic and exciting dining scene, you can be sure of finding a table for two to toast one another.
Botswana
A safari has to be one of the most romantic escapes going thanks to the call of the wild, the stunning sunsets, the solitude and the starry skies. The landlocked southern African country of Botswana is growing in popularity, not least because of its remarkable game watching opportunities.
One option is Jack’s Camp, featuring 10 stylish canvas tents fitted out in 1940s designs. That means Persian rugs, brass and mahogany, as well as all modern creature comforts, despite the remote location.
When you’re finished wildlife watching, the combination of luxury and serenity should ensure that romance is renewed in style.
Jack’s Camp, Kalahari Desert, Botswana
Paris, France
If asked to name one of the world’s most romantic cities, the French capital would be the first name on many lips. Of course there are iconic sights and monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the cathedral of Notre Dame, the artist-filled streets of Montmartre or the galleries of the Louvre.
But it’s also worth seeking out other lesser-known and visited spots. Musée de la Vie Romantique is a museum dedicated to 19th-century romantics in art, music and literature, complete with a secret garden, while the Musée Marmottan boasts the largest Monet collection in the world and is far less crowded than the better-known museums .
Most of all, a trip to Paris is about wandering the streets with your beloved, getting happily lost in the maze of café- and restaurant-filled lanes and courtyards of districts such as the Latin Quarter or the Marais, the latter with its beautiful and elegant square, Place des Vosges.
Istanbul, Turkey
What’s better than one romantic vacation destination ? How about five? Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers 10-night Mediterranean cruises hitting up some of the most romantic destinations imaginable — think Athens, Istanbul, the Greek islands and Sicily before finishing up in the eternal city, Rome .
A day and a half in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul is one highlight, allowing you to explore the fabled Grand Bazaar and sights including the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. The fabled Bosphorous, the stretch of water linking Europe and Asia , is another draw.
Arguably the best bit? You only need to unpack once (or get your butler to help you out) — and you can do as much or as little as you choose.
Hoi An, Vietnam
The central Vietnamese coastal town of Hoi An may have rocketed in popularity in recent years, but even increased visitor numbers can’t detract from the undeniably quaint and romantic feel of this former trading port.
The old town is a warren of ancient temples, houses and stores built around a number of canals. Gently humped pedestrian bridges let you wander hand in hand, with hundr of multicolored lanterns above you swaying in the coastal breezes. Paper lanterns of another kind can also be lit and sent soaring skyward, along with a special message written with your valentine.
After strolling, enjoy some of the town’s rightly famous foods, notably the banh mi baguette sandwiches that counted Anthony Bourdain as one of their biggest fans. His photo features prominently in a number of the spots he frequented.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
A destination renowned for its sense of escape and privacy is the Pacific Ocean idyll of Bora Bora in French Polynesia, an hour’s flight north of Tahiti.
Known as the “Jewel of the South Seas,” its seclusion gives the feel of a private oasis, especially in one of the overwater bungalows that have become a popular feature of the seriously swish resorts. Some even offer room service that is delivered by an outrigger canoe.
Whether you choose to kick back in the spa, shop in local villages or even skydive for the more adventurous, it’s clear that the pace of life is the definition of relaxed. The only challenge for you and your valentine? Choosing which turquoise lagoon to hit next.
Venice , Italy
While it’s true that visitor numbers make it unlikely you’ll ever get much personal downtime along Venice ‘s canals, some options can guarantee your own private slice of la dolce vita.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani sits on Giudecca Island, just a five-minute ride in an elegant private wooden launch from St. Mark’s Square, but it’s a destination that takes you light years away from the crowds. Timeless elegance and charm abound in an atmosphere of vintage glamor, beloved by fans including George and Amal Clooney.
Sip on a Bellini — invented there — as you take in 270-degree views over the water toward the Doge’s Palace and Venice ‘s iconic silhouette. Michelin-starred cuisine and a world-class spa complete the sophisticated and ultra-exclusive picture of romance .
Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Giudecca 10, 30133 Venice , Italy ; +39 041 240801
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Another iconic destination for star-crossed lovers comes in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, where a mix of tango, rose gardens and riverfront dining make for an alluring destination with few rivals.
The city’s most famous architecture dates from the elegant late 19th and early 20th century Belle Époque, and parks are another big draw. But for romance , nowhere can top Paseo El Rosedal. As its name suggests, it’s a garden with 93 varieties of roses, walkways and benches for you and your beloved to sit a while or maybe enjoy a picnic.
The Puerto Madero neighborhood is a good choice for dinner thanks to its Río de la Plata waterfront restaurants, before late nights featuring live music and a tango show — or maybe a dance of your own at one of the countless tango gatherings, known as milongas.
Kyoto, Japan
The elegant former Japanese capital of Kyoto is a hugely popular choice for amorous visitors thanks to its beguiling mix of sites, history, culture, cuisine and always-courteous approach to guests.
A number of small streams flow through the old town, making for perfect photo opportunities, especially in cherry blossom season.
On the outskirts of the city lies the remarkable and otherworldly Arashiyama towering bamboo forest. The popular stop is just a short hop from Hoshinoya Kyoto, a luxurious resort on a quiet riverbank that can only be reached in the property’s elegant wooden launch. Romantic destinations won’t ever get much more serene.
Hoshinoya Kyoto, 11-2 Arashiyama Genrokuzancho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto Google News: Museum Rome site-channel3000.com

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America Deconstructed: An Interview with Chaithanya Sohan

I’m so happy to host an interview with Chaithanya Sohan. She’s one of the authors in the anthology America Deconstructed, which is out today. This looks like such an important book in light of conversations happening in the US.
1. The people featured in the book come from all walks of life and countries all over the world. Were you ever surprised by the stories your contributors had to share?
What do you say when you hear someone who is your age talk about selling potatoes and egg at the school yard. I had seen these stories in old Bollywood movies, but never knew someone my age could be living that life while my biggest hurdle was getting a certain grade, or not getting my chocolate for the week. I have been surprised, had my jaw drop in complete disbelief and humbled that I was fortunate to live the life I did in India.
2. In your experience, what is something that makes the cultural transition to America easier? Harder?
I think the American experience is a very personal journey and differs from one to the other. For me personally, everyday intricacies were challenging. Dating, going to get coffee, ordering food at the restaurant, etc were challenging. It took me about two years to sort of learn the ropes of American life. The easiest in terms of my transition was fashion, language and food.
3. What inspired you to pull together these stories? Were the contributors friends before starting the book?
As a teenager in America, I always thought my journey was unique. Nobody talked about the everyday challenges one faced. I thought I was unique in not knowing what a frappuccino or cappuccino was at Starbucks. It was when I met Shaima in college that I realized Starbucks might have been my sore spot but it was not unique. I always wanted to write a book, and I researched to see if there was a book like this. I then approached
Shaima with the idea, and America Deconstructed was born.
Well between the both of us, we knew most of the contributors. Some were friends, friends of family, and coworkers. We wanted diversity in the book, and we approached few people online, expats, bloggers etc to get the diversity we wanted in this book. It was extremely hard to find Caucasian immigrants.
4. A major theme in the book is acclimating to American culture and creating a new identity in a foreign environment. What can you tell us about this idea of identity and belonging?
I have always struggled with the sense of belonging in America. As someone who is born and raised in India, my identity is pretty strong. I don’t see myself as an Indian-American as even my mom does a lot of times. I still identify myself as Indian.
Belonging has been a challenge. As someone who still has strong emotional ties to India, and a certified mush ball, I have struggled with the notion of belonging and feeling at home in America. In 2009, I went back to India for the first time since I immigrated to America. As soon as I reached India, I felt the sense of belonging that had always evaded me in America. I feel like I am home when I go back to India and I crave that feeling when I am here. I always thought it was unique to me, but then I interviewed someone from Ghana who had come here when he was younger than I was, and yet the conflicts of belonging was as strong in him as it was in me. I knew then I wasn’t an unicorn.
5. What advice would you give to new immigrants who are chasing the American Dream?
The American Dream is a slow grind. It takes time and patience. Something as simple as dressing in an American acceptable way can be a slow process. As a tomboy, I used to dress in baggy jeans and big shirts back in India. It took me two years to dress in a mainstream acceptable way. It took two years for my jeans to get tighter and for my big baggy shirt to morph into fashionable tops. It was a slow and gradual process. American Dream can be different for different people. For a young person in college, it could be being accepted.
6. You refer to your surroundings as “cultural mix-masala.” How do you mix your own culture, your husband’s culture, and California culture?
I think this question is for my husband because he lives in a predominately Indian household with my Indian parents. On a serious note, we have been very open, accepting and respectful of each other’s cultures which has made the journey fun. We have formed our own subculture I think which is why I call it a cultural mix-masala. We indianize everything – chilli powder and spices are a staple in every cuisine we make at home. We have strived to take the good in all the cultures and make our own. It has been a normal all my life. As the granddaughter of an Anglo-Indian woman (British ancestry), I grew up in a multicultural household that probably wasn’t the typical Indian family. We have always had our own culture which made assimilating and making our culture in America easy and less daunting.
7. Your career has been focused on electrical engineering — how did you get into writing?
Electrical Engineering is my bread and butter, writing is chicken soup to my soul if that explains it. As a child, my dad and I would write letters to each other when we had our arguments. He would then critique the letter for grammatical errors. This is how I learned how to write. Years later, writing found me when I did not know how to move on after a tragedy. I began writing poems which one my teachers found in my book, and word spread around my school. I started hosting shows in school, writing for the school magazine, etc. I started freelancing when I came to America and eventually decided to write a book when I started thinking about becoming more professional in the space.
8. Why do you think it is important for people to hear these firsthand accounts?
These journeys need to be told especially in the political climate today. We always think about immigrants in terms of legal and illegal. We are not condoning illegal immigration in any way. We are trying to show the journeys of the people who call America home. We always think one can reach America and life is all good. It is not always the case. There is a assimilation period, learning a new language, etc that can be very funny yet
challenging. Something as simple as a coffee run can be a daunting task.
9. What are you hoping readers take away from these stories?
I am hoping readers can take the book for what it is – a montage of the journeys of people who immigrated to America. I hope they can read the book outside of judgement, laugh, cry and just enjoy the stories for what they are. On a serious note, I am hoping people can become more tolerant the next time they see someone struggle with conversational English or taking time ordering at a restaurant.
About The Author Chaithanya Sohan immigrated to the U.S. from India in 2001. She received a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from San Jose State University and a master’s from Santa Clara University, and now works in Silicon Valley. She began writing for various websites in 2002 and decided to pen “America Deconstructed” in 2013. She has also authored pieces on political issues for One Earth One Mission and www.rethinkreality.com . She enjoys traveling and runs www.nomadicsue.wordpress.com and www.wordspeare.wordpress.com . She and her husband, Denell Hopkins, live in Newark, California, with their daughter, Maya, puppy Zed and her parents.
Synopsis Naseer was nine years old when he escaped Taliban and fled Afghanistan with his mom and siblings. His story, “There are some people who are coming to take me away”, chronicles the resilience of a nine year old boy as he traveled from Afghanistan to America in his quest for the American dream. “I saw a ripe mango I’d like to pluck” showcases the love story of Chidiebere and Ifeyinwa, which begins in rustic Nigeria and culminates into a life in America. Their journey chronicles their struggles with language, culture and being African in America. In the story “ Kosovo, really…cool”, Lisian takes us through his journey to America and often being asked his identity in spite of being white. In the story “I am exotic, mocha, P-diddy”, Parag describes his journey from a young sixth grader who hid his attraction to boys in conservative India to embracing his sexuality in America. America Deconstructed follows the journeys of sixteen immigrants who have left their home countries in search of the American dream. The stories combine humor and emotions as the protagonists maneuver cultural differences, accents and uncomfortable situations while feeling a sense of belonging in America.
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Top Valentine’s Destinations For Your Romantic Excursion on the Island of Gods

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Just the mere mention of Bali evokes images of what a paradise may look like; and there’s nothing quite more romantic than celebrating your love in paradise. As February marks the most romantic time of the year, the occasion of Valentine’s day brings with it a number of delightful offers and promotions prepared especially to commemorate this amorous occasion. The Island of Gods, with wonders on every corner, is the perfect setting for you and your significant other.
If you’re wondering where is the perfect spot for you, Eat Vacation has selected a number of options for you to choose from:
Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach
Valentine is a lovely time for enjoying an intimate time together with the special someone. Wine and dine in the romantic setting of Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach will surely be an unforgettable romantic night. Indulge in a very intimate 6-course dinner at the exotic Secret Garden pool. Surrounded with foliage, candle lights and gleaming waters of the pool, it is indeed the perfect place to spend the lovely Valentine’s evening with your special someone. Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak offers a romantic setting for a truly unforgettable evening.
Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach offers dreamy and exclusive Valentine’s dinner experience with its romantic atmosphere and delectable signature dishes for your dining pleasure. For more information and reservation, please visit https://seminyak.hotelindigo.com/valentine-2019
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
At Sundara Beach Club, lovebirds can dine at the beachfront with an Asian-inspired menu, accompanied by a live Latin music and first-class service – all tied up to be an exciting recipe for romance this Valentine’s Day. This cool spot at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay has also created a seductive 6-course dinner to boost the mood for romance, which features homemade smoked salmon pastrami and pan seared king scallops, just to name a few. Taste their special ‘Forbidden Fruit’ dessert from award-winning Yusuke Aoki, who pairs Valrhona white chocolate with Araguani 72% dark chocolate. Furthermore, couples are treated to one round of Sundara’s February Symphony cocktails with their evening meal as part of this package. ‘Forbidden Fruit’ dessert from award-winning Yusuke Aoki, who pairs Valrhona white chocolate with Araguani 72% dark chocolate.
For an evening overlooking the lights of Jimbaran Bay, couples can also delight in the sharing menu from the beach-front private gazebo. Sheltered in a calm bay, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay is an ultimate destination for lovers. For more information, please visit http://fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay
AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali
This Valentine’s Day, couples are invited for a candlelit al fresco dining beneath the stars at AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali’s DAVA Steak & Seafood. There’s also the option of enjoying cocktails at AYANA’s UNIQUE Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, which features a stunning rooftop location overlooking the forest and out to the ocean beyond. Fancy cocktail and dessert after a fulfilling Valentine’s day dinner? Look no further than AYANA’s UNIQUE to enjoy exquisite drinks from their iconic rooftop location.
But the celebratory offer for this romantic occasion doesn’t stop there, either, as the resort has also prepared a Pesta Lobster offer for couples to mark the amorous day or an intimate Asmara Romantic Dinner offer, both featuring candle light dinner specially arranged by the AYANA team. For more information and to make your reservations, call +62361702222 or visit http://ayana.com/bali/ayana-resort-and-spa/offers/dining .
The Trans Resort Bali
Romantic getaways are a must on Valentine’s Day, but The Trans Resort Bali can take your getaway to the next level with enticing dishes at their Celebration of Love. A combination of true Balinese hospitality, luxurious accommodation and an exquisite dinner complemented with personalised service will ensure a flawless romantic experience at The Trans Resort Bali. The five course meal will surely be the highlight of your Valentine’s Day escape, inspired by French and Italian cuisine that are exclusive to the restaurant on this day only. The Trans Resort Bali offers a combination of true Balinese hospitality, luxurious accommodation and exquisite dinner options.
A table for two for an extravagant dinner experience is IDR 1,600,000++ and includes two glasses of sparkling wine. You have to option to dine in private with your loved one at The Waterfall Garden in the resort, complete with your own private server and a bottle of champagne at IDR 5,000,000++. For more information and reservations, call +623618981234 or email reservation.bali@thetranshotel.com.
The ANVAYA Beach Resort Bali
The ANVAYA Beach Resort Bali is offering romantic options with the perfect setting of Kuta’s sparkling ocean views blended with the elegance of the resort’s Balinese architecture. For the month of February, guests of The ANVAYA are invited to reserve the Month of Love Package, a package which includes a two-night stay in the opulence of a Premiere Lagoon with daily breakfast for two persons and also includes an intimate 4-course set candlelit dinner at the lagoon terrace with romantic decorations. Couples can indulge in a weekend of relaxation, romance, and love at The ANVAYA.
Get ready to experience paradise for this year’s day of love at The ANVAYA Beach Resort Bali. Reserve today and contact the resort at (0361) 2070477 or email info@theanvayabali.com.
W Bali – Seminyak
This year, W Bali – Seminyak invites the cheering hearts to steal the blissful scene on the day of lovers with their dates. Not only limited to couples, but Woobar Bali will also set its expanse as a place where singles can mingle and meet people they make a connection with. Bring your dancing shoes to Woobar Bali, the playground of international DJs and the island’s music destination.
Woobar Bali is a stylish beach club promising an extensive selection of creative cocktails, light bites and all-night dancing to the beats of international DJs. Don’t hesitate to plan your Valentine’s Day with Single Mingle at Woobar on February 14, 2019, from 9 p.m. onwards. For further information or reservation kindly contact +62 361 3000 106 or e-mail to bf.wbali@whotels.com.
Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort
Your romantic evening can start nice and slow with a catch of the sunset and panoramic views of the ocean at Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. To follow, a dinner at either their award-winning rooftop restaurant, MoonLite Kitchen and Bar, or their newly renovated Sunset on Seminyak, is an option for lovebirds to mark the occasion. The two restaurants have prepared special four-course set menu to accompany couples celebrating this Valentine’s Day, with MoonLite offering a selection of pan-Asian dishes, and Sunset on Seminyak focusing more on an internationally focused menu. Enjoy the sunset and panoramic ocean views before your Valentine’s day dinner at Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort.
The romantic vibes can be further complemented with an option of wine pairings, and a la carte menu options are also available for those keen to explore these restaurant’s other dishes. For more information or to make a reservation, call +62361737773 or email .
Double-Six Luxury Hotel – Seminyak
With love and romance up in the air, Double-Six Luxury Hotel in Seminyak has prepared a number of offerings that could meet the lovers’ specific indulgences; if you’re in the mood to catch a live Soprano singer amid a Gatsby-themed backdrop at The Plantation Grill or a casual Italian dining at Seminyak Italian food, this is the destination for you and your loved one. Those looking for an after-dinner option can join the Rooftop Sunset Bar’s massive dance party, which is open for both singles and couples. Seminyak Italian Food, a modern trattoria overlooking Double-Six Beach, is a dining option for couples this Valentine’s Day.
All in all, Double Six Luxury Hotel in Seminyak’s prime location and exclusive promotions prepared especially to commemorate this Valentine’s Day makes it one of the island’s hot spot worthy for a highlight in your February. For more information, visit http://www.double-six.com .
Aryaduta Bali
When a private setting to further your intimate moments with that special someone is on top of your mind for this Valentine’s Day, Aryaduta Bali’s romantic garden could be an option for lovers abound to celebrate the romantic evening. The hotel is set to prepare a lovely intimate dinner for couples in their garden, or in the privacy of guests’ room balcony. The hotel’s chef has prepared a curated set menu of seared scallop, prawn bisque, Australian black angus beef and coconut crème brûlée to accompany the amorous occasion. Couples looking for a private setting should look no further than Aryaduta Bali for their Valentine’s day celebration.
Couples can also take up Aryaduta Bali’s Valentine package with bookings to be made on February 14th and take an advantage of their strategic location near Bali’s most recognized attractions. For more information, email or visit http://www.aryaduta.com/aryaduta-bali-in-kuta .
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
Have your Valentine’s Day date night Italian Style at Bene Italian Kitchen! Start the night with a sundowner at the rooftop while witnessing Kuta’s golden sunset with a buy one get one free on signature cocktails and selected beer and wines. As the sun sets, indulge in a flavourful four-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Rossano Renzelli while being serenaded by live acoustic music. At the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, Valentine’s Day menu is prepared by Executive Chef Rossano Renzelli.
To reserve a table for a sumptuous feast or for information call +62 361 846 5555 or email restaurants.balikuta@sheraton.com.
Komaneka at Keramas Beach
Lavish in the Valentine’s day with a secluded Coastal Romance Exclusive Dinner by Timur Kitchen at Komaneka Keramas Beach. Beautifully arranged by the seaside with the sound of waves around, Komaneka offers not only Balinese atmosphere and intimacy but also specially prepared dishes by the Komaneka Chef. Dine in the open pavilion overlooking the Indian Ocean with scenic views of the neighbouring Island Nusa Penida, Bali’s famous Mount Agung, the resort’s rice fields and the stunning beachside swimming pool. Komaneka at Keramas beach offers not only Balinese atmosphere and intimacy, but also specially prepared dishes for couples to mark the amorous occasion.
Timur Kitchen is dedicated to be a healthy dining destination that focuses on maximizing the use of Indonesian ingredients and spices. You may opt for the flavourful and savory Indonesian cuisine or classic Western favorites for your dinner menu for only IDR 600,000++ per couple. Due to limited seats, advance reservation is highly recommended. For more information, please kindly refer to +623614794455 or email
Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran
Luxuriate away on Valentine’s day at Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran enjoying delectable cuisines while sitting on breathtaking venues that is Celebration Pavilion, Secret Garden and the exclusive The Edge that only accommodates one very special couple. Dine in the dimly lit and intimate Celebration Pavilion that is surrounded by the pool. Enjoy the quality time provided in the serene and tender ambience of the Edge, as it sits in beautifully in the middle of the pool. Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran’s exclusive The Edge restaurant will only accommodate one very special couple this Valentine’s day.
Relish in the sunset while delighting yourself with the romantic surprises prepared by Executive Chef Hendri Ferbriadi and his team. Sip on the welcoming glass of wine or Kir Royale that is accompanied with an amuse bouche of infused carrot or melon soup. The menu ranges from homemade creamy seafood bisque, a pan seared foie gras or grilled king prawn, spiced beef tenderloin served with Yorkshire pudding and many more. For more information, please kindly visit https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dpsmd-le-meridien-bali-jimbaran/
Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur
E xperience a memorable love affair for a lifetime of memories with a 120-minute romantic spa indulgence at Sudajiva Spa. Side by side in our beautiful couple’s room you will be treated to a blissfully soothing massage using fresh tropical flower petals to relax and rejuvenate. This massage is followed by Chocolate Body Scrub to cleanse and hydrate skin, and finally, a flower petals romantic bath complemented with wine and homemade chocolate pralines to wrap up this divine treatment. For a calm Valentine’s day, Sudamala Suites & Villas special Valentine’s day offer might be the ideal option.
A calm Valentine’s day might be the ideal Valentine’s day for homebodies. For more info and reservations on this relaxing package, contact (0361) 288555 or email reservations. sanur@sudamalaresorts.com
It’s time to make new memories with your loved one, and where is a more perfect place than the Island of Gods? Don’t miss out on these amazing offers from some of the island’s best hotels and resorts, specially prepared for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Post navigation

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Five Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Udaipur City

Five Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Udaipur City February 12, 2019 by Newswire
Udaipur can leave you with such awe, and if you are a first time visitor to this City of Lakes, the experience can be even more magical. The Udaipur Taxi Tour legacy that is ingrained in its sights, sounds and colors can leave you flabbergasted.
The most Beautiful Dining Places where you can have a wonderful experience. Rajbagh Restaurant:
Situated besides the Fateh Sagar Lake and gives a beautiful view. They serve a wonderful buffet ranging various varieties from North to South Indian the staff here is really helpful and friendly. They have a candle light dinner as well. Jhumar Restaurant:
This place is just by the lake side with a good open view. The decor and ambiance is just average, but the food had good portions and was fulfilling. Ordered Paranthas and Puri for breakfast – Good enough for 2 Couples and Family. Trident Udaipur:
Stay at Trident, Udaipur and experience the five star splendor of Rajasthan in Udaipur, India. Nicknamed the ‘City of Lakes’ for its picturesque lakes framed by the Aravalli range, the history of Udaipur is a rich and charming tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples and gardens which reflect the varied influences of centuries past. The erstwhile capital of the Kingdom of Mewar, the city was founded in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh. From its magnificent palaces to its vibrant bazaars, the city is probably the best example of romantic and alluring Rajasthan at its finest. Jagmandir:
Jag Mandir is a palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It is also called the “Lake Garden Palace”. The palace is located in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Its construction is credited to three Maharanas of the Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar kingdom. Khamma Ghani Restaurant:
Khamma Ghani is a Lake Side fine dining as well as traditional Udaipur style sitting restaurant on Rang Sagar lake with a swimming pool and Lawns, we have a big space of atleast 20 cars parking, It’s a beautifully designed open as well as covered restaurant serving Indian,Chinese and continental cuisine, we have a live Tandoor where guests can enjoy Grilled food too , Khamma Ghani has a dedicated Vegetarian kitchen seperately for our guests . Related Article

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