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February 2017

  • What’s On Your ‘Bucket List’?

    What’s On Your ‘Bucket List’?

    Don Messerschmidt

    Climb to the top of the highest point on earth and descend safely to sea level with all 21 digits intact. - Joe Patterson at www.bucketlist.org <Climb Everest Count on it, there are travelers hanging around Thamel with ‘Nepal’ on their bucket lists, and maybe even ‘Climb

  • Where Am I? "One of the Deadliest Airports"

    Whoever said this flight is the most dangerous one, forgot to relish the enchanting view. If you are planning for a trek to Everest, this place is the first place you will have to be in; this is where the trek stories start from. However, if you Google this airport, you will find out that there are lots of goose bump stories about it. And you don’t want to read about them before boarding for this place. The airport is actually a gateway to Everest trekkers and climbers.  The reason this airport has earned itself a name as

  • Patan's Power Breakfasts

    Patan's Power Breakfasts

    Astha Shrestha Joshi

    Breakfast should be everyone’s favorite meal of the day, it feels almost criminal when it’s not. Your breakfast pretty much decides what your mood for the whole day will be like, a cranky person is not a likable individual. Also, everyone has a breakfast story that’s connected to their roots,

  • Temptations at Temptino

    Newly opened Temptino makes quite a first impression. This restaurant is a new franchise of Ghangri Café serving Italian, continental and many more.  Its chill ambience and great selection of food is bringing a little bit of Italy to Kathmandu. We began with Gamberi Salsa Piccante—prawn with a creamy dressing of mayonnaise and herbs. The spiciness of the dressing counterbalanced the mildness of the prawn’s meat well. Alongside this appetizer, we were served an Insalata Mista, a fresh, tasty salad with Italian dressing. These dishes were a pleasure to look at, and a great start to the meal.

  • All-European Gourmet's Delight at Radisson

    Fine dining is an experience that combines elegance with the art of outstanding cuisine. Welcoming a new chef, Nandita Karan, Hotel Radisson has recently introduced a new inclusive European cuisine. The limited yet composed and detailed menu was made by choosing the finest and most popular dishes of countries around the whole of Europe. Everything in the menu is served fresh, as Chef Nandita mentioned to us. They are not only focused on giving the best of flavors, but also the freshest organic products straight from the local market. Radisson initially had a Mediterranean cuisine, but has now

  • Sweet Bites of Lakhamari with Anil Das Rajkarnikar!

    Sweet Bites of Lakhamari with Anil Das Rajkarnikar!

    Why is a ‘lakhamari’ called so? Lakhamari is a traditional Nepali sweet that comes in different shapes and sizes. There is no actual reason behind why it is called a ‘lakhamari’. However most usually believe that lakha means big and mari means sweets. So it means a huge

  • Delectable BBQ Nepali Style at Bajeko Sekuwa

    The cheerful logo of the Bajeko Sekuwa chain of restaurants can be seen more and more around town these days. That’s because they now have eight outlets around the city, plus two smaller kiosks, and even branches in Bharatpur and Pokhara! From its humble beginnings as a small sekuwa eatery near the airport, Bajeko Sekuwa—a name it received from its dedicated customers—has risen in popularity over the more than three decades since it first began. The most popular dishes are, as you can imagine, sekuwa—particularly mutton—but that’s not to say that sekuwa of other meat are not in

  • Blast from the Culinary Past

    Blast from the Culinary Past

    Evangeline Neve

    It’s no longer news that Nepal’s eating scene has changed, and drastically so. There are new restaurants everywhere, so many that it’s now become impossible to eat at all of them, or even keep up with what they’re all about.  However, even with all this culinary change and innovation,

  • Food City Kathmandu 25 Reasons Why

    Food City Kathmandu 25 Reasons Why

    ECS Nepal Team

    These days, Kathmandu can rightfully be called a “Food City”. Along with diversified culture and tradition, one can also find a large variety of cuisines—whether it's local Newari, or from different parts of Nepal, or around the world. With a wide range of restaurants in the city, we

  • Nepali Beer: Happiness in Every Sip

    Nepali Beer: Happiness in Every Sip

    Urvi Suwal

    Nepal is home to a small number of quality breweries that produce emphatically fine lager beer offering a refreshing and smooth drinking experience. The next time you visit a bars or a restaurant, make sure to get yourself a bottle of authentic Nepali local beer, which will surely validate Benjamin

  • Batuk A Magar Delicacy

    Batuk A Magar Delicacy

    Barsa Thapa

    Magar is one of the indigenous ethnic nationalities of Nepal. They mostly inhabit the districts of Palpa, Gulmi, Arghakhanchi, Syangja, Baglung, Parbat, Myagdi, Tanahun, and Gorkha in the western region, as well as some other districts in the mid-western and eastern regions. A little insight on the Magar tribe: the

  • Yin Yang, the Place to be for Thai Cuisine

    Yin Yang Restaurant has a certain refined, elegant vibe, which is clearly on display when you first enter. While famous for Thai food, it also boasts an impressive continental menu, and the two combine for a great fine dining experience that is sure to have something for everyone. The restaurant recently reopened after extensive renovations, and with all the amenities now being state-of-the-art, the management has also done an excellent job of retaining the small touches and historical bits and pieces that made this place unique in the first place. There’s a sun-dappled courtyard dominated by a huge tree, perfect

  • Food of a Different Time

    Food of a Different Time

    Sachi Mulmi

    Satya Mohan Joshi has never been shy in admitting that he is partial to a nip of alcohol before bed. “I’ve been open about the fact that I used to drink a peg whenever I got my hands on it,” he shares. He used to take it regularly at one

  • Thai Cuisine with a Twist at Mango Chili

    Thai Cuisine with a Twist at Mango Chili

    Mango Chili, the younger sister brand of signature brand, Mango Tree, which can be found in many of the world’s major capitals such as London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Washington DC is finally here at Labim Mall. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The culinary group also includes Coca

  • The Third Eye, Taste that's Close to Divine

    The Third Eye, Taste that's Close to Divine

    The Third Eye has been a Thamel mainstay since 1989, serving up some of the best Indian and continental food in the city. And you don’t jut have to take my word for it—no less of an authority than Lonely Planet has named it the top Indian restaurant in Kathmandu,

  • Rejuvenating the Festive Spirit

    Rejuvenating the Festive Spirit

    Amar B Shrestha

    It’s when the shopping begins that you know that the festival is now really and truly on. It’s not the shopping for clothes, decorations, and such that I’m talking about, that’s secondary. It’s foodstuff that’s on top of the agenda for any festival to acquire that true festive spirit. 

  • Delicious, Crunchy Kanchamba

    Delicious, Crunchy Kanchamba

    Evangeline Neve

    Kanchamba is a food that you should not judge by its outward appearance, because it tastes so much more spectacular than it looks. Sometimes called ‘Thakali finger chips,’ this buckwheat treat is crunchy on the outside and tender and giving on the inside. It’s perfect for dipping in ketchup or

  • The Thangka Guru

    The Thangka Guru

    Anutara Shakya

    A four-storey commercial building at Hattisar is the last place you would expect a thangka school to be. Still, when I visited the school, I expected to find a doorway covered with the kind of traditional Tibetan curtains you see in gombas, and a big, fancy signboard with the school’s

  • Bhojan Griha - A Complete  Nepal Experience

    Bhojan Griha - A Complete Nepal Experience

    Opened in 1998 with the dual aim of preserving an historic building and showcasing Nepal’s food and culture, Bhojan Griha in Dillibazaar is a pretty special place. This amazing looking building was in fact originally built for royal priests 109 years ago. Founder Bharat Basnet is quick to give credit

  • Hopeful Mornings

    Srizu Bajracharya

    It is 5:00 a.m., and I am shivering as I look out from my terrace. “It’s so cold, who wakes up this early?” I mumble, and then run towards my room to bury myself in my warm blanket once again. But, my eyes are wide awake, calculating if it’s still possible to cancel my plan to go to Kalimati Tarkari Bazaar. However, half an hour later, I am standing in front of the crowded bazaar, with a jumble of sounds interrupting my sleepy morning. The virtuous stillness has faded. However, this a.m. now feels like a happy full-of-life morning!

  • Close to My Heart

    Close to My Heart

    Amar B Shrestha

    From time to time, I love to have a fulfilling meal in a bhojanalaya, one of those very local eat-all-you-can restaurants where they serve you piping hot meals of daal, bhaat, tarkari, either chicken or mutton curry, and a tomato pickle laced generously with chili powder that will set your

  • The Many Blessings of Saraswati

    The Many Blessings of Saraswati

    Swosti Rajbahndari Kayastha

    Come Vasanta Panchami, the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magh, the temples of Goddess Saraswati will see flocks of devotees of various age group, all seeking her blessing for ultimate wisdom. Among the large pantheon of Hindu deities, Saraswati is considered to be one of