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The Best Kurdish, Kashmiri, Uyghur and Basque Restaurants in London



The Best Kurdish, Kashmiri, Uyghur and Basque Restaurants in London

The idea of ​​national cuisine is a strategy rather than a reality: it ensures cultural homogeneity where it does not exist, and helps build loyalty to an imaginary nation in the service of a political state. Minority communities and culinary traditions that do not adhere to the boundaries of a nation-state are obliterated and ignored by this idea. Food, as a rule, crosses border areas, even in highly politically charged spaces. In these circumstances, naming a national or community kitchen can work in the opposite direction. It can be an act of resilience against the violent exclusion from state politics that would rather absorb or suppress the existence of such communities.

This map looks at four cuisines in the border region and provides a guide to the best restaurants and cafes in London serving Kurdish, Kashmir, Uyghur and Basque food. The Kurdistan region was partitioned by the French and British after World War I and divided between Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. At the hands of Iraq in the 1990s and more recently Turkey, the Kurds have been subjected to waves of state repression. The Uyghurs are a Turkic ethnic group native to Xinjiang in northern China, which borders many Central Asian countries. In recent years, the Uyghurs have suffered widespread ill-treatment and persecution by the Chinese government. For more than half a century, Kashmir has been the subject of a territorial conflict between India and Pakistan (a legacy of the end of the British Empire), which is estimated to have killed more than 100,000 people since the late 1980s. Under these challenging circumstances, taking pride in naming, cooking and serving Uyghur leghmen, Kurdish hajari and Kashmiri kabargah are acts of defiance, hope and joy.

By contrast, the Basque Country, which spans Spanish and French territory, is a relatively safe place to live. Basque food is even celebrated worldwide. In Michelin star terms, the Basques have the entire Milky Way. However, it hasn’t always been that way. During the Franco years, regional cultural customs and languages ​​were suppressed. However, the years after Franco were a period of creative flowering for the gastronomic Basques, and in the 1970s New Basque cuisine — molecular wizardry that has since conquered the world – was born. Here, then, is another story of resistance and persistence. It reminds us what is possible when people are no longer persecuted and are allowed to live freely.

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Remark: Restaurants on this map are arranged geographically.


The amazing National Lottery prize of £10,000 every month for 30 YEARS can be yours TOMORROW




The amazing National Lottery prize of £10,000 every month for 30 YEARS can be yours TOMORROW

€10,000 every month for 30 years can be yours in tomorrow’s National Lottery Set for Life draw.

There’s only one day left for this week’s lucky numbers will be chosen with the lifetime prize of £3.6 million.

Could tomorrow's jackpot of £10k every month make you tick off that bucket list or start your own business?


Could tomorrow’s jackpot of £10k every month make you tick off that bucket list or start your own business?Credit: Getty – Contributor

Tomorrow’s winning numbers will be chosen on Monday, December 6 at 7:30 PM.

Could tomorrow’s jackpot make you tick off that bucket list every month or build your own start-up as a budding entrepreneur?

The top prize is £10k for each month for the next 30 years, but winners can still walk away with huge cash prizes every week.

You can buy Set For Life tickets online every day from 6am to 11pm. But remember, to play on a draw day you need to buy your ticket before 7.30pm.

The first National Lottery draw took place on 19 November 1994 when seven winners shared a jackpot of £5,874,778.

Gareth Bull, a 49-year-old builder, won £41 million in November 2020, eventually tearing down his bungalow to make way for a luxury mansion with a swimming pool.


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£625.76 million (Powerball) Mavis L. Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts claimed the jackpot in August 2017

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The winning numbers of the National Lottery EuroMillions from last night are 46, 21, 32, 22, 29 and the Lucky Stars to be: 09, 10.

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For 30 years, every month as much as £10,000 can be yours in tomorrow's National Lottery Set for Life draw


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Storm Barra: Yellow weather warning for ‘heavy snow’ and wind in Scotland




Storm Barra: Yellow weather warning for 'heavy snow' and wind in Scotland

LARGE parts of mainland Scotland have received another yellow weather warning for ‘heavy snow’ and high winds.

Just as the north of Scotland begins to recover from Storm Arwen that has left thousands of homes without power, another yellow wind warning has been issued on the country’s east coast.

Possible winds of up to 70mph could ravage the coast of Scotland, putting another chance of ‘a short-term loss of power and other services’.

A separate yellow warning has also been issued for a large part of the mainland of the country.

Up to 10cm of snow is expected in local areas in the Scottish Highlands, as well as the strong south east, which can lead to poor road visibility.

Both warnings are in effect from 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Tuesday morning and will last all day and evening until midnight.

There is a possibility of travel delays on roads with some vehicles and passengers stranded, and the impending extreme weather has prompted Traffic Scotland to issue a warning to those planning to drive on Tuesday.

A statement from the Met Office said: “A streak of rain will turn to snow in northern England and Scotland through Tuesday.

“It is expected that 2-5cm will accumulate quite broadly throughout the area, but can reach 10cm locally, especially in parts of the Southern Highlands and Highlands.

“Strong southeast winds will also cause snow to drift in some places, particularly on the highest routes, contributing to poor visibility.

“Wind gusts of 45-50 mph are widely expected, with 60-70 mph at exposed coastal sites. The strongest winds will ease inland during the nighttime period.”

The areas affected for the yellow snow and wind warning are:

Central, Tayside & Fife




Perth and Kinross





SW Scotland, Lothian Borders

Dumfries and Galloway

Midlothian Council

Scottish Borders

West Lothian


Argyll and Bute

East Ayrshire

East Dunbartonshire

East Renfrewshire


North Lanarkshire


South Ayrshire

South Lanarkshire

West Dunbartonshire

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Two classic Carlisle restaurants come together as George’s Pizza buys Scalles and plans to close downtown location | Carlisle




Two classic Carlisle restaurants come together as George's Pizza buys Scalles and plans to close downtown location |  Carlisle

Neither Todd nor Wayne Meals expected Thursday or Friday to be as busy as their signature Carlisle restaurant.

Wayne said Scalles started to get busy around 4:30pm on Thursday and remained busier than usual at lunchtime on Friday.

“There was no end to it. It’s just calmed down now,” he said mid-afternoon on Friday.

The reason? Earlier in the day, Thursday, it spread on social media that Scalles had been sold to the owners of George’s Pizza. That evening, Scalles confirmed the news with a post of his own on Facebook.

Scalles, on York Road and East High Street in Carlisle, is expected to close on December 18 and reopen as “George’s @ Scalles” on January 4.

George’s Pizza will close its downtown location so the two restaurants with a combined 104 years of service can meet in one location, George’s owner Ernie Merisotis said. However, the timeline for the shutdown is uncertain as hundreds of questions are being worked out.

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Merisotis said this is the right move for George’s as it looks set to expand its business.

“Scalles has great food and George’s has great food and you add to the dining room they have that we don’t,” Merisotis said.

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Todd said the liquor license for the restaurant will be sold separately from the restaurant and the Meals family will retain ownership of the building under a lease with an option to buy.

But locals with a hankering for a blockbuster, sub or one of Scalles’ signature soups can’t live without it. The plan is to keep the Scalles menu and integrate George’s pizza, calzones, stromboli and more.

“You can still get the same things — except alcohol — that are on the Scalles menu,” Merisotis said.

Todd said he would be staying “to make sure the Scalles food is made right,” and Wayne, 82, plans to stay as well.

“It will be important to keep the same to keep the company strong,” Wayne said. “If you change that a lot, you risk losing a lot of the clientele.”

Wayne said that over time the new owners can adjust the menu based on what’s being sold, and as a restaurant owner, he knows all about evolving menus.

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scaling history

When Harrisburg Radio Lab left its location on the Harrisburg Pike across from the Army War College, Wayne rented the space to start a restaurant adjacent to his wife’s beauty salon. That was in 1980.

Wayne said the restaurant’s name came from the original idea of ​​letting people build their own subs. The subs would be placed on a scale and the customer would pay based on that weight. Wayne visited a sub shop in New York based on the same premise, but found there were issues with people building subs that ended up being too heavy and more expensive. That store had abandoned the plan and Wayne did the same.

“We steered clear of that and just went with subs and salads and soup,” he said.

The menu has expanded over the years. A customer would make a suggestion that sounded good or a salesperson would name a new item and Wayne would consider it and sometimes add it to the menu.

In 1983 Wayne bought the old warehouse that now houses the restaurant. Built between 1867-1870 by a Carlisle Iron Works partner, the building was used for grain storage until 1946 when JP Bixler & Sons bought it and used it for storage. In 1973 the building was renovated and converted into a store for wood-burning stoves.

For seven years, other businesses, including a sportswear store, a teen nightclub and an office supply store, operated out of the location. In 1990, the Meals family opened Restaurant Scalles in the warehouse. Wayne said the family operated both the York Road and Harrisburg Pike locations until 1995, when the original store closed.

The warehouse restaurant pays tribute to the history of the venue with its decor using old maps integrated into the table tops.

George’s History

World War II veteran George Merisotis moved from Derry, New Hampshire to Carlisle in 1958, at the urging of Ernest Reisinger, a Carlisle businessman and former naval friend.

George bought the Kruger Dairy store in a deal that closed with a handshake. He lived in a small room at the back of the store whose only possessions were a crib, lamp, and Bible.

The store’s interior has changed over the years, from Bible verses on tiled walls and George’s “office” in a back cubicle to the hundreds of donated photographs of Carlisle residents from several decades that now fill the walls.

Merisotis said those photos won’t be thrown away, but they can be kept for a while while he decides what to do with them.

For now, though, the focus is on creating the best of both worlds by bringing two legendary Carlisle companies together.

Email Tammie at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.


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