Buffet Lunch

An experience with my buffet lunch

Hi guys. This is James here. I am back with some advice for my readers and yeah I am extremely sorry for the delay in my post as I was busy travelling various cities and of course tasting nice cuisine. J Anyway today I have decided to write something on my experience with buffet lunch in various cities likeBangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai,Hyderabadand the national capitalDelhi. Last month I travelled a lot for my business tour. Since I am in hotelier industry I came across many restaurants and hotels offering diverse services like hall booking and buffet lunch facilities for corporate.

Frankly speaking many a time I felt so bored in some of the buffet lunch that I had to run to my room and order some decent food myself. I really can’t compromise with my food. growing fat on my tummy and my wife hates that but I love my food and wife both J

Buffet in Chennai

Sorry let me come back quickly on my topic. Well I was in Chennai for a conference organized by hoteliers association and I was welcomed by a famous hotel cum restaurant. We all were given our id. cards and kit for conference. Truly speaking I was not interested in the sessions of conference. I was just looking for some nice food as I had travelled fromSingaporeand I didn’t have any food in flight. But my wait became worse when I saw that all dishes were cold on the tables. Some were looking good but very cold. I really don’t like eating cold and stale foods. I felt as if it was not buffet lunch but some session for finishing old and leftover foods. It put me off. So I directly headed to my room and ordered some nice food from outside.

Buffet in Mumbai

Okay. so let’s move to Mumbai. In Mumbai also I was not very happy as the buffet had all old stuffs which I had already tried several times at several place. Although food were decent, but I won’t call them a great experience. At least there should be some variation even at our home my mom and wife keeps varying the dishes to avoid boredom. Why don’t these buffet organizers realize the importance of serving hot buffet. It is not a difficult task though.

Buffet in Bangalore

Well now its turn of my experience in namma Bengaluru (Bangalore). InBangaloreI was invited as a keynote speaker in an event organized by . Conference was well organized and it started off on schedule without any delay. I finished my address to the audience and then we went for high tea. After high tea we straight went on to the next session in the conference hall where few more speakers spoke on service industry. Now it was time to lunch so organizers took us in the buffet hall wherein we were greeted with smile and rose. Entire ambience was filled with aroma of fresh flowers. Not a surprise asBangaloreis considered to be city of roses. Cuisines were also good and tasty. It was really a pleasure for my appetite after a bad experience in Chennai session.

me conclude today otherwise it will take days to narrate my experience. However I assure you to post more very soon. Till the time I will recommend to read on

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How And Where to Find Excellent Oxnard Restaurants

They call it the “city of sunshine”; and what is a Californian experience without fine dining? Oxnard is a cosmopolitan city that boasts of a multicultural composition that runs straight into the cuisine. This is corroborated by the wide array of excellent Oxnard restaurants with a diverse assortment of cuisines. From Italian, Japanese, Thai, Mediterranean, vegetarian, Cajun Creole to Mexican, customers are bound to be spoilt for ‘s more; the efficacy of competition ensures that the items on the menus come at amazingly low prices.

Whatever your options will be, you are assured of a superb dining experience that may just be more that you bargained for. Downtown Oxnard is particularly a diner’s paradise furnished with an abundance of fine restaurants. In a bid to charm their customers, different Oxnard restaurants are trying to add zing to every dining experience. Diversifying the menu, full-service arrangements, setting up eateries in historical spots, and landscaping are some of the numerous strategies that have been injected into their marketing campaigns. Talking of embellishing, the Pirates Bar and Restaurant is renowned for its enchanting themed decor that always keeps the customers captivated.

What do you prefer? Owing to the wide variety of dining choices, your alternatives boil down to your preferences. All food straight from the soups, appetizers, salads, chef-specialties and desserts served in these Oxnard restaurants are a must-have. The wealth of foods guarantees first-class dining. Consider some of the following popular options at your disposal.

Traditional Thai: Regardless of the exterior appearance and interior decor of the restaurants, the food does not disappoint. The food is delicious and truly traditional for instance the famous Som Tum, the Singapore Noodles, the white fish cha-cha and many other finger-licking varieties. The popular spots include Suvarnaphumi, Phoenix Thai Cuisine, and Thai & Chinese Food. For most Oxnard restaurants, an affordable cuisine is their ultimate goal. Phoenix for instance runs on the philosophy average main course price of $15. Whatever the price though, the diversity coupled with pleasant customer service makes the Thai restaurants a must go.

Italian: Being a very renowned selection of food, there are numerous Oxnard restaurants that pledge fine food and excellent service. The most preferred Italian place is probably La Dolce Vita well-known for genuine Italian and Mediterranean menus. This family owned restaurant guarantees an exquisite experience be it takeout, dine-in, catering, cooking lessons, karaoke, and live entertainment. The fine food and wine, cozy setting and the unparalleled services provide a pleasant dining. Other Italian spots include the Italian Job Cafe, Dominick’s, Little Tony’s, and Olive Garden among others.

American: There is no place like home. Once in a while you’ll want to try something new but ultimately, the American diet forms the perfect allure. Most American Oxnard restaurants offer excellent cuisines with a diverse variety and friendly customer services. Some of the best bistros include Fresh & Fabulous famous for its sandwiches and salads, T.G.I. Friday’s ideal for family dining, Tierra Sur and many others.

For terrific drinks, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Pirates Bar and Grill, and Herzog Wine Cellars for fine wine tasting, among others form the perfect complement to good food. Wherever you are in Ventura County, be sure to pop into one of the many excellent Oxnard restaurants.

Gift Baskets For Any Time Of Year Or Occasion

Okay ? so you have someone you need to buy a gift for. Are you stuck for ideas? Maybe you like the thought of giving them a gift hamper but you aren?t quite sure which one would be suitable?

Gifts like these can be perfectly traditional, but sometimes it?s better to go for something a little bit different. And in that case, why stay with familiar ingredients and additions to the basket? Why not cross borders and find something more adventurous to give to that special someone in your life?

Sampling some of the delights that people in other countries have become used to, is one of the best ways to give a novel food gift basket for a special occasion. Do you know someone who is heading off on a honeymoon to see the historic sights that Britain has to offer, for example? Make sure you give them a Best of British gift basket to send them off in style. That way they will get a taste of such British classics as Branston pickle, Cadbury?s chocolate and Yorkshire puddings.

Of course, you might know someone who immigrated to Australia from the UK several years ago. In that case this would prove to be a nostalgic and delightful gift for their birthday or for Christmas. It would certainly be much more than simply a nice food basket to enjoy; it would be packed with memories too.

But Britain isn?t the only country that has a basket to represent it. For anyone with connections to or a love of South Africa, there is a basket to explore for them as well.

South Africa has a very distinctive range of foods that cannot be bought anywhere else. When you see such items as monkey gland sauce and green fig preserve for example, you will know this is a basket set to awaken anyone?s taste buds!

But if that still doesn?t hit the spot, think about the goodies included in the Double Dutch baskets. There are two versions of this particular offering ? and one is definitely bigger than the other. This is perfect for the extra big appetite, or for giving to a couple.

Advocaat and Young Genever are just two of the names you?ll become familiar with, and that?s just for the liquid side of the gift. There is nougat, chocolate pastilles and the fantastically named stroopwafels as well for example. And they all add that extra touch of eye opening excitement to a great gift basket idea. Whoever receives this one will certainly be amazed at what they find inside.

It is definitely the more unusual nature of these kinds of gift basket that makes them so appealing. They provide an extra edge to the more traditional basket, and as such they can really make a great gift for anyone with an adventurous taste in food.

Who can you think of that would appreciate something a little more unusual? It?s time to get thinking ? and then ordering!

The Famous Dragon Well Tea Part 1

I was lucky enough to go to China in November 2007 and one of the many places I visited was the famous Dragon Well Tea Plantation. As someone who has had a tea website for a few years, I was excited!!

The plantation itself is stunning in appearance and is surrounded by breathtaking views in a truly beautiful part of China. We stayed at Hangzhou, which was described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world’. Hangzhou is on the famous West Lake where we took a boat cruise and then drove up into the surrounding mountains to the Dragon Well Tea Plantation where you can smell the enticing aroma of the tea long before you arrive. Here the climate is mild and has plenty of rainfall in all seasons – a perfect setting place for great teas. This is one of the birthplaces of green tea and is known as having the highest quality Dragon Well tea.

I must confess, I’d never seen tea growing before. In China the tea bushes are kept small so it’s easier work for the pickers and the tea is delicate and full of flavor and aroma. We walked through the tea bushes to the entrance where several people were turning the harvested leaves by hand in woven baskets. This set the theme right away that Dragon Well is all about quality and not about rushing any part of the tea process. There is a pond in the center of the buildings with a huge teapot in the middle. Here you can sit down with your tea and enjoy the views of the tea plantation as well as look at the teapot! The building we went in was for tea tasting. Here a nice Chinese lady told us that the tea was harvested in different months. When picking tea, the different harvesting months bring a different quality of the tea. The best tea, we were told, was the emperor’s cut which only the emperor was allowed to consume. Happily, that is no longer the case but this tea was very expensive. We also were able to taste teas picked in different months. April was great but I settled on May.

Gourmet Vegetarian Small Plates at Green Zebra

Winter in Chicago is a fine time for trying new restaurants; we have a total of three different “Restaurant Weeks” going on in January and February-Chicago Originals, North Shore Restaurant and Chicago Restaurant Week, which begins February 18. Frankly, with my suburban location and a five year old I can’t always participate in these great deals, but that’s what I have Groupon for. My most recent culinary adventure came courtesy of that Chicago-based company, because I had to use my discount at Green Zebra last week-or lose it.

Green Zebra is an upscale vegetarian restaurant, decorated in a contemporary manner with bamboo and ferns that create cool textured shadows on the ceiling. It’s small, lively and dimly lit (hard to get good photos in this place without a flash, which seems to disturb the ambiance!), and I had a bit of trouble getting a reservation on an evening immediately after the Big Blizzard of ’11-fortunately, someone had cancelled. A sign asks you to shut off your cell phones, and you can check your coat in at the front counter.

I think of my desire to eat at Green Zebra as an attempt to drag my husband, kicking and screaming, into a more adventurous world of food. His diet is what he’s dubbed “truck-driver vegetarian”-all the bread, cheese and grease you can eat, just without the meat. He’s a big guy, over six feet tall, so I think the idea of small plates makes him a bit nervous, wondering if he’ll get enough to eat. He’s also a creature of habit, and likes to visit the same restaurants over and over again. But, because he knows how much of a foodie I am, I can occasionally introduce him to something new, and he likes it. Or at least, he tells me he does. That’s how I know he’s a good husband.

I will say we actually ate pretty lightly. Our waitress said that a good meal of small plates usually consists of three or four plates per person, but between us we had five plates and a dessert selection.

We started out with two cold plates, Hen Of The Woods mushroom pate with date mostarda and pumpkin seed brittle, and a Riesling poached seedling farm pear salad with feta, mint, almonds and citrus. I loved the pate, which was very flavorful yet mild. Even after the bready bits were gone I just ate the stuff with a knife (see how sophisticated I am?). The pear salad was less successful for me, mainly because the pear was so soft, but again the flavors were vibrant.

Next, we had a roasted pumpkin soup with whipped creme fraiche, Thai basil, pepitas and garlic, along with a small mound of fettucine, basil, pistachio, giardiniera, garlic and parmesan cheese. Both dishes were delicate and well-done. The pumpkin soup was sweet and creamy, and the fettucine, although you might think it a fairly simple pesto-style pasta, was accented with these marinated carrots (the giardiniera, I imagine) that helped to elevate the dish into something special.

We also had spiced hush puppies with seven-year cheddar. I was a little hesitant to order this, because my experience with hush puppies to date has been in Long John Silvers’ Fish & More meal, and they were eaten with ketchup. But the guy at the table next to ours, who was also using his Groupon, assured us it was an amazing dish, and he was right. Basically, hush puppies here are these little balls of fried dough, with some cheese melted on top. I think I might come back just for those.

After that we decided we were still hungry, so we decided on the dessert plate, which seemed big enough to satisfy whatever was left of the hunger pangs in each of our bellies. We were right. The plate was a chef’s selection that included three homemade sandwich cookies (chocolate chip and peanut butter, chocolate and mint, and ginger and maybe vanilla, I think), a cupcake and a doughnut, complete with hole. These desserts were rich enough to complete our meal with a flourish.

I almost forgot what was my favorite discovery of the night, something called a pink peppercorn thyme soda. This was a lovely little concoction that was just enough carbonated without being fizzy, with a clean and crisp and unusual flavor. I loved it. I would go back just for another taste.

We both enjoyed our meal immensely, although my husband admitted that he could have used a heartier meal after the long day he’d had. Personally, I found the amounts perfect, but I am about a foot smaller than my husband and he runs half-marathons regularly while I sit around and stare at my elliptical machine as though it was going to do something interesting.

I will tell you what I think is the greatest strength of Green Zebra: its chef, Shawn McClain, knows how to put flavors together, whether it’s to complement another flavor or to accent it. Every dish we tried included some unexpected little zing of something that just made it exciting. I love food, but I’m a newbie when it comes to food culture. I’m out of my element when I go to places like this. Nevertheless, the restaurant had me discussing flavor combinations as though I knew what I was talking about. It’s the kind of place where you can’t help but talk about the food, because it’s the type of place that makes you think about the food. It makes you consider the ingredients separately, and together. That in itself makes Green Zebra special.

Honestly, this is a place that’s a bit out of my price range for regular nights out. But I’m already trying to figure out which of my vegetarian friends-and which of my non-vegetarian friends, since I didn’t miss the meat one bit-I should take back for a meal at Green Zebra.

Green Zebra also features a tasting menu and honors other dietary restrictions, so vegans will have no trouble eating there as well. The guy who sat next to us also said the Sunday brunches there are fabulous, so that may be our next visit.

Good Morning Vietnom

A little fun fact about my mother is that she’s Chinese, but born and raised in Vietnam. So it’s fair to say that Asian food-wise I’ve been quite spoiled. But unfortunately when the craving hits, no matter what city I’m in, I find it much harder to find a quality Vietnamese restaurant to satiate me. Imagine my surprise when I heard about the recently opened Ba Bay, which serves up what can only be described as a modernized take on Vietnamese cuisine. I was intrigued.

After a thorough assessment of the menu and recommendations from not only our really attentive server, but the owner himself, we started off our meal with a side of chicken pate. Now I’ve had a lot of pate in my day, and I can honestly say that it was some of the best I’ve ever had! It was very fresh and flavorful. But to me, what really made it special was that the recipe comes straight from the owner’s family kitchen, specifically his Grandmother’s. And don’t Grandmother’s always know best?

For my entre, I ordered the Shaky Beef, which sits above watercress puree and topped with marinated onions. Let me tell you, the first bite left me shaking from enjoyment. The meat was so tender, cooked to a beautiful medium rare, and well seasoned. I never wanted it to end.

Next, my friend ordered the special of the night: Tete de conchon, which is crispy fried pig head, cabbage and hard boiled eggs braised in fish sauce and maggi. (I know, it totally sounds prettier in French, but what can you do?) Each element of the dish perfectly complimented and balanced one another. And I’d recommend ordering it with a side of rice for maximum deliciousness.

And being a Vietnamese restaurant, we just couldn’t leave without trying their Pho. Although not my favorite dish of the night, it definitely held its own. The pho broth was really dark, MSG free, and had a hint of spiciness. Not your standard pho broth, but definitely perfect for those cold winter days ahead.

Finally, in order to get our 2-3 servings of vegetables for the day, we got a side of the bok choy that is cooked in oyster sauce and sprinkled with fried shallots. Trust me, you’ll have even the pickiest of kids eating these leafy greens.

Ba Bay’s unique menu and cozy ambiance is just what Eastern Market needs!

(Tip: When you Google Ba Bay, make sure to specify it’s in DC and that it’s Vietnamese, otherwise Google thinks you’re looking for Baby items. Oh, you were looking for baby items? Congrats! That works too.)

Ba Bay

Address: 633 Pennslyvania Ave

Phone: 202-547-0002

Price: $8-20