Dhaka, Apr 30 (UNB) - Other than Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, if there is any place in Dhanmondi buzzing with students for a quick meal or snack break, it has got to be The SweetSin Coffees! Regardless of what time you pick to pay them a visit, it’s always buzzing with youngsters hanging out over waffle, coffees, or their great lunch platters!
Last week, an old friend rung up for a few of us to catch up over lunch but we were all on a budget (student troubles). I had been to SweetSin plenty of times before and knew that this place would be suitable both in terms of taste and price. We were greeted warmly by one of their servers and took couch seats by the window which provides a beautiful view of Dhaka City. We ordered 2 Teriyaki Chicken Platters and 1 Sirloin Beef Platter.
At BDT 485+, I was surprised when they asked us for the doneness of the beef steak and of course, I had replied back with a medium. We were served within 15 minutes and my friends were blown away with the portion of each of the platter. The dishes came with sides of rice, sautéed veggies, fresh salad, and mashed potato.
While the plating was a mess, the Teriyaki Chicken tasted scrumptious! It was juicy, tender, and slightly charred. The Japanese rice tasted more like a Mexican one with plenty of peppery taste at every bite. It went really well with the chicken which had a sweet and sour taste from the soy sauce mixed with honey. Moreover, the chicken even had sesame seeds sprinkled on top just like any Teriyaki dishes served at restaurants and added a certain nutty flavor to the chicken. The salad consisted of purple cabbage, carrots, and tomatoes while the sautéed veggies were carrots, broccoli, long beans, and cauliflower cooked with butter, salt, and pepper. The mashed potato could have used some more cream/milk. However, for the price I was paying, I was just glad I wasn’t asked to choose between rice or mash since I was starving!
The beef steak on the other hand was slightly disappointing as the amount of black pepper used here gave too much of a sharp taste. It was because of the mashed potato that (when paired with the steak) helped mellow down the sharpness and allowed us to enjoy the steak. The sides were the same that came with the chicken platter but since this dish was a beef steak, my friend was unable to finish the entire platter by herself.
Why I recommend The SweetSin Coffees is because of the quantity you get for the price you pay. As student, it has become increasingly difficult to find a place for a proper meal these days without paying a hefty price. SweetSin might still come off as slightly more expensive but the service, view, and ambience you get for the price, it is definitely one place I end up going to every now and then.
By: Ifreet Taheea
Dhaka, Apr 29 (UNB) - Being a huge fan of Kolkata street food like ‘pani puri’, ‘momo’, ‘chowmein’, ‘various flavoured kulfi’ and many others, I always wished for few of these dishes to be available as street food in Dhaka even though these dishes are served in restaurants. Today’s article is about the new café named ‘Kolkata Kati Avenue’ in Dhaka.
Going back to history, a ‘kati’ pronounced mostly as ‘kathi aka stick’ roll was first served in the famous Nizam Restaurant in Kolkata back in the 1932. It is basically a roasted meat in a skewer wrapped in Paratha. His speciality was Kabab. The types of the rolls depend on the fillings inside which can be egg, vegetable, paneer, chicken, beef and also the flavors of sauces used. Since childhood, I have had these particular types of rolls like Egg Beef Roll or Double Egg Double Chicken Roll from places like Dhaaba, Roll Xpress and Hot Cottage and I never ever got tired of these items.
Coming back to the ‘Kolkata Kati Avenue’, I visited this place the day after it opened. I was quite excited about it when I first saw someone posting about this in the Facebook Group ‘The Food Talk’. The cafe is a small space with few wooden tables and chairs. It can probably accommodate no more than 10-12 people at once. It is certainly not a place where you can sit comfortably for hours and chitchat with your friends. As I browsed the menu, I was looking forward to either ‘Paneer Roll’ or ‘Chicken Liver Roll’. To my disappointment, there weren’t any options of those so I ended up ordering the Chicken Tikka Roll. In addition to the rolls, they have appetizers like ‘aloo chops’ and different flavoured lassi.
Served after half an hour with the coriander chutney, I was extremely disappointed as the roll was served cold. I did not get any flavour of the Chicken Tikka at all. Sadly, after 2-3 bites, I did not feel like eating the roll whatsoever. I will prefer rolls of Hot Cottage, Roll Xpress and Dhaaba over this new place any time at any given day.
By: Marjan Rahman
Dhaka, Apr 17 ( UNB)- Even though I am not much into chocolate since childhood, I have a strong liking for chocolate desserts and drinks. Every coffee shop I visit, I make a point to order chocolate desserts or drinks. Some surprise me with their taste and make me their loyal customer and some disappoint me big time. Almost 3 years back opened the first chocolate café in Gulshan North Avenue of Dhaka, Bangladesh. I am sure by now you can guess I’m talking about the famous Butlers Chocolate Café. I have visited this Cafe numerous times by now and became quite a huge fan of it. This article is a bit about their history and their famous Chocolate Lava Cake.
Founded by Ms. Marion Bailey-Butler in 1932 in North Dublin, the company has a chain of Butlers Chocolate Cafes, first in Ireland followed by New Zealand, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UAE and Saudi Arabia. Owned by an Irish manufacturer, the cafes offer a range of special organic handmade chocolates as well as meals and snacks.
It has been over 3 years that this cafe opened in Gulshan North Avenue in Dhaka. It looks very fancy on the inside with nice seating arrangements and also a very organized setup outside with huge umbrellas. They have an arrangement indoors where different varieties of chocolate are placed along with the elegant gift boxes. The outside arrangement looks very appealing in the evening with the string lights beneath the umbrellas. You can visit Butlers with friends and family. It is usually open for breakfast from 8 a.m. and serves customers till midnight.
The main hype behind Butlers Cafe stems from its handmade chocolates and their Chocolate Lava Cake. Quite fascinated by the name (which I’d never heard before), I had to try and figure out whether it could live up to it. Oh my ! The freshly baked choco lava cake was served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream which mixes smoothly with the cake and hot molten chocolate. It was warm, soft and gooey. It is perfect for 2 people but if you are a crazy chocoholic or you have a sweet tooth then you can eat the dessert all by yourself. If you haven’t visited Butlers yet, here’s a tip: do it before Ramadan is here!
By: Marjan Rahman
Hartsdale, Apr 15 (AP/UNB)— A 100-year-old yoga instructor has no plans to stop practicing and teaching.
On a spring day in Hartsdale, a northern suburb of New York City where she leads her classes, Tao Porchon-Lynch said she first encountered the ancient practice at age 7 in her native India. Strolling along a beach, she was transfixed by a group of boys doing yoga poses. When her aunt told her the movements were "not ladylike," she responded, "If boys can do it, I can do it."
By the time Porchon-Lynch was a teenager, already teaching yoga, she was able to explain how to breathe in a healthy way — especially to people in awkward sitting positions.
"I said, 'You're squashing your lungs. Your lungs are not down in the navel, they are above,'" she said.
She also has advice for herself. "When I wake up in the morning, I look at the sun and I say, 'This is going to be the best day of my life' and it will be. It always is."
Earlier this year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi awarded her the prestigious Padma Shri Award for exceptional achievement.
Despite four hip replacements, she also does ballroom dancing at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. And she's been featured on the television show "America's Got Talent."
Porchon-Lynch lives alone in her suburban apartment, but when needed, she has a circle of care that includes current and former students and friends dropping by, plus members of a wine society she's in.
"Her life is a yoga path," says Sylvia Samilton-Baker, her yoga student who is also an instructor.
And that comes down to just breathing, which keeps Porchon-Lynch nimble as she approaches 101 on Aug. 13.
"The breath is teaching us — listen to it," she says. "Feel your lungs expand outward, stretch your hands up towards the ceiling and feel the energy there. Breathe in the breath of life and breathe out peace."
Dhaka, Apr 15 (UNB) - Besides being a foodie, I love travelling and visiting new places every year. My mantra is to taste the local delicacies of every city I visit or at least taste those that are usually not prepared or easily available in the restaurants of Dhaka. When I go to Cox’s Bazar, I always make a point to go to Jhawbon Restaurant/Hotel. Jhawbon is located at Kolatoli Road of the beach town. It has been there for over 15 years. The hotel is usually jampacked for its popularity and its flavorsome dishes.
When I think about going to Cox’s Bazar, the only dish that I look forward to eating is ‘LOITTA FRY’ and ‘SHUTKI’. It’s not the case that I don’t have access to these dishes in Dhaka. It’s just that these dishes have an irreplaceable taste in Cox’s Bazar. This article is all about few dishes ordered in Jhawbon Hotel. Every time we go there, we order ‘shaada bhaat’, ‘ghono daal’ along with few types of ‘bhortas’ and ‘bhajis’ along with ‘Loitta Fries’ and ‘Chili Shutki’.
The ‘loitta fries’ are indeed a delight. Served hot and crispy, once bitten, it is soft on the inside. It will indeed be a huge miss if you visit this restaurant and not order this particular dish. The ‘chili shutki’ tasted wonderful. This is a ‘must – have’ for the ‘spice and shutki’ lovers out there.
Last but not the least, we ordered the ‘fruit custard’ for dessert among the three other desserts which were ‘pudding’ and ‘firni’. Perfect order for the sweet tooth lovers and a perfect ending to the meal.
Besides the dishes mentioned in this article, Jhawbon’s ‘rupchanda fry’ and ‘coral fish’ are few must-haves. In addition to this, the hotel’s customer service is superb even though the place is always packed. Make sure you visit Jhawbon Hotel and order these when you visit Cox’s Bazar the next time.
By: Marjan Rahman