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Tiny S.Africa beach restaurant crowned best in world

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PARIS: A tiny beach restaurant in an isolated South African fishing village was named the best in the world on Monday.

Chef Kobus van der Merwe, who only began to properly cook when he was 30, forages
every day for ingredients on the wild Atlantic shore of the Western Cape near his Wolfgat restaurant, where he also makes his own bread and butter.

The Wolfgat — whose mostly female staff have no formal training — opened just two years ago in a 130-year-old cottage and cave on the beach at Paternoster.

It’s seven-course tasting menu costs the equivalent of 53 euros ($60), a fraction of what you would pay at a top Paris table.

But its humble setting, and Van der Merwe’s belief in sustainable, back-to-basics cooking won over the judges of the inaugural World Restaurant Awards in the French capital.

The 38-year-old, who can only feed 20 people at a sitting, told media, “I don’t feel worthy.

My staff who go out every day gathering herbs, succulents and dune spinach, should be here… It’s their baby.

“I can’t wait to celebrate with them with a big glass of South African sparkling wine.”

With dishes such as twice-cooked laver (seaweed), angelfish with bokkom sambal and
wild garlic masala, limpets, mussels and sea vegetables harvested within sight of its “stoep” (porch), Wolfgat also won the prize for best “Off-Map Destination”.

Bearded Van der Merwe — a former journalist — said apart from the influence of the
subtle spices of local Cape Malay cooking, his philosophy was to “interfere as little as possible with the products, and to keep them pure, raw and untreated.”

 

 

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PM Imran congraulates Modi on BJP victory

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ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan has congratulated Narendra Modi on BJP’s landmark victory via telephone here on Sunday. 

Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed his desire for both countries to work together for the betterment of their peoples.

“Reiterating his vision for peace, progress, and prosperity in Sout Asia, the Prime Minister said he looked forward to working with Prime Minister Modi to advance these objectives,” Spokesman added. 

Incidentally, Hindu Nationalist BJP has ameliorated its position by bagging 303 seats. 

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US hiker found after 2 weeks lost in Hawaii forest

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LOS ANGELES: An American yoga instructor who spent two weeks lost in the wilds of Hawaii, surviving on plants and water, has been found alive after an ordeal she described as “the toughest days of my life.”
Amanda Eller, 35, was rescued Friday beside a creek bed at the bottom of a ravine in a national forest on Maui after a helicopter spotted her.
She had been out on a hike when she vanished.
“The last 17 days of my life have been the toughest days of my life and it’s been a really significant spiritual journey,” Eller said from her hospital bed in a tearful video posted Saturday on the “Find Amanda” Facebook page created after her disappearance on May 8.
“It did come down to life and death and I had to choose. And… I chose life. I wasn’t going to take the easy way out, even if that meant more suffering and pain for myself,” she said.
Eller, who also works as a physical therapist, has been in the hospital since her rescue. She suffered a broken leg, a torn meniscus in her knee, sunburns and scrapes, The New York Times reported.
A grassroots fund-raising campaign collected more than $70,000, which paid for a helicopter to be hired for the search.
Video of her rescue shows Eller being hoisted into a helicopter as a volunteer shouts “And there she goes!” as she was lifted out of a steep ravine lined with waterfalls.
“I have the most gratitude and respect, and appreciation — I can’t even put it into words – for the people that have helped me, for the people that have paid for me, for the people that were at base camp,” said Eller from the hospital.
Eller’s boyfriend was the last to see her before she disappeared. Police found her car at a parking lot near a hiking trail.
She had gotten lost after leaving the trail to rest, the New York Times said. On the third day, she fell 20 feet (six meters) off a cliff, breaking her leg and injuring her knee.
“She is just as strong as we always said she would be. We knew she could make it this long,” supporters wrote on the Facebook page, which was followed by more than 20,000 people.
Hours before she was located, her family and friends announced a $50,000 reward for information on what they described as “her disappearance and possible abduction.”
During her ordeal, Eller lost around 15 pounds (seven kilograms), Javier Cantellops, one of the people who set out to search for her. 

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EU election: Le Pen leads in France

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PARIS: Marine Le Pen, Far-Right National Rally party seems all set to finish top in European elections in France on Sunday.

 

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