10 Movies Guaranteed to Get Your Taste Buds Tingling

10 Movies Guaranteed to Get Your Taste Buds Tingling

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ok so the plot might not actually be centred around food, but this visually beautiful film will definitely appeal to your sweet tooth. From the building of the Grand Budapest Hotel itself to the color of the sky, and everything in between, it will constantly make you ache for pastries and cakes as you try to focus on the plot. Not to mention, Mendl’s Courtesan Au Chocolat!

2. Julie and Julia

This movie is about two women who eventually find solace in cooking, and it will make your mouth water for French cuisine. The whole plot centres around the joy of cooking, eating, and living. Get ready to feel those hunger pangs. 

3. Chef

A word of warning: make sure you have eaten before you watch this movie. Saying that, we still guarantee you'll be lusting after a taste of scrumptious Mediterranean food. 'Chef' should be rated ‘PG Hungry'!

4. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This film is a delight for fish fans. The sushi in this movie is so tempting and the plot encaptivating as you watch the sushi hef master the serene art of sushi making.

5. Eat Pray Love

As if Julia Roberts alone isn’t enough to get you all tingly, this movie has both the beloved actress AND delicious Pizza Napolitana, Spaghetti all'Amatriciana, exotic Balinese fruits and more! You'll be heading straight to your nearest Italian once the credits roll.

6. Spirited Away

Another movie hailing from Japan in at number 6. This Ghibli Studio film, despite its somewhat surreal plot, is foodie heaven. You will spot a multitude of traditional Japanese food shown in this movie, and although the food is not real you still might lose track of the story as you sit drooling over the masterfully drawn food.

7. Marie Antoinette

Hold it! Your jaw is about to drop at these shots from cake heaven in this visually stunning film. Your eyes are about to be spoilt with not only gorgeous actors, dresses, and settings, but more importantly, CAKES!

8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Once Charlie enters the factory, everything you see is made of chocolate and other sweet treats; even the grass! So much chocolate! Here, take my money!

9. Ratatouille

This is the most famous movie among food lovers and critics. It's not hard to see why, plus the delightful plot of a rat winning over humans through his cooking expertise is guaranteed to make you smile.

10. It’s raining falafel in Israel

‘It’s raining falafel in Israel’ is a 3D comedy film for those who cannot get enough of those vegetarian-friendly balls. If you are watching this movie and feel your taste buds tingling for falafel, just give Operation Falafel Delivery Number a buzz at +971 4 424 3098 and enjoy the best spicy falafel at your door step.

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Breakfasts Around The World

Breakfasts Around The World

Ever wondered about what people have for their most important meal of the day all around the world? Who knew that breakfast would give you such a taste for traveling…

1. England

A traditional English breakfast would consist of bacon, poached or scrambled eggs, grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, toast with butter, sausages and baked beans. Black pudding and hash browns are usually thrown into the mix as well. Next time you're in London, be sure to stop by Camille's for a delicious breakfast!

2. Japan

Japanese usually start their day with a bowl of steaming hot rice with side dishes such as baked salmon fillet, miso soup, egg rolls, pickles, and coffee or tea. Sometimes, they might eat their rice with Natto, which is fermented soybeans with a pungent smell. A raw egg or spring onion is mixed in with the natto and rice to create a gooey mixture.

3. Central Mainland China

Breakfast may come in the form of a bowl of noodles, jiaozi(dumplings), or egg pancakes with spring onion. Various kinds of Baos(buns) such as Xiaolongbao  may be eaten too.

4. Pakistan

A Pakistani breakfast, called nashta, consists of a meat based curry served with rice or roti (bread) such as naan, shermaal with tea or lassi and fresh seasonal fruits like bananas, melons, and mangos.

5. Peru

A Peruvian breakfast is usually a hearty one because traditionally it is the source of energy for a hard day's labor in the fields. A typical breakfast consists of slices of bread and rolls, cheese, eggs, and fruits. This is all usually accompanied by a hot cup of coffee or tea.

6. Italy

The classic Italian breakfast consists of a cup of cappuccino and a butter croissant. Italians may also eat other pastries but the cappuccino is only reserved for breakfast and not any other meals. Next time you're in Italy, try having breakfast at a local's! In Rome, Emma would be happy to show you the Roman way for breakfast ! 

7. Philipines

The Filipinos love their food and can have up to seven meals a day. The usually start their day with rice, an egg (sunny-side-up), pork strips, beef jerky and/or salted fish. They may sometimes substitute their white rice with a more flavourful fried rice.

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Beer festivals around the world

Beer festivals around the world

Beer festivals are exciting events for the millions of beer lovers around the world. Some would even travel around the world to sample the different types of beer and attend beer festivals! Besides festivals, plenty of beer goes around in pubs, bars, restaurants and even in grocery stores. Whether it is to celebrate a victory, birthday or any other special occasion, there is no denying that the love for beer is universal. 

If you are a beer-loving traveller, here are some beer festivals you may wish to attend some day!

1. Oktoberfest

Munich's Oktoberfest is undoubtedly the largest and most famous beer festival in the world. The festival was first celebrated in 1810 and has since been central to Bavarian culture. It runs for 16 days, beginning in mid-late September till early October. There will be an endless flow of beer and food during Oktoberfest so you will certainly leave happy and stuffed!

2. Brussels Beer Weekend

Belgium's beer festivals are admittedly less well-known as compared to major ones like Munich's Oktoberfest. But the beer-making tradition is firmly rooted in Belgian culture and some of the most famous brands of beer in the world come from Belgium! The Brussels Beer Weekend, held on the first weekend in September, is not only a chance for you to enjoy some of the best Belgian beers but also sample beers from other local breweries and there are over 250 different Belgian beers available so you will surely be spoilt for choice!

3. Great British Beer Festival

The Great British Beer Festival is the largest beer festival in the UK and is also known as the "biggest pub in the world". This annual festival, which takes place in August, is organised by Campaign for Real Ale and held in London Olympia. You can expect to find over 900 real ales, ciders and perrys from breweries in the UK as well as international beers. One day is definitely not going to be enough to sample all that is on offer!

4. Czech Beer Festival

There is no doubt that Czech Republic is renowned for beer and every year in May, the Czech Beer Festival is held in Prague over 17 days! This beer festival will give beer-lovers the chance to quench their thirst for Czech beer, with over 100 draft beers available for you to enjoy as well as beer from small and local breweries! Besides beer, there is also plenty of food to go around as well as concerts and performances to keep you full and entertained!

5. Great World Beer Festival

Beyond Europe, beer festivals are also held across the Atlantic. The Great World Beer Festival takes place in New York and is also known as the United Nations of Beer. It is held over 2 days in October and for a fixed entrace fee, you will get to enjoy unlimited servings of beer! And with over 100 brewer booths at this festival, beer lovers will certainly be delighted to enjoy all the beer they can get filled in their glasses! If you are planning a trip to the Big Apple, do buy tickets to this festival in advance as huge crowds are expected. 

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Festivals to attend in Paris

Festivals to attend in Paris

Summer time is when cities around the world are most lively and Paris is no exception. A host of festivals take place in Paris, celebrating all forms of art, be it music, film or dance. The city's green spaces, banks of the Seine river and even historical sites and churches are transformed into centres of festivities. 

While most festivals in Paris take place in summer, there are festivals held throughout the year even during the colder months. Depending on which time of the year you are headed for the French capital, here are some festivals that to consider attending. 

1. Bastille Day Celebrations

July 14th marks the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, an act which proved to be one of France's first steps towards democracy. Celebrations begin on the night of 13th July with a grand music and dance party held at Place de la Bastille. The following morning, celebrations begin with a military parade at Champs Elysees in the morning and culminates with a fireworks show which many watch from Champ de Mars. Families also enjoy a feast on Bastille Day at home and some would head out for a picnic at green spaces near the Eiffel Tower. 

2. Open Air Cinema Festival

As evening approaches, temperatures cool and there is no better way to end the day than with a film screening at Parc de la Villette. Film lovers will be in for a treat with a series of both French and international films feature on the programme every summer. A mix of well-known and lesser-known films are screened at this month-long annual festival, which has a different theme each year. Hire deckchairs or picnic mats on site to make yourself comfortable as you enjoy a free film screening at this park. If you fancy, bring along some food and wine indulge in prior to the screening. 

3. Paris Jazz Festival

The Paris Jazz Festival brings performances to the Parc Floral de Vinciennes every weekend in June and July. Featuring talented local and international musicians, as well as up-and-coming and well-known acts, this festival is as much an opportunity for jazz musicians to showcase their talents as it is for the audience to enjoy jazz tunes as they bask in the sunshine and appreciate the sights of nature. Picnics on the lawns of the park are also a common sight so if you fancy having some nibbles to accompany the performances, do remember to bring your food and mat along!

4. Le Salon du Chocolat

Chocaholics will not want to miss annual chocolate festival in Paris! Held in the later part of October, this festival is indeed solely focused on chocolate and attended by manufacturers of this delightful treat from all over the world. Given the opportunity to sample a great variety of chocolate by manufacturers from many different countries, it is little wonder why this festival is hugely popular with the chocolate-loving public. Whether you fancy chocolate drinks, confectionery, pastries or simply plain chocolate, there is plenty to indulge in at this cocoa festival. 

5. Carnaval de Paris

This annual festival in Paris occurs after the Feast of Fools and takes place either in February or March. In earlier times, this festival lasted several weeks but is now a day-long event. Nevertheless, Carnaval de Paris has much to offer with its two main events, namely the walk of masks and the processions. Beginning at Gambette metro station and ending at Hotel de Ville, this street carnival is watched by over 6,000 people who gather at different points of the route for the best views. It is completely free to watch and enjoy the parade so do not miss this opportunity! 

Not so much of a crowd person? Have you own private celebration with local Parisian hosts, where they will treat you to hand made local French delicacies, all in the comfort of their beautiful homes. 

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