Top 5 Cities For Great Street Food

Life without good food has no spice to it. Experiment with these top 5 cities that are well-known for their street food and you will realise that good food is the best company you can have!

5. Germany

Head over to the Christmas Markets in Germany and you will know why Germans are so proud of their cuisine. Currywurst, crisp potatoes, hand twisted German pretzels and kebabs, are sure to turn you into a loyal patriot of Germany’s cuisine. You’ll also realise that Germany has more to its food than just sausages!

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4. Vietnam

If you have underestimated Vietnamese cuisine, their grilled pork chops, savoury soups and crab stir-fry are sure to prove you wrong. Vietnamese street food offers a package of flavours, difficult to describe. With very less use of spices, Vietnam uses simple ingredients like Tamarind water and broth to elevate the flavour of food it serves.

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3. Mexico City

Mexico’s street food is growing popular amongst other cuisines as well. The hot burritos, nachos, sugary churros and street corn will make you feel at home. What makes Mexican street food draw huge crowds is its level of simplicity. A favourite among vegetarians as well, Mexican street food is a sure winner!

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2. Thailand

The streets of Thailand breathe life to the food that is served with the aromatic mix of garlic, basil and spices welcoming you to the street food markets. Mango rice, papaya salad and roasted duck garnished with chillies will satisfy the foodie in you. Offering a complete meal, you can also head over for some desserts to cool down that heat!

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1. Singapore

Who knew that one of the world’s cleanest and most cosmopolitan cities offered the best street food in the world? The food markets in Singapore not only provide local Singaporean food but also food from India, Malaysia and Indonesia. Keeping up to top-class health standards, the ‘curried fish heads’ and ‘meat bone tea’ can’t be compared to anything else.

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Testing the cuisines that different cities offer, also provide great travel opportunities. Why not turn your ideal vacation into one that involves great street food in one of the 5 cities? Start a page on Shareagift today and collect money online to kick start that dream vacation!

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Top 5 Cheap Veg-e Eats in London

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Being a vegetarian can often be tough, especially when it comes to finding a reasonable, half decent, meat free meal in the capital. With people across the world celebrating world vegetarian day today, we set about finding our top five cheap vegetarian eats, all of which are sure to turn meat lovers into veg heads!

Ethos

This restaurant, located just by Oxford Circus, specialises in different vegetarian dishes from around the world. Ethos offers a self-serve buffet with dishes from places including Japan, Italy, Korea and Mexico. If you are looking to expand your knowledge on vegetarian meals then this is the place to come. Price wise Ethos is very reasonable and you pay for your food by weight.

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Rasa

This restaurant in Stoke Newington offers a wide range of vegetarian dishes from India. Inspired by home cooking, all their chefs are trained in the Indian state of Kerala to ensure an authentic cooking experience. The menu holds a number of well-known and unusual dishes and with many of the meals being priced under £10 it’s very reasonable.

Punjab

Punjab is another Indian restaurant, which is located near Covent Garden. They offer a great selection of Punjabi vegetarian dishes including a renown mixed vegetable curry and the Delhi delicacy, Paneer Makhani which is cottage cheese cooked in rich gravy with tomatoes, butter and cream. Boasting to be the UK’s oldest North Indian restaurant and serving many dishes for under £10 it’s no wonder that it is often found packed during dinner hours. Be sure to make a reservation if you are planning on heading there.

Maoz

Maoz are a global vegetarian fast food chain and have a small restaurant by Leicester Square. They are renowned for their falafel pittas, which you can buy on their own or as part of a meal deal with Belgium fries and a drink. Once you have your pitta you can head on over to their salad bar and fill it with whatever takes your fancy from pickles to shredded red cabbage or a combination of their huge selection of sauces. With main courses costing between 5 and 9 pounds it’s a great place to grab a cheap bite when you’re on the move.

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La Gelatiera

This gelato and coffee house is located in Covent Garden and serves a wide and unusual selection of gelato flavours which change on a daily basis. Some of their most popular flavours include Basil and chilli, Honey, rosemary and orange zests and Cornish blue and walnuts! Having won a number of food awards for their original taste and flavours this is a great place to head if you are looking for a sweet treat, and with prices ranging from 1 to 5 pounds depending on size it’s also very reasonable.

So there you have it, there’s no longer an excuse for you to not be able to afford to try something different the next time you’re in LondonShareagift can help you plan the perfect meal, night out or dinner party. You can use Shareagift to collect money online so that before you go out you have all the money together which makes it easier to pay the bill at the end of the night, avoiding confusion or awkwardness. You can also use Shareagift to collect funds online for a group gift which could be a trip up to London with food and drinks.

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Top 5 Most Expensive Desserts From Around The World

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Over the past few years you may have noticed a surge in the number of dessert parlours that have been popping up across towns and cities in the UK. From ice cream sundaes to doughnuts and waffles people are going mad for sweet treats! Many of the desserts that are now available come to the same price as a meal if not more, and with this in mind we set out to try and discover some of the most expensive desserts from across the globe.

5 – The £650 Golden Phoenix Cupcake

In 2012 Bloomsbury’s cupcake store in Dubai unveiled the world’s most expensive cupcake priced at around £650. It is made from the finest chocolate and wrapped in 23 carats of edible gold sheets. The ingredients were sourced from around the world with the flour coming from Dover in the UK, the cocoa from Italy and the vanilla beans from Uganda.

4 – Krispy Kreme’s £1,000 Luxe Doughnut

The department store Selfridges in London partnered up with the American doughnut chain Krisy Kreme to produce the world’s most expensive doughnut. The Luxe Doughnut has a 24 carat gold leaf, gold dusted white chocolate flowers, edible diamonds and Dom Perignon champaign jelly. To put into context just how much this doughnut costs, for the same price you could purchase 2000 glazed doughnuts!

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3 – The £9,415 Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence

Created in 2007 at The Fortress, a luxury hotel in Shri Lanka, this desert is a golden leaf Italian cassata with Irish cream and infused with tender fruit. The dessert’s base is formed of mango and pomegranate compote and Dom Perignon champagne. In the centre of the desert sits an aquamarine stone, known as the stone of courage it is thought to bring good luck, happiness and have a positive effect on relationships.

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2 – The £22,000 Chocolate Pudding

This is no ordinary chocolate pudding, shaped like a Faberge egg and filled with gold, champaign, caviar and a two carat diamond this is one of the world’s most expensive deserts. The chocolate used to make this desert is a mixture of four types of Belgian chocolate flavoured with a combination of peach, orange and whiskey.

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1 – Strawberries Arnaud for £2.5 million!

The world’s most expensive dessert lives in the town of New Orleans in the USA. The desert consists of strawberries, port, red wine, spices, citrus and vanilla ice cream with a 7.09 carat pink diamond engagement ring, which accompanies the dish and is soaked in £1600 worth of wine. Unsurprisingly it is the least popular dessert on the restaurants menu!

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If these desserts have you licking your lips then why not organise a night out to a dessert parlour or host a dinner party and cook up your own special pudding. Shareagift can help you raise cash towards hosting the perfect party or an amazing night out! We provide the easiest way to collect money online for anything and everything from group gifts to fundraising events or evenings with friends.

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Top 5 Weird Food Combinations That Work!

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Steer away from those classic recipes and test that foodie in you by indulging in these weird food combinations! Get creative with food and treat your taste buds to these odd ingredients that come together to create something fantastic.

1. Beetroot & Chocolate

If you are a fan of the chocolate and chilli combination, then the beetroot and chocolate combo will prove to be an interesting twist to your palate. A new favourite amongst chefs around the world, the sharp taste of the beetroot beautifully complements the sweetness of the chocolate. Still don’t trust us? Try this beetroot and chocolate cake recipe.

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2. Strawberries & Balsamic Vinegar

Strawberries coated in balsamic vinegar is one of those easy-to-make desserts suitable for any occasion, and is sure to win everyone’s heart. The balsamic vinegar brings a subtle sweetness to the tangy strawberry, which creates a winning combination of odd ingredients. The balsamic vinegar can be paired with passion fruit, rhubarb, kiwi and other fruits as well.

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3. Pickles & Peanut Butter

The peanut butter and pickle sandwich has made headlines in The New York Times as well. The vinegary taste of the pickles combined with the rich and salty taste of the peanut butter is indeed a marriage in heaven. You can also get rid of the sandwich and just enjoy the pickle and peanut butter combination on its own. Either way, you are bound to like it!

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4. Bacon & Maple Syrup

Crispy bacon bathed in sweet maple syrup could be the perfect topping for pancakes and waffles. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, those delicious strips of bacon will not let you down. Maple-roasted bacon can also be added to French toast, hot dogs and cupcakes. Start making your favourite desserts, bacon-friendly!

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5. M&M’s & Pizza

There’s even a Facebook page devoted to this winning combination, with several restaurants going a step further to add M&M’s to kebabs. The M&M’s can either be the perfect topping for a dessert-pizza, or it could be the ideal combination with sausages and hot peppers. Whatever it may be, don’t forget to add the M&M’s!

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These weird combinations are sure to satisfy the foodie in you! Never worry about hosting an awesome dinner party again, by putting together these weird ingredients. With Shareagift, collecting money from friends could have never been any easier! If you have a talent in combining odd ingredients, organise your very own food festival and use Shareagift to fundraise it!

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Related Post: How To Eat Well On A Budget

How To Eat Well On A Budget

If you’re trying to squeeze the dollar out of a cent and enjoy good food, we’ve got just the thing for you!

Budget eating doesn’t have to mean just bread and water. Many blogs out there post recipes and tips for eating on a budget. Here are our favorite three:

BrokeAss Gourmet

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Paleo Cauliflower Rice

This is an original blog from Gabi Moskowitz who is also working on ‘Young and Hungry’ (ABC Family) – a quirky sitcom loosely based on her life as a young food blogger in the city (definitely one to binge-watch). Gabi brings life and personality to BrokeAss with personal stories and anecdotes, as well as themed dishes such as this Rainbow Themed Salad celebrating Equal Marriage.

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Green Chile Beef Burgers

One of our favorites has to be the Green Chile Beef Burgers, which only comes to $2 per serving! BrokeAss Gourmet also caters for vegans, vegetarians and paleo dietary requirements with delicious recipes such as Buffalo Tofu Bites and Cauliflower Rice.

Poor Girl Eats Well

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Quinoa, Egg & Veggie Breakfast Bites

How to eat ridiculously well on a miniscule budget’ describes exactly what PGEW (Poor Girl Eats Well) does. One of our favorite things about this blog is that each recipe posting is marked with an exact ‘per serving’ cost, so that you can find exactly what you need. Just look at these amazing Quinoa, Egg & Veggie Breakfast Bites  at only $0.65 per serving!

To further help you squeeze the most of your cents: PGEW often posts about money saving tips and week shopping suggestions for extra help with your food budget.

BudgetBytes

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Thin Crust Pizza

Last but not least, BudgetBytes provide an amazing variety of fresh Italian-esque recipes. But what really made the blog stand out is their incredible Thin Crust Pizza at just $0.30 per pizza! Yes, that’s right, under a 50 cent for a pizza! The recipes are extraordinarily easy to follow – with step by step photos and in depth instructions for all you beginner cooks out there.

Share A Meal

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Budget Dinner Party With Friends

Aside from cheap recipes and ingredients, there are also many other ways to eat well on a budget just by being clever with your money. Gathering a group of friends and sharing out the cost of your meal means you can have fun eating (and drinking) with your friends AND be able to afford that one ingredient that seems too frivolous to buy on your own.

Group funds are easy to organize with ShareAGift! ShareAGift is an online money collection website that allows for you to collect money from friends. It is fun and easy to use and really helps when you’re trying to split that awkward shopping bill between you and your buddies. So make a ShareAGift page, gather your closest pals and start feeding in any savings for a nice dinner party treat or just Friday night dinner to save that uncomfortable conversation about splitting the bill.

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Our Top 10 Incredibly Useful Websites!

It emerged this week that a website for refugees which was set up by a couple in Berlin is growing in popularity. The site matches people who have a spare room in cities across Germany with refugees who are searching for accommodation. The couple came up with the idea when they decided they wanted to use their own spare room to home a refugee. They managed to raise six months rent by requesting help from friends and family.

We love the idea behind this useful website and this just goes to show how we are constantly finding new ideas and different ways to use the Internet. With this in mind we set about looking for some of the most exciting and useful websites that the web has to offer and have listed our top 10.

1 – Camelcamelcamel

This handy website lets you track the prices of any Amazon product so that you can be sure you’re getting the best deal. You will be able to see when the cheapest time is to buy your product and can even set reminders on items and the website will send you an email when they fall below a certain price.

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2 – Down For Everyone or Just Me?

Pretty self explanatory, this website allows you to type in a URL and will then tell you whether the rest of the world is having problems accessing the site or whether it’s just you.

http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com

3 – A Good Movie To Watch

This will save you all those hours of endlessly scrolling through Netflix trying to find something good to watch. You can chose what sort of film the site picks for you based on genre, mood or by using a random search. The site also focuses on more indie and less well known films, which usually means that you haven’t seen them.

http://agoodmovietowatch.com

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4 – Boxoh

As long as you have a tracking number this site lets you find out where in the world your package is, how far it has come, and its estimated arrival time. Very useful, especially when you are unsure which day it will arrive.

http://www.boxoh.com

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5 – Bidvoy

Ever thought about selling something on Ebay but haven’t been sure whether it’s worth it or how much you will get for it? This website browses thousands of Ebay auctions and estimates the value of your product.

http://uk.bidvoy.net

6 – Drinkify

This site combines two of our favourite things, alcohol and music! By entering which artist you are listening to this website will tell you the perfect drink that goes along with it.

http://drinkify.org

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7 – Old Version

Fed up with that new update? This website allows you to download past versions of many of you favourite programs from Google Chrome to MSN messenger. ‘Because newer is not always better!’

http://www.oldversion.com/

8 – Instructables

With the help of this website you can make thousands of different items including meals, tools, clothing and gadgets, we even found a guide on how to make your own wood fired pizza oven!

http://www.instructables.com/

9 – Supercook

Not sure what to cook for dinner and can’t be bothered to venture out to the shops, fear not! Supercook lets you enter the ingredients you have at home and produces a recipe based on them.

http://www.supercook.com/

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10 – Shareagift

Of course we had to include Shareagift in this list, with our help you can raise cash for anything and everything. Many of our pages are used to raise money for causes, events or simply to buy a great gift with friends. No matter what, you can create a Shareagift page for any occasion and use it to fundraise and interact with others by posting comments photos and stories.

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