The new taste of Asia brings spice to Beirut

JAI

The hottest thing to pop up in Beirut’s Clemenceau district is a new delivery and catering kitchen called JAI. The blood, sweat and tears of Beiruti-born Chef Wael Lazkani, Jai offers a little taste of South East Asia in the heart of Beirut. It officially launched in February 2013 and has fast become a firm favourite for locals looking for a fresh, unique (and well-priced) alternative to the usual Lebanese fare. The rare restaurant concept of a large, one-room kitchen open to the street allows passers-by to experience first-hand Asian cooking at its finest. Open from 11am to 11pm, JAI will deliver anywhere in the Beirut Municipal Area within 45 min. But for a really special experience call and reserve the chef’s table.

After working in Michelin star restaurants in Montreal, London and Geneva, Chef Lazkani returned to Lebanon to realize his dream of introducing a new culinary experience to the Lebanese community with a special emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and genuine flavours. After 3 years of intensive South East Asian recipe studies and ingredient research Jai Kitchen was born. JAI’s menu takes you on a tour of Asia, tantalizing your taste buds with dishes from India, Thailand, Vietnam and China. And Chef Lazkani has made sure to include all of the Asian favourites.

This Summer’s most popular dishes are: the Raita and poppadoms – crispy poppadoms with a fresh chickpea, cucumber and mint raita; three shrimp summer rolls – rice wraps with shrimp, noodles, lettuce and herbs served with sweet chilli sauce; spicy Thai beef salad – grilled beef fillet with lettuce, green onions, herbs and a spicy vinaigrette; and Singapore noodles – classic thin rice noodle dish with dry mild curry, shrimp and chicken.

So if you’re looking for a little something different when visiting Beirut, make sure you give JAI a call. If the locals have JAI’s number on speed-dial, than any discerning traveller should as well.

Source: www.aluxurytravelblog.com

5 beautiful hot springs from around the world

Nea Kameni

Picture this: a cool summer evening, starry sky, achy feet from a long day of sightseeing and the buzzing feeling of a holiday high. A nighttime swim in an ordinary pool just isn’t cutting it for you, so why not go for something a little more au naturel? Uncover the secrets of a luxurious hot spring hidden in the depths of trees and earth. With wild thermal pools all around the world, your options for a sizzling dip are endless.

Colorado, United States

The state nestled between the mountains is filled with heated waterholes perfect for a summer afternoon or a wintery escape from the snowy slopes. Take Conundrum Hot Springs in Aspen for example. You can hike through 8.5 miles of grand scenery to find yourself immersed in the comforting warmth of this magical hot spring.

New Zealand

This secluded country could be renamed ‘hot pool heaven’ with thermal springs of all varieties popping up from north to south. For starters, a slightly more rustic option is the cloudy hot springs at Ngawha. Sworn by the locals to offer healing benefits, these natural baths have been used to relieve skin rashes and joint pain for centuries. But if you’re not staying up north and prefer a more lush and picturesque experience, The Lost Spring near Whitianga offers waterfalls, forests and a hot spring flowing in from 600 metres below the earth’s surface.

Santorini, Greece

All over the world, people inevitably think of sun, sea and sand when talking about Greece. Its organically lavish ways cease to amaze even the natives. So call me crazy, but I find it hard to be surprised that Santorini offers an experience such as this: a balmy mud bath-hot spring in Nea Kameni. A perfect place to relax and enjoy the calming atmosphere under the blue skies.

Costa Rica

With tour groups guiding you along the Arenal Volcano hike, you can’t help but wonder what treasure awaits you at the end of the trail. And trust us, you will not be disappointed with the final prize: beautiful hot pools surrounded by forest, fresh air and flowers – these warm waterholes are mother earth’s pot of gold.

South of France

For the fifth and final, hot springs may not be the first thing to come to mind when thinking of France, but there are wonderful choices for a cozy experience in the great outdoors. Rich with history and extravagant valley views, thermal baths in Bains de Dorres date all the way back to the Roman times. Best history lesson I can think of.

Source: www.aluxurytravelblog.com