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For those in need of a little memory prod, Coffee World is an international franchise and is a part of Global Franchise Architects. With its reputation as a world renowned coffee house, it has to offer a comprehensive range of premium hot, iced and ice-blended coffee. Also available are sandwiches, salads, pies and brownies. Since its inception about a year and a half back, the food has been hailed for its quality, particularly the Chicken Loaf Sandwich and the Mocha Chip Frappe.
Books Express is a concern of Etcetera Bangladesh Pvt. Ltd., shedding its focus on book lovers. It is known for its stock of 'just arrived' reads and bestsellers, as well as for holding a wide range of DVDs, music, toys and stationery.
When asked to comment on the corporation's rapid expansion, A.F.M. Ismail Chowdhury, the Manager of Store Operations, said: “It is important for us to branch out, given the high levels of demand that we are faced with. We, as a corporate entity can proudly say that we have managed, to make coffee popular in a tea-loving country.” He further adds, “Moreover, we wanted something to present to those who love to read. This is where Books Express comes in.”
Interestingly, the store has its way of showing consideration to its clientele. They have ample space for parking cars. “We want people to relax while they eat and chat with their friends and families. Nobody wants to worry about whether their car is being hacked while they are enjoying they food.”
The only flip side of the store maybe that it is a little on the high-end when your wallet is small. Nonetheless, the prices are well justified. The quality of food, the cozy atmosphere and the level of hygiene makes up for all that bling bling.
By Shahmuddin Ahmed Siddiky
Tangy & Healthy
Boishakh, the first month of the Bangla New Year, marks the onset of summer. Despite the discomfort the heat causes, the New Year (or Nobo Borsho) is most welcome. For generations we have embraced the advent of summer. And we have observed Nobo Borsho festivities within family and social environment with tremendous fervour. Sadly, I feel a sense of soullessness in how they are observed nowadays. Overt commercialization has eroded the inner joys our tradition brings.
To beat the summer heat, I am giving three recipes for shorbot, which may be served as welcome drinks to celebrate the Nobo Borsho. The other dishes are also ideal for serving with steaming rice for the same occasion.
Aamer (mango) Shorbot
Green mango: 2-3 whole, unpeeled (to make 1 cup pulp)
Bel (Wood Apple) Shorbot
Wood apple pulp: 1 cup
Holood (turmeric) Bagar
Turmeric: ½ cup (ground)
Heat oil and fry onions till light brown. Add all the others ingredients and add ½ cup of water. Keep stirring until oil settles on the surface. Garnish with fried whole red chilli.
Posto Dana (Poppy Seeds) Bhaja
Poppy seed paste: 1 cup
Heat oil and fry onions till golden brown. Add all ingredients except the poppy seeds and garam masala. Add a little water and keep stirring for about 2 minutes. Mix poppy seeds, garam masala and ½ cup of water. Stir until oil settles on the surface.
Narkel (coconut) Bhorta
Coconut: 1 cup (freshly grated and lightly ground)
Heat oil and fry onion until soft. Add chilli and fry until dark brown. Put in coconut and salt and stir for a few seconds. Mash very well with a spoon.
Chingri (shrimp) Bhorta
Shrimp: ¼ kg
Heat oil and fry onion until soft; add shrimp, chilli and salt. Fry for about 5-6 minutes or until the shrimp is cooked. Add coriander leaves, mix well and remove from heat. Grind and garnish with coriander leaves.
Pohela Boishakh at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel
Group A: Boys of 6-16 years Enrolment fees for groups A and B are Tk 8000 each and Tk 9000 each for group C and D. Advance bookings are essential for those who wish to enrol. For more information please contact 8653636, ext 4115. -LS Desk Measures for Preventing Heat Related Illnesses · NEVER leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. -LS Desk
Group A: Boys of 6-16 years
Enrolment fees for groups A and B are Tk 8000 each and Tk 9000 each for group C and D. Advance bookings are essential for those who wish to enrol. For more information please contact 8653636, ext 4115.
Measures for Preventing Heat Related Illnesses
· NEVER leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
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