‘The Poetess’, ‘The Journey’ to screen at Cinema Akil this Ramadan
‘The Poetess’, ‘The Journey’ to screen at Cinema Akil this Ramadan
The Poetess Image Credit: Supplied This Ramadan, grab that popcorn for evenings of culture and cinematic pleasure as independent film platform Cinema Akil screens some award-winning films from the Arab region. Gulf News tabloid! goes behind the lens to bring you the best of the fest, along with a special cinemajlis for those looking for more.
The Poetess Directed by : Stefanie Brockhaus and Andreas Wolff
Rebelling against the patriarchal set up, Hissa Hilal emerges as a voice behind the veil who becomes a contestant on the ‘Million’s Poet’, an Abu Dhabi-based reality show, that gives its winner millions of dollars in prize money. Using the platform given to her in biggest poetry competition the Arab world, Hilal enters a world dominated by men, where her poems serve as her weapon to criticise societal injustice in the fight for equal rights.
Details: Until May 11 at Alserkal Avenue, Dubai at various timings.
Naila and the Uprising Directed by: Julia Bacha
Screening in collaboration with Reel Palestine Film Festival, this gripping drama follows the story of Naila Ayesh, a Palestinian activist and resistance leader of the First Intifada, which is led by women. When a nationwide uprising breaks out in 1987 in Gaza, Ayesh must make a choice between love, family and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognise the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time.
Details: Screening from May 11-17 at Alserkal Avenue, Dubai at various timings.
Spirited Away Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Abu Dhabi’s Warehouse421 is hosting its first of two-film suhoor screenings on May 11. Director Hayao Miyazaki’s 2003 Oscar-winning Animated Feature follows up on his 1997 film, ‘Princess Mononoke’ with this surreal Alice in Wonderland-like tale about a lost little girl.
The film opens with 10-year-old Chihiro riding along during a family outing as her father races through remote country roads. When they come upon a blocked tunnel, her parents decide to have a look around — even though Chihiro finds the place very creepy. When they pass through the tunnel, they discover an abandoned amusement park. As Chihiro’s bad vibes continue, her parents discover an empty eatery that smells of fresh food. After her mother and father help themselves to some tasty purloined morsels, they turn into giant pigs. Chihiro understandably freaks out and flees. She learns this place is a resort for the supernatural after their tour of duty in the human world. And the rules are, if you forget your name, you will never leave.
Details: On May 11 at Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi. Free entry.
Nakba Day Special: PFU Series of Shorts Nakba Day film shorts Image Credit: Supplied
Cinema Akil is celebrating 50 years of the Palestine Film Unit (PFU) and commemorating Nakba Day, in collaboration with Reel Palestine film festival.
This special screening will include a series of short films from the PFU by award-winning filmmaker Mustafa Abu Ali who launched the Palestine Cinema Group (PCG) in Ramallah in 2004, along with Khadijah Habashneh Abu Ali, a former founding member of the General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW) and a current board member of the Palestinian Woman Research and Documentation Center (PWRDC).
Details: On May 15 at Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi at 9pm.
The Journey The Journey Image Credit: Supplied
Directed by: Mohamed Al-Daradji
In Baghdad 2006, as Sara stands on the cusp of committing an unthinkable act, an unforeseen and awkward encounter gives her the opportunity to witness the potential consequences of her destructive action. But, is this a second chance or an admission of guilt?
Details: From May 17 until 25 at Alserkal Avenue, Dubai at various timings.
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Image Credit: Supplied
Directed by: Mami Sunada
The documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of the Studio Ghibli, where filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki show their work to release two films simultaneously, ‘The Wind Rises’ and ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’.
Details: May 18, Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi at 9pm. This is a free screening.
Ext. Night Ext. Night Image Credit: Supplied
Directed by: Ahmad Abdalla
Aspiring young director Moe (Karim Kassem) is in the middle of an existential crisis — his film is underfinanced, his friends are being arrested and his dream projects cannot be accomplished. A taxi ride through Cairo opens his eyes and introduces him to a different side of the city. Together with the witty prostitute Toutou (Mona Hala) and the choleric taxi driver Mostafa (Sherif Al Desouky), he manages to break free of his bubble.
Details: May 24 to June 2 at Alserkal Avenue, Dubai at various timings.
Cinema Akil nights Image Credit: Supplied
Cinemajlis Nights Cinema Akil and Project Chaiwala are transforming the cinema into a dining majlis serving casual, family-style South Asian cuisine and screening award-winning Arab films throughout Ramadan.
Cinemajlis will also host games, talks, as well as performances by open mic event Blank Space including oud-qanun-piano sibling trio De3bal and singer-songwriter Haranero.
Iftar will be served every night followed by films screening at 9pm and 11pm on weekdays. There will be pre-iftar screenings on weekends.
The Cinemajlis iftar, plus film package is Dh200, which includes iftar and a ticket to the 9pm show.
*Cinema Akil tickets at Alserkal Avenue are priced at Dh52.50 and can be booked online.
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Nutrition Capital Network Deal Download: April 2019
May 07, 2019 Nutrition Capital Network Deal Download: April 2019 Supplement deals were down in 2018, but sales are expected to rebound. Besides supplements, hot categories in natural products include CBD, hemp, snacks, dairy and tech. May 08, 2019 Supplement deals
The NCN Transaction Database tracked half the number of dietary supplement acquisitions in 2018 compared to the prior year. But with global supplement sales rebounding to nearly 6% growth in 2017 and projected to remain steady through 2021,according to a global supplement business report by Nutrition Business Journal, the segment is likely to remain of interest to companies pursuing health and wellness opportunities. Related: The Analyst’s Take: 47 percent of consumers are familiar with CBD
In April, Unilever announced it is acquiring OLLY Nutrition —a brand of gummy supplements, protein powders and snack bars—and described Olly as an innovative brand in the fast-growing health and wellbeing space that “nicely complements” its beauty, personal care and foods businesses. OLLY Nutrition was co-founded in 2014 by Eric Ryan, who previously co-founded Method, a home and personal care products company. The announcement comes six months after Unilever closed a 75% stake in Equilibra , an Italian personal care and nutritional supplement business.
Through its venture unit, Unilever was also a return investor in a$35 million Series B financingin Nutrafol hair-health supplements. L Catterton led the round. Launched in 2016, Nutrafol addresses the hormonal, environmental and hereditary causes of hair problems using botanicals, vitamins and proprietary nutritional blends. Related: Money makes the natural foods and products world grow
Hemp and cannabis companies also made deals in the supplement space. Seeking to leverage an established supplement distribution network in Europe for cannabidiol (CBD) sales, medicinal cannabis company Abattis Bioceuticals Corp . of Canada is acquiring the Pro Natura BV . The nutritional supplement company has around $11 million in annual sales and is being sold by Catalyst Investment Capital Corp . for $7.5 million.
Hemp grower and extract manufacturer Elixinol is acquiring a 25% stake in Altmeds LLC , maker of Pet Releaf hemp-derived CBD products. The two companies will leverage supply chain efficiencies, according to Elixinol, which supplies organic hemp extract for Pet Releaf. The deal is also expected to give Elixinol greater exposure to the CBD pet products market, which according to Brightfield Group research cited by Elixinol is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 151% between 2018-2022 to a market size of $1.16 billion.
Other supplement deals included Dane Creek Capital Corp., which added to its pet focused portfolio by acquiring RawPaw Natural Foods of Canada, a distributor and marketer of pet supplements that complement a raw pet food diet.
Balance Point Capital , a maker of “multifunctional” supplements for humans (and their dogs) announced an investment in SmartyPants, Inc. , a portfolio company of North Castle Partners , to facilitate refinancing and support growth. Nutrition Business Journal Snack deals
Mondelēz International announced a minority investment in Hu Master Holdings , parent company of both Hu Kitchen and the Hu brand of vegan and paleo snacks. This is Mondelēz’s second investment as part of its SnackFutures innovation and venture hub. Hu products include vegan, soy-free and sugar-free chocolate, in addition to grain-free crackers.
District Ventures Capital closed an equity investment with OHi Food Co. , producer of refrigerated OHi Superfood Bars made with plant-based ingredients and free from gluten, grains, dairy, soy, refined sugars and GMO ingredients. Food deals
Dutch organic food company Royal Wessanen NV agreed to be acquired for $997 million in cash by a consortium of PAI Partners and Wessanen’s largest shareholder, Charles Jobson . As part of an agreed growth strategy, Wessanen will upgrade operations to improve efficiency and add scale through acquisitions. Wessanen brands include Bonneterre, Bjorg, Clipper, Kallo, Whole Earth and Zonnatura.
Kettle Cuisine , an artisan producer of refrigerated and frozen natural soups, acquired Harry’s Fresh Foods , a custom food manufacturing company. Since Kainos acquired Kettle Cuisine in 2015, it has invested more than $300 million to acquire complementary businesses and expand its “from-scratch” bone-broth capabilities.
North Castle Partners made an investment in Maya Kaimal Foods LLC , a brand of Indian-inspired sauces, condiments and ready-to-eat dals and rices named for founder and cookbook author Maya Kaimal.
Sunrise Strategic Partners , a Boulder, Colorado-based accelerator of emerging brands announced an investment in Cali’flour Foods . This is the 11th investment for Sunrise, which was co-founded by nutrition industry veteran Steve Hughes and Trilantic North America, since it launched in 2016. Cali’Flour Foods makes low-carb, gluten-free pizza crusts, flatbreads, crackers and pasta using fresh cauliflower as a main ingredient. Dairy deals
Goat milk transactions were prominent in the dairy segment, with Swiss dairy giant Emmi taking a 66% stake in the organic goat and sheep milk processor Leeb Biomilch GmbH of Austria (annual sales of approximately $16.8 million). Emmi’s goat milk network now includes three processors in the United States (Cypress Grove, Redwood Hill, Jackson-Mitchell/Meyenberg) and three in Europe.
Following Bubs Australia ’s recent announcement of a Chinese joint venture with BeingMate Baby & Child Food , it is now acquiring one of its suppliers, Australia Deloraine Dairy , for around $17.8 million in cash and $7.1 million in shares. Additional payments of up to $10.7 million could be made during the next three years. Deloraine produces a Bubs goat milk infant formula and CapriLac goat milk powder. Fem-tech deals
Technology targeting under-served areas of women’s healthcare made headlines in April, with London-based Elvie , announcing a $42 million Series B led by private-equity firm IPGL and supported by Octopus Ventures and Impact Ventures UK . Elvie sells a silent wearable breast pump and a smart pelvic floor exerciser.
In the United States, fem-tech company Kindbody raised $15 million in Series A financing, bringing its total to $22 million. The company says it is reinventing women’s health care through brick-and-mortar and mobile clinics, starting with fertility care and expanding into mental health, nutrition and gynecological services. RRE Ventures and Perceptive Advisors co-led the round. Test kit deals
Also empowering consumers to take control of their health, EverlyWell raised $50 million in financing for its test kit platform, led by Goodwater Capital with Highland Capital Partners joining. EverlyWell offers 35 lab tests starting at $49, including tests for food sensitivity, fertility, cholesterol, STDs and thyroid. EverlyWell will use funding to expand its digital platform and scale partnerships with companies like CVS and Humana.
Impact investor HCAP Partners announced an investment in Confirm BioSciences , a developer of diagnostic drug and wellness kit tests like Drug Confirm for substance detection, and HealthConfirm to test for health and wellness hormones and neurotransmitters. Biotech deals
Ingredion Incorporated is leading a Series B funding round in Clara Foods , a biotech startup making animal-free egg whites using a proprietary microbial fermentation technology. Ingredion will partner with Clara Foods to distribute and market alternative egg proteins, which are derived from yeast and promise to reduce both the production and environmental costs of using animal proteins. Agritech deals
TerViva , an agriculture technology firm commercializing pongamia trees, raised an additional $20 million in its first close of a Series D funding. Pongamia trees, known as vertical soy, produce up to 10 times more beans per acre than soy for plant protein, vegetable oil and biofuel, according to TerViva. New funds will allow TerViva to accelerate research and product-development partnerships, in addition to supplying farmers with its patented, high-yielding oilseed trees. IPO news
In April, Beyond Meat Inc. looked on track to generate as much as $183.8 million from its initial public offering, but the maker of plant-based burgers raised $240 million on May 2, with stock trading well above its IPO price of $25. The company closed with a market value reported at around $3.8 billion, eclipsing the $1.21 billion high-end original estimate. In 2018, Beyond Meat had a net loss of $29.9 million on net revenue of $87.9 million. According to Bloomberg , Tyson Foods Inc. sold its 6.5% stake in Beyond Meat ahead of the IPO and plans to launch its own alternative protein product.
Post submitted a draft registration to the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed IPO of its Active Nutrition business, which sells ready-to-drink protein shakes, beverages, powders, nutrition bars and supplements under the Premier Protein, Dymatize, PowerBar, Supreme Protein and Joint Juice brands. In FY 2018, the business generated net sales of $827.5 million, an increase of 16% over the prior year. Post announced in November its plan to spin off the business and sell approximately 20% of the ownership. Divestitures
Two transactions in April saw CPG giants back-pedaling on diversification into fresh foods. Danone SA is selling Earthbound Farm , its U.S. packaged organic salads business, to family-owned Taylor Farms in California for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 1984, Earthbound Farm is one of the largest producers of organic salads in the United States, generating annual sales of about $400 million in 2018. Earthbound Farm was part of Danone’s acquisition of WhiteWave completed in 2017.
Campbell Soup Company is selling Bolthouse Farms to an affiliate of Butterfly Equity for $510 million. Acquired by Campbell in August 2012, Bolthouse Farms produces organic beverages, dressings and carrots. Upon completion, Campbell will have divested its entire Campbell Fresh division, having agreed in February to sell its Garden Fresh Gourmet salsa, dips and soup business to Fountain of Health USA . New funds
Private equity firm North Castle Partners announced the close of North Castle Partners VII, L.P. at $400 million. The oversubscribed fund was raised in less than five months. North Castle focuses on healthy, active and sustainable living.
Cultivian Sandbox Ventures closed Cultivian Sandbox Food & Agriculture Fund III. The $135 million fund invests in food and agriculture technology companies that address global megatrends, including demand for protein, food safety, traceability, nutrition, and resource efficiency.
Rio Investment Partners of Canada announced the launch of a new venture capital fund focused on the North American ag-tech and food-tech value chain. Successor to Avrio Capital, a specialist in agricultural equity investing, Rio is targeting $150 million and has secured $77.5 million in a first close.
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Suburban foodies: Paddington
Lunch Bar 80% brunch hotspots, 15% op shops, 5% fearing that your car will roll down Reading Street. Aside from top tier thrift shopping (with more than $20 in your pocket because girl, there are brands to be found thanks to generous suburban mums and dads with fashion sense and a short appreciation span), Paddington is abundant in all-day dining venues where prosecco fountains and hummus bowls will be comin’ at ya from every angle. Here’s everything worth eating and drinking in pristine inner Brisbane city suburb, Paddington. Yavanna Whether you’re vegan or ve-curious, Yavanna has enough to capture your attention through the art of plant-based cuisine. We’re not talking garden salads and bubble ’n’ squeak burgers on repeat – rather, think fried ‘chicken’, poutine, meatless-ball subs, and pesto chicken burgers where bird is certainly not the word. Besides badass lunch and dinner offerings, breakfast is 100% a go, with a healthy morning tea dose of brownies and other baked goods ready to take home. You know Yavanna. Hai Hai Ramen It’s a hai from us. Paddington’s ramen connoisseurs aren’t one-trick ponies (but you better believe we’re ready to ride that ramen like there’s no tomorrow), dishing up everything from steamed buns to chicken karaage on the side. As you’d expect, the ramen is right on. Respectfully slurp your way through one of four flavour combos being tonkotsu, chicken, vego or miso. Hallelujah, it’s raining (ra)men. Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers Gnocchin’ dinner goals out of the park, these boys sure know how to turn potatoes into pure joy. Starting from humble beginnings at market stalls and pop-ups around Brisbane (which they still dabble in), Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers have planted their roots in Paddington for when cravings call (or in our case, scream until they get what they want). Aim for the signature gnocchi with wild mushroom and truffle sauce or slow cooked Bolognese, followed by fresh Sicilian cannoli, because why the heck not? Darling & Co. That’s the way it’s gonna be, little Darling & Co. This gorgeous space is an obvious choice for all-day dining, but really puts Paddington on the map with their infamous prosecco fountain! Part of Darling’s Sunday Sparkling Springs package, you can pour your own bevs direct from the fountain alongside shared gourmet canapés like oysters and fried baby squid while Snapchatting your way to attention-fuelled satisfaction. Kettle & Tin Don’t pop the kettle on, do head to Kettle & Tin. Paddington’s fave bar and eatery starts with breakfast and ends with ‘big stuff’, and you should do the same. Wake up to adult Milo panna cotta with Baileys, cream and mint, sleep, and repeat your visit with a dinner of wild rice nasi goreng. Life. Sorted. Chapter IV All-day breakfast is a blessing, as is Chapter IV. Whenever you decide to wake up, the good dudes at this picture-perfect café will be waiting with brekky reuben, signature soft-shell crab eggs Benedict and coconut waffles with Nutella brownie and ice cream. If you’re more of a ‘wake up and get straight into lunch’ kinda human, you’re all set. Grab a beef and short rib hash, a glass of pinot gris and stare into the soul of the suburbs. Today is your day. It’s Mirchi Hello, is it Mi(rchi) you’re looking for? If you’re looking for darn good Indian cuisine, then you’re in the right burb. It’s Mirchi is like naan other, with fragrant, flavoursome bowls of lamb korma, butter chicken, crispy prawns and spinach pakoda. There are plenty of gluten free, vegan and vego options to make sure the entire family is happy… and rolling out with a brand new batch of food babies. Not mad. Naïm The home of mouth-watering Middle Eastern eats, Naïm provides breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings that’ll really tickle your house pickles. While shakshuka, vanilla halva waffles and eggplant tagine are right up there on our must-try list, you NEED to start your initiation to the Naïm community by tackling a hummus bowl. The bad boys are loaded with house-made hummus, Israeli salad, marinated olives, cumin and gouda, with toasted za’atar flatbread for dipping, and chicken schnitzel perched on top (say yes to the chook). Remy’s One of the most loveable locals is Remy’s – a house on the hill that’s full of hospitality, beer, and burgers. In between $3 taco Tuesdays and 2-4-1 burger Sundays, eat your way through the menu with top picks including vegan beans on sourdough, the juiciest double cheeseburger humanly possible, and a cheeky bacon Bloody Mary. Crisp. Anouk Café Come hungry, leave shook. Anouk Café puts on epic all-day breakfast spreads, with the three cheese omelette featuring feta, mozzarella and parmesan with seasonal herbs and truffle oil laughing at our lactose intolerance knowing well that we’re going to choose it anyway. If you’re looking for another one-pan wonder, go the nomnom hash – sweet potato, wombok, streaky bacon, kim chi and a fried egg. Hope & Anchor Set sail for Hope & Anchor if you’re after a little booze cruise. This cottage turned pub gets real English, real fast with everything from scotched hen’s egg with spiced plum ketchup to Lancashire hot pot with lamb and a potato scallop top. Have yourself a merry little barrel aged negroni to top things off (and maybe a few other tipples from the tempting cocktail list). Sick thought: turn this list into the mother of all crawls? Words by Nicole Portacha – the gourmand who loves food more than The Simpsons (trust me, that’s a lot) Share the love!
UK restaurant boss asks fellow businessmen to sell Pakistani cuisine with pride
UK restaurant boss asks fellow businessmen to sell Pakistani cuisine with pride
LONDON: A leading Pakistani restaurant boss has called on Pakistani restaurant owners to proudly own Pakistani cuisine and stop marketing their business places as Indian.
Raja Suleman Raza, who made his name after setting up a successful chain of Spice Village restaurants across Britain, said that Pakistani cuisine has a distinct taste and flavour when compared with Indian cuisine but it was surprising that several Pakistanis market their restaurants and eateries as “Indian” while actually serving Pakistani cuisine and being of Pakistani origin.
“I proudly go around and tell the world that I am a Pakistani, my restaurants serve Pakistani cuisine and I am proud of it. I have been doing a great business by marketing my business associated with Pakistani name and Pakistani food. It’s unfortunate that hundreds of Pakistani restaurant and takeaway owners in Britain don’t want to be associated with the Pakistani name and instead use ‘Indian’ name to do business,” said Suleman Raza, who has won several food industry awards.
“I call on all such restaurant owners to reconsider their approach, be true to yourself, your origin and be proud of Pakistan. This will give you more respect and credibility than anything else,” he stressed in an interview with The News and Geo.
Suleman Raza came to Britain from Pakistan several years ago and started working as a chef in a Brixton restaurant with an aspiration to start his own restaurant. He always felt things could be done differently for more delectable outcomes. The young Suleman found himself captivated with London’s eclectic restaurant scene and longed to bring some of that foodie culture back to South of London.
“I was even more sure of my success as I thought I had found the magic potion to hit it off – the spices,” he said. Suleman decided to set up his restaurant business in Tooting for “people who might drive long distances to find an authentic restaurant with great food, where they could take their time with friends and families without feeling rushed. Slow, enjoyable food. Nothing to be rushed”.
While sweating himself in kitchen, Suleman immersed himself in almost daily restaurant planning. He began collecting travel-magazine photos of restaurants, along with reviews and other articles about their food presentations. “I started spending most of my time away from cooking thinking about the components of food, blends of spices, service and ambiance,” he recollected.
He opened Spice Village restaurant in 2004. His workdays usually started at 9 a.m., going over the itinerary of the day with dozens of items to source, and ended at 3 a.m. after clean-up. Suleman regularly mopped and swept the restaurant, hauled delivery boxes to the recycling centre, did the restaurant’s laundry and served as general handyman.
Suleman’s hard work has been rewarded. Customers have poured in, some of them from 30-40 miles away. Spice Village spread to the East of London and West of London too and its clients include mainly Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis and many others. From Tooting it reached Ilford and then Southall.
“I always thought it would be more challenging to bring people in without alcohol. However, I believed if we would be good enough, we could do that. I don’t believe in alcohol and do believe in getting customers intoxicated with the power of spices – a much healthier option.”
Spice village customers range from the British House of Commons and House of Lords to Lambeth Palace, the Riyal Military Academy at Sandhurst, several embassies and London’s best starred hotels and iconic venues. London’s mayor Sadiq Khan ranks Spice Village among his favourites.
“I have made sure that I promote Pakistan every day through my business and that’s my responsibility and my commitment to the country of my origin. We are all set to go global in second half of 2019 with branches in South Asia and Middle East,” said Suleman.
Pamper Your Mother with The Finest Lunch at Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi Saket
Pamper Your Mother with The Finest Lunch at Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi Saket 07/05/2019
It is not just an ordinary Sunday on May 12th. It is a day to celebrate the most special woman in your life. The one who has been there for you, showers you with unconditional love and spend endless time in the kitchen cooking your favourite dishes. So give your mother a break from all the cooking and plan a date at Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi Saket to indulge her with Mother’s Day special lunch @ INR 666++ only.
Why stop at lunch? Take her out for dinner at Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi Saket and she can dine for free when accompanied with someone.
Savor delectable dishes at The India Grill, the multi-cuisine restaurant at Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi Saket offering food inspired from Continental, Indian, and Oriental cuisines. Known for hospitality and pleasing ambience, the restaurant offers a rich dining experience.
Some of our must-try dishes are Aatishi Murg Tikka, Grilled fish lemon butter masala, Paneer Butter Masala and New York Cheese Cake.
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When: 12th May 2019
Where: Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi Saket
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Five Reasons For Vegans To Visit Fairfield, California Today
Fairfield is a charming, scenic city between Sacramento and San Francisco. It’s the star of the rustic wine country of the Suisun Valley. With its hot-summer Mediterranean climate and unspoiled natural beauty, Fairfield is an ideal Northern California getaway throughout the year. If you’re looking for a fun vegan vacation destination, consider these reasons you’ll want to experience the fun of Fairfield as soon as you can.
Visit Fairfield A Vegan Olive Oil Tasting
Dedicated to growing and milling truly wonderful artisan olive oil, the Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company is happy to prepare olive oil tastings with only plant-based foods. It’s truly an experience to be savored. Just call and let them know you are hoping for a vegan olive oil tasting before you come. Owners Ann and Mark Sievers think outside the box when it comes to presenting the tastings in an artful, appetizing way. Imagine tasting specifically chosen oils with pasta, chickpeas and other plant-based foods. You’ll try olive oil in a way that helps you optimally enjoy the individual flavors of single varietal oils and blended oils. Stop by the shop to explore all they offer to enhance vegan cooking.
The Plant-Based Dining Scene
Delectable plant-based fare is easy to find in Fairfield. The Napa Deli has incredible vegan wraps. The Palm Thai Bistro is happy to veganize many of their dishes when you let your server know that you’re vegan. They have curries, salads and stir-fries, among other plant-based options. Chaats Cuisine is a vegan-friendly, well-reviewed Indian eatery. Although there are no all-vegan restaurants in Fairfield, several are available nearby. Vegan Love Bites in Crockett is only about a 20-minute drive away, and other nearby vegan eateries include Go Vegan and Lyerly’s Kitchen .
Explore the Wine Country
You don’t have to enjoy drinking wine to enjoy the beauty of the area’s wine country. Did you know winery dogs and cats are a thing? If you don’t enjoy drinking, most wineries in the Suisun Valley will have a friendly companion animal who is happy to visit with you while the rest of your company enjoys wine tastings. For vegans who are in it for the animals, that can be heaven. Many wineries also include gift shops that offer vegan snacks and cute souvenirs. With plenty of wineries in the region, you’ll be able to find plenty of vegan wines. Just be sure to call ahead to the wineries and vineyards you want to visit to ensure that they’re currently offering vegan-friendly wines.
Reconnect with Nature
Imagine enjoying a yummy plant-based picnic and then watching the sunset as you kayak and go birdwatching on the Suisun Marsh. Opportunities to reconnect with nature abound in and around Fairfield. Explore the 600-acre Rockville Hills Regional Park. Here’s a cool thing! Keep an eye out for cows and birds who are among the wildlife you can spot in the park. The flora and fauna of nearby Lynch Canyon provide a feast for your eyes. Animal lovers will be even happier to see some of the deer, fox, waterfowl, hawks or bobcats that live in the canyon.
Year-Round Festivals and Special Events
Situated in the heart of Solano County, one of the original California counties, Fairfield has a fascinating history that’s commemorated throughout the city. For example, there is a 12-foot-tall bronze statue of Chief Solano outside the Solano County Event Center. Chief Solano was a prominent figure in the early history of the state of California. Festivals and special events are held throughout the year in Fairfield to celebrate the area’s history and its many charms. The Western Railway Museum has train rides in the spring. Vegans may enjoy the Tomato and Vine Festival in August. A tree lighting and other festive events in December are popular.
Pamper Your Mother With The Finest Lunch At Hilton Garden Inn, New Delhi
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It is not just an ordinary Sunday on May 12 th . It is a day to celebrate the most special woman in your life. The one who has been there for you, showers you with unconditional love and spend endless time in the kitchen cooking your favourite dishes. So give your mother a break from all the cooking and plan a date at Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi Saket to indulge her with Mother’s Day special lunch @ INR 666++ only.
Why stop at lunch? Take her out for dinner at Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi Saket and she can dine for free when accompanied with someone.
Savor delectable dishes at The India Grill , the multi-cuisine restaurant at Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi Saket offering food inspired from Continental, Indian, and Oriental cuisines. Known for hospitality and pleasing ambience, the restaurant offers a rich dining experience.
Some of their must-try dishes are Aatishi Murg Tikka, Grilled fish lemon butter masala, Paneer Butter Masala and New York Cheese Cake.
Plan already and book your Mother’s Day Lunch with Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket. When: 12th May 2019 Where: Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi Saket Time: 12 pm – 3:30 pm.
As much as I love Singaporean food I never eat at Hawker centres every meal when I’m in Singapore – so many good restaurants of all different types of cuisines! I usually mix it up between hawker/food court meals and picking nice restaurants. There are some great burger places, Italian food, Indian food etc and of course other types of Asian food than Singaporean/Malay/Chinese (Japanese, Korean, Thai etc). I also like eating at MOS Burger as I don’t have that where I live. Singapore hotels also do great buffet spreads.
You can’t go too wrong with most restaurants – because it’s such a competitive business in Singapore, bad restaurants don’t last long. There is a website/app called HungryGoWhere that is a great source of restaurant reviews, whatever you feel like on the day you can just have a look at what’s around you and what the general reviews are.
Agnika Banerjee: The belle of small things | Femina.in
Agnika Banerjee: The Belle Of Small Things Agnika Banerjee: The belle of small things by femina | May 3, 2019, 12:00 AM IST The year was 2017. Agnika Banerjee was racking her brains to find the perfect birthday gift for her mother. She thought of baking a cake, but dismissed the idea since she wasn’t quite the perfectionist when it came to baking. That’s when she hit upon an ingenious idea: why not make her mother a miniature cake? No, not the edible kind, but a showpiece in clay! After all, she had been creating such hand-crafted pieces for her friends and colleagues for a long time. “I have been inexplicably drawn to miniatures since my childhood and have been collecting them like an ardent fan. Later, I started making them, first with air drying clay (which doesn’t need to be baked in an oven or kiln) and later with polymer clay, a type of PVC-based hardening modelling clay,” she says. Banerjee’s art form had earned her quite a name among those around her. “Making miniatures is a time-consuming, labour-intensive process. But I didn’t mind spending hours on creating the painstakingly detailed marvels for people on request because I am extremely passionate about it,” she says. But everything changed when she made the birthday cake for her mother for until then, Banerjee had not thought of giving up her full-time job at a project management company to pursue her passion. The cake acted as a catalyst for her budding entrepreneurial dream. Says the 28-year-old MBA graduate from Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata, “I decided to quit my job and in December 2017, I launched my miniatures enterprise Agnika Creations online.” Banerjee started putting up her products for sale on platforms like Amazon and Etsy (an e-commerce site dedicated to selling handmade items). “I started selling miniatures to art aficionados not only in India, but also abroad,” she says. Her product range mainly comprised dollhouse miniatures, food miniatures, fridge magnets, charms, and jewellery. Food miniatures, though, seem to top the popularity list. “I noticed that thousands of miniature artistes around the world are selling western cuisine miniatures on various e-commerce websites. So, I focussed on Indian cuisine and then narrowed it down to specifically Bengali cuisine,” she reveals. Though it’s been close to one-and-a-half years since Banerjee launched Agnika, she continues to be a one-woman army–she does everything, right from conceptualising the objects to executing the designs, to selling them online, and to keeping the accounts. Speaking of the challenges of juggling multiple roles, Banerjee says, “My work schedule is anything but typical. I start around 10.30 am and can sometimes end up working until 1.30 am.” Do the long hours and difficult clients ever lead her to regret her decision of turning into an independent artiste catering to the demands of difficult clients? The answer is an emphatical no. “I love the challenge of making custom-made items. For instance, I recently received an order for a miniature vintage library, complete with a couple of bookshelves, an armchair, a coffee table, a table lamp, and of course, books,” says Banerjee. In the future, the self-taught artiste plans to set up an exclusive brick and mortar shop in Kolkata. Clearly, she doesn’t regret leaving her cushy job. “When I was working, I always felt that I was stuck in a rut. Miniatures are my true calling,” she signs off. PHOTOGRAPH: SOMNATH ROY