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A Church themed restaurant; Christon Café

Christon Cafe is a restaurant that is located in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Moreover, during the day, it plays the role of a restaurant, and during the night, it transforms into a night club. Here is what you need to know about it.

DECOR

 

Christon Cafe is situated in a very big building, right on the top, near Shinjuku Station. In order to get there, you will get in a lift that, once you exit, you will notice how high the ceilings of the restaurant are. After that, you will be taken by its interior design; religious pieces from statues, alters all around the place, and huge chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.

Why the church theme?

 

Nobody knows why they chose this theme. However, as anyone can conclude, the theme was chosen because it represents novelty. Moreover, it may be due to the kind of clubs and events that are held in the venue. In fact, Japan is not a religious country this is why, the church themed restaurant will not bother too many locals. According to an article that was published in “Guardian”, the decor includes antique religious pieces from South America. However, nobody has been able to find any information to back this up.

Night Schedule

 

As we said, at night, the restaurant turns into a night club. Once you come in, you will notice a big stage with red curtains where bands perform. Moreover, the view you will get of the restaurant, actually depends on where you’re seated. In fact, there are two options: luxurious looking sofas, and round small glass tables with cane chairs.  Moreover, when you are seated on the glass table, you will be able to see the main floor that is separated from you by an iron fence. . .

 

Their special drink

 

The night club is actually famous for a specific cocktail, that nobody knows what it is. In fact, it has glowing ice cubes that make your cup glow with the color that you choose.

A Restaurant Inside of an airplane

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Imagine getting on a plane without going through all the paper works, and passing by security checks or even buying tickets!! And more importantly, imagine you can have a meal as an addition, and not just airplane boring food, but a fancy dinner!! All of these can happen in the A380 In-Flight Kitchen. In fact, this restaurant looks and functions like an airline in many ways, expect that it serves a regular restaurant menu of Western food, sometimes in plastic trays.

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The restaurant is located in Taipei’s university quarter, In fact, it opened after the owner Yang Mao-hui figured that he could ride some of the Airbus A380’s recent fame in the aviation industry by offering a simulated experience. Ever since it opened, it has been packing in wannabe passengers, who sit in soft speckled blue seats with headrests covered in white napkins and under oval-shaped windows. Locked white baggage compartments hang overhead.

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Once you come in, you will see waitresses who are dressed as flight attendants, and taking meal orders for filet mignon or waffles, as well as the customary fish and chicken. Moreover, once you reach the door, the staff will welcome you with a “welcome aboard”, and give you boarding passes if you must wait for a table. Moreover, the 84 seats are divided, and 20 of them are “first class” or set aside for groups with advanced bookings, and they are often overbooked.

Manager Emily Lu

In an interview, manager Emily Lu has stated the followings: “There are customers who come in and say ‘is this real airline food? Airline food doesn’t taste good,’” “The diner decor cost about T$7 million ($209,000)”.

Customers

As for customers, we have heard those comments: “The kids like flying, so coming here gives them that experience,” said regular customer Wu Shu-hua, 44. “It looks exactly like an airplane, but the food should be a bit more extensive here,” added first-time lunch customer Vivian Mo, 14, who had just ordered a soup and salad.

 

Welcome to the Robot Restaurant

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Overview

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The Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Robot Restaurant puts on an eclectic one hour cabaret show with performances full of flashing lights, dancers, drums and techno music. Actually “Restaurant” is something of a misnomer when you are talking about Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant. While you can eat there, the venue is not designed around eating, but light, color, with every surface fluorescent and polished to a mirror gloss. Moreover, there is a spectacular robot arena. The place is fabulously decorated lounge as you wait to be escorted to your seat for the robot cabaret show. Robot Restaurant is the only entertainment outfit of its kind in the world and an attraction for clientele ranging from world-class celebrities to couples.

The Show

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When you arrive you find on the stage, a lady-band clad in metallic bikinis and angel wings is playing soft lounge music. But this is as a waiting room to the show which is the main action. It starts when the robots come out to play. There are robots shaped like women and robots shaped like action heroes. Also, there are robots shaped like dinosaurs, pandas, sharks and Transformers. In the show there are women dressed in showgirl glitter, armor and flashing LED s. Some of them are riding bikes, tanks and glittering horses while they are playing drums.

Warning List

Before the show starts, they give their guests several warnings. They include warnings that “big cameras” are not allowed to take up-close photos of the dancers, not to touch the dancers, and to not get out of our seats.

Carmencitta Magazine - Robot Restaurant 3jpgThe Food

You might have your dinner only before the show starts. During the show you can drink some beverages. Alcoholic drinks are available too. The menu includes all the international and special Japanese food. You can choose a delicious dish of rice and fish. Furthermore, there is the bento box that includes a mini bottle of green tea.

 

NORDIC NICOISE SALAD W/ WATERCRESS, SMOKED SALMON & DILL

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INGREDIENTS
  • Carmencitta Magazine - NORDIC NICOISE SALAD W WATERCRESS, SMOKED SALMON & DILL 28 baby potatoes
  • 2 eggs (optional), boiled to your liking
  • 1 cup snap peas
  • 1-2 Turkish cucumbers (or use English)
  • ½ fennel bulb, shaved (optional)
  • 4-6 radishes
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 6 ounces smoked trout, smoked salmon, lox, pickled herring or smoked/cooked sardines (or sub cannellini beans or baked/smoked tofu for a vegetarian option)
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • fresh dill
  • Other optional additions: pickled red onions, fresh sprouts, chive blossoms, nasturtium petals, sliced avocado, blanched green beans or other veggies, a dollop of plain yogurt, toasted rye croutons, or rye crisp, crumbled.
  • Nordic Nicoise Dressing:
  • ¼ cup olive oil or grape seed oil
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper (or black)
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh grated or prepared horseradish
  • pinch sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
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  1. Place the baby potatoes in a pot of water and boil, then simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Add the snap peas in the same water during the last minute to quickly blanch. Drain. Rinse under cold water.
  2. At the same time boil the eggs, either soft or hard – your preference. Peel and halve.
  3. While the eggs are boiling, stir the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl with a fork, tasting and adjusting.
  4. Prep the veggies. Using a veggie peeler, shave the cucumber into ribbons (or just slice into rounds)
  5. Slice the radishes, slice the fennel.
  6. Assemble the salads. Lay a bed of watercress on the bottom of two bowls. Top with cucumbers, radish, fennel, fish, eggs, pickled onions, capers and fresh dill. Scatter blossoms around the top. Feel the joy 😉
  7. Dress the salad right before serving.
  8. Add a dollop of yogurt for extra richness if you like…. and serve with rye crisp.

Chillout Ice Lounge; the first in ME

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For Dubai, it was not enough having the most expensive, and the tallest skyscraper in the world, so they decided to have the first ice lounge in the Middle East. Moreover, they wanted to show how progress can be done by building it in the middle of the desert! In this ice lounge, everything is made of ice (duh!); couches, chandeliers, and even glasses! Furthermore, the degree hits about 21 degrees Fahrenheit where the outside degree is about 95. Take a tour with us in this unusual restaurant.

Overall Information

Carmencitta Magazine - Chillout Ice Lounge. 1jpgThe Chillout Lounge first opened in 2007, and UAE’s Sharaf Group owns it. Moreover, in 2014, the restaurant had major refurbishment where they created a location that is full of ice sculptures, ice couches and tables, in addition to a unique lightening systems. All of this with a temperature of bel.ow zero!

Visitors’ Greetings

Carmencitta Magazine - Chillout Ice Lounge. 2jpgOnce a visitor arrives, he or she is given specially made clothing in order to keep them warm while they are in a minus 6 degrees place. The clothing includes: a heavy jacket, gloves made of wool, shoes and gloves made for extremely low temperatures. After that, visitors have to stay in a specially made room so that their bodies can get accustomed to the low degree, since in Dubai, the temperature is always high.

On The Inside

Carmencitta Magazine - Chillout Ice Lounge. 3jpgOnce you come in, you will find the most unique interior design. Everything is either made of glass, steel, and of course ice. Moreover, the lightening changes its colors every once in a while, based on a specially made time interval. In addition, you will feel the magic moments once the lights strike on the crystal clear ice cubes, and a very beautiful hue combines on the inside of each cube.

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The Chillout ice lounge serves hot soups, sandwiches, juices, hot chocolates, coffee, tea and a variety of deserts, mock-tails and confectionary, making it the first of its kind in the world to serve hot food & beverages.

White Rabbit Restaurant, Fantastically Different

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Overview

It is one of the most spectacular views in Moscow, Russia. Also, it is one of the world’s 50 best restaurants. White Rabbit locates under a glass dome on a 16th floor of Smolenskiy Passage. The restaurant specializes in refined modern takes on well-known Russian dishes masterminded by young chef Vladimir Mukhin. Furthermore, a lot of flashy parties happen there. Big names in music and film attend such parties, and food is served throughout the night.

The Decoration

Carmencitta-Magazine-White-rabbit-restaurant-2From its stylish interior rooftop location, diners can experience a breathtaking full panoramic vision of the city. As the name may suggest, the restaurant whimsically embraces an Alice in Wonderland theme. There are lots of rabbits and rococo furniture. Antique wooden tables are organized with 19th Century couches. Moreover, modern upholstered pieces on herringbone hardwood floors that lend an old money feel to the glassy architectural glamour of the space. In other words, a series of interconnecting dining rooms and lounges give numerous VIP seating options.

Carmencitta Magazine - White rabbit restaurant 3The Chef

Vladimir Mukhin is a famous Russian chef. He is drawing in the brightest and best from across Moscow and the world to enjoy his special and delicious dishes. Furthermore, he is in the foreword of a new wave of young Russian culinary talents. Mukhin is making international waves by his best use of local, seasonal ingredients as for his charisma.

The Food

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The Meal begins with a well-classified raw bar with North Sea specialties. Next the cold appetizers like Blue Fin sashimi, beef tartare and terrine of rabbit with hazelnuts. After that they serve some model salads such as heirloom tomato, Caesar with chicken breast or innovative scallop salad with truffle oil. Finally, they serve the main course like classic grilled octopus, stuffed squid or smoked salmon on spinach. Moreover, they serve grill specialties including Wagyu steak, veal flown in from Italy’s Piedmont region. Not only that, but also you can order New Zealand rack of lamb with accompaniments like truffle ravioli or spaghetti with tiger prawns and asparagus.

 

The Test Kitchen; an outstanding experience

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If you are reading this, and you are visiting, or live somewhere near South Africa – specifically in Cape Town – you HAVE to visit a restaurant named “The Test Kitchen” that is located in The Old Biscuit Mill; a small village in the heart of Woodstock.

About The Test Kitchen

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Chosen as the best restaurant in Africa 2016, this place combines Latin cuisine with the South African touch in a small place that has the exact following address: The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa. It closes on Sundays and Mondays and opens its doors all the other days from 12:30 until 1:30PM and from 7 until 9:30PM.

Owner

Surprisingly, the owner of the restaurant is also its chef. A guy called Luke Dale-Roberts. He was trained in Zurich, Switzerland. Luke was previously a sous chef at Soho House Media Club where he used to cook for famous and rich people. Because of this very talented chef, this restaurant became number 22 in the world’s top 50 restaurants.

Decoration

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Furthermore, the Test Kitchen is known for being a small restaurant that only fits 65 persons. It has brick gray walls, oak beams all along the ceiling, and pipes all over. its tables are rusty looking  in order to fit in with the surroundings. The best thing I find in this restaurant is the big wooden bar that embraces the open kitchen. This feature allows the guests to hear and see what the chef is doing and more likely, smell the food that is being prepared.

Signature Dish

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Speaking about food! The Test Kitchen has a very special dish. This dish is known as their signature dish.

“Light Curry Glazed” dish. This main course consists of a locally fished kind of fish that comes boiling between two concrete pots. Later on the waiter places it on a plate over cashew purée and a carrot. After that, the food is decorated by carrot beurre noisette.

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Pulled Pork

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Ingredients:

2 1/2 pounds (1,125 g) pork roast, diced into 6 pieces
1/2 white onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, smashed with the side of a knife and peeled
1/4 cup (60 mL) soy sauce
1/4 cup (45 g) dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons (30 mL) honey
1 tablespoon (11 g) sesame seeds
1 tablespoon (15 g) corn starch
3 Thai chili peppers, sliced

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In a crock pot, add the pork roast, onion, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey and sesame seeds; stir until the pork is coated with the other ingredients. Cook on high for 4 hours.

Transfer the pork to a cutting board and shred using two forks.

In a pot, add the reserved juices from the crock pot and whisk in the corn starch. Cook on medium-high heat until the sauce thickens. Stir in the chili peppers and shredded pork.

Serve the pork over steamed white rice.

Thai Green Curry

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons green curry paste, Mae Ploy brand preferred
8 oz chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
4 oz bamboo shoot
5 kaffir lime leaves, lightly bruised
2 red chilies, cut into thick strips
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon sugar or palm sugar (preferred)
1/4 cup Thai basil leaves

Method:

Heat up a pot over medium heat and add the oil. Saute the green curry paste until aromatic, add the chicken and stir to combine well with the curry paste. Add the coconut milk and water and bring it to a quick boil.

Add the bamboo shoots, kaffir lime leaves, and red chilies. Lower the heat to simmer, cover the pot and let simmer for 10 minutes or until the curry slightly thickens.

Add the fish sauce, sugar, and basil leaves. Stir to mix well. Turn off the heat and serve immediately with steamed rice.

Calico Cat Café

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A Cat Café is a place where you can sip a cup of coffee, enjoy a nice meal, or indulge in a dessert while you are accompanied by cats. This idea first started ages ago, where people who cannot commit to raising a cat can go pet them and feed them without having to own one in their homes. In fact, this is a good idea for home owners who have partners that do not like cats, or children that are allergic to cats. In this article, we are going to talk about one in particular, Calico Cat Café.

Information

Carmencitta MAgazine - Calico Cat Café 2Once you go there, the first thing you will see at Calico Cat Café has nothing related to food; it is the “cat selection.” However, you will not be eating one of them; they will be there just to keep you company while you sip on a nice cup of tea. Moreover, the specialized staff will ensure that the guests treat the cats in a good manner, as well as they will provide some bags of dried cat food that they can be used to attract the guest’s desired playmate. In fact, it is not realistic, for many Tokyo residents, to own a cat, this is why, the city has 30-odd cat cafés that give residents a chance to enjoy some “commitment-free cat stroking”.

The Café

Carmencitta MAgazine - Calico Cat Café 3Calico Cat Café is composed of 2 flours where about 30 cats roam as they want. In there you can see a wide range of cats that consists of: some Russian blues, a rag doll, a couple of Abyssinians, a couple Persians and the others are all of a more standard ‘house cats’. People who go there usually buy food, not for them, but for the cats. Moreover, you will see guests grabbing a bucket of chicken and feeding the whole thing to the cats. Additionally, the cats are really groomed, clean, and friendly.

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