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Recreational restaurant reviewers and armchair travelers, want a chance to win accommodation at one of the hotels featured on 101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World?

Enter The Daily Meal #BestHotelRestos Taj Palace Sweepstakes for a chance to win accommodation at one of five hotels that made the cut. There are five promotions and you may enter each one once each week for a chance to win. Each week we will reveal a new dining destination on The Daily Meal’s Twitter page @thedailymeal and on Lauren Mack's Twitter page @lmack.

Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch, or dinner, or hotel stay will have to eat their words. And if you’re one of the lucky winners, tell the maître’d that The Daily Meal sent you.


Follow these easy steps (we have made it so easy; you’re two clicks away!):

Step 1: Follow us on Twitter!

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Step 3: Pack your bags (and fork) and keep checking our Twitter updates, where we’ll announce each week’s winner and the next dining destination.

The Daily Meal’s first annual 101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World was carefully curated by The Daily Meal’s editors, who have traveled and dined extensively around the world. See the full list here.

The Daily Meal #BestHotelRestos Taj Palace Sweepstakes


1. How to Enter: The Daily Meal #BestHotelRestos Taj Palace Sweepstakes (the “Sponsor”) begins at 6:00 PM EST (Eastern Time (“EST”) on September 20, 2012 and ends at 11:59 PM EST on September 26, 2012 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). To Enter: Submit an entry on the Sponsor’s Twitter page by ‘following’ @thedailymeal on Twitter ( and @lmack on Twitter ( and by re-tweeting the The Daily Meal #BestHotelRestos Taj Palace Sweepstakes story link posted during the Entry period. The “Sponsor” will not verify receipt of entries. All entries submitted become the sole property of the Sponsor, and not of Twitter, and will not be acknowledged or returned. The Sweepstakes is governed by OurSite’s privacy policy, which is available on the Web Site.

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2. Eligibility: To be eligible for #BestHotelRestos Taj Palace Sweepstakes, only one account may be used per person to tweet an entry, and the contestant may only enter one time during the campaign. All tweets must include the @thedailymeal and @lmack handles so the sponsor can track the tweets. To enter the Sweepstakes you must be a lawful permanent resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and be 21 years of age or older as of September 20, 2012. Sweepstakes is void outside of the 50 United States (and the District of Columbia), in Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, possessions and commonwealths, and where restricted or prohibited by law. The Sweepstakes, and any web site pages and advertisements relating thereto, is intended for viewing only within the United States. You are not authorized to participate in the Sweepstakes if you are not located within the United States. Employees of Sponsor and other participating partners, their affiliated companies, parents, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies, (collectively, “Sweepstakes Entities”), and their immediate families and members of their households, are ineligible to participate in this Sweepstakes.

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4. Prize: Two-night stay in a Taj Club Room at the Taj Palace (New Delhi). Approximate retail value of the Grand Prize is $1,020. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if the Grand Prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason. Taxes, gratuities, travel to and from the hotel and other expenses not specifically identified in these Official Rules are the sole responsibilities of the Grand Prize Winner. No transfer or substitution for the prize allowed except at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

5. Prize Conditions: Prize Winners will be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and a Publicity Release (“Affidavit/Release”). Such documents must be returned by the date and/or time indicated within such documents. If the potential Prize Winners fail to return such documents within that time, or if an entrant is found to be ineligible, or if he/she does not comply with the Official Rules, then the potential prize winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected. If prize notification is returned as undeliverable, this will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. All federal, state or other tax liabilities (including income taxes) arising from this Sweepstakes will be the sole responsibility of the Prize Winners. Except where prohibited by law, the Prize Winners’ entry and acceptance of the Prize constitutes permission for the Sweepstakes Entities to use said prize winners’ names, photographs, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and city and state address on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without further compensation.

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7. Notification and Requirements of Potential Winner: Potential winners will be announced after the Entry Period as they are selected. An individual is not deemed a winner unless and until he/she has complied with these Official Rules regardless of whether he/she has been announced as a winner on Twitter or in any other forum. The Sponsor will also send the potential winner a direct message from @thedailymeal to the potential winner’s Twitter account used to enter the Sweepstakes with instructions on how to claim the prize. In order to receive a message from Sponsor, Entrant must (a) be following @thedailymeal and (b) have his or her account settings set to “unprotected” and/or “public.” If a potential winner does not respond and comply with the instructions in the message within the defined days detailed in the message or is not in compliance with these Official Rules, he/she will forfeit the prize and Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place in a random drawing of all eligible entries received, if time permits. Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release (the “Affidavit/Release”). If a potential winner fails to sign and return the Affidavit/Release within the required time period, an alternate entrant will be selected in his/her place in a random drawing of all remaining eligible entries received, if time permits. By participating, each winner, except where legally prohibited, grants permission for Sponsor, The Daily Meal, and their respective designees to announce his/her name on Twitter as the winner and to use his/her name, address (city and state), photograph, voice and/or other likeness and prize information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide in perpetuity, without notice or review or approval.

8. General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend, modify or terminate the Sweepstakes in the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Sweepstakes is impaired in any way, including, but not limited to by fraud, virus, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem. If terminated, Sponsor may, at its discretion, award any unawarded prizes at random from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and void all associated entries. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys’ fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted bylaw. Failure by Sponsor to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. In the event of a dispute regarding entries received from multiple users having the same e-mail account, the authorized subscriber of the e-mail account at the time of entry will be deemed to be the entrant and must comply with these rules. Authorized account subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses.

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Priyanka Chopra's Traditional Reception Dress Took 80 Craftsman 12,000 Hours to Make

The gown included hand-embroidered motifs inspired by the couple's wedding.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas&apos wedding weekend was full of love, blended family traditions, and, of course, incredible fashion. One of the more noteworthy parts of the duo&aposs first celebration was the bride&aposs semi-sheer Ralph Lauren wedding dress and 75-foot-long veil-collectively, the garments took over 1,800 hours to make. However, another one of Chopra&aposs wedding ensembles took even longer to come together, reports E! News.

For her reception, Chopra donned a statement silver-blush lehenga, which was designed by Falguni Shane Peacock. The bespoke masterpiece featured intricate bead- and crystal-work and, according to an Instagram post from the designer, took 80 craftsmen 12,000 hours to bring to life.

Much like her custom Ralph Lauren bridal gown, Chopra&aposs lehenga incorporated sentimental details. The hand-embroidered dress included motifs from the couple&aposs nuptials, including elephants, birds, flowers, and butterflies. The actress accessorized the lavish look with diamond earrings, a statement necklace by Khanna Jewelers, and her new wedding ring.

The couple&aposs large reception took place at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi, where they celebrated their union with their 1,000 guests. The star-studded event not only included major Western celebrities like Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, but was also attended by several Bollywood stars. According to a source close to the couple, the reception was one of the pair&aposs wedding highlights: "Their moods were very jubilant," the insider said. "[Chopra] was happy and addressing everyone in the party. She was also being very accommodating to the photographers. She and Jonas look like they are on top of the world."

This Holiday Season, Taj Shares the Joy of Gifting

Mumbai, December 4, 2018: This year end, whether you’re planning a weekend escape or visiting loved ones, Taj invites you to celebrate the spirit of the season with a special festive offer. Guests will receive complimentary Taj Experiences Gift cards while doubling Taj InnerCircle loyalty points when booking directly on The offer includes daily breakfast, a meal of choice, a spa treatment and a host of other benefits.

Choose from world-renowned landmarks to modern city hotels, idyllic beach resorts, to authentic Grand Palaces with each Taj hotel offering an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service.

Urban Oasis – Experience the colonial charm of the city of Chennai at Taj Connemara or take a heritage walk and be awed by the 115 year journey of The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. Discover the tranquil tropical paradise in the heart of Bengaluru at Taj West End, set in a lush 20-acre garden.

Serene Sojourns – Guests can choose from night kayaking at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans to the authentic Ketuvallam houseboat cruise down the backwaters of Kerala at Taj Bekal Resort & Spa or spend their days amidst the misty hills of Coorg at Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa.

Royal Escapes – Indulge in the lifestyle of kings and queens when you stay at the living Palaces of the Taj. Go vintage at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur where the royal collection of classic cars will take you down memory lane. Wake up to admire the white marble reflecting in the pristine waters of Lake Pichola at Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. Discover secret recipes from the glorious past as you dine at Rambagh Palace in Jaipur. Uplift your spirit perched 2000 ft above the historic city of Hyderabad at Taj Falaknuma Palace.

The offer is valid for bookings made from 3 rd December 2018 for stays from 15 th December 2018 to 6 th January 2019. To know more and to make your reservation, please visit or call Taj Reservations Worldwide at 1800 111 825.

Established in 1903, Taj is Indian Hotels Company Limited’s (IHCL) iconic brand for the world’s most discerning travellers seeking authentic experiences in luxury. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury.


At the helm of The Daily Meal's number one venue, Epicure, is chef Eric Fréchon, known for his classic dishes, such as the poulet de Bresse en vessie - a chicken with black truffles stuffed under its skin, wrapped in a pig's bladder - and signature blue lobster.

While at number two is Blumenthal's eatery at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London, following the success of The Fat Duck.

On the menu includes a spiced pigeon with ale and artichokes, roast halibut, and an apple, rose and fennel tart.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is ranked second by The Daily Meal

Blumenthal's Dinner features a wide range of recipes from England's rich culinary past. Pictured: the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London

Among Blumenthal's more daring Dinner dishes is a spiced pigeon with ale and artichokes - circa 1780


1. Epicure at Le Bristol (Paris)

2. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel (London)

3. Le Louis XV at Hôtel de Paris (Monte Carlo)

4. Il Palagio at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze (Florence)

5. The Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS Hotel (Beverly Hills)

6. Jean-Georges at the Trump International Hotel & Tower (New York City)

7. Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman (Grand Cayman)

8. Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons Restaurant at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons (Great Milton, UK)

9. e by Jose Andres at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (Las Vegas)

10. El Motel Restaurant at Hotel Emporda (Figueres, Spain)

French chef, Alain Ducasse, scoops third place in the annual list with his Mediterranean-inspired Le Louis XV at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo.

In Florence, Il Palagio at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is ranked at number four - which is a first among Italian hotel restaurants.

Executive Chef Vito Mollica and his team use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to create authentic Italian cuisine, like his signature Cavatelli pasta with red prawns and marinated baby squids - it was named Dish Of The Year in restaurant guide, Guida Ristoranti Espresso 2013.

Spanish-American chef Jose Andres, often credited for bringing the small plates dining trend to America, makes many an appearance on this list and is the only chef to have two properties listed in the top 10.

The Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills takes the fifth spot, while e by Jose Andres at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas comes in at number nine.

The second American hotel restaurant to be mentioned is Jean Georges' signature restaurant, Jean-Georges at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York City, which comes in sixth on the list.

How to Eat Breakfast Like a Disney Princess

Unless you&aposre completely new to the internet, you’ve seen at least one 𠇍isney Princesses If They Were…” article. Disney princesses have been reimagined as real people, parents, hipsters, hot dogs, and men, among many, many other scenarios. But until now, no one has imagined Disney Princesses in what is presumably their truest form: as breakfast-lovers. They say that you should eat breakfast like a king, but probably what they mean is you should eat breakfast like an animated cartoon princess, right? Right. So pick your favorite Disney royal figure and learn how to plan a meal like they would.

Snow White
The only rules to eating breakfast like Snow White are to include apples (non-poisoned, preferably), cook everything yourself, and clean up everything yourself. Singing while you do these tasks will either soothe or annoy the hell out of you, but really, the choice is yours.

Eating breakfast like Cinderella is similar to Snow White in that you’re going to be making it yourself, but you have the added challenge of chowing down in a pinch because you have to cook and clean for super demanding people breathing down your neck 24/7. Also, you can’t use a microwave – that’s cheating. Bulk-produced homemade granola it is.

The heroine of Sleeping Beauty is that girl we’ve all been at some point: the one who overeats at brunch and spends the rest of her Sunday sleeping. Go out and order the most carb-packed, enormously rich thing on the menu, then go home and crash. Or better yet, get someone—it doesn’t have to be fairies, but if you can get fairies, I applaud you—to serve you breakfast in bed. Two birds, one stone, etc.

You’re obviously going to want to steer clear of any seafood-infused breakfast items here, like smoked salmon/lox on bagels and crabmeat-stuffed omelets and whatnot, unless you’re going for a horror-movie version of everyone’s favorite mermaid princess. For an Ariel breakfast, I𠆝 suggest a nice seaweed smoothie and maybe some herbal tea (organic if you’re a Hipster Ariel fan and really, who isn’t?) if you still feel like something’s missing. You know, to soothe your throat and preserve your voice.

I know you’re expecting some words about French baguettes and “The Grey Stuff” (which you can actually get at Be Our Guest restaurant at Walt Disney World, FYI), but to be honest, all you need to do breakfast like Belle is get up in the middle of the night to eat after refusing dinner. Also, if you can afford to hire a team of like 150 people who know how to cook while simultaneously singing, dancing, and wearing dining-inspired costumes, that would be ideal. Actually, oatmeal during normal daylight hours would be fine too. Just make sure you house-train your tablemates first.

Princess Jasmine lives in the fictional city of Agrabah, in a palace likely inspired by the Taj Mahal – which is in Agra, India. So it’s probably safe to say that if you want to eat like Princess Jasmine, you should learn to cook an Indian breakfast or find a place that serves it. Parathas with yogurt, potato curry, fried nasta, etc. And if you just want to pretend like you’re the Epcot version of Princess Jasmine, who hangs out with her boytoy Aladdin in the Morocco pavilion, there’s always baklava (hey, it’s a pastry).

Speaking of Disney taking liberties, they did Pocahontas no service by pretending she had a happily ever after when we all know the truth. That aside, eating breakfast like her (or the Disney version of her, anyway) would probably be similar to how you would eat when camping, except without having to catch food yourself. Trail mix, smoked fish, berries, etc. are on the right track. Just don’t commit to the camping theme so hard you make s’mores. Modern marshmallows weren’t around in 15th century Jamestown𠉫ut then again, Disney bent history wildly for this movie, so if you want to make s’mores for breakfast and call yourself Pocahontas, you do you.

There are scenes in Mulan where Mushu presents her with bacon and eggs and porridge, but let’s be real: Mulan would’ve been all about the original brunch, dim sum – particularly because it dates back to imperial China, which is when Mulan’s story takes place. Aside from being all the rage starting way back when, the starchiness of dim sum will give you enough energy to get you through a long, rigorous day of training (if not for the Chinese army with animated hottie Li Shang, then like𠉬rossfit, or whatever).

I’m from New Orleans, so I have a soft spot for Tiana (plus, she’s super badass and underrated but that’s another piece for another time). One word on how to eat breakfast like her: beignets. Preferably from Café du Monde or Morning Call, but if you’re not within driving distance of NOLA, there are some legit recipes that will get you close. The real secret to a perfect beignet is mixing the dough just right, using the proper oil, having patience, and dousing those babies in more powdered sugar than you’ve ever seen in one place in your life – seriously, when you think you’re done, just keep going.

Tangled takes place in a fictional kingdom called Corona, but the actual “Rapunzel�irytale is German. And according to the film’s production designer Doug Rogers, central Europe was a big influencer for its setting – particularly Eastern Germany, Poland, and Hungary. So to eat breakfast like Rapunzel, you’ll first need to pick a really good German breakfast recipe. Then you need to get up super early (so if you’re a brunch person more than a breakfast person, see Aurora), and set the mood with a ton of lanterns. Just don’t burn the house down.

Traditional full Scottish breakfasts are similar to English and Irish ones in the sense that they tend to include eggs, bacon, beans, sausage, “puddings,” and the kitchen sink. If you want to eat like Merida, you kind of have to go all in. It’s a lot of food, but at least all the parts are pretty straightforward. If you want to get adventurous, though, there’s always the Scotch egg (which apparently was actually invented in London, but it says “Scotch,” so I’m going with it). OH, and you could watch this video while you make and/or eat it, and have the song stuck in your head for weeks. Hooray!

Anna and Elsa
Frozen&aposs Anna and Elsa haven’t been official inducted into the Disney Princess lineup yet, so to make up for including them in my Disney-canon-filled head, I’ll lump them together on this list. These sisters are obsessed with anything chocolate, so a stack of chocolate-chip pancakes would probably go pretty far. Oh, and a nice cold brew on the side if you want to channel Elsa, because obviously.

5 Dishes You Should Avoid (and the 5 You Should Order) at Indian Restaurants

Navigating a menu in an unfamiliar cuisine can be a fun, delicious challenge. Here’s what to know when you go to an Indian restaurant.

5 Dishes to Avoid:


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All mains usually come with hot cooked basmati rice, so it’s not really necessary to order more. Biryanis aren’t unhealthy choices it’ll just be overkill with the rice already coming with your meal. Skip this section of the menu if you plan to order a few other dishes.

Paneer or Malai

Paneer (fresh cheese) and malai (fresh cream) are made with full fat dairy. Opt for dishes without these ingredients if you𠆝 like to spend your calories elsewhere. If you are a vegetarian and have fewer options, balance a paneer dish with an all-vegetable curry or chana masala (chickpea stew).

Butter Chicken

While traditional curries use a base of onion, spices, and crushed tomatoes, this chicken dish is simmered with gobs of butter and glugs of cream. Chicken tikka masala or chicken vindaloo will have a similar yogurt and curry-infused sauce without the butter and cream. If you&aposre cooking at home, try our healthy version: Quick Chicken and Vegetable Curry with Garlic Naan.

Buttered Naan

This chewy, pillowy flatbread is baked right on the walls of the tandoor until bubbled and just slightly charred. Flavored naan like garlic and cilantro are usually dripping with added butter or ghee (clarified butter). The plain naan is perfectly delicious on its own.

Too Many Dishes

Smaller vessels and a higher ratio of sauce to meat or vegetables may make portions seem smaller than they are. But you don’t actually need that many: each main is rich and complex enough that you don’t need much, and that extra sauce is necessary for the included rice and naan. Start with one dish per person and share.

5 Dishes to Order:

Vegetable Dishes

Since so much of the country is vegetarian, you can bet that vegetable dishes will be very good. If you usually avoid certain vegetables like okra or eggplant, the preparation at an Indian restaurant may just change your mind. After you’ve chosen a meat dish, ask your server for the vegetarian favorites they recommend.    

Tandoori Dishes

Items on this section of the menu are all cooked in a tandoor, a cylindrical-shaped oven that produces fantastic charred flavor much like a grill. Tandoori dishes get their flavor from the fire, not extra fat or rich simmering sauces. Swap out a curry or stewed item for a tandoori kebab or meat dish.

Lentil and Chickpea Dishes

You’ll find fiber- and protein-rich lentils and chickpeas across the menu. Lentils feature in crispy, crepe-like dosas and dal, a mild lentil-based porridge (read: Indian comfort food). Chickpea flour is used in papadum, the tangy, wafer-thin chips that arrive at the beginning of the meal, and chana masala, a chickpea and tomato stew. All are delicious and usually gluten-free.


Skip alcohol, sodas, teas, and lassis (yogurt drinks) and stick to water. You’ll be drinking much more than usual to counter the spice and heat on your plate something that’s cold and refreshing (not sweet, tangy, or bubbly) is all you need. Servers know to keep your water glass filled to the rim at all times. Many places also serve water in copper cups to keep the liquid ice cold.

A Fresh Vegetable Dish

Salads or sliced fresh vegetables aren’t as common on Indian menus, but you’ll likely find them on an Indian buffet, usually a lunchtime offer. Salads at Indian restaurants favor satisfyingly crunchy lettuces and come with a light, tangy-sweet vinaigrette. If you see fresh orange wedges next to the vegetables, grab one for the end of the meal—it’s a perfect last bite.

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts launches SURAKSHA in Partnership with Bureau Veritas India

"Suraksha by The Leela" reiterates our commitment towards the safety and wellbeing of our guests and associates.

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, India&rsquos premier luxury hospitality brand, announces the launch of SURAKSHA in partnership with Bureau Veritas India. This comprehensive program builds on The Leela&rsquos rigorous cleaning protocol and is aimed at elevating sanitisation, hygiene and safety procedures to deliver a safe environment for guests and associates and ensure safety across all our hotels.

&ldquoThe world around us has changed fundamentally and it has become imperative that we take even more stringent measures to ensure our guests and associates feel safe as we prepare to welcome them back again&rdquo said Anuraag Bhatnagar, Chief Operating Officer, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts.&rdquo &ldquoSURAKSHA reiterates our commitment towards the safety and wellbeing of our guests and associates. It redefines our processes so our guests can continue to enjoy our indulgent services and distinctive experiences with peace of mind. While the new Leela experience, as we embrace the new normal may look different, we want our guests and our associates to know that it is thoughtfully curated so they can continue to feel as welcome and comfortable as they did before.&rdquo

For the last three decades, the brand has come to be known for delivering an uncompromising level of personalized services with the true graciousness of Indian hospitality. SURAKSHA is grounded in genuine care and is backed by unobtrusive technology so guests have trust and confidence as they begin to travel again and continue to experience the renowned Leela service.

The Leela is taking a holistic approach and is working with Bureau Veritas India to develop and validate additional protocols and sanitisation procedures to make sure our hotels are safe to stay. These protocols will be reviewed regularly and certified by a team of hygiene experts from Bureau Veritas, India who will also contribute towards raising the level of awareness as well as provide training to associates as these initiatives get implemented across the brand&rsquos entire portfolio.

Enhanced Cleanliness and Safety
The importance of cleanliness in today&rsquos environment cannot be undermined. The Leela is introducing frequent cleaning and sanitisation of all public and personal spaces as well as high touch surfaces with hospital grade EPA approved chemicals and disinfectants. This includes thorough sanitisation of hotel cars before and after every transfer.

Additional protective gear for all associates and frequent temperature checks for all associates and guests will be implemented across hotels. Adequate measures are being undertaken to rearrange furniture and restaurant seating to ensure social distancing protocols are followed at all times.

At The Leela the associates are trained to maintain the highest standards in food hygiene and safety. Additional measures such as washing of all dishes at 80 degrees Celsius, preparation of fresh food in smaller quantities and immunity boosters on the menu are being introduced. The company is also relooking at its operational practices for in-room dining and designing new approaches to food service.

Technology as an Enabler of Experiences
The company will leverage technology as an enabler to deliver experiences that are important to its guests. With contactless check in and check out, full access to digital news and e-papers as well as e-menus across restaurants, guests can have both choice and flexibility at their fingertips.

Technology will also be used to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness is maintained across the hotels. This includes the use of high bar pressure dry steam cleaners as well as electrostatic sprayers to clean rooms as well as restaurants and meeting rooms. And all this under the supervision of a Hygiene Manager, a dedicated resource appointed at every hotel to ensure all protocols are diligently followed and processes implemented in real time. This ensures that you have a safe stay at the Leela hotels.

&ldquoIn an industry that thrives on human interaction our biggest challenge is going to be how we reimagine the guest experience so personalized care and thoughtful service is not lost while keeping safety front and centre and limiting face to face interactions. This requires behavioural training and sensitization and we at The Leela are focussed on this,&rdquo added Anuraag Bhatnagar.

About The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts
Established in 1986, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, owns and operates eight award-winning properties in major cities and magical leisure destinations across India. These include the flagship in the capital city of New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Udaipur, Gurugram, East Delhi, Goa, and Mumbai. Over the last three decades, The Leela group has been recognized for its unique identity among the world&rsquos leading hotels and received numerous accolades by prestigious publications and industry groups around the globe. Each hotel is a market leader in its respective location, and internationally acclaimed for excellence in luxury hospitality. The Leela is committed to providing guests with unforgettable stays in settings that capture the essence of India. It has a marketing alliance with US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance, Geneva, Switzerland. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is headquartered in Mumbai, India, and is owned by Brookfield Asset Management.

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PM Modi and Ivanka Trump Dine Like Royalty At The Nizam’s 101 Dining Table


  • Day 1 came to an end with a lavish dinner at Taj Falaknuma Palace
  • The chefs prepared a royal 5-course meal
  • The menu was inspired by Hyderabads Telangana and Nizami cuisine

The daughter of the United States President, Donald Trump and his advisor, Ivanka Trump landed in India yesterday, 28th November 2017, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2017) along with her 350-member delegation. This is the first time that India is hosting the summit which is being held in the historic city of Hyderabad. It presents a great opportunity to boost entrepreneurship and innovation in India while fostering foreign relations.

Day 1 was marked with encouraging speeches delivered by Ivanka Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both praised and boosted each other politically at the global business meet. The day came to an end with a lavish dinner at the glorious Taj Falaknuma Palace.

The 101 Table at the Taj Falaknuma Palace is the most opulent and the longest dining table in the world and is a quintessential dining venue for royals. For the exquisite dinner, a team of culinary experts led by Executive Chef Sajesh Nair, presented a royal five-course menu inspired by Hyderabad’s Telangana and Nizami cuisine. Famous local delicacies such as Dahi Ke Kebab, Gosht Shikampuri Kebab, Kubani Ke Malai Kofta, Murg Pista Ka Salan and Sitaphal Kulfi were presented over the various courses.

The signature menu gave the distinguished guests a taste of local Indian ingredients such as sandalwood, saffron and figs. The chefs took inspiration from the guarded recipes of the Nizams to create a unique dining experience.

The table decor was inspired by the rich cultural heritage of the Deccan region. Rare artifacts and silver decorative pieces were brought in from the Nizam’s private collection at Chowmahalla Palace while all upholstery used during the dinner was made with locally sourced fabrics such as Ikkat, Teliya and Velvet.

Ivanka Trump’s welcome at the Palace was marked by signature Indian traditional arrival ritual. The magnificent ritual began with a traditional aarti and lighting of the lamp ceremony, signifying prosperity and luck.

The elaborate dining set up was laid out with the palace’s collection of glassware and silverware, along with personalized menus for each guest. A gong was played to signify the beginning of each course and a personal butler, dressed in a traditional sherwani and vibrant headgear, served each of the 101 diners. A series of finely curated performances set the stage for an enduring tribute to the rich cultural legacy of India.

In hotel attack, terrorists target India's growing global class

VERLA, India — On an evening not long ago at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel in Mumbai, a Bollywood star named Preity Zinta rushed up the stairs and into Wasabi, a Japanese restaurant. She joined long-waiting friends at their table and apologized for being late.

But before long, she had risen again. She had seen at a nearby table Adi and Parmeshwar Godrej, billionaires, socialites and fellow jet-setters. A good amount of air-kissing ensued. Then she was introduced to Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician, who just happened to be in town.

Before long, a bottle of imported red wine arrived and was poured into a silver-tipped glass decanter, as platters of miso-encrusted sea bass and rock-shrimp tempura floated through the restaurant on up-raised hands.

When violent attackers besieged the Taj, as it is universally known, on Wednesday night and embarked on a murderous rampage, they targeted one of the city's most sumptuous buildings and best known landmarks.

But they also went after something larger: a hulking physical embodiment of India's deepening involvement with the world.

The Taj is where privileged Indians come when they want a world-class meal. It is where pinstriped foreign investors come when deciding whether to invest in India or outsource jobs here. It is where Mick Jagger, Liz Hurley, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt come to make their homes away from home.

And it is owned by a conglomerate, the Tata Group, that appears to buy another foreign company every few months in its quest to be a multinational: hotels in Sydney, New York and London, a truck producer in South Korea, the British steel maker Corus, the Jaguar and Land Rover automotive brands.

Overnight on Wednesday, the Indian writer Suketu Mehta, who wrote a defining book on Mumbai called "Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found" said that an attack on the Taj was "as if terrorists had taken over the Four Seasons and the Waldorf-Astoria and then were running around shooting people in Times Square."

But for one thing: The Four Seasons and the Waldorf-Astoria could never claim the pivotal role in New York life that the Taj could claim in Mumbai.

It is not another Hilton or Sheraton in another Asian city. Its cash cow may be foreign guests, but it is equally a fixture of local Mumbai life, the aorta through which anything glamorous, sentimental, confidential or profitable passes in the city.

If a scandalous infidelity is being committed on a given Mumbai night, or a many-zeroed business deal being inked, or a recklessly brilliant idea being hatched, there is a fair chance it is being committed, inked, hatched at the Taj. Mumbaikars who can afford it celebrate anniversaries and birthdays at Golden Dragon, accept marriage proposals in its Sea Lounge, land job offers in its Shamiana coffee shop.

Those not staying there are, officially, barred from using the pool.

But try to find the upper-crust Mumbaikar who has not carried a towel through the lobby, faked a room number and managed to soak for a time in its man-made lagoon.

The hotel stands across from the Gateway of India, in the historic Colaba quarter. Those who would not dream of paying $3 - a good daily wage - for one of its fresh-lime sodas sit outside the hotel, leaning against the stone wall above the lapping Arabian Sea. They take in the scene, admire the finely dressed people breezing in and out. It may not be their time for the Taj right now but should a fortune ever bless them, into the Taj they will saunter.

The Taj, like many productive endeavors, was born out of spite.

Legend has it that Jamsetji Tata, a nineteenth-century Indian industrialist of Persian descent, was turned away from a hotel in British-era Mumbai. His crime was being Indian. He decided, in an inventive vision of revenge, to build the best hotel in the country, outfitted with German elevators, French bathtubs and refinements from around the world.

Those refinements come with a price: at least $300 a night for one of the hotel's simplest rooms, a price that in peak demand can far exceed that level. And yet to pay that price and stay in that room is to enter a world that in India is hard to match.

The honking, scorching chaos of Mumbai fades away. A certain quiet comes. You can breathe again. The rooms come with all the latest gadgets. But there are also those indelible bits of the colonial life that refuse to wash away: The turbaned bodyguards, the grown men in the restrooms who fawn obsequiously, refusing to let you twist the tap or squeeze the soap yourself, insisting on doing it for you, Sir.

For an elite sliver of the city, it is a place so etched into routine that it becomes a second home, taken as home is for granted - until its placid calm is broken and blind, greedy murder stalks its halls.

Over-the-Top Festive Eats: The Best Holiday Dishes on Top 5 Restaurants — Vote for Your Favorite

Going out to eat for the holidays may seem like an unusual custom, but when you see the list of Top 5 Restaurants, you'll wonder, "Why haven't we done this sooner?" If you have a hankering for a succulent suckling pig, a perfectly done prime rib or a traditional Italian Christmas Eve feast, look no further. On the special holiday episode, hosts Geoffrey Zakarian and Sunny Anderson revealed the best places to get a great holiday meal along with a festive atmosphere. Find out which places and dishes made the list.

If you like over-the-top tradition, then the Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes is one you'll appreciate. At the Daily Catch in Boston, you'll find three dishes — the lobster fra diavolo, broiled haddock and the Monkfish Marsala — totaling eight different types of seafood. It's authentically Sicilian, and customers agree.

In Las Vegas you'll find plenty of buffets serving the gambling crowds, but Bacchanal inside Caesar's Palace is probably the only one where you'll find Cantonese-style roasted suckling pig. It's such a popular dish that the restaurant cooks at least 30 pigs during the holidays.

For a skirt steak with some Jewish flair, head to Sammy's Roumanian Restaurant on New York's Lower East Side. The steak is schmeared with ground garlic and served with mashed potatoes that have been flavored with greeven and schmaltz. The restaurant is also famous for its chicken, stuffed cabbage and chopped liver — all of which keeps families coming to the restaurant for a taste of tradition.

Tamales may not sound like holiday food, but in Mexico it's customary to enjoy tamales on Christmas. At La Choza in Santa Fe, N.M., co-owner Sarah Carswell honors the tradition with a pork tamale laboriously made by Chef Maricela Perez. For some extra holiday flair, it can be ordered with Christmas sauce, made up of both red and green chile sauces.

Just outside of Los Angeles you'll find Tam O'Shanter, an institution that's served the area's celebrities and regular folk for the past 92 years. Their prime rib roast is so popular that they sell 4,500 pounds of it every week. And it's served with Yorkshire pudding and creamed spinach. Families flock to the restaurant during the holidays to find an atmosphere befitting Christmas.

Browse through the photo gallery to see what Top 5 Restaurants features as the country's best holiday dishes. Then vote in the poll to tell us which dish is your favorite.[pollcaster widget="poll"]

Not opposed to popcorn — at least at basketball games

Fans of the royal couple were likely excited to see Prince William and Kate Middleton attending a Nets-Cavaliers game some years ago. Just seeing them in the stands was probably a pretty unreal experience, but it was even more exciting because they blended in (as best they could) like fairly "regular" people. They even chowed down on some popcorn, as confirmed by a Twitter photo posted by Vanity Fair. One Twitter user joked back, "We can't blame them, it really is good popcorn."

Of course, the couple doesn't attend NBA games every night so the buttery snack is probably an occasional treat. Regardless, just as Middleton demonstrated by ordering the occasional Starbucks cookie, her healthy eating plan involves staying pretty balanced. Surely she appreciates a mix of proteins, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and yes, of course, snacks like popcorn and cookies. Don't we all? Emphasis on the snacks, please.

Watch the video: Staying at Deluxe Room of Taj Palace, New Delhi During the Covid-19 Pandemic