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Basil: A Taste of Thailand with Southern Charm

By Rohan:

Walking down King Street is a great way to end your day in Charleston, South Carolina. Littered with everything from mom-and-pop souvenir shops to huge fashion icons like J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21, this charming cobblestone road is definitely a shopper’s paradise.

The food isn’t half bad either. Every cuisine can be found walking up and down one of Charleston’s most hopping streets. And with street performers at every intersection, we highly encourage eating outside to soak in some local culture. Basil is a Thai Restaurant that’s only a stone’s throw away from the historic Charleston Place Hotel. The facade resembles an Americana-era diner, with bright neon lights reflecting off shiny silver surfaces. I walked into Basil with tempered expectations, since I am not the biggest fan of Thai food.

The experience was excellent from start to finish. Our waiter was incredibly charming, serving every course with a smile and recommending some delicious vegetarian options on the menu. We recommend trying their spring rolls, the ultimate South Asian comfort food. If you have a large group, we encourage tasting their coconut soup, served in a large steel kettle nice and hot.

The Pad Kee Mao I had was delicious. Thick egg noodles soaked with succulent curry and topped with sautéed veggies was just what the doctor ordered after a day of walking around the historic antebellum city. Consumer beware: this dish is incredibly spicy. But the wait staff at Basil is glad to tame the dish down for those who don’t want that extra kick.

And how could we forget dessert? Half of the reason Global Affair was founded was to celebrate the greatest course of the meal. Fried green tea ice cream with a drizzle of strawberry sauce. Every bite of this Asian staple with a southern flare is absolutely heavenly. It is a little pricey, but it is well worth the money. Your sweet tooth will thank you for it.

We highly recommend trying Basil. They have several locations in South Carolina, but dining outdoors in this cobblestone shopping haven is a unique and relaxing experience. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Make sure to visit their extremely well-designed website at http://eatatbasil.com/

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.




Late Night Hunger Pangs Lead to the Discovery of Nanoosh in New York

By Lakshmi:

One evening, I was missing Siddhi and decided to meet up with her in New York City.  We caught up over coffee and a long walk. At 9:00 pm both of us were hungry for a late night snack.  We were passing by Nanoosh, a Mediterranean restaurant near NYU and on impulse walked in.

Like many restaurants in the area, we had passed Nanoosh several times and it always seemed to have the right combination of ambiance, food and people having a good time.  Since it was pretty late, we were one of a handful of people in the restaurant.  At this hour, we were “supposed” to have a snack not a full-blown meal, so we decided to order a Hummus Plate with warm chickpeas and whole wheat pita along with mint tea.

I’m not sure if it was the long walk that had made us hungry or the fact that the hummus was so good, but we really loved the freshness of the food and finished every bit of it (no…not even a crumb of pita was left behind).  Looking around, we saw people enjoying a quinoa salad (have I mentioned I am the queen of quinoa and eat it regularly), falafel and lebneh.  Isn’t life unfair?  I find a place with so many vegetarian options and chose to go there for a late night snack instead of a full-blown meal.

But, we will be back to savor more of their organic, good for you mediterranean food.  And this time, we have promised ourselves to go in hungry.

Build your appetite by just looking at their menu by clicking here: