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Torico’s Homemade Icecream: A cute ice cream shop tucked away in downtown Jersey City, with a ton of homemade ice cream, cakes and other delicious treats! They have a variety of flavors to choose from – some of my favorite ones are Avocado, Coffee Cookie, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Jackfruit and Green Tea! Do relish these creamalicious treats , the next time you are in Jersey City! #ruchyum #ruchyumrest #icecream #summeriscoming #homemade #jerseycity #ilovejc #torico #avocado #icecreamlover #icecreamtime #jerseycitydowntown #summer #restaurant #instagrammers #foodporn #feedfeed #heresmyfood #beautifulcuisines #instagood #instaicecream #jerseycitylife #jerseycityig

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Paan Milkshake with Chia Seeds #recipe: A refreshing milkshake made from betel leaves, rose petal preserve, fennel seeds and milk – perfect welcome drink for guests! ‪

INGREDIENTS
– 5 Paan leaves
– 2 cups Milk
– 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds
– 3 tablespoons Gulkand
– Sugar, to taste
– Ice cubes
– 1/2 tablespoon Chia seeds soaked in enough water
– Green food color (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Wash the betel / paan leaves and chop off their stalk.
2. In a blender mix together chopped paan leaves, milk, fennel seeds, gulkand, sugar, green food color and ice cubes.
3. Blend till smooth.
4. Pour into glasses, add chia seeds and serve chilled.

TIPS:
– Serve topped with vanilla ice-cream and chopped nuts, for more awesomeness!
– Drizzle some caramel on the top!
– Serve top with some sugar coated Fennel seeds, like I did!
– To make it vegan, use soy milk or almond milk! ‪#ruchyum #ruchyumrecipes

Iguazu: The bucket list place!

A trip to Argentina would have been incomplete without visiting the almighty Iguazu Falls! So we hopped onto a 90-minute flight from Bueno Aires to Iguazu for a 2-day trip. And I’m so glad we did this!

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Iguazu Falls:  I think I’ll be short of words to describe these great, almighty, massive, mammoth, colossal falls known as Iguazu Falls! So I’m just going to list the reasons of why these falls should be on everyone’s bucket list (No exaggeration 😉 )

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  • With water cascades as far as the eye can see — some massive and powerful, some small and dainty — the Iguazu Falls are a shock to the system. Even the late U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was reportedly so impressed when she saw them that she purportedly said “Poor Niagara”.DSC_0257_Fotor
  • It’s nearly three times as wide as Niagara Falls and significantly wider still than Victoria Falls.
  • It’s made up of a system of 275 waterfalls or cataracts, with the exact number depending on the season.DSC_6308_Fotor
  • It was voted as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in 2011.
  • Iguazu Falls is pure nature. The lush, sub-tropical national parks surrounding it are teeming with wildlife. This is a haven for more than 2,000 plant species, about 400 bird species, 80 types of mammals and countless insects and invertebrate species.
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  • The Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo in Spanish): Shaped like a horseshoe, the Devil’s Throat is the largest water curtain in the whole system and includes 14 waterfalls.
  • TheArgentinean side offers the opportunity to get up close to the falls with a walking route along a series of rustic-looking boardwalks and a jet boat trip under the falling walls of water. I highly recommend taking the jet boat trip – It’s quite a sight, the boats engine revving away, fighting against the almighty currents, the spray hitting you in the face and then full throttle! You get completely soaked, but the experience is brilliant 🙂

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Triple Frontier: After fantastic adventure with Iguazu Falls we spent our second day relaxing and taking an easy walk to the Triple Frontier. This is where you can stand and see all three bordering countries from one spot. We were standing in Argentina and looking across the Iguazu River to Brazil and then across the mighty Parana River where Paraguay lies. It was a beautiful day, but roasting hot!

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La Aripuca:  The final spot on our trip was the La Aripuca, an agricultural-ecological-tourist project depicting the richness of the Misiones Forest! The word “Aripuca” is derived from the name of a trap made by the Guaraní natives and used to catch animals without hurting them. With the purpose of improving our knowledge on this, we started our guided tour with a local host. He led us on an educational circuit through the interpretation room, the huge aripuca and the guaraní handicrafts room.

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The huge aripuca is a site to remember – made up of 28 different species of native trees, with their names carved into each bark and standing tall at 17-feet. The handicrafts room was filled with unique and creative crafts, all priced at a very good rate. Insider’s tip: It’s a great place to buy gift items for everyone back home, as well as some trip mementos for yourself. After the tour, we stopped by at the small cafe to have some mate tea and mate ice-cream (yumm!)

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The one place, that we couldn’t check out was the Secret Garden. It’s known as the hummingbird heaven! Do visit it the next time you are there 🙂

With this, our 2-day adventure trip to Iguazu came to an end and we headed back to Bueno Aires, with some wild, crazy, beautiful and mesmerizing memories of the place called Iguazu!

 

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The Lowline Lab is a long-term open laboratory and technical exhibit designed to test and showcase how the Lowline will grow and sustain plants underground. Co-Founder James Ramsey and Korea-based technology company Sunportal designed and installed optical devices which track the sun throughout the sky every minute of every day, optimizing the amount of natural sunlight we are able to capture. The sunlight is then distributed into the warehouse through a series of protective tubes, directing full spectrum light into a central distribution point. A solar canopy, designed and constructed by engineer Ed Jacobs, then spreads out the sunlight across the space, modulating and tempering the sunlight, providing light critical to sustain the plant life below. The Lowline Lab landscape, designed by Signe Nielsen of Mathews Nielsen and built by John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, is composed of over 3,000 plants and dozens of unique varieties, spread across 1,000 square feet. Check it out! [src: lowline lab site] #ruchyum #ruchyumtravel #travel #traveller #travelporn #traveldeeper #newyorkigers #newyorkstyle #nycigers #newyork_instagram #nyc #ilovenewyork #ilovenyc #lowlinelab #lowlinepark #lowereastside #happenedupon #secretnyc #beautifuldestinations #mykindadestination #mynewyorker #timeoutnewyork #instagrammers #travelblogger #wanderlust

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Solid dumplings. Solid price. Solid speed! Opt for pan fried dumplings over boiled for more flavor. The Steam buns are light, airy and delicious. Sesame pancakes are deadly scrumptious. Vegetarian friendly. They accept credit cards above $15. The seating area is limited, so be ready to grab a seat! 😉 #ruchyum #ruchyumrest #nycrestaurant #restaurant #timeoutnewyork #mynewyorker #nycprimeshot #nyceats #cheapeats #ilovenewyork #nycigers #newyorkigers #newyork_instagram #yelpnyc #heresmyfood #foodporn #chinatownnyc #chinatown #dumplings #porkbuns #sesamepancakes #vegetarianfriendly #foodpics #foodstagram

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The 600-foot underground walkway linking the World Trade Station path station to Brookfield place! The marble, white arched passageway is a part of the Brookfield place’s $250 million revamp of the former World Financial Center buildings, which will include high end retail shops and dining! Check it out! #ruchyum #ruchyumtravel #newyorkigers #nycigers #nyc #watchthisinstagood #travel #traveller #traveldeeper #travelingram #travelporn #travelandleisure #newyork_instagram #newyorkstyle #architecture #architectureporn #architecturelovers #marble #brookfieldplace #wtc #downtown #nycprimeshot #mykindadestination #mynewyorker #timeoutnewyork

Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Dressing

A colorful, light, vegan and gluten free nutritious salad!
We all know that brightly colored fruits and vegetables are our best source of phytonutrients, but recent research has recognized black beans as a strong contender in phytonutrient benefits. The seed coat of the black bean (the outermost part that we recognize as the bean’s surface) is an outstanding source of three anthocyanin flavonoids: delphinidin, petunidin, and malvidin.[Source: whfoods]
Woah! Isn’t that great?
The cilantro dressing brings a whole new level of flavor and freshness that’s hard to beat. You can serve it right away or make it ahead of time and chill it in refrigerator, so that it is ready to go whenever you are!

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Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Dressing

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 15 mins
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Ingredients

For Salad

  • Large head of Romaine
  • 15 oz. Can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large orange bell Pepper
  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 cups Corn
  • 5 green Onions
  • 1 Avocado (Optional)

Dressing

  • 1 cup loosely packed Cilantro, and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Avocado (or 1/2 cup plain Vegan yogurt)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Lime juice (about 1/2 lime), more to taste
  • 1-2 Garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon white wine Vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt

Method

  1. Make the dressing: puree all ingredients In a food processor/blender until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  2. Finely chop romaine, bell tomatoes. and green onions.
  3. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Toss with desired dressing.

Hope you enjoy it!