Monday, 27 June 2016

Why Fly With Air Arabia?

Air Arabia is your low-cost airline that connects you to 34 countries, covering over 100 airports, offering the most comprehensive connectivity across the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and Europe.


The idea of flying with Air Arabia is inviting because of its obvious no-frills image. It’s great to fly over to your destination without much ado. If you ask me, I liked my journey on Air Arabia because of the following reasons –

It’s low-cost.
You can enjoy a peaceful journey on Air Arabia without hurting your pocket much. I mean there’s nothing better than grabbing a low-fare deal on a flight and get all the required comforts. Air Arabia promises to do that for you on every booking!


It has got the middle-eastern feel.
I particularly liked Air Arabia for its middle-eastern feel. The dash of culture, the adab and the tehzeeb added to the experience of visiting Jordan.


They serve nice and hot meals.
The idea of travelling in the wee hours is not so inviting. I remember I had a mild headache while I was waiting to board my flight to Amman. But, as soon as I got on the plane and settled on my seat, I was at ease. The hot meal that was served played a great part in subduing my headache and putting me to sleep.


The staff is hospitable and friendly.
Hospitality is so important to a great travel experience. Air Arabia ensures that you are treated nicely and your flight is memorable.

I thank Air Arabia for hosting me and making me experience the amazing middle-eastern world.

Have you had a chance of flying with Air Arabia? How was your experience?

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

The Romance Of Aqaba


Aqaba is my favourite of all the places that we visited in Jordan. The gorgeous blue waters of the Red Sea just blew my mind! Aqaba has got a different feel altogether. It’s unlike the rest of Jordan. Aqaba is more of an upmarket, lively and a youthful city. Being the only coastal city in Jordan, Aqaba gives you a break from the mystical air that you feel in places like Petra and Wadi Rum.



The moment you reach the shores of the Red Sea, you get to see two different countries across the sea – Israel on the right side and Egypt right in front. As you board a yacht to sail, the brown mountains touching the brink of the blue sea spellbind you. My fellow bloggers swam and snorkeled, while I chose to simply enjoy the breezes and the sublime beauty around me.


Also, we had the pleasure of digging in to the barbecued chicken and fish (along with regular Jordanian dishes – Salads, Hummus and Pita bread) while sailing. After our time on the yacht, we checked in at Movenpick Resort – my favourite stay in Jordan. My room had a fabulous view of the sea, which added to my thrill of being in Aqaba.


Why I loved my stay at Movenpick –

The idea of staying close to the Sea is exciting. You can head to the marina anytime! Plus, Movenpick has its private beach, which guests can visit at their leisure.

I loved the comfort and the amenities of my room. There was definitely a personal touch to everything.

I loved the décor and grandeur of the hotel. The rooms, the lobby, the restaurants and the swimming pool – every area is beautifully done up.

Although my stay at Movenpick was short, it was a great way of taking in the essence of Aqaba. If I ever happen to visit Jordan again, I’d definitely like to spend a lot of time in Aqaba. There’s a lot that you’d want to do in Aqaba –

Aqaba is a great destination for sunshine lovers. You can grab your favourite drink and sit by the seashore with absolutely nothing on your mind.


I also enjoyed sauntering on the streets, café hopping and some random shopping.

Aqaba has quite a buzzing nightlife – locals are seen savouring Hukka, snacking on different local dishes and having a great time.

I thank Jordan Tourism Board for introducing Aqaba to me.

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

My Culinary Voyage Of Jordan

The truest impression that I have of Jordanian cuisine is that it’s so full of colours. A typical dining table in Jordan looks like a king’s chamber. Before I talk any further about Jordanian food, I’d like to make a point that there are delicious and soulful cuisines and then there are ‘fun’ and creative ones. In my opinion, what I ate in Jordan was more of a treat to the senses – the food pleased my eyes first before it did anything to my taste-buds.

Jordan - a must-visit destination for foodies.
My breakfast platter looked like this at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Amman.
Khoubz - a staple bread 
Freshly baked at Haret Jdoudna, Madaba 

So yes, digging into the food in Jordan is an experience. To my Indian tongue, most of what I tasted was pretty bland; some of it was a bit too salty. If you ask me, I have mixed opinions about Jordanian food. I won’t say that I really hogged in Jordan. But, I wouldn’t even say that I didn’t enjoy what I was served. As I mentioned earlier, there are cuisines that are fun and unique. I found Jordanian food to be an experience. I absolutely loved the idea of relishing a variety of salads before the main course arrives. I don’t think I ever had so much of green, leafy stuff on my plate like I did in Jordan, which I enjoyed immensely.

Every meal begins with beautiful salads.
Tabulah
... and some more salad.

Besides the greens, I loved Hummus, which was mostly served with plenty of olive oil. I savoured Hummus with Pita, which is their staple bread. I mostly found myself laying hands on Hummus and Pita for my breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hummus
Bread, Hummus and salad.

As far as the main course goes, Jordanians typically like to eat a lot of meat – chicken, lamb and beef. Although I normally eat vegetarian food in my daily life, I chose to try non-vegetarian dishes in Jordan for the sake of exploration. I’d say if you dig into a Jordanian non-vegetarian dish with an obvious expectation of flavourful spices bursting on your tongue, you will be disappointed! So, try Jordanian meat dishes with an open mind and you will appreciate them.     

 Mansaf - (the main Jordanian dish) meat cooked with yogurt.
Kebabs

I have to say that Jordanian style of cooking is elaborate and interesting. I was particularly intrigued by their underground cooking, where they allow chicken and lamb pieces to cook slowly over the hot bricks that they place under the ground.

Without a doubt, Jordanians like to celebrate food. Everything from their style of cooking to serving is unique. What I loved the most about Jordanian food is that they eat a lot of fresh and local produce, which is healthy – fruits, veggies, yoghurt and a variety of herbs. Also, they like to consume mint leaves a lot in the form of refreshing cold drinks and mint tea.

Mint tea
Different herbs at Downtown market, Amman
Fruits at Downtown market, Amman
The fruit market of Jordan.
Don't know what's written there, but I'm sure it's hinting at eating fresh and healthy.
Fetish for fresh and healthy is quite evident.
That's how a veggie market in Jordan looks like.

It would be absolutely apt to say that food is an integral part of exploring Jordan. My fellow bloggers and I were fortunate to taste so many authentic Jordanian dishes, and also cook them on our own. Yes, we prepared our own lunch at Petra Kitchen under the supervision of the Kitchen’s Chef. The Jordanian dishes that we prepared were Lentil Soup (Shourbat Adas), Baba Ganuj, Tahina Salad (Salatat Khodra bil Tahina), Galayat Bandura, Cucumber and Tomato Salad (Fatoosh), Bread Sambousek and Oven-roasted Chicken (Suniyat dijaj).

Trying my hand at Jordanian dishes :-)
Baba Ganuj, Tahina Salad, and Galayat Bandura
Sambousek

I loved the Lentil Soup, which was almost like Dal that’s cooked in Indian homes. It was a very soothing and comforting soup after our long journey. Baba Ganuj was good, too. It’s made out of the mashed pulp of eggplants.

The kitchen chef was sweet enough to share recipes of the dishes that we prepared that afternoon. I hope to try at least one of them and rekindle my food memories of Jordan.   

Dessert - Warbat
  
The restaurants in Jordan that you must eat at –

Petra Kitchen, Wadi Musa
Al Qantarah, Wadi Musa
Haret Jdoudna, Madaba

Variety of salads, dips and Falafel
Sajeyah - chicken and veggies
Falafel being made at a restaurant in Amman.

Jordan is a must-visit destination for foodies. I thank Jordan Tourism Board and Air Arabia for making this trip possible for us.

What has been your most unique food experience on your travels?

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