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A Global Food Lover’s Fantasy – The Rocking World of Red Hot World Buffet

By Lakshmi:

Have you ever had disagreements in your family in terms of where to go out to eat?  Ever get each person saying they want to eat a particular type of cuisine or want to go somewhere specific which no one else is in a mood for?  It certainly happens to us.  So, on a recent trip to Cardiff, when friends recommended we MUST (it was pretty emphatic) eat at Red Hot World Buffet, we made a point of seeking it out.

Located smack in the city center, the restaurant’s claim to fame is that for one price (9.99 pounds per person on a Saturday for lunch), you can eat a buffet filled to your heart’s content.  Now a lot of restaurants advertise that, but what is promised here is a buffet encompassing Indian, Thai, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Mediterranean food.

As soon as we entered, we noticed the restaurant was packed and bustling with activity.  We got seated within a few minutes and then came a journey that I have to say has not been commonplace.  Walking slowly towards the appetizers area, I knew their claim of serving an assortment of cuisine was absolutely spot on.  This was not some token, obligatory check the box with one dish dedicated to each cuisine but dishes upon dishes and stations dedicated to each specialty.

For a foodie, this was a fantasy come true….but it was also tremendously stress inducing.  “Oh I wish I had not eaten breakfast” , “Wait, how can I try everything here?” “I’ve always wanted to try this…” my mind was a smorgasbord of questions.

Each dish we ate tasted fresh and authentic.  From the freshly piped hummus served in dainty cups with an olive slice at the top to the fiery hot Thai green curry, from the potatoes with mustard to the pizza with jalapenos, from the mango souffle to the chocolate cake, the list of dishes was totally satiating.  We ate our way through multiple rounds and left incredibly content and happy.  Our only complaint on a cold day was that there was no place close by that we could retire for a nap!

If you think we are exaggerating about the choices, simply take a look at their menu in Cardiff that we partook.


We have subsequently discovered that the restaurant has multiple locations throughout the UK.  To get more information on their locations, click here:


If you’ve had a similar dining experience, we’d absolutely love to hear from you.




Uniqlo – An Ode to Affordable Fashion in New York and Beyond

By Lakshmi:

Who?  Anyone who loves to shop, loves well made clothing that can be trendy yet classic at the same time, loves playful T-shirts or wants to build an affordable wardrobe.

What? Uniqlo – A brand that originated in Japan,  has taken New York City by storm and is growing rapidly in the US.

How? Uniqlo’s flagship store in New York City is located at 5th Avenue, although I am partial to the Soho store where I first discovered this brand.  A complete listing of their stores can be found here.


Why?  I discovered Uniqlo during one of my routine walks around Soho.  I saw this big store with colorful displays and a ton of people milling around with their shopping bags.  It did not take more than 5 minutes in the store for me to me sold.  Dubbed the “Japanese GAP” by some, the first attraction was their skinny jeans.  I tried on a pair, looked in the mirror, and there I was looking like a different avatar of myself.  Soon, I was trying on shirts, sweaters and dresses and within an hour had walked out with two stuffed bags having spent a few hundred dollars.  I pretty much started living in these clothes.  The dresses and sweaters made their way to work and I lounged in my black and navy jeans all weekend.  I started singing their praise to friends and family, and soon they too were smitten.

I encouraged my husband to get lavender colored pants, and despite thinking I was nuts, he obliged and loved their fit.  Soon, my girls got hooked and now it has become a ritual.  Every so many months, a trip to New York will not be considered complete till we have shopped there.

This full blown romance with Uniqlo did go through a temporary dejection phase when a pair of jeans frayed prematurely.  My attempts to reach customer service fell on deaf ears till finally someone at the Soho store reached out and promised to replace my pants when I come into the store next.  I can’t wait to get in to round out my fall wardrobe on a budget.  On my list this time?  Colorful tights, more corduroy leggings  (thinking pumpkin) and of course their ultra light puffy jacket (maybe purple?) that folds into a carry along bag.

If you do end up at Uniqlo, we’d love to hear your feedback.  Happy Shopping!