What are plantation holidays? We found some hidden gems in South India

What are plantation holidays? We found some hidden gems in South India

Read More On this holiday, you follow meandering trails through the plantation, look out for rare and endemic birds, observe how life at a plantation unfolds and enjoy delicious local cuisine. Most plantations nowadays sell their estate’s single origin coffee or hand-plucked tea so you can bring home the aroma of your holiday – and they also make for fabulous gifts. Sounds perfect, eh? Pack along those books you’ve been meaning to read and choose your slice of heaven from the list below. Primrose Villas, Chikmagalur Chikmagalur is the birthplace of coffee in India – this is where Baba Budan first planted coffee seeds (that he had smuggled from Mecca) over 350 years ago, which eventually led to the flourishing coffee plantations in the country. Located on the 125-year-old Baganeheddal coffee estate, Primrose Villas is a beautiful small hotel. The villas are over 1,000 sq ft, and built to offer stunning views of the Western Ghats from your private garden or the floor to ceiling windows. The USP here is fabulous food and service. From fluffy omelettes to local curries with akki roti to barbequed meats or Chinese favourites, every single thing is delicious. The service is attentive and personalised and you can even ask for your favourite dishes (just don’t expect sushi). Watch birds, make friends with the local dogs and enjoy the unforgettable misty mountain views. Evolve Back, Coorg The grand dame of plantation hotels in Coorg, this is one of the earliest luxury stay options in the district, which opened 24 years ago as Orange County. Renovated extensively in 2017, it is now called Evolve Back – which is not just the name but also the resort’s new concept and theme. Live the life of the gentleman planter, lounging in an easy chair by the private pool in your 4,400 sq ft Heritage Pool Villa, as you sip on your own estate’s coffee. Eat Anglo-Indian or Kodava dishes like lamp chops or pandi curry, go on bird walks in the 300-acre coffee and pepper plantation, and heal sore muscles at the Vaidyasala spa. A highlight here is a newly opened coffee museum where you can also attend a coffee tasting session every evening.

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Catch of Calicut

Waterfront: The area along the beach, where new eateries pop up every other day, is the most interesting part of Kozhikode town – IMAGES: ZAC O’YEAH History is the master chef of this coastal town that lives to eat
You know you’re in Kerala when you step off the train, walk to the nearest shack and are served a sublime fish curry — for breakfast. This shack has no name that I can make out, the owner speaks only Malayalam, but what grub! Next, I order fried fish with the scent of coconut oil, vegetable curry and six appams: A perfect start to a traveller’s day, and one which immediately makes me forget the long train ride from Bengaluru to Kozhikode, especially when the owner says I owe him merely ₹118 for my meal.
Before my arrival, this erstwhile capital of Kerala attracted many historical visitors such as Ibn Battuta from North Africa in the 1340s. Zheng He’s fleet came from China in 1406 (and they apparently set up a Chinatown, which is now long gone, although the noodle-like idiyappam might be a lingering memory of that period). European sailor Vasco da Gama dropped by in 1498 to kick off the colonial era. Furthermore, my favourite novelist Somerset Maugham spent some time here in the 1930s. Cakes and ale by the beach: Novelist Somerset Maugham had stayed at the Beach Hotel in the 1930s
With such pedigree, it’s not surprising if the town’s dotted with extraordinary experiences. I find a Sweet Meat Street where dry fruit halwa has been on sale for 600 years (though in the candy category I prefer the chunky banana chips coated with jaggery and pepper), and a Silk Street, which is more or less the city’s official food street, lined as it is with enticing eateries. And, finally, I come to Big Bazaar, which turns out not to be a supermarket chain but a narrow, winding road where truckloads of spices are being unloaded into impossibly tiny shops. Everywhere I go a melange of piquant scents hangs in the air; not for nothing is Kozhikode known as the City of Spices! Spice country: The Big Bazaar is a winding road where enormous trucks supply spices to tiny shops
The most interesting part of town is the beach area, where I stay at the Beach Hotel, which was called the British Club in 1890 (the Brits set up base in town in the 1600s). I had asked to be put in the suite where Maugham worked on his classic novel The Razor’s Edge in 1938, but the employees did not seem to be sure who Maugham was. In any case, the 800-sq-ft suite is as big as my home in Bengaluru. I consider staying on permanently in the suite.
Unfortunately, no restaurant in town is old enough to have been around in Maugham’s days, an age when Kozhikode was still called Calicut, though the French Bakery (on Kooriyal Lane) from 1932 was apparently a hangout of the colonials. Not that it retains its original character — it looks like any canteen and does bakes, snacks and Kerala dishes. But whatever they serve — including time-tested favourites such as fish fry — would approximate what Maugham sampled of Indian food during his sojourn. It’s also fairly likely that he went to the 16th century Matri Dei Cathedral, which is around the corner and one of India’s oldest churches. I buy a slice of coffee cake (₹35) with the word Coffee piped onto it in cream and wonder if it was the food that Maugham ate that made him — for the rest of his life — dream of returning to India to write a novel set in the country. But “the shadow of Kipling lurking over the country” inhibited him, he told EM Forster in a letter. Except for diary entries in his A Writer’s Notebook (1949), Maugham didn’t write much about his trip. As far as I understand, he also stayed at colonial clubs in Bombay and Calcutta, met Jawaharlal Nehru, admired the Taj Mahal, visited Mysore without finding RK Narayan (who, at that time, was still unknown in India but Maugham was a bit of a fan) and the Trivandrum Library (where he was happy to see that they had his novels), and celebrated his 65th birthday in Madurai.
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In any case, I spend a week eating my way through the town’s many menus, imagining what Maugham may have tasted of local food. Although my focus is on homegrown cuisines, I also pop into quaint shed-like toddy shops where the city’s drunks wait out the hot day. One uncle I chat with turns out to be a Malayalam writer who calls himself “God’s own poet” and he makes me read through his collected works in English translation while we sip our toddies. Is he perhaps Maugham’s reincarnation?
Toddy rates are decent — ₹60 buys me half a litre, which is about a third of what I would pay for beer — so spending a day in a toddy shop is a rather feasible financial prospect.
The highlights for me are the humbler places such as an old art deco-style eatery called Deevar (near the south end of Sweet Meat Street), where the hand-written menu on a board offers all kinds of fish and meats — the quintessential Kerala diet. For ₹275 I get a meal cooked to perfection — kingfish steak and coconutty prawns, pronounced ‘frowns’ by the waiter.
When I ask locals where to eat, they all tell me to have the Mappila biryani with date chutney (hinting at the Arab links of yore) at Bombay Hotel (Court Road). The restaurant has nothing to do with Bombay — in 1949, when it was started, Bombay simply meant fancy, though nowadays it is one of the less-fancy eateries in the upscale beach area. It’s packed through the day and has no ambience whatsoever, but the snack counter is a snacker’s dream. My eyes zoom in on the chemmeen cake (₹28), which is a medium-spicy fish pie. It’s stunningly tasty.
Other people direct me to Zain’s (Convent Cross Road), very tucked away but a tad more stylish. With an illustrious history of three decades, it is a legend among seafood places. The prawn biryani and fried squid are on the greasy side — so my Digene pills come in handy — but at ₹475 I’d say I am getting fine value. Besides, Zain’s can be credited with kick-starting the beach area’s restaurant revolution, though it unfortunately got left behind when every other sea-facing heritage house was turned into a restaurant. Calling card: Zain’s boasts an illustrious history of three decades and is a legend among seafood places
Kingsbay (Customs Street), down an alley towards the northern end of the beach, sits in a grand old-style building and has an eclectic menu of seafood from Kerala and the world. I try to order their signature prawn-stuffed crab cheese bake, but the crabs haven’t arrived yet. I ask what’s freshest and the maître calls out to the kitchen. It turns out that a consignment of mussels is just being offloaded, so I order a plate — a rich ghee roast seems to be in vogue — and succulent squids stuffed with spinach and cheese (total damage ₹800). Fresh on the plate: Kingsbay is housed in a grand old-style building and has an eclectic menu of seafood from Kerala and the world Ghee-roasted mussels at Kingsbay
Eventually, all foodies will find themselves at Paragon (Kannur Road), which opened in 1939 (so Maugham missed its opening by a year) and nowadays even has a branch in Dubai. This mini-empire with its hyperbolic slogan “Best seafood in India” and three dining halls (seating 240 eaters at a time), in a bizarre location under the Red Cross Road railway over-bridge, is always full of patrons hogging monstrous amounts of Mappila biryani. Their versatile seafood menu has everything that’s available in the market and I’m spoilt for choice. My order hits the table surprisingly fast considering its complexity — tawa-fried prawns in a red chilli masala, pan-fried mussels with caramelised onion, and kingfish in a creamy mango and coconut milk curry.
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The beach area sees new places pop up faster than I can blink and I end up at an inauguration — a café-style place called Tellistory (south end of Silk Street) with the auspicious slogan: “Empty your mind, fill your belly”. It is run by five optimistic 25-year-old friends and stays open from breakfast and until as late as people like to eat. One of the dudes, Ajnas CP, says, “Normal families here eat even at 3am, so we plan to stay open 24 hours.” I suspected that this is a town that lives to eat, and he confirms my suspicion. Apart from milkshakes, iced teas, smoothies and mocktails, their kitchen offers western dishes such as lasagne and salads, and I order an exquisite steak burger (₹210), which is unbelievably juicy and served in a home-baked bun with spicy jalapeños, fries and a spoonful of an intriguing Mediterranean chickpea salad. Best burger in India?
It occurs to me that if this kind of place had been around at the time Maugham visited, he may never have left!

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You Can Now Pre-Select Your Meals on Singapore Airlines Premium Economy

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . Singapore Airlines is stepping up its dining game.
Beginning May 1, premium-economy passengers can pre-select the meal of their choice off of the in-flight menu either through the airline website or mobile app, as early as three weeks before their flight, and up to 24 hours before departure time.
Singapore Suites, business and first class travelers have had access to the pre-order service for some time now. And while the popular Book the Cook service has been available to premium economy travelers since Singapore launched the cabin class in 2015, the new in-flight menu pre-order is a separate service altogether. In other words, if you’re traveling in premium economy, you now have two options: pre-ordering from the in-flight menu or pre-ordering from the Book the Cook menu.
Children in all cabin classes are also getting more dining options to suit their palates. Soon, parents in coach class will be able to pre-order meals for kids ages 2-12 off of the Child Meal menu from three different cuisine categories: Asian, Western and vegetarian. This option will start with flights departing Singapore in June 2019, and roll out to all flights by August 2019. (Premium flyer kids already have access to the Yummy! menu , which includes a number of options including three “Healthier Yummy!” options.) Young travelers will enjoy choosing between Asian, Western and vegetarian meals. Image courtesy of Singapore Airlines.
Meanwhile, Indian-style vegetarian and Muslim meal options will be expanded and rotated on a more frequent basis, so frequent flyers aren’t forced to eat the same food on both legs of a round-trip flight.
And just to keep things interesting, the world’s longest flight will keep its dining edge against all of Singapore’s other routes by adding super fresh greens to its menu for premium travelers, picked within 24 hours of flight departure time from a facility less than five miles from Newark International Airport (EWR). Your next salad might come off of one of these shelves. Image courtesy of AeroFarms.
The greens come from AeroFarms, an innovative “aeroponics” brand that turned an abandoned steel mill into an “indoor vertical farm.” The company says the facility grows the equivalent of 390 acres of produce on a single acre of special “growing cloth medium” that uses calibrated LED lights, strict temperature and humidity controls, and a careful blend of water and nutrient spray in lieu of soil and sunshine.
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11 Insider Tips For The Best Shopping Spree In Myeongdong, Seoul (From Personal Experience!)

Tweet I’ve been to Myeongdong more times than I can count but it’s a unique experience every time. I have found that if one doesn’t know the area well, navigating it can be tricky and you could easily miss out on a load of specials, stores and of course the food. There’s a lot to see and do, which makes Myeongdong an absolute shoppers feast. Credit: Giphy Though it is a really touristy area, one can still shop till you drop. So here are some of the best insider tips for a magical shopping fiesta. [P.S. Travelling to Seoul? Make sure you check out our 5D4N Muslim-friendly itinerary of the city!] 1. The early bird catches the worm Credit: @ artjohnguerra on Instagram As Myeongdong is the heart of the Seoul shopping district, it will get pretty busy. So if you want to enjoy your shopping and avoid the crowds, I can’t stress enough to go early! For the peace and quiet and no shoving, the earlier you go, the better. Most stores and department stores open around 10-11 am. Credit: Doug Sun Beams on Flickr It can get really crowded from late afternoon and on weekends from as early as 12 pm. At night Myeongdong is crazy busy and has its own charm of course, but for shopping, it’s manic and way too crowded. Unless you are into that kind of madness, then I recommend you to go early. But that said, I do enjoy Myeongdong at night for its international feel and vibe 😊 Credit: @ najiafatima5 on Instagram So I suggest go early, get the shopping done and then enjoy the ample street food on offer. Most food vendors open in the afternoon, so you can have a good shopping time before going crazy on all the street food. 2. Get a locker Getting a locker may be one of the smartest things to do when in Myeongdong because let’s be honest – no one likes to carry around loads of packets or a heavy backpack all day 😅 Credit: @ pennedplaces on Instagram Go early to get a locker, unless you get lucky later on in the day. It doesn’t cost too much and it’s in the Myeongdong subway station. Please note that each time you open the locker you have to pay to have it closed again, so do loads of shopping and then put your shopping steals in the locker. Credit: @ pennedplaces on Instagram The only issue with Myeongdong lockers is that they are behind the turnstiles, which means you have to either get it straight away when you get off the subway. That being said, I think it’s still worth it! 3. It’s all about the 1+1 Korea is known for its 1+1 deals and in Myeongdong, it can get really crazy. If you are as obsessed as the locals are about skin care and makeup, then this is for you 🤗 Credit: @ pennedplaces on Instagram Most, if not all of the beauty care stores will have some sort of 1+1 (or even better!) deals on offer. It’s best to find the brand you like most and check if they have any deals. Credit: @ pennedplaces on Instagram If you are lucky, which will be the case when it comes to shopping in Korea – you will definitely find what you are looking for. I always get my eye cream and face serums from Missha but there are loads of stores to choose from too. 4. Window shopping is key This is something I’ve learned from my beautiful and shopping savvy wife, Fatima. She always stresses the importance of never buying the first thing you see and don’t, I repeat, don’t spend all of your money in the first store you see 😂 Credit: @ pennedplaces on Instagram There are loads of the same clothes or beauty brand stores in the area and they all have their own sales and stock. So shop around, be prepared to wait on the best deal and above all, be prepared to walk. They have it all from huge clothing brands, cosmetic stores and of course, local brands and bargain stores. Credit: @ pennedplaces on Instagram Wear the comfiest shoes you own and be prepared to walk all day and a lot. This is shopping at its best, so get ready and go! Myeongdong is huge and finding deals are pretty easy. All you have to do is just go from store to store and remember to compare prices. Credit: @ pennedplaces on Instagram I love sneakers and they have all the best brands, with multiple stores – Nike, Adidas, New Balance, and Converse and more! Of course, they have local stores such as ABC mart and Les More that stock all of the above brands. If you’re into clothes, they have H&M, Zara, Forever21, and Uniqlo – you will be spoilt for choice. Window shop first and then decide on the best deals. Credit: @ pennedplaces on Instagram Down the side alleys, you will find market vendors as shown in the picture above. They have awesome deals and you can haggle if you are paying in cash and buying a lot. Remember, don’t be shy to walk away if you feel that you haven’t gotten the deal you want. Missha is my favorite store for men’s face creams and eye serums, but as you can tell by now they have so many stores, it’s hard to imagine not finding the store you want. Here are just a few that I’d recommend: Laneige, Skinfood, IOPE, Innisfree, Stylenanda 3CE, Olive Young, Boots, Aritaum, Nature Republic, Primera, and Etude House. For luxury brands such as Sulwhasoo, History of Whoo, Hera, Amore Pacific, Clinique, MAC and of course Bobbi brown – your best bet is the Lotte Department Store. Once you have checked out the area and know what’s on offer – it’s time to go crazy and shop! 5. Don’t miss the underground shopping center Whether you like malls, department stores or Kpop, Myeongdong has it all. This is why one needs loads of time and patience. For the most part, Myeongdong is, in essence, an outdoor mall or shopping area. Credit: @ pennedplaces on Instagram That being said, there is an entire underground shopping mall, filled with little boutiques and stores, where one can bargain and haggle away. Not all stores will allow this, but many are more than willing and deals are plentiful. Credit: @ pennedplaces on Instagram The underground is directly connected to Myeongdong Station, so head there and see if you’ve got what it takes to strike a deal. It’s important to know the phrase for a discount: “Kaa Kaa Ju Say Yo”(깎아주세요). It’s not exactly spelt like this but works for saying it 😉 6. Socks, we love socks! Korea is well known for its cute socks and here in Myeongdong one can find socks to suit everyone’s fashion style. Credit: @ pennedplaces on Instagram They have loads of Disney characters, superheroes, and Kpop idols, yes Kpop idols. I would suggest going for the 10+1 deal (buy 10, get 1 free). As you won’t know which socks to take or leave, a nice round 11 should work 😉 They make cute gifts for family and friends. 7. Know the best periods to shop Whether it’s Black Friday or Cyber Monday, knowing when to shop is something every great shopper knows and looks out for. Getting the best deal is as addictive as shopping itself. Credit: Visit Korea Committee(Korea Grand Sale Organizing Committee) Though Korea is a great place to shop, it doesn’t get any better than the Korea Grand Sale. Loads of companies and almost every store will take part! They include airlines, national theater productions such as NANTA and major department stores such as Hyundai and Lotte. Credit: Visit Korea Committee(Korea Grand Sale Organizing Committee) The summer sale is normally around July and lasts for a month and the winter sale is held normally during mid-January to the end of February. They run across Korea and Myeongdong is at the heart of it all. Head to the website for more information. 8. Halal restaurants galore Yes, I know I have mentioned food before, but these aren’t convenience store snacks or street foods! They are restaurants. I’m sure if you’re out on a date or with the parentals (a South African slang for parents😉), a restaurant is by far the better option. Having lived here for almost 8 years, I have seen much changes on the halal front and these places help so so much. Kampungku Credit: @utterlysaby on Instagram Kampungku is an authentic Malaysian restaurant, serving both Malaysian and Korean food. The menu options are mouthwatering and include some of the best both countries have to offer. Credit: @muna_miny on Instagram I have always wanted to try Korean-style fried chicken and at last, I could, and it’s delicious 😋 It didn’t disappoint at all. Credit: @ Kampungkuseoul on Instagram From nasi lemak, fried rice, tom yam and chicken satay to local dishes such as Bulgogi, Sweet Crispy Chicken, Korean Fried Chicken, and Kimchi Fried Rice – they definitely have something for everyone. Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: Jong-ro 20-gil, Namsandong 2(i)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea Operating hours: From 11 am to 9 pm Contact: (+82) 02-310-9249 Nearest subway station: Myeongdong Station (Line 4), Exit 3 Busan Jib In true Korean fashion, this little restaurant is hidden away in a side street of Myeongdong and seemingly out of sight, but you will definitely regret it if you miss it. Credit: @amelda_nira on Instagram Busan Jib serves halal-certified meat in all their delicious authentic Korean dishes. The quality of the meat is really good and so is the chicken. So bring some extra won to have a feast. Credit: @ nasihataru on Instagram Their Korean spicy chicken stew, ginseng chicken and bulgogi are a must 😋 As it’s hard to find Korean halal food, I’d recommend enjoying all they have to offer. If you’ve always wanted to try Korean BBQ, this is the place for you. You can barbecue your very own Bulgogi and make the meaty lettuce wrap! Halal status: Halal meat available Address: 11-4 Myeongdong 8-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea Operating hours: 11am – 10pm daily Contact No: +82 2-777-8660 Website Gurkha Restaurant I love Indian Food and Gurkha is one of the best places in Seoul for that. That being said, expect to pay a premium. This is the case with most foreign cuisine in Korea. Credit: Gurkha Restaurant Page The fact that they are halal means having halal meat and chicken, which in turn means no limits to what we can eat. The food is delicious and the set menus are a good idea if you are on a budget. They can feed 1 to 4 people. Remember that food isn’t cheap at these kinds of restaurants but works well for dates, family or a business lunch or dinner. Halal status: Halal meat available Address: 4F, 16-1 Myeongdong 10-Gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea Operating hours: 10.30am – 10.30pm daily Contact No: +02-775-8860 #HHWT Tip: Don’t just stop at Myeongdong. Fill your tummy at these halal places when in Seoul! 9. Get your caricature drawn One of the coolest things to do in Myeongdong is to have your caricature drawn as there are many artists in the area. Credit: Wanderlust_By_Hashim But remember to look around and choose the artist you prefer. Make sure to tell them you want it to be cute 😂 Or you could end up with a weird and unflattering caricature, which will not impress you or your friends back home. 10. Feed your inner K-pop fangirl/boy It’s no secret that K-pop has taken over the world and for K-pop fans, finding merchandise is high on the list of shopping items when in Korea. C redit: @ pennedplaces on Instagram One of the best places to shop for K-pop merchandise is undoubtedly in Myeongdong, especially the underground shopping center. There are so many stores for you to choose from and you can spend the entire day just feeding the K-pop fan in you. C redit: @ pennedplaces on Instagram Don’t worry too much about the price of items as they are affordable (less than KRW 15,000). The target market is mostly teenagers but that being said, the more popular your favourite star is, the more expensive it is! 11. Tax refund – Korea’s gift to tourists Tourists can apply for a refund on the taxes paid before leaving the country or effortlessly receive an immediate tax refund below a certain limit when shopping at certified Tax-Free stores. Just look for the logos and signs! Credit: @ pennedplaces on Instagram To receive an immediate tax refund on purchases at Tax-Free stores, you must present your passport and flight details. To receive a tax refund before leaving the country, you can submit the applicable receipts at the proper tax refund booth at the airport or at some stores. Credit: @ pennedplaces on Instagram To qualify as a tax refund shopper You must spend over KRW 30,000 in purchases and less than KRW 300,000, tax included. The immediate tax refund is however limited to a total purchase amount of less than KRW 1,000,000 for the entire duration of your trip to Korea. You must also fulfil the following conditions: Foreigner (Less than six months in Korea) Overseas Korean (Living over two years in a foreign country / less than three months in Korea) Not paying Korean taxes Leave the country within three months from the purchase date So there you go, some of our best insider tips for shopping, eating and saving in Myeongdong. What’s your favorite product? What are you looking forward to buying? Do you have a favorite store? Let us know in the comments or DMs if we missed out on any of the secret tips and tricks that you may know of. Don’t forget to check out our other articles about Korea, Seoul and everything halal ! #HHWT Tip: If you love shopping, make sure you check out these shopping districts in Seoul too! P.S. Special thanks to my good friend pennedplaces for most of the wonderful pictures. Do check out his work on Instagram. He has really helped me to get my vision across!

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Native American Chef Wins Prestigious Food Award

Native American Chef Wins Prestigious Food Award March 22, 2019 Politics
WASHINGTON A Native American chef has been awarded one of the food industry’s highest honors for his efforts in revitalizing traditional indigenous food systems in North America.
On Tuesday, the James Beard Foundation (JBF) announced that Sean Sherman, a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and founder/CEO of The Sioux Chef is to receive a Leadership Award for his work in helping Native Americans reclaim historic food and agricultural systems.
Beard awards, which Time magazine has dubbed “the Oscars” of the American food industry, are given out annually in a number of categories; the 2019 Leadership Award celebrates food system ” visionaries” and acknowledges Sherman’s extensive research into diverse Native American farming techniques, wild food usage and harvesting, land stewardship, food preservation, as well as tribal cultures and histories.
“We’re trying to raise awareness of the history of the land and on how to live sustainability on what’s around us,” said Sherman, speaking to VOA by phone during a two-hour drive to Iowa to buy heritage seeds. These seeds of rare, heirloom and open-pollinated plant varieties could disappear if not cultivated and banked.
“Even non-indigenous chefs should be really excited to learn about plant diversity to utilize in their cuisines,” he said.
Lessons of the ancestors
Prior to the arrival of European settlers, tribes hunted, fished, gathered and farmed a wide array of animals and plants, depending on their locations. By the late 1800s, forced onto reservations that were often far from their traditional homelands, tribes were restricted in their rights to hunt, fish or forage for wild food and forced to make do with U.S. Army rations of flour, lard and salt ingredients alien to the indigenous diet. The rations were later replaced by the commodity food program.
“That has never been a nutritional program, and it has contributed to the health epidemics that we see in tribes across the country–mass obesity, mass rates of heart disease,Type Two diabetes you name it,” said Sherman. “A change has to take place, and this is the best way to start to utilize the lessons of our ancestors that would have been passed down to us, if it hadn’t been for cultural assimilation efforts.
In 2014, Sherman launched “Sioux Chef”–a play on the French term sous-chef, the number two person in any restaurant kitchen. The Minneapolis-based business was more than just a catering company; it was a collaboration of chefs, food preservationists, botanists and enthusiasts from several U.S. tribes all bent on restoring pre-contact diets.
Sherman and Minneapolis chef/food critic Beth Dooley in 2017 published “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen,” a cookbook featuring modern takes on traditional ingredients: stuffed squash blossoms, for example, wild-rice cakes or venison with apples and cranberries, all made from ingredients easily found in nature. This earned him the 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award in the Best American Cookbook category.
This year, Sherman and his team will open a Native American restaurant in Minneapolis, along with a non-profit indigenous food laboratory for shared use. “People can take classes on wild foods and education, agriculture or food preservation, and the restaurant is designed to allow people to develop their skills working alongside us in the restaurant,” he said.”Our ultimate goal is to open up indigenous food labs in cities everywhere.”
He’s also a big proponent of so-called permaculture design — working with nature to meet food needs.
“We want to get tribes to use their open spaces and landscape with the foods that are particular to their regions,” he said. That might be cultivated crops like squash, beans or corn, staples of pre-contact agriculture across the country; amaranth, a highly nutritious grain on which South American tribes once thrived; or wild rice from the Great Lakes Region.
While his work focuses on North American foods and peoples, Sherman said it has important applications for all indigenous peoples.
“We want to become a resource for anyone interested in decolonizing foodways across the globe,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re in Africa or India or Southeast Asia; it’s the same story everywhere. We just want to set the tone.”
Source: Voice of America

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Italian Food Is One Of The Most Loved Cuisine In The World!

Italian cuisine is by far the best eugene and the most loved cuisine in the world however there are many people who would watch for having Indian cuisine is the best or some other cuisine is the best cuisine in the world but I feel Italian cuisine as got something amazing about it it is so hendy and it’s something that you can always eat on the go and something that always does not need too much of preparations or is not too Messy to cook or eat. Italian cuisine is very famous in California as well and that is one of the reason that we have so many Italian restaurant in San Jose where you can get into some really delicious Italian food.
Whenever we talk about Italian cuisine one thing that comes to our mind first hand is pizza yes do we did not put Pizza into Italian cuisine anymore and pizza has got a world cuisine trade Trademark attached to it because of the immense love that is a has got over a period of time from around the world from every different type of people of every age group and they all love pizza for sure and that is one of the main reasons why you always can get best pizza in San Jose and there are many restaurants with you can try out some really delicious mouth-watering pizzas.
When I talk about Italian cuisine vs Indian cuisine I can relate to one pizza place where I can have a fusion Pizza that is made with Italian base trust but it has got toppings of Indian Curry on it which makes it a Indo Italian pizza and it really is delicious in test full of flavours and you can get many different types of topics to select from where you order a Desi Pizza from Curry Pizza House in San Jose and try out the amazing fusion varieties of pizza.

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Have you tried Cafe Emotions in Indore yet?

18 Mar, 2019 at 07:03 AM
Indore city is well known for the snacky, spicy and flavourful street food. If you’re looking for a break from all that and want a chill outing with a few friends and good food, Cafe Emotions is where it’s at. This quirky cafe is all you need to have a gala time with a few pals. The Vibe
Cafe Emotion is set in the happening Bhawar Kuan area of the city and is often frequented by college students and attracts a hep crowd. The reason for this is possibly the quirky, upbeat and funky decor that manages to add to the cheerful vibes while not being very distracting. In fact, many youngsters prefer to celebrate their birthdays at the cafe, owing to the peppy decor. The Food
Probably one of the main reasons that this place will become your favourite hang-out spot is the food. Though they offer a wide range of cuisines- from Italian to Continental and even Oriental, Cafe Emotions is well known for its delectable and savoury Chinese food. With their vast menu options, they aim to satiate all palates.
If you’re a fan of Chinese food, you gotta start the meal with some momos, and the variations of the dish will have your head spinning and your tastebuds tingling. They’ve got cheese momos, which are stuffed to the brim, flaky and succulent tandoori momos and of course, the classic momos that we all love.
For the main course, you can opt for the plain and simple hakka noodles and some schezwan paneer to go with it. In case you want more options, you can also try out the mushroom noodles, garlic sticks, fried rice, paneer sticks and a lot more.
Want an Indian twist with the Oriental cuisine? Try some of their Chinese bhel which is as crispy as it is delectable. To have a bit of everything on one platter, get a taste of the Chinese sizzler, which even comes with added spring rolls on the side.
Apart from all the Chinese food, they also offer a variety of sandwiches, burgers, pastas and pizzas. To end the meal on a sweet note, don’t forget to try their many special ice creams and sundaes that will leave you cool in summers.
Cafe Emotions is one of the best ways that you can blow off the steam and with the many food options they offer, you’ll be coming back for more. Add to that the inviting vibes and it’ll become your second home in no time.

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The Best Brunch Deals in Houston

Posted by Kathryn Yacovodonato | Mar 21, 2019 | Food & Drink | 0
Ah, brunch…the most important meal of the day. Or, weekend? Houston’s restaurant scene does brunch exceptionally well! Whether you’re looking for five-star cuisine or to brunch on the cheap, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up the best brunches in Houston by location, best eats, and delicious drinks!
Read on below for our list of the Best Brunch Deals in Houston:
Bucket List
Tiny Boxwoods – This is one restaurant all Houstonians need to visit once in their lifetime, if only for the incredible ambiance and service. Their food is also to die for and they have mimosas on the weekend brunch menu!
Churrascos – This one really belongs in all three categories. It’s definitely a bucket list restaurant but their food can’t be beat. Be prepared to pay premium prices but this $30 per person brunch buffet is legendary. Kids 6 and under eat free, seniors get a 20% discount, and kids aged 7- 12 are just $15.99.
Karbach Restaurant & Patio – Beermosas & a tour- need we say more? Okay, we’ll say more. Try the Crab Cakes Benedict! Their brunch menu is available from 11 am to 2 pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Hearsay Gastro Lounge -The name really says it all- they are ALL about food and drinks. Try the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, they’re famous for them. If you’re lucky, they often play live music on the weekends and have specials on mimosas.
Phil & Derek’s Restaurant & Wine Bar – This upscale restaurant offers fine quality Southern food. Their brunch buffet is $27 per person and includes complimentary mimosas.
Pondicheri – This Indian restaurant has just enough fusion to keep it interesting without losing those amazing Indian flavors. They offer an all-day breakfast every day with special dishes on the weekends.
Best Eats
B&B Butchers Restaurant – This was named one of the best steakhouses in America for good reason- meat is king! Their brunch menu is no exception but it does have plenty of lighter options, plus a range of cocktails including “manmosas”.
Snooze, an AM Eatery – There isn’t much to say here, except that their food is amazing. They’re in it for breakfast and lunch so you know they do it right. With three locations around Houston, you can get brunch every day of the week.
Backstreet Cafe – You’ll love the fusion cuisine at this stylish but casual restaurant. They have a brunch menu full of fine cuisine like duck spring rolls and Gulf Coast beignets.
The Breakfast Klub – This Houston legend has delicious Southern comfort food. They don’t have a brunch menu but they serve breakfast and lunch, then re-open later for breakfast at night. Try the katfish & grits, you won’t regret it.
Union Kitchen – Nothing says brunch like having 9 types of Eggs Benedict on the menu! You’ll also want to try their Bananas Foster french toast. Carafes of mimosas are $10 or you can get them individually for $2 each.
Cane Rosso – This pizza join is amazing by night but their brunch menu is unexpected goodness. They don’t just make chicken and waffles…they serve it with fontina cream, habanero honey, and bacon marmalade. Did I mention the $2 mimosas??
Mimosas & More
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations – Here, you can get your entree plus Bottomless Mimosas for just $32. The Short Rib Chilaquiles will knock your socks off.
Cyclone Anaya’s – Every Saturday & Sunday from open until 3 pm, get carafes of Mimosas for just $8. They also have Poinsettias, Sangria, Micheladas, and Bloody Marys.
Federal American Grill – This American- fusion restaurant has a huge breakfast and brunch menu, plus carafes of mimosas for $15. Plus, they come in different flavors!
State Fare Kitchen & Bar – This Southern BBQ- style restaurant has burgers, brunch plates, and brunch flights.
Beaver’s – Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm, choose from their special Brunch Menu. They also offer bottles of champagne with up to two juices for $32 or a carafe for $10. The Beaver Mary is where it’s at, though- pickled green beans, okra, cucumber, candied bacon, and more. !
Ouisie’s Table – We’re literally saving the best for last. This restaurant belongs in all three categories, with great mimosas, delicious food, amazing service, and a one- of- a- kind location. All of their brunch cocktails are just $5!
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Catering services for corporate events

Catering services for corporate events 22/03/2019
Saraswati Jha Catering Services are the integral part of any corporate event. It is also a kind of avail enduring professional impact among the new clients as well as existing ones.
Over the years, Business meetings have been changing sensibly with time. Though the targets, motivating the team and setting up new goals are the core elements for company’s future success.
But there is also a need to reward the hard work as well as to relax the employee’s burden as the board meetings or client presentation are very long lasting and can be really tiring.
Feed your attendees, present them proper food and drinks as everyone knows empty stomachs can’t focus. To plan your event successfully, you should always consider a reputed caterer and their services.
Here are some points to consider, when you plan regarding the corporate catering services.
Hire an accomplished catering company
For any corporate event, selection of the right caterer is a crucial part of any corporate event. Form a partnership with your caterers, so that further you not regret. A good caterer provides a range of varieties. It encourages people to attend your meeting session and build up their interest. Always opt for a caterer according to the type of corporate event as well as your annual entertainment budget.
Head count should be known
Before making major catering decision, It is very necessary to know the headcount. You must have a rough idea of people attending the event. This will help the caterror in setting up their budget as well as menu.
It will also reduce the wastage of food .
Time table and scheduling For coordinating the event , timings and scheduling are the two crucial part. Serving food and cocktail service timely is all about corporate catering.By doing this , the event will go smoothly and the caterers will easily able to handle the timing of providing foods and drinks.
Variety of option will add-up the star
An ideal caterer know how to bring variety in food as well as flavours to make the foods and drinks worthy. He should know the people wants and interests..Adding vegan options are very important as more and more people prefer vegetarian food. And keep vegan and non-veg food apart. A Versatile caterer can understand this need and can bring diverse cuisines to your corporate event.
Planning any corporate event is a very important part. And the catering decision plays a very crucial role. Planning any corporate event is a crucial part and your catering decision plays a vital role. Choosing the correct catering company can transform a business event as a productive and entertaining one. So choose the company who can meet your demands and provide best bartenders, service, chefs and event, planners. They know how to create an event a snag-free.
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3 Bedroom Paying Guest for rent in Race Course, Vadodara

PropertyWala.com 3 Bedroom Paying Guest for rent in Race Course, Vadodara 6001-10,000 Race course, Race Course, Vadodara (Gujarat) Area: 1500 SqFeet Rate: 5 per SqFeet +25% Age Of Construction: 10 Years Available: Immediate/Ready to move Description Pg – 3bhk fully furnished luxurious residential flat available for pg. Ideal for girl students & working girl employees, 8th floor with lift. The property is in very prime location Race course . Fully furnished sharing accommodation with tv, fridge, dining, air conditioner, geyser, Ro, beds, wardrobes, attached toilet, including electricity bill (Excluding ac bill), cleaning of house, wi-fi connection, cable charges also including at Race course.
Please mention that you saw this ad on PropertyWala.com when you call. Features Vadodara Airport Main Runway (<10km), Rahul c thakor gh401 mhadev cok ajwarod vadidra (<11km), Bhaumik (<13km) Four Points by Sheraton Vadodara (<4km), Hampton by Hilton Vadodara-Alkapuri (<1km), The Gateway Hotel Akota Gardens Vadodara (<3km), The Fern Residency (<2km), OYO 1030 Hotel Palm View Residency (<2km), OYO 1271 Hotel Raajpath (<2km), Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace (<3km), Hotel Jal Sagar (<3km), OYO 9677 Hotel Surya (<3km), TANSHA COMFORT REGENCY (<4km), Mango Hotels Tansha Residency (<2km), Ginger Vadodara (<1km), In N Out Dormitory (<2km) Recreation CINEMERA Multiplex – Joy Of Movies (<11km), Siddheshwar Hallmark (<12km), Sardar Nagar Lions Hall (<3km), Abhivyakti Hall kirti mandir (<4km), Mithiba Hall (<6km), Municipal Corporation New Town hall. (<2km) Religious Places Jesus Temple Bible Church (<3km), Church Of Christ Fatehgunj (<4km), Church of Our Lady Of The Forsaken (<4km), Canaan Methodist Church (<4km), The Bible mission church (<1km), Baroda Mar Thoma Church Fatehgunj (<4km), The Salvation Army Church (<4km), Infant Jesus Church Gorwa (<5km), Our Lady Of Rosary Church (<3km), Trinity Methodist Church (<2km), The Pentecostal Mission Vadodara (<3km), Bethesda Fellowship Church (<3km), Nitya Sahayak isu nu mandir (<3km), Indian Pentecostal Church Sama Branch (<3km) Hospitals & Healthcare Manubhai Patel Dental College & Dental Hospital (<5km), Radhe Dental Clinic (<1km), Aastha Dental Clinic & Implant Centre (<3km), Dr. Pathak, Anannya Dental Clinic and Orthodontic Centre (<5km), Uma Dental Clinic (<4km), iSmile Teeth Care Centre (<5km), Dental Spa (<2km), Bank of Baroda ATM (<1km), Bank of Baroda – Manjalpur Branch (<7km), ICICI Bank ATM (<9km), Union Bank of India (<2km), Central Bank of India ATM (<2km), HDFC Bank ATM (<3km), Standard Chartered Vadodara Branch (<2km), Kotak Mahindra Bank ATM (<4km), Union Bank of India ATM (<7km), Indian Overseas Bank ATM – Railway Station (<2km), Bank of India ATM (<2km), Canara Bank (<6km), Cantral Bank Of Indla (<1km), Karur Vysya Bank ATM (<0.5km), State Bank of India ATM (<4km), State Bank Of India ATM (<6km) Shopping Jay Vardhaman Provision Store (<5km), Shell (<7km), SHREE GOVERDHAN PROVISION STORE (<1km), Khushbu (<2km), Shree Krishna Provision Store (<7km), Mishti Super Store (<7km), Saurastra Pan And General Store (<11km), Jagvani Store (<11km), Delhi Public School Harni (<9km), Rosary High School (<3km), New Era Senior Secondary School (<4km), University Experimental School (<3km), Convent Of Jesus & Mary Girls High School (<4km), D R Amin Memorial School (<2km), Ambe Group of Schools (<6km), Navrachana Vidyani Vidyalaya (<5km), Nalanda International School Vadodara (<9km), New Horizon School (<6km), Tops Technologies – Android PHP Java Training (<3km), St. Kabir School (<3km), VIBGYOR High School Vadodara (<8km), Urmi School & Hostel (<7km), Electronics And Mechanical Engineering School (<4km), Compusoft Computer Education (<3km), Mr. Puff(Shree Gandhi Bakery) (<1km), Mr. Puff (<8km), Mr. Puff – Mitesh Food Products Pvt. Ltd. (<7km), Mr. Puff (<0.5km), Mitesh Food Products Pvt. Ltd (<1km), Oven Magick (<1km), Cake My Day Momentz (<1km), Velvet Bakers (<1km), Price Trends Race Course, Vadodara Paying Guests for rent in Race Course, Vadodara This property is priced approximately 30% over the average for an Paying Guests for rent in Race Course, Vadodara (Rs.4/SqFeet) * Disclaimer: Data may be approximate. Locality Reviews Race Course, Vadodara Its the most happening and lively area of baroda! great locality with all necessary amenities around. Pros: cinema and mall right there all cuisine restaurants right there Posted: Feb 12, 2017 by Anwesha Chandra Race course is the middle in city. All the important places like railway station, school, hotel, shopping area, hospital, mall, offices etc., are only 1 to 2 km in range. Pros: Its a prime location in the city Posted: Sep 19, 2013 by Shrikant Amin Race Course is very good area for any business. There is an excellent market and three malls (with another under construction). So for any corporate office, bank branch and regional office, or MNC, there is a wide scope. Race Course area is also ideal for any kind of property investment. Pros: Railway Station is 1.5 km. Airport is 5 km. Bank and Mall are within 1 km. Posted:

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