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Chunky Chicken Chorlton, located in Bury, United Kingdom serves a fantastic selection of delicious chicken wraps, burgers, chicken sandwiches, fresh salads and more, at reasonable rates. This restaurant is ideal for Muslims, since the food served is entirely Halal.    ...more

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Chunky Chicken Chorlton, located in Bury, United Kingdom serves a fantastic selection of delicious chicken wraps, burgers, chicken sandwiches, fresh salads and more, at reasonable rates. This restaurant is ideal for Muslims, since the food served is entirely Halal. 
 

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36 Walmersley Road Bury BL9 6DP

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http://http://www.chunkychicken.com/

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0161 797 7557

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info@chunkychicken.com , chunkychickenchorlton@hotmail.co.uk

  • What Celebrating Eid Remotely Would Look Like

    Muslims all over will celebrate the blessed month of Ramadan under lockdown and tight limitations due to the coronavirus pandemic that has weakened all continents. Be that as it may, with strict curfews imposed throughout and physical social distancing orders authorized to confine the spread of the exceptionally infectious COVID-19 virus, a large number of Ramadan's customs and conventions will be abridged for the current year. Gathering to pray in mosques are prohibited in a few nations, and numerous mosques have been closed down until the virus is eliminated. Mosques around the globe will stream sermons, Quranic recitation, and prayers via the web and video conferencing mechanisms. Muslims will likewise have the option to participate in religious sermons through video-conferencing modes like Zoom, Facebook, WhatsApp video call, and YouTube. The Eid al-Fitr celebration denotes the end of Ramadan and is commended as an official holiday in many countries. This year, the world will see an Eid like never before – with few traditions that can only be carried out at home. So we feel that this is how celebrating Ramadan remotely would look like! via GIPHY   1. Eid – A Homely Affair Image Credit: Douglas Sheppard on Unsplash Due to lockdown instructions set up and enormous get-togethers prohibited, the current year's merriments will be downsized. The physical distancing guidelines will likewise lessen the festivity feel of Eid. Many will most likely be unable to meet with their families to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr. Muslims are being encouraged that in the event that they are living and working in different parts of the world compared to where their family is residing, they should shun away from visiting their hometowns for Eid. Given the current situation, it stays muddled if countries will lift or simplify lockdown measures for Eid. Due to this, it is advised that Eid prayers are performed at home. Whether we like it or not, Eid this year will be much more somber than how it is celebrated in the previous years. It will be unique as it will be a close Eid festivity between the immediate family members. A lockdown and Eid do not go hand in hand. Eid is about association, mingling together, and coming together for the much-awaited family time with our loved ones. This year, innovation is one aspect that all will be utilizing. This year we will have to rely upon social media and the internet when we want to communicate with our family and friends residing in different parts of the country or world instead of getting to meet them physically. Draw up your Eid plan like how you would usually do it! Sit down with your family and talk about what you will do on Eid. Despite the fact that you will celebrate it at home, you can settle on what sorts of Eid treats you will prepare at home, how you can pass on Eid Salaams virtually and how you can get together your family and friends by means of Zoom and celebrate it with them. 2. Dress Up! Image Credit: Aniq Danial on Unsplash When taking most Muslim nations into consideration, Eid is a period for purchasing new garments. In spite of the fact that this year, you won't be actually venturing out or going visiting, you can, in any case, still wear your Eid clothing at home - which you would have bought or selected - to get into the spirit of Eid. 3. Decorate! Image Credit: Prasanna Kumar on Unsplash Decorate the house with your family members to get into the lively and festival feel of Eid. It will help liven up your children from not being able to spend Eid the usual way. Use balloons, banners, decorations from the previous year, and lights. You can even choose to have a home DIY Raya photo studio! Spruce up yourself and your children in your lovely clothing attires that you chose for Eid and set up a background that suits you best and get clicking! Every arrangement utilizes an alternate setting or backdrop, giving you loads of assortment and different ideas on how you want your photo to be. They are quick and simple to set up and you could even utilize items that you would have stored in your storeroom. It could be leftovers from last Eid’s decoration or the decorations that you used for your kids' birthday party! Get creative! The sky is the limit! One item that deemed useful and convenient as a setting is curtain panels. They are quite tall and are accessible in pretty much any shading you could need. You can even use Lampu Lap Lip to spruce up your Eid decorations which can likewise be utilized as a prop for your Raya photoshoot. These are solar-powered and convenient to use with low energy consumption. They give an exquisite shimmering shine that can be seen from any point which could improve the quality of your photographs as well.   4. Hari Raya Puasa – Food! Glorious Food! Image Credit: Akharis Ahmad on Unsplash Typically, a three-day festival, Hari Raya unites loved ones to indulge in and bury themselves in the preparation of the traditional sweets and cheerfulness. However, given the current circumstances, the festival will have to be celebrated within one’s own home. Instead of visiting the homes of friends and family, one can opt for the ideal social distancing tool – video conferencing. This year you can whip up some delicacies that you can prepare with your family along with a slight twist – amalgamating some modern treats too! Some of the traditional dishes being Bubur Lambuk, Ketupat or Lemang, Kueh Raya, Kueh Lapis, Lontong, Bandung, and Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce. The modern dishes that you can incorporate to your meal could be Churros, Boms, and Steaks.   5. Netflix All Day Long! Image Credit: Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash Due to the inability to go to a cinema or to a friend’s house to have a movie night, Netflix is now our savior! While you stay at home, this contributes to having a lot of time to spend to run through a plethora of movies, TV series and dramas Netflix has to offer as entertainment amidst this pandemic. Here are a few recommendations for you this Eid: Humor  I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, Friends and Derry Girls Thrillers  Good Time, Black Mirror and 1922 Binge-watch worthy  Better Call Saul, I Am Not Okay with This and Money Heist Family-friendly  Annie with an E, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch   6. Gaming Applications to keep you occupied! Image Credit: Mika Baumeister on Unsplash Online games have made social distancing much easier! The vast array of games and applications now available will help keep you associated while in detachment from the rest of the world. Here are some of the best picks: Houseparty Staying true to its name, Houseparty offers an approach to hang out and party with companions while being isolated at home. Apart from offering the video calling option, Houseparty accompanies in-application games to play while talking. There are likewise discrete virtual "rooms" that users can switch from, giving the feel of an authentic house party, but virtually. Facebook Gaming Facebook's Gaming tab offers an approach to play online games with your loved ones or even anyone from the 2 billion users who make use of this gaming facility. It has incorporated classics and modern games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Super Dash. Quiz Up Having a database of 1200 topics and 600,000 questions, this trivia application enables users to challenge their friends and have competitions on topics ranging from general knowledge to topics that you would have probably be taught back in your good ole school days. Classic board game now comes in the form of applications too. The majority of classic board games have been transformed into an online game application, which has a lot of similar features in comparison to the actual board game and is adjusted to suit their users with playing these games on phones, PCs, or tablets. Those that have accomplished this are the famous Scrabble, Uno, and Monopoly.   7. Sleep – The Answer to all Problems! Amidst this pandemic, it would be justifiable for anxiety and stress to kick in. Rather than investing time and vitality stressing out, why not transform that kind of stress into what you can control, focusing on aspects like taking care of yourself and your loved ones. Concentrating on gaining sufficient rest is a characteristic fit for dealing with the betterment for yourself which can boost your immunity at the same time. Satisfactory rest can augment your potential for having better days under these conditions. Ideal rest controls and enhances while giving you a positive state of mind, improves brain capacity, and boosts energy and efficiency to keep you active throughout the day. Uneven sleeping schedules and patterns or even sleeping too much during the day can hinder your sleep altogether. Rest is critical at present, especially once Ramadan wraps up. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you boost your sleep: Incorporate some `me` time. Cut down on afternoon naps. Have a go at breathing exercises. Form a sleeping schedule and make sure to stick to it. Curtail screen time at night. Do keep in mind that rest is significant to keep us lively especially during these trying times. Agonizing over rest just transforms into more pressure and stress and I’m sure that is something which you do not want to be dealing with this Ramadan. Simply ensure to put forth a valiant effort to get the chance to bed on schedule and follow these tips should you find it difficult to get in some sleep time. Given the ongoing pandemic, it won't be possible for Eid to be celebrated the way it was previously. Even though things might be intense in this present circumstance, we could all learn and take this opportunity to reflect on our behaviors and past lifestyles prior to this pandemic. Perhaps one of the takeaways from this year's humble celebration is never to take things for granted. Hopefully, in the near future, we will be more appreciative of the smaller things in life and work towards having a more meaningful Eid, with lessons learnt from this year's humble celebration. via GIPHY...

  • 5 Things You Can Do In Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka is an island paradise, surrounded by the Indian Ocean boasting of rich nature, wildlife and culture. A lot of tourists head over to the sea side towns or the hill country, but its commercial capital has much to offer as well.With 5.6 million making up its population, this rising cosmopolitan city is quickly making its mark on the international map. Skyscrapers, luxury hotels, a new harbour port, however, Colombo's charm doesn't lie in these modern buildings, it can be found in the beautiful colonial era buildings and it's people - a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures which gives the city it's character.Historical or otherwise, Colombo is a kaleidoscope of activity. Being the commercial centre of the Island, it attracts everyone and has something for anyone! From street food to art and music – this is a city that will not bore you.Here are 5 interesting things you can experience in Colombo, keep reading!   1. The Gangaramaya Temple Credit: @GangaramayaTemple on FacebookStarting at the heart of Colombo, this temple is full of character with interesting things to see. The Temple is over 150 years old, and is the perfect place to head to if you want to escape the din of the city.You will be greeted by a row of golden statues at the entrance, and once inside get ready to be swept away by the temple’s charm. The Temple houses a museum of artefacts that you won’t find at any other temple – quirky statues and ornaments, old coins, rare artwork and a lot more. You will also find a collection of vintage cars, gifted to the Chief Monk at the time.The Seemamalakaya found on the Beira Lake is a part of the Gangaramaya Temple. Designed by the renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa in 1979, it was built as an assembly hall for monks. The floating structure offers incredible views of the surrounding city from the lake and makes for some incredible photos.You have to purchase a ticket at the gates and remove your shoes before entering the Temple. They provide a separate and safe place for you to keep your shoes till you pick them up at the end of the tour.A peculiar temple but with lots of charm! It will definitely leave you with a sense of wonderment.Address: 61 Sri Jinarathana Road, Colombo 2 Website: http://gangaramaya.com/Operating hours: 6:00AM to 10:00PM (Daily)   2. Dutch Hospital – Shopping Precinct Credit: @DutchHospital on FacebookDutch hospital is a colonial era building refurbished into a shopping complex with restaurants and cafes – it has a little bit of everything.If you are in Colombo and want to cool off and relax for a bit after all that walking, Dutch Hospital is the place to be. There’s a myriad of restaurants and cafes, but a must try is the Ministry of Crab which serves authentic Sri Lankan Crab dishes – you will not experience this taste anywhere else.You will also find a Spa Ceylon branch, a luxury spa specialising in using aryuvedic healing techniques to soothe the body. You can even purchase natural beauty products and get a massage to ease your aching feet.There's also an Art and Jazz Festival as well as a Street Food Festival hosted annually so if you are in town during that time do try to pop in. These festivals are great for families on holiday in the city.Be aware that there are also pubs and bars at the venue which serve alcoholic drinks, however you can easily find non-alcoholic drinks almost anywhere.Bonus tip: The Dutch Hospital is very close to the hotel strip on Galle Road so don’t forget to check out hotels like The Kingsbury and, Galle Face Hotel – it overlooks the Galle Face Green, a great spot to enjoy the sunset from and has some great street food stalls.Address: Hospital St, Colombo 1Operating hours: 10:00AM to 10:00PM (Daily)   3. Shopping Credit: @colombocitycentre on InstagramShopping and eating makes up an important part of Colombo life, there are plenty of high end stores and shopping malls as well as numerous restaurants!As there are many places to shop in Colombo, there are a lot of seasonal sales in the city, so if you are a shopping addict – Colombo is definitely the place to be! Also, if you are looking for places to eat in Colombo there are a lot of options – Upali’s for Sri Lankan cuisine, The Bay Leaf for Authentic Italian and Black Cat Cafe for good coffee amongst many others, just Google and you will be spoilt for choice.Note: According to the workers at Black Cat Cafe, they are unable to confirm if everything on the menu is halal. Hence, we advice that you consume at your own discretion.Head over to the newly opened Colombo City Centre for a more high end shopping experience which houses international brands like Armani Exchange, Swarovski, U.S. Polo Assn. and more! They also feature local high end brands, boutiques and, stores like Odel and Aviraté. If you want to watch the latest blockbuster head over to the multiplex cinema and grab a bite at the food court – The FoodStudio - which serves a variety of cuisines.If you want a real Colombo experience hop on a tuk tuk and head to Pettah. A labyrinthine mix of wholesale shops, historical sites and cheap eateries serving authentic Lankan streetfood – the language spoken here is haggling and it will make for a more thrilling experience.When in Pettah you have to try a Faluda – perfect for people with a sweet tooth (Sri Lankans love their sweets) or if you are more health conscious opt for a Thambili (Coconut water) – nature’s isotonic drink – these can be found on almost every street corner. You don’t have to worry about not being able to find Halal food because most of the restaurants and eateries are owned by Muslims, since they make a better part of the Pettah community. Almost all restaurants, cafes and hotels are Muslim-friendly as Sri Lanka has a population of about 1.9 million Muslims.   4. Festivals Credit: @cinnamonlifecolombo on Facebook  Sri Lanka is a melting pot of different cultures and religions, and Colombo is the epicentre.There are many cultural and religious festivals you can witness while in Colombo. One of the biggest festivals is the Vesak Poya holiday, the Buddhist festival of lights which brings everyone together to enjoy beautiful light and lantern displays, as well as pandols. The Sinhala Tamil New Year is also a major festival enjoyed by all ethnicities and religions; it is similar to a spring festival which celebrates the new harvest of the season. Deepavali, which is the Hindu festival of lights is also a event that should not be missed.Apart from the religious or cultural festivals, Colombo hosts many festivals pertaining to art, music and street food.Be sure to head to the festival hot-spots like Dutch Hospital which hosts an exciting Art and Jazz Festival, Green Path for Foodies On The Street - a festival dedicated to street food and also the many free film and cultural festivals hosted by the different international embassies and organizations in the country. The city also holds music festivals like the Cinnamon Life Colombo Music Festival.Colombo also hosts many shopping festivals, with the largest being the CMB Shopping Festival held annually at the BMICH. Find clothes, accessories and many other things for competitive prices. Colombo is fast becoming a top shopping destination like Bangkok and Dubai, so remember to add Colombo to your list.   5. Food Credit: @mydinemore on FacebookLast but not least, everyone's favourite part about travelling - food. Colombo offers many options for places to eat and drink; almost all restaurants, cafes and, hotels are Muslim-friendly or Halal certified, as Sri Lanka has a population of about 1.9 million Muslims.You can choose between a range of expensive or cheap eateries. One of the budget friendly local fast food joints in Colombo is Dinemore, that serves up a variety of dishes, their most famous being their submarine - the restaurant chain is Halal certified. It's the perfect spot to grab a quick bite and escape the Colombo heat. You can find branches in Colombo 2, 3 and 6.Real Lankan street food is hidden in Pettah. A Pettah staple is Faluda – perfect for people with a sweet tooth (Sri Lankans love their sweets) or if you are more health conscious opt for a Thambili (Coconut water) – nature’s isotonic drink – these can be found on almost every street corner. Try the many types of Achcharu and the local cotton candy - Bombai Motai.You don’t have to worry about not being able to find Halal food, most of the restaurants and eateries are owned by Muslims as they make a better part of the Pettah community.Travelling in Colombo is very affordable!Bus tickets are very cheap, also with the advent of Pick Me and Uber, you can easily get around the city!Tip: avoid normal meter tuks that don’t belong to any taxi service company which may charge more, always opt for Pick Me or Uber or any other private taxi company.Now you know what to do and where to be in this fun, fast growing city! Put on your shades, hop in a tuk tuk and enjoy Colombo!...

  • Escape Into Nature! Visit These 8 Best Places To Practice Shinrin Yoku!

    Shinrin Yoku is better known to many as forest bathing. It helps you awaken your senses and allows you to appreciate the peacefulness of nature. We are too attached to technology these days so this treatment is definitely what we all need right now. It's time to shut down your devices and escape into nature. You will be surprised when you realise the multiple benefits that you can get from this experience. If you wish to know more about Shinrin Yoku, do check out my previous article where I talked more in-depth on what it is about and what it can do for you. It's now time for you to discover the 8 best places to practice this incredible therapy. Get ready to find your inner peace and unleash the Kung-Fu Panda in you. 1.Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa, Connecticut Picture: AubergeResorts Feeling tired from work and in need a peaceful time away? The Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa will offer you a blissful getaway into its forest full of lush greenery. Located in Connecticut, Grace Mayflower Forest is a quiet spot away from the noisy disturbances of the city. Feel relaxed and rejuvenated while taking a stroll into their wonderful, vibrant forest. Address: 118 Woodbury Rd, Route 47, Washington, CT 06793, United StatesWebsite: AubergeResorts 2. Primland, Virginia Switch your devices off and breath in the fresh air of the mountains and the peacefulness of the forest. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the Primland forest is a place where peace prevails. It invites its visitors into a zen world where its all about forgetting the one's daily hustle and bustle. Enjoy beautiful views while inhaling the sweet and soothing scent of lavender. Let your soul get carried away by the force of nature. Address: 2000 Busted Rock Rd, Meadows of Dan, VA 24120, USAWebsite: Primland 3. Arashiyama, Kyoto Picture: Inside Kyoto Get ready to experience a Kung-Fu panda lifestyle in this incredible bamboo forest. Explore your zen attitude while breathing in peace and exhaling anxiety. Let the magnificence of the bamboo trees ensnare you into another dimension. Take a walk through the bamboo forest and bring your senses to life while being far away from the outside world. Address: Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, JapanWebsite: Kyoto 4. Bijin Bayashi, Tokamachi, Niigata Picture: GaijinPot Named the 'Forest of Beauties', Bijin Bayashi is the epitome of true beauty with its ever-changing colors at the rhythm of seasons. Enter into the fairy-tale world and lose yourself in its beautiful greenery and calm environment. These tall silhouetted trees are gracefully colored throughout the year so do visit the forest at least once for each season to have a new forest bathing experience every time. Address: Matsunoyamamatsuguchi, Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture 942-1411, Japan 5. Longshaw, Derbyshire Picture: NationalTrust Longshaw is a true walk into the past with a magical touch. Enchanting and mesmerizing, the Longshaw forest is complete with ponds, bridges, trees on rocky slopes and entwined branches. Hearing the sound of rushing waters as you take a stroll on the bridge will soothe and make you forget about your biggest worries. Enjoy breath-taking sceneries and end your walk with a cup of tea and a few home-made pastries. Address: Longshaw, Sheffield S11 7TZ, UKWebsite: NationalTrust 6. Sheringham Park, Norfolk Picture: Norfolk Landscape Photography Connect with the nature through history and plants. Sheringham Park is anything but ordinary. With a history that goes way back in time, the park is an entrancing walk that will make you explore the beauty of life at its best. Designed by Humphry Repton from 1752-1818, this estate was bought by the Upcher family in 1811. Since then, successive generations of the family further developed it by adding a hall, a park and even went on to build a school.  Sit under the shade of the ancient beech tree and let the swishing of the leaves take you far away from this world. You can never have a negative feeling with all the vibrant flowers surrounding you from every angle. Address: Visitor Centre, Wood Farm, Upper Sheringham NR26 8TL, UKWebsite: NationalTrust 7. Amazon Rainforest, Brazil Picture: Rainforest Brace yourself to embark into an explosion of sensations. Located in Brazil, the Amazon forest is an energy boost for our minds, unleashing our senses to discover a world full of vibrant nature. Delve into this untamed nature and explore its wonders. Experience colors and sounds like never before. Listen to the rushing streams and the crackling of twigs underneath your feet. Once you're here, you're in for an expedition of a lifetime. 8. Ancient Kauri Forests, New Zealand Picture: NewZealandPhoto The best of cultures and nature is hidden inside this ancient forest, home to thousands of trees and a number of species. The Ancient Kauri Forests are beautified by magnificent tall trees and dense nature. With so much to feel and see all around, the forests will definitely take you on a roller coaster of emotions as you discover what nature has to offer. Forests are captivating and of course, full of magic. Shinrin Yoku can take place in any forest but you now have with you a list of the most wonderful forests that will help you rejuvenate and make you feel alive all over again. Don't be afraid to let go of the world for a moment and explore the the wonders of the forest. It's time to escape! Read more of our Muslim-friendly travel blogs!...

  • 5 Best Restaurants To Have Your Evening Meal While In London (And HALAL!)

    London is a great city if you're in search for Halal Food at any time of the year. Halal snacks, budget meals, quick dessert stops, the options are endless if you know where to go. Here, I'll tell you exactly where to go to experience the fully lit, bustling streets of halal cafes to delicious restaurants and great food spots. 1. Saffron’s Kitchen Picture Credit: Facebook, Saffron Kitchen Although quite secluded, the Baltese, Asian and Indian restaurant is an amazing choice that will require reservations and plans to save a spot. The food is so delicious that it’s hard to ever find the restaurant empty, with the packed tables, comes the bustling ambience that really reminds you of being in a Muslim country. The Main Menu, drinks menu and dessert Menu out-do most places as your spoilt for choice from vegetarian options, unique experimental dishes with great flavours and a wide array of sweet dishes. Whilst you wait for your meal you can even go pray in the prayer room. What are you waiting for? Saffron’s kitchen has it all. Address: Saffron Kitchen, 300. Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London, E10 7LDOpening hours: 5PM to 11PM (Mondays to Sundays)Website: saffronkitchen.co.ukClosest prayer place: Prayer room in the restaurant and Masjid Tawhid, Leyton. Facebook 2. Melur Restaurant Picture Credit: Facebook, Melur London Melur Restaurant is a traditional Indonesian and Malaysian restaurant with big dishes at low prices. The house specialties include the Singapore Laksa, Nasi Lemak and a selection of all sorts of exotic curries with various influences. the restaurant is ideal for gatherings with families or friends. The food is the perfect mix of comfort and nutritional value. The Halal restaurant also has a prayer place and an opportunity to reserve the area. Go on spoil yourself with refreshing but flavoured delights that will fuel you for the rest of your day. Address: 175a Edgware Road, London W2 1ETOpening hours: 12PM to 11PM (Mondays to Sundays)Website: www.melurlondon.co.ukClosest prayer place: Masjid Salahuddin and London Central Mosque Facebook 3. Al Arez Picture Credit: Website, Al Arez Al Arez spoils you for choice, with more than one restaurant along Edgware road as well as a cafe all around the beautiful Lebanese cuisine. Simply choose for a whole array of beans, chickpeas, spiced potatoes, tender meat, warm soups, refreshing salads and a whole lot more. Then once you're finished, move along to get some traditional baklava and a cup of Arabic coffee to cleanse your palette. Considered as one of the best Lebanese restaurants in the UK, Al Arez never disappoints. The liveliness of Edgware road, the outdoor cafe seatings and restaurant chairs and tables will transport you to Eastern cities open all night long. Address: 101 Edgware Road, London W2 2DZ (Al Arez I) / 103 Edgware Road (Al Arez Cafe)Opening hours: 10AM to 11.30PM / Cafe: 9AM to 1AM (Mondays to Sundays)Website: www.alarez.co.ukClosest prayer place: Masjid Salahuddin and London Central Mosque 4. Woks Cooking Halal Chinese Restaurant It’s not as easy to find Halal Chinese cooking on a level that is authentic but New Wok’s cooking brings you authentic Chinese cuisine. The menu offers a great variety of noodle dishes, rice dishes, Thai dishes. If you can’t make up your mind, then personalized recommendations can be made. Not to forget the set meals available to share. From Prawns to duck, dinner at New Wok is an experience within itself, moving away from what is generally available in the Halal restaurant market in London but reassuring you with immense flavour and choice. Address: 1453 London Road | Norbury, London SW16 4AQ, EnglandOpening hours: 3PM to 11PM (Mondays to Fridays)                          1PM to 11PM (Saturdays & Sundays)Website: www.newwoks.comClosest prayer place: Norbury Muslim Centre, Streatham Hill Masjid 5. Spice Village Picture Credit: Facebook, Spice Village Restaurant One of my personal favourites and a restaurant that has evolved over the years, so much so it is reputed amongst Muslims and Non- Muslims. Ideally located on Tooting high street, the Ramadan ambiance can truly be felt outside on the street as well as inside the restaurants bustling luxurious exterior. With all the classic Asian dishes as well as more elaborate meals, if Spice village can cater for Hilton hotels, Newbury racecourse and Marriott Resorts, it will definitely not disappoint you. In addition to their grand repertoire, a sign that a restaurant serves authentic delicious food is confirmed when the restaurant is filled with people from the country.  Address: 32 Upper Tooting Rd, London SW17 7PDOpening hours: 12PM to 12AM (Saturdays to Thursdays)                          2PM to 12AM (Fridays)Website: www.spicevillage.co.ukClosest prayer place: Tooting Islamic Centre, Gatton Mosque Facebook...

  • 7 Reasons Why the Limestone Coast in South Australia Should Be Your Next Trip

    If you’re on the lookout for a destination that offers diversity in all aspects, South Australia’s magnificent Limestone Coast is a newly discovered gem. With its pristine beaches and breath-taking coastline, vibrant wetlands, unique ecosystem and variety of wildlife, saltwater lagoons, ancient volcanoes and stunning scenery, labyrinth of World Heritage-listed caves, great seafood, picturesque seaside towns the Limestone Coast is filled to the brim with a wealth of opportunities and experiences you’re sure to remember for a lifetime! Stretching from the beautiful Coorong National Park, along the Southern Ocean to the Victorian border, the undeniably special region also happens to be the ultimate self-drive destination. With so much to do, see and discover on the Limestone Coast, we can’t think of a better way to truly savour all of it, than a road trip! The journey there is sure to be as incredible as the destination itself. With the Limestone Coast located halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide, you can either drive in from either of the destinations, or a great option - one of our personal favourites - is to fly into Mount Gambier on REX. Accommodating around 30 passengers at a time, the small aircraft offers unbeatable birds eye views of the region’s majestic wilderness and glorious landscapes. No matter how long you spend exploring the region, there’s always so much more to see and experience. Prepare yourself for an abundance of natural wonders, adventure and excitement. The Limestone Coast and its treasure trove of unique discoveries await you! Find Halal Restaurants Near You in Australia! Find Mosques and Prayer Places in Australia!   1. Magnificent Tantanoola Caves The Limestone Coast boasts a plethora of beautiful natural attractions guaranteed to be far from anything you’ve ever seen before! Thus, seeing the impressive Tantanoola Caves in person is one of the top things to do on the Limestone Coast. Known to be one of South Australia’s most-visited destinations, the Tantanoola Caves at the Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park, is the only single-chamber dolomite cave in Australia, and features a spectacular array of lovely pink and brown decorative rock formations which were developed over thousands of years. Your visit will begin with a guided tour of the cave, where you will be introduced to its geology and history. Once you’ve learnt everything there is to know about the attraction, you will be left to discover it at leisure, and to take as many pictures in the cavern as you like! Be sure to make time to explore the park’s cliff top walking trail which offers the most incredible views of the surrounding area, as well as to enjoy a picnic in its picturesque grounds!   2. Visit The Blue Lake Any Limestone Coast visitor guide is sure to note a trip to the spectacular Blue Lake as a must. Located within a crater of the of the extinct volcano which lends its name to the city in which it is found, Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake is one of the region’s most popular spots, and sees thousands of visitors each year. While the breathtaking sight of the lake and its volcanic landscape will leave you speechless, the lake’s changing of colour will make the attraction unforgettable. Each year, in early November through March, for reasons that are still pretty much a mystery, the water in the lake changes to a magnificent cobalt blue colour. From the month of April to November, the water then turns into a shade of dark steel grey! Get up close and personal with the lake by taking the glass panelled lift down to its surface on an Aquifer Tour, or climb to the Centenary Tower for unbeatable views of the lake and the area around it. Surrounding the lake, there is a 3.6 kilometre walking trail that offers numerous viewing points with awe-inspiring views, as well as countless camping spots that are popular amongst visitors eager to experience the magnificence of the lake at night time. If you’re looking to immerse yourself further into everything the Blue Lake has to offer along with the area and its history, there are also several fantastic guided tours available.   3. Uncover a garden sinkhole While no matter where in the Mount Gambier region you go, natural beauty is a plenty, the Umpherston Sinkhole, or the Sunken Garden is an attraction you cannot miss, and a visit here will definitely complete your Limestone Coast tour. Once a regular limestone cave, whose uniqueness was created when its roof collapsed, the Umpherston Sinkhole needs to be seen to be believed. In 1886, the sinkhole was made into a garden by James Umpherston. Today, the breathtaking terraced gardens and its picturesque landscape offer visitors a one-of-a-kind experience. Not only will you be able to admire its beauty from the viewing platforms found at the top of the sinkhole, but you will also be able to venture down into the sinkhole and explore the tranquil garden. The area features beautiful, perfectly manicured flowers and plants, hanging vines and fountains and even some sculptures inspired by the sinkhole and its formation. In our opinion, the best time to visit is at sunset, since this is when the attraction comes to life. At dusk, the floodlights come on, and you will get to see hundreds of adorable possums scamper into the garden to feed!   4. Taste premium grade Halal Wagyu Beef If you’re a foodie, there’s no way you don’t know what wagyu beef is! The generic name for Japanese beef, wagyu is recognized for its high quality, and its exorbitant prices. What makes the meat so expensive is the rearing methods of the cattle as well as the strict guidelines that are followed during feeding. Mayura Station, located on the Limestone Coast, is one of South Australia’s first cattle and sheep stations and is today known to house one of the biggest full-blood wagyu cattle herds. Here, the surrounding are incredibly pristine, the scenery is stunning, the air is as clean as can be, and the cattle are fed Cadbury's chocolate. You read that right! At Mayura Station, the cattle are fed a mix of Cadbury's chocolate and other sweet treats to give their meat a unique flavour profile that is sure to make any beef lover go weak in the knees! Offering a farm to table experience, at Mayura Station, full-blood wagyu cattle are bred to deliver the most luxurious, award-wining beef, which can be sampled at the Tasting Room. And here’s what gets us even more excited - the wagyu beef at Mayura Station is Halal! You can choose to buy meat at the station directly, or savour it at the Tasting Room. While the restaurant itself is not Halal certified, if you decide to dine in, accommodations can be made so you can indulge in a Halal wagyu experience unlike ever before!   5. Drive along the scenic Beachport coast From beautiful sandy beaches to stunning scenery, coastal dunes begging to be explored and spectacular views, to even a few listed heritage sites, Beachport has it all! An isthmus with the sea on both sides, along with Lake George by it, Beachport is definitely worthy of a stop on a Limestone Coast road trip. The township may be small in size, but everything it has to offer is priceless. At the Beachport Conservation Park situated on the shores of Lake George, not only will you be able to get some serious bird watching in, but the park is also a well-known spot to enjoy some excellent windsurfing. The town also boasts one of South Australia’s longest jetties. The second longest in the region, Beachport Jetty is a sight in itself and attracts local and visiting anglers keen to catch some salmon and whiting. One of the best ways to truly appreciate this gorgeous area of South Australia is via the Bowman Scenic Drive. The rugged coastal route will take you past and offer you glimpses at the area’s iconic attractions like the Cape Martin Light House, Penguin Island, and the blowholes at Bartlett Rocks, in addition to stunning scenery. Along the drive you’ll come across numerous lookout spots such as the Wooley Lake Lookout, Down’s Lookout and Backler’s Lookout, that offer breathtaking coastal views, so be sure to make some time to stop at at least a few of them for pictures. You won’t regret it!  Pool of Siloam Another thing you definitely won’t regret is a swim in the Pool of Siloam. Known to be seven times saltier than the sea, the Pool of Siloam is extremely popular amongst those suffering from rheumatism and arthritis due to its high salt concentration. If you decide to take a quick dip, there is a designated swimming area, with changing rooms and showers on site. Once you’ve explored Beachport and its wonderful hidden gems, we recommend grabbing a bite to eat at one of the town’s many great restaurants. By doing so, you’ll get to enjoy some delicious seafood, and have a friendly chat with the locals!   6. Take a coffee pit stop at a local brew We would choose travel over most things on any given day. But if there was one thing we could have during every step of our travels, it would be a great steaming cup of fragrant coffee! And when we discovered Mahalia’s incredible coffee, we had to force ourselves to leave! Mahalia Coffee in the quaint seaside town of Robe has perfected the art of coffee roasting. The multi award winning coffee roasters is a stop you have to make when discovering the Limestone Coast. Living and breathing all things coffee, master roaster, Mahalia Layzell creates unique blends that easily put most other well-known coffee brands to shame. At the Mahalia Coffee HQ, you’ll not only get the chance to learn all about coffee, but also see where the brand’s coffee is expertly roasted, and get your caffeine fix, sampling a variety of coffee blends known to be the region’s best. While here you’re also sure to fall in love with the home ware items, ceramic, souvenirs and art pieces on sale, so be prepared to bring home some goodies!   7. Go on a 4-wheel drive along Coorong Boy did we save the best for last! Nothing completes a road trip to the Limestone Coast more than spending some time exploring the world-famous Coorong National Park. Spread across 130 kilometres, Coorong National Park is a protected area of important historical significance, housing amongst its lakes, lagoons, waterways and sweeping sand dunes a number of endangered flora and fauna and a variety of uncommon bird and fish species. It is also the perfect place for some outdoor activities. You will be able to go kayaking, yachting and boating, fishing, camping on its secluded beaches, and even four-wheel driving on the second longest continuous beach in the country - the Coorong. While you can cruise the park’s dunes and lagoons on your own, we think a guided four wheel drive tour is something that will make your experience even more memorable. There are numerous tours that you could take. Most of these will allow you to see Coorong beach at its best; the guides will point out rare birds or wildlife, and even stop by uncommon flora. They’ll also tell you everything you need to know about the park’s fascinating natural and Aboriginal history, and even give you the opportunity to learn about and experience Ngarrindjeri culture. Many tours also include a stop at a commercial fishery where you’ll be given the chance to try your hand at gahering cockles, or pipis, as they are more affectionately known in Australia. With the wind in your face and the sand at your feet, and you driving along the beautiful Coorong, we can’t think of a more incredible way to end your trip to the Limestone Coast. Can you?! No matter how many times you visit the Limestone Coast, we can bet you that you’ll always have a plethora of new experiences! For Muslims planning to explore the area, the HalalTrip mobile app is sure to come in handy! The app will help you locate Halal food places on the Limestone Coast, as well as mosques and prayer areas, along with numerous other must-sees and must-dos. Time to get road-trip planning! 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