Dhaka, June 20 (UNB)- ‘Brunch’ is still a fairly uncommon word among local residents, but the Latest Recipe restaurant at Le Méridien Dhaka is convinced it can popularise the concept of the late breakfast and early lunch giving way to brunch. If you are looking to spend a perfect holiday with friends and family and enjoy tasty foods of different traits, they have got your back with ‘Friday Buffet Brunch’.
A spacious-comfy place with a vivid yet soothing view of the Dhaka landscape, live music to lighten the mood and a mouthwatering collection of dishes across cuisines from the world; seems like the hotel authority has ticked all the right boxes for pleasing the crowd. Speaking of crowd, not only the guests of the hotel, but the residents of surrounding areas too flock here on Friday. The Brunch Starts at 12:30 pm and lasts until 4 pm.
What will impress anyone visiting for the first time is the sheer variety of foods. A galore of cuisines from around the world will greet the guests.
In addition to the regular dishes, Latest Recipe added three new features in the food express which includes --- a separate vegan corner, fusion center for experimenting and a live sushi service; garnering much attention for all three of them.
Vegan corner contains dishes like sweet and spicy tofu burgers, Buffalo cauliflower hot wings with vegan aioli and vegan Bibimbap of Korean cuisine.
Fiery tandoori chicken tacos, Thai peanut hummus, Chili con carne lasagna, falafel scotch eggs, and Beef kalabhuna patties are all there to try out from the Fusion center.
Executive Chef of Le Méridien Dhaka Austen Reid, also in-charge of all the cooking for ‘Friday Brunch’ at Latest Recipe, told UNB that their main focus is to introduce a healthier diet to the customers.
He also mentioned about their experimentation with sub-continental and European dishes saying, “We’re trying to introduce and infuse different flavours...people are experiencing new flavours and we’re doing something you don’t see any other hotel in the region doing.”
Trying out different cuisines was a pleasing experience as the cozy atmosphere overtook my senses. I decided to try the chicken tacos and peanut hummus; both dishes were fresh and savory. Later a couple of grilled shrimps were ordered.That really took the cake with its tender and juicy meat. It was served within a few minutes of being ordered.
Austen Reid himself visited for the feedback which was positive from everyone at the table.I meanwhile, sailed the ship again with lasagna, which was a good if not better dish for a hungry stomach. To compliment that an amazing sushi experience was waiting for me; the live session took place right before table and I was served with deliciously chewy sushi rolls.
However, served mocktails tasted average at best.
Finishing things off, I resorted to seasonal fruits although Nutella, praline and banana pancakes, Carrot Halwa crepes, Mango crème brulee and individual banana splits with Bengal tea ice cream were also there for the taking.
The aforementioned spacious zone coupled with the view and pleasing live music really took the whole experience to another level. Anyone visiting for the first time is sure to consider a second stroll there.
The Buffet Brunch at Latest Recipe restaurant of Le Méridien Dhaka hotel is scheduled every Friday from 12:30 pm to 4 pm priced at taka 3000++ per head. Kids up to the age of 12 can enjoy the meal free till June 30. Reservations are open at +88 01990 900900.
Dhaka, June 20 (UNB) - African countries with small to medium-sized economies pay far more money for less effective drugs, a leading health expert has told BBC Newsday.
In countries such as Zambia, Senegal and Tunisia, everyday drugs like paracetamol can cost up to 30 times more than in the UK and USA.
Drug markets in poorer countries "just don't work", said Kalipso Chalkidou from the Centre for Global Development.
She said "competition is broken" due to a "concentrated supply chain".
Ms Chalkidou, director of global health policy at the organisation, co-authored a report on drug procurement that concluded that small to middling economy countries buy a smaller range of medicines, leading to weaker competition, regulation and quality.
It says richer countries, thanks to public money and strong processes for buying drugs, are able to procure cheaper medicines.
Poorer countries, however, tend to buy the most expensive medicines, rather than cheaper unbranded pharmaceuticals which make up 85% of the market in the UK and US.
The very poorest countries are not affected when foreign donors purchase medicine on their behalf, meaning their over-the-counter medicines remain at low cost.
"In the middle it's very problematic," Ms Chalkidou said.
Low- to middle-income countries "have little ability to negotiate prices down and quality assure products" and there are lots of mark-ups, often due to taxes and corruption.
She said less stringent regulation meant the quality of the drugs was also not as high.
"Without regulation, people perceive the products don't work, so pay extra money for things they think will work and won't work either," Ms Chalkidou explained.
The report recommends greater global co-operation and reforming World Health Organisation policy as well as policy in targeted countries to improve procurement practices.
Dhaka, June 20 (UNB) - Massimo Bottura has built his career by blending Italian culinary tradition with an avant-garde sense of design and experimentation. The chef's three-starred Michelin restaurant, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, has twice been named the world's best restaurant and routinely attracts culinary pilgrims from across the globe who book one of its 11 tables months in advance, reports BBC. But while Bottura's approach to edible art is rooted firmly in Italy's Slow Food heritage, his hands, body and mind are constantly in motion as he dreams of new ways to condense his many passions "into edible mouthfuls."
One of those passions is reconsidering society's changing relationship with food and the surrounding landscape. Alongside his wife and business partner, Lara Gilmore, Bottura is about to unveil Casa Maria Luigia, an 18th-Century villa-turned-bed-and-breakfast nestled in the hills of Emilia-Romagna that, as Gilmore puts it, "offers a 3D image of how we see Italy, the culinary world, the future of food, ourselves [and] our identity." Like Osteria Francescana, the 12-room property marries traditional, local craftsmanship with contemporary design to offer a reimagined view of what Italian artistry can be.
Bottura is also extending his unique brand of 'revolutionary tradition' into a series of community-minded projects, including Tortellante, a pasta lab where Italian grandmothers teach teenagers with special needs the age-old art of tortellini making; and Food for Soul, a nonprofit that fights food waste through social inclusion.
So, how do each of these initiatives blend together to address the future of food? "One only needs to look at it with the right eyes," Bottura said.
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Milan, Jun 19 (AP/UNB) — A 116-year-old Italian woman who authorities say was the oldest person in Europe and the second oldest in the world has died.
The Italian news agency ANSA said Giuseppina Robucci died Tuesday in the southern Italian town of Poggio Imperiale, where she was born on March 20, 1903. She lived 116 years and 90 days.
Robert Young of the U.S.-based Gerontology Research Group said Robucci was the last European born in 1903. She was just two months younger than the current oldest living person, Kane Tanaka of Japan, who was born on Jan. 2, 1903, he said.
Robucci is No. 17 on the list of people in the world who have lived the longest lives.
Known locally as Nonna Peppa, Robucci had five children, nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. ANSA said she ran a coffee bar with her husband for years, and had been named "honorary mayor" in 2012.
"We are saddened by her death, but at the same time we are honored to have had her as a fellow citizen," Alfonso D'Aloisio, the town's mayor, told ANSA.
Italy previously claimed the world's oldest woman. Emma Moran, the last living person verified to have been born in the 1800s, died on April 15, 2017 at the age of 117 years and 137 days.
From a chicken fry sandwiched between buns to gourmet signature burgers served with hand cut chips, we have surely come a long way when it comes to burgers. A few years back, the trend of messy burger took the Bangladeshi public by storm. However, the trend is shifting towards non-messy, quality burgers.
Burger People by Sugarpuffs is one such joint located at Badda Link road attempting to serve gourmet burgers at a mid-ranged price. With patties weighing 120gm (grinded in-house), this 100% meaty burger has created quite a hype amongst food enthusiasts.
As soon as I read reviews of it being one of the best burgers in town, I made my way to their location right after Eid. The location was a little tough to find but upon entering, we were overwhelmed by the cozy ambience. We ordered their specialty, the Madcow Supreme and the Mushroom Supreme. We also took upon their suggestion of ordering an Oreo Shake.
Our food was served within 10-15 minutes. Unlike other reviews that I had read, we weren’t asked about the doneness of the patty or the spice level but there is an option to adjust accordingly. The presentation of the burgers was very rustic and it came with a side of potato crisps seasoned with chili powder.
As soon as I took a bite from the Madcow burger, my patty had crumbled and fallen apart. However, taste-wise, I must say the flavors were bang on. I was delighted to taste bits of pickle in my well-seasoned burger. The meat was moist and juicy which is quite rare now-a-days to find in a burger. But it was the bun which was really the star. They were made in-house and very light! Fresh tomatoes, caramelized onions, and the bacon added a distinct flavor to every bite. I did feel that iceberg lettuce would do more justice than the regular one but the cabbage chunks were a great addition.
The Mushroom Supreme also had the same patty at the center. If I were asked what’s the difference between the two burgers, I would only be able to differentiate it by the addition of grilled mushrooms. After having the Madcow Supreme, this one might be slightly underwhelming.
The Oreo Shake was definitely pricey though for something so regular tasting. I would have preferred more quantity for the price I paid for this drink. In all, you would really enjoy Burger People if you are tired from all the ketchup-mayo mixture.