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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.

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.

Have a Seafood Meal in Al Mahara

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Overview

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Al Mahara is one the best seafood restaurants in the Middle East. Moreover, it is one of the world’s 50 best restaurants. Also, it is one of the must-sees of the Burj Al Arab. In Dubai, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah locates this themed restaurant.  It is well known for ‘The Oyster Shell’ in Arabic, tantalizing your palate giving an experience that will stimulate all your senses. It is not only superb seafood cooking but also decorated in a great way (Aquarium) that fits seafood restaurants.

Interior Decoration

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It is inside Dubai’s iconic 7-star hotel. In simple words, it is underwater themed restaurant. Although not actually situated under the sea, it certainly feels as if it is. The place is a large, cylindrical floor-to-ceiling aquarium, teeming with exotic fish. This acrylic glass tank holds around 990,000 liters of seawater and stands as the restaurant’s centerpiece.

The Menu

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The guests can enjoy the most succulent selection of Chinese and Western cooking style seafood. Every dish, even the bread, is like a work of sculpted art. Dover sole is delicately wrapped and the sauces are applied to the plate with flair. There is great attention to every simple detail. Actually it is not cheap, but for a one-off special occasion it is worth it. They do not serve only special seafood meals but also delicious desserts such the salted caramel mousse.

Chef Nathan Outlaw

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Al Mahara reopened a few month ago with a new look under the culinary patronage of multi award winning chef Nathan Outlaw. The famous British chef brought his style of simple, yet superb seafood cooking to the luxurious property, combining it with complex flavor blends using local, seasonal and responsibly sourced ingredients. When he asked why he chose Dubai for his first restaurant outside the UK Nathan replied: “Working with Burj Al Arab speaks for itself. It’s the most luxurious hotel in the world, and a once in a lifetime opportunity.  This is my first venture out of the UK, and what an iconic property to partner with.”

 

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.

 

The Best Restaurant in South America 2016: Central

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About The Restaurant

Having a dinner at Central Restaurant in Lima, Peru, starts at 25 meters below sea level, then soars up into the mountains, across the desert, and through the jungle. Furthermore, the experience you will get is the exploration of the diverse Peruvian territory: ingredients, colors, stories and scenarios. In other words, it’s a journey through the extreme climates, altitudes, and biodiversity of Peru. Guests come from all over the world to explore the South American country through the eyes of Chef Virgilio Martínez. He takes his guests on a culinary expedition from the Amazon to Pacific coast.

Chef Virgilio Martínez

He is a Peruvian chef. The chef of Lima restaurant Central earned the top spot at the recent Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. The chef is famed for his beautifully creative dishes that showcase the diversity of Peru’s ingredients. He works alongside with his wife, Pia Leon. In addition to their efforts through their tasting menu to introduce novel ingredients that are indigenous to Peru.

Worth Notes

In Central restaurant all what you find is special and somehow unique. They are careful to each simple detail such as:

Water:

The bottle of water filtered and purified using reverse osmosis in the restaurant.

Mater:

They connect cooking with the earth by traveling across the country in search of ingredients and stories from local producers.

Garden:

Fresh herbs and spices that accompany the food are always at hand. Their idea is not only to have a garden but also to keep in constant contact with nature.

Country Adventure in 17 Courses

Chef’s efforts at Central show that Peruvian cuisine means delicious meals. Through their courses such the edible Chaco clay of the dry Andes, and the indigenous Amazonian palm fruit called ungurahui. Moreover, you will find the amazing taste in the white freeze-dried potato known as tunta or the fermented potato called tocosh. Furthermore, they serve cooked tuber below the ground on hot stones, an inspiring the dish called ‘Tallos extremos’.

El Celler de Can Roca

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El Celler de Can Roca is a restaurant established in 1986 by the three Roca brothers: Joan, Joseph, and Jordi. When they first opened it, the restaurant was right next to the one of their parents. Later on, in 2007, the Roca brothers moved to another location – C/ de Can Sunyer, 48, Girona, Gironès – a building they designed just for the restaurant.

About the restaurant

This year, El Celler de Can Roca, got the second place in “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”. In addition. Restaurant magazine named it to be the “best restaurant in the world” in the year 2013.
El Celler de Can Roca hold 3 Michelin stars; a European hotel and restaurant reference guide.

Creativity at its best

For the Michelin guide to say about this restaurant that it is creative, it definitely is! First of all, El Celler de Can Roca has a cellar full of wine; more than 60,000 bottles!! The unusual presentation of dishes makes the traditional catalan cuisine look “eye catchingly” delicious.

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Three brothers have divided their responsibilities in the restaurant. The head chef is the oldest one; Joan Roca. The middle brother, Josep Roca, is the wine steward. In addition, Jordi Roca, the youngest brother, is in charge of everything that has to do with desserts.

Restaurant’s Interior Design

Carmencitta MAgazine - El Celler de Can Roca6After they moved to the new location, they designed the place to be as modern and as simple as possible. Tables, simply dressed, stand on wooden floors. On each one, the Roca brothers put 3 stones to represent each one of them. The restaurant fits 45 person and has a huge kitchen that fits for 30 chefs at the same time!

On the menu

Carmencitta MAgazine - El Celler de Can Roca 3An unusual presentation of food is always present in El Celler de Can Roca. First of all, when people arrive, the chefs give them small bites that include flavors from all over the world to give guests an idea about what they should expect. Moreover, perfumes such as Bulgari, have inspired chefs to invent some dishes.

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.

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.

Bars and Restaurants in NYC to visit in Christmas

We all know that during Christmas Eve and Christmas day, most of the bars and restaurants will be closed. However, there are some of them that stay open in NYC in order to welcome their customers on those two beautiful days. You don’t know where to have a thing to eat or where to go for a drink on Christmas? Here are the top bars and restaurants in NYC to visit.

Rolf’s German Restaurant

Located in 281 3rd Ave, this is the place where you will find ceilings covered with wreaths which are lit with small lights and adorned with colorful balls. Moreover, you will also see walls covered with Poinsettias, and all the other free space is full of garlands. Make sure you have some schnitzel while you’re there.

Molly’s

This one’s location is 287 3rd Ave. in fact, visiting this restaurant should be a privilege that is given only to the people who are fans of Christmas lights, not only fans; but really devoted people who get fascinated by the lights of the decorations. In fact, this pub is a cozy, home feeling place that will make you feel the spirit deep in your veins. While you are there, make sure you have a burger, or an apple pie and whiskey dessert.

Pete’s Tavern

Pete’s Tavern dates back to 1864. In fact, this place is a Union Square institution, and its tradition of decorating during this holiday dates back to only a few decades ago. Once you get there, you will witness the wreaths outside and lights over the awning, garlands and ornaments in back of the bar, and best yet, the entire ceiling is covered in holiday lights. Moreover, it is perfect to go there when you want to take a break from the Union Square holiday market with a glass of homemade eggnog and an entertaining hour perusing Pete’s many knickknacks and Christmas trinkets strewn around the space. The place is located in 129 E. 18th St.

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