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9 Delicious Treats to Devour on Diwali this Sunday

For most of us, Indian food usually means one thing: curry. Hot and spicy Indian food is what we know and love, but for people on the Indian Subcontinent Indian food is so much more than just bhunas and dhals. With Diwali, the most famous and holy holiday in the Hindu calendar, coming up this Sunday 3rd November, there’s not better time to find out what else Indian food has to offer.

Diwali is one of the most significant religious celebrations in India and Nepal; Hindu families all over the world celebrate ‘the festival of lights’ which honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Diwali is a time for decorating houses and businesses with lamps, wearing new clothes, exchanging gifts and eating festive ‘Mithai’ with family and friends.

The food at Diwali is the centrepiece of the festival. Curries and heavier dishes take a back seat as ‘Mithai’ steps into the spotlight. Mithai are little sweets and snacks prepared for specially for Diwali and enjoyed all across India, Pakistan and Nepal during this time.

Here are 9 new things to eat during Diwali, to give you a real taste of a sweeter India… and not a bhaji in sight!

Indian Mithai

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Where to Find the Best Street Food In Asia

Travelling in Asia is an eye opening and exciting adventure in anyone’s book; the mountains, the beaches, the people… it’s about as far away from life in the UK as you can get, it’s travelling in its most raw form.

For many a traveller, no trip to the world’s largest continent would be complete without sampling the local cuisine, and the best place to do this? The street.

Street carts reign supreme in much of Asia, and here our top tips for some of the slightly less well known, but totally delicious, dishes for you to try on your next Asian adventure!

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Everest Base Camp: Here’s Summit to Think About…

On this day 60 years ago, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the very first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest; a pretty amazing achievement by anyone’s standards.

To celebrate their accomplishment, we’re taking a look at how you can get in on the Everest action, on a trek to Everest Base Camp.

There’s no doubt about it, the trek to Base Camp isn’t for the faint hearted, it’s tough, but the rewards are massive. Imagine coming so breathtakingly close to the top of the world, it’s one of those once in a life time adventures that you’ll be replaying in your mind for the rest of your days.

If you’re interested in adventure, then Everest is within your reach….

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The Best, and Most Scoffable Sweet Treats from Around the World

It’s time to talk about one of my favourite things, food. More specifically, one of my favourite types of food – calorific, delicious, sickly sweet stuff.

One of the best things about travelling is getting to sample different food from around the world, things you may never have tried, or even heard of before, but also things that you may eat quite often here in the UK with either a different or more authentic spin.

With sweets and cakes being one such example. You can go to any shop round the corner from your house and buy something tasty and a little bit sickly, but there are so many more delicious varieties and concoctions out there waiting to be savoured.

To give you a bit of an introduction to some of the yummiest, here is a count down of our choice of the best, and most scoffable sweet treats from around the world.

Babka.

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Our Favourite 12, Super Affordable, 1 Week Adventures

‘I want a holiday’. How many times have you uttered that sentence so far this year? For me, it’s got to be around 26 times (yep I’m boring myself as well as everyone else).

If you’re in my position but your bank balance is out to spoil your fun, then you should find this list of affordable adventures pretty interesting.

Here are 12 of our best value, week long, adventures, meaning that you can get away on the kind of awesome experience you’ve been jealously hearing about from your friends for the past few months. Which one’s caught your eye?

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