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first_img Aditi Pai Mumbai March 20, 2019 ISSUE DATE: April 1, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 17:55 IST Photo by: Mitali VyasGlobal platter/ BayrouteAfter giving gourmands a taste of European and Asian cuisines, Mumbai’s restaurateurs are now set to explore the flavours of the Middle East and Central Asia that have been untapped in the city until now. With the launch of its third restaurant in Juhu, Bayroute brings delicacies fromGlobal platter/ BayrouteAfter giving gourmands a taste of European and Asian cuisines, Mumbai’s restaurateurs are now set to explore the flavours of the Middle East and Central Asia that have been untapped in the city until now. With the launch of its third restaurant in Juhu, Bayroute brings delicacies from the bustling streets of Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Morocco and Greece with kibbeh, koshari, manakeesh and tagine.While the decor is reminiscent of Arabian Nights, what makes this a must-visit in Mumbai is that the restaurant menu draws from family traditions of the region and a few forgotten recipes, and uses cooking techniques such as .atstone atop burning embers, a spinning rotisserie and open-fire roasted skewers that are believed to have originated in Middle East cooking. Go for Grilled halloumi, shish touk honey manakeesh with cream cheese, falafel and baharatli hummus with pita bread. At 14, Silver Beach Estate, AB Nair Rd, JuhuDown memory lane/Knesset Eliyahoo SynagogueUntil it reopened last month in its original Victorian-era regalia, the Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue was popularly known to an entire generation of Mumbaikars as the ‘blue synagogue’. But after 10 years of efforts and one year of intense restoration work, the iconic 125-year-old Jewish shrine is back to its former glory with Minton tiles from Stoke-on-Trent in England, stained glass windows and a Victorian colour palette of sage, bottle green, olive and gold. Photo by: Danesh Jassawala”The major problems were leakages and water. With over a century of monsoons faced by the building, there was dampness in the walls and wooden members were structurally weakened,” says Abha Narain Lambah, the principal conservation architect for this project. The restoration was an effort they started 10 years ago, and while they got a seed fund from the Jewsih Heritage Grant Program from the World Monuments Fund, work couldn’t proceed as donations were difficult to get.advertisement”It is a small religious community so it was difficult to raise funds,” says Lambah. Last year, they approached the JSW Foundation and secured funds for the work. Look for Brass coated lights were fed by gas lights, Minton tiles, stenciling on walls that was earlier flattened by coats of blue paint. Grand rebirth The inaugural service and re-consecration saw a rabbi from the Sassoon family come from New York and Jews from across Mumbai gathered. At Kalaghoda, FortSea and sand/ Velas Turtle FestivalTake a break from the city and head out to watch Olive Ridley turtles hatch little eggs. At a distance of 230 km from Mumbai, Velas is a seaside town that is home to the endangered species of turtles for a few months during the hatching season. The eco-tourism festival sees local villagers join hands with environment conservationists to protect these turtles from danger. Photo by: Akshay DabhadeBetween February and March every year, a few hundred turtles come here to rest, lay and hatch eggs and people gather to watch the babies crawl away into the ocean. Until a few years ago, these turtle eggs would be stolen by locals for sale and consumption but with conservationists and NGOs stepping in, they involved the villagers in protecting the turtles. The villagers now scan the beach, transfer eggs into artificial hatcheries to protect them from animals and poachers, and release the babies into the sea.Look around The region has a lot more to offer once you have seen the charming Olive Ridley turtles. Visit the beach and ancient temple at Harihareshwar, the British era Bankot Fort and Dapoli, a town known for its forts, caves and hot water springs. Price Rs 3,000 per person including accommodation, meals and travel At Velas, Ratnagiri, 230 km from Mumbai Details mumbaitravellers.in/velas-turtle-festivalFighting Fit/ Physique 57The new barre workouts at Physique 57 give Mumbai another reason to spend an hour getting fit. The physical exercise routine, which originated in New York a few years ago, combines cardio, strength training and stretching, all together in a 57-minute workout session. “It takes the muscles to the maximum and then stretches them for release and blends isometric and isotonic movements which allows people to see results faster,” says Mallika Parekh, a healthcare professional who brought the exercise routine to Mumbai. Photo by: Mandar DeodharEvery workout is a full body workout and each class is choreographed differently to peppy upbeat music to avoid boredom. “It meets everyone at their fitness levels,” she explains, so be it a beginner, a person suffering from muscle injuries or runners and professional athletes, the workouts allow participants to exercise at their optimum level. In the past few months of operation, Physique 57 has had cancer survivors and people preparing for surgeries as well because the workout increases muscle strength. While working on a healthcare venture in India, Parekh studied health issues specific to Indians are discovered that while there was a growing awareness in fitness, a large number of people suffer from low bone density and injuries.advertisementWork hard The workouts are low impact but high intensity and the carpeted floor offers adequate cushioning for the joints that minimise chances of injury. Price A walk-in class is for Rs 2,000 At Four Seasons Hotel, WorliFor the love of Sport/ Mumbai Cricket WalkScores of youngsters dot Azad Maidan every day for a game of cricket but the sprawling ground in the heart of South Mumbai holds several secrets of the game in the city. It is here that the British first started playing cricket in Mumbai-then Bombay-and introduced the local boys to the sport. It is the ground where Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli scored a record breaking partnership in 1998 while playing for their school in the Harris Shield. For cricket buffs who want to know more about the game they adore, the Cricket Walk by HopOn India is the perfect way to explore cricket hubs and get a peek into the city’s cricketing history. Photo by: Mandar DeodharThe first such cricket heritage walk in the country is scripted and narrated by Devendra Prabhudesai, an author of several books on cricket. With his extensive knowledge of the game, Prabhudesai weaves together an interesting and insightful story about the legendary game. The two-hour long walk takes you through the famous maidans-Oval, Azad and Cross- where generations have played the game, the clubs which nurtured the sport, the Cricket Club of India from where BCCI started running cricket in the country and wraps up with the stadiums-Brabourne which has seen several epic knocks and Wankhede, the home of cricket in the city where India won the 2011 World Cup.DIY Walk Since all you need to do is download the app, the walk doesn’t have designated days or timings and can be done whenever you have a few hours to spare and walk around the city. Early mornings are a good time to beat the heat and the traffic. If you want to explore other facets of the city, they have a Bollywood Walk, Gateway to Fountain and Elephanta Caves trail as well. Price Rs 300 At hoponindia.comYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow BayrouteFollow Knesset Eliyahoo SynagogueFollow Velas Turtle FestivalFollow Physique 57 Out and aboutFrom revisiting the city’s heritage to getting fit with new international workout trends and feasting on world cuisine, Mumbai has a lot to offer this season.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas to Help You Win the Holidays

first_img 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts So, you haven’t been holiday shopping yet. Last-minute gifts are the best kind of gifts if you know how to do them right (and we’re about to tell you how). Don’t worry about frantically rushing to crowded malls or wasting hours gift wrapping. Spend the last days of the gift-buying season kicking back with an eggnog and binging Netflix.Here are the easiest last-minute gift ideas to get or make for everyone on your Christmas lift, from your best guy friends to your mother to your loving S.O.Airplane TicketWunder Visuals/Getty ImagesBuy someone a plane ticket, which is a fancy way of saying airline gift card. Instead of picking the destination, choosing their seat, and assuming they want to depart at 6 a.m., let them make all the decisions while you get all the credit. The airline should send you an actual gift card. Dress it up by printing a fake ticket and writing the giftee’s name on it, then tape the card to the back. Bonus wrapping points if you have time to rush a travel document holder like this stunner from Leatherology.Online Music LessonsThis is great for anyone who has dabbled with an instrument. Sign them up online at ArtistWorks for e-lessons. Pick from the bass to French horn, banjo, or a dozen other instruments and specify the style they love. A 12-month plan costs $23.25 a month and includes unlimited access to video lessons, real teacher feedback, backing tracks, and more.HBO SubscriptionFor the one  — do everyone in the TV show group text a favor and get that one person who hasn’t seen Game of Thrones, Westworld, or Barry an HBO NOW gift card or prepaid subscription. Subscription gifts can be weird because there’s no rule for how long you should go on paying — One year? Forever? — so opt for the gift card. Once the money is spent, they’ll have to piggyback on your account or finally grow up and get their own. Because the final season of Game of Thrones is only four months away.CigarsSilas Zindel/Getty ImagesMalls will be madhouses and don’t even think of stepping foot into a Target. Google the nearest cigar shop or lounge and make a quick trip for a box of stogies, stainless steel cutters, and blowtorch lighters. Make it more personal by hand-picking a selection of individual cigars for each dude, getting expert advice in-store based on strength and pallet preference. No need to wrap. If their first-timers and need some cigar-smoking tips, direct them here.Ride-Share CreditSometimes the best gifts are practical and help us not spend as much on items and services we regularly drop Benjamins for. An Uber or Lyft gift card is perfect for anyone who you kinda-sorta know and need to buy something for but aren’t going to get sentimental about. Like a coworker, your uncle that still parties every weekend, or your boss that travels a ton.Personal ChefHire a ChefHire a chef to come to your mama’s home and cook her a lavish meal. Just don’t seek expert culinary stars on Craigslist — Go to Hire a Chef, which is affiliated with the United States Personal Chef Association, and search for a chef in the right zip code. Pick the right match based on the chef’s services and background (i.e. a former molecular biologist who makes the best comfort food you’ll ever eat or a dinner party expert who teaches a cooking class while they cater).Stay in an Airbnb MansionAirbnbWe tend to forget that New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. You won’t be the hero on Christmas but you can save the praise for NYE by booking out an Airbnb mansion, penthouse, or off-the-grid retreat for the family, best friends, or love interest on December 31. Not only will this give them something lavish to look forward to, but it’ll show you’re great at planning ahead (even though you secretly suck at it). Go big and stock the house with bubbly.ConstellationOK, your mom will probably start bawling when you tell her you not only had one star named after her but an entire constellation. — much better than, “Surprise, Mmom, I got your name tattooed on my chest!” Go online to Star Registration and get a certificate and celestial map showing exactly where your mother-star is. The service only assign visible stars and gets regularly audited by the star-naming registry.Concert TicketsWe’re all-in on buying more experience-based gifts this holiday as opposed to material possessions. That’s because we tend to remember and cherish experiences more than inanimate crap. Buy someone concert tickets and let them know you really care by splurging on the good seats. This is a gift that keeps on giving since you’ll get Santa points when they unwrap the tickets (print out fake concert tickets that look vintage if you haven’t had real ones mailed), then double points when the event rolls around. Ho, ho, hope you like Marilyn Manson, baby.Booze“Boy, I really hated when I got that nice bottle of booze,” said nobody ever. Run downstairs to the corner liquor store and ask the clerk for some of the nicest bottles (within reason). If your the recipient loves rosé, ask for that. Tequila? There’s a bottle of that. Even if your bromance has a thing for Natty Light, grab four cases, stack them, and wrap the lot like one big present. Sure, you can opt for a holiday limited-edition but standard top-shelf bottles available year-round do the trick too. Don’t know where to start? Here are some suggestions.DIY Gift IdeasHomemade BBQ SauceBill Boch/Getty ImagesGo to the Dollar Store and grab a handful of empty glass containers. Multiply this Stout and Sriracha BBQ Sauce recipe by 10 and throw a pot on the burner. It shouldn’t take you long to have a vat of homemade barbeque sauce to bottle up and hand out for the holidays. Make an effort in presentation, wrapping ribbon or twine into a bow around the bottleneck. Get creative with your label by printing out designs (they can differ depending on who the sauce is for). Go an easy but noticeable step farther and include the giftee’s name on the packaging.Custom ShirtsEvery bro in your circle has a nickname, famous quote, or some pseudonym or emblem that reminds you of an inside joke (and therefore your manly bond as BFFs). Stop by a superstore or craft store and grab the following: plain T-shirts and iron-on letters. Retreat to your place and heat up the iron. Position letters on the shirts to call out the phrase or nickname for each guy, then iron them on. Wrapping? Get basic gift bags when you’re at the grocery store (you know that card aisle) and toss them in. Done.Hand-Drawn PortraitGo to a crafts store, grab some blank canvas and empty frames, head home, and go at it, Picasso. Maybe your cuffing fling has a big orange cat they’re obsessed with. Draw him, throw that drawing in a faux gold frame, and sign the bottom. This last-minute gift idea will not only relieve some of the stress of the holidays but makes for a 100-percent custom gift you can be sure they won’t get from anyone else. So what if they don’t end up hanging it in the foyer? The time you spent making the gift means a million times more than if you defaulted to a department store present.Homemade Beef JerkyBecome a master of beef jerky in only a few hours by following the advice and Sweet Potato and Habanero Beef Jerky of chef Thomas Boemer, culinary genius behind Minneapolis’ Corner Table and Revival, butcher, Cochon 555 winner, and all-around master of meats. Buy some holiday plastic bags at the Dollar Store and tie off your jerky bags with red bows.DIY Green Tea TonerNaturopathicaIf you don’t have the three to five business days to wait for upscale grooming products to ship (plus these can be super expensive), make your own. Naturopathica shared their DIY recipe for a Green Tea Toner that will recharge dry winter skin and make it glow. All you need is a French press and these ingredients:1 4-ounce bottle with spray atomizer4 ounces distilled water4 tsp green tea leaves2 tsp  aloe vera gel1 tsp dried peppermint leaves2 drops lavender essential oilMethod: Combine the herbs in a French press. In a small pan, bring distilled water to a boil and pour over herbs. Add lavender essential oil, steep for 10 minutes, plunge, and let cool. Pour aloe vera gel into bottle and fill with herbal infusion. Cap with spray atomizer.Dark Chocolate Drizzled PopcornLauri Patterson/Getty ImagesWhat in the world do you get coworkers? Homemade dark chocolate popcorn, that’s what. Make a big batch and distribute into holiday bags. Sure, you don’t have to get officemates anything for the holidays, but it’s a nice gesture that might land you a new work pal (which helps the days go faster).1/2 cup TCHO chocolate baking disks3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil1/2 cup popcorn kernelsFine sea saltMethod: Fill a small saucepan with a few inches of water; bring to just below a boil over medium heat. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl, then place the bowl (just make sure it’s not plastic, guys) over the saucepan. Once the chocolate has melted and you’ve stirred it smooth, remove the pan from the heat. Line one or two baking sheets with waxed paper. Transfer melted chocolate to a zip-top bag, squeezing the chocolate down to one of the bottom corners. Immediately transfer the popcorn to the baking sheet(s), spreading it in an even layer. Turn the short end of the baking sheet(s) to face you. Use scissors to snip off a small bit of the bottom corner so you can drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn; hold the bag at a slight angle and start drizzling from the side closest to you up to the top, trying to hit about 75 percent of the popcorn. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Let the chocolate set before storing. More Gift Ideas For:WatchesLiquorStocking StuffersProducts Made in AmericaBook LoversTravelersThe Lady in Your LifeThe Man Who Has EverythingThe Ultimate Luxury Experience Editors’ Recommendations center_img The Best Whiskey Quotes of All Time 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral laments slow progress on issue of Kuwaitis missing since 1990 Iraq

In a report to the Security Council on the activities of Yuli Vorontsov, his envoy dealing with the issue, Mr. Annan welcomes the fact that the remains of three more Kuwaitis have been recovered.But the fate of 370 others is still unknown, and “this reflects disappointingly slow progress,” he says.The report notes that “serious security challenges in Iraq have impeded searches for graves and exhumation of known sites where Kuwaiti and other nationals are thought to be buried.” Mr. Annan welcomes efforts by the Tripartite Commission dealing with the issue to ascertain the fate of the missing and voices hope that arrangements “will help to bring the issue of Kuwaiti prisoners of war and third-country nationals to a satisfactory close.”On a related matter, he says it is “sad that there has been no movement forward with regard to finding and returning the Kuwaiti national archives.” The Secretary-General repeats his call on anyone who may have information on their whereabouts to come forward. read more

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