Mermeid Gallery Cafe

Seafood seafood seafood......
I needed some pictures of seafood from Cox's Bazar.
So, I visited famous seafood restaurant where seafood is brought from Cox's Bazar everyday.

The name is "Mermeid Gallery Cafe".
They have Eco-resort in Cox's Bazar as well.
This restaurant was in Gulshan 2, but moved close to Notun Bazar.
The first floor is café, and restaurant is 6th floor. 
There is open terrace, too.You can see..........road and building??
Since I needed seafood picture, ordered fish!!
Baked Pomfret 350tk(per 100gm)
I thought "not expensive as I expected!!"....but it was per 100g.
The one in picture is 300g.

Then, Baked Mussels(450tk).

Both tasted very good.
After a while, I have really seafood.
Mussels were baked with garlic and butter....I could eat 20 of them.

However.....one of my purpose was taking picture.
I wanted white plate with seafood.
So, I ordered "white plate"!
(by the way, free of charge)

Moved Mussels.....
Um.....not exactly looks nice......what to do.....

But anyway, enjoyed seafood.
Then, dessert with coffee.
Apple pie for 100tk, coffee for 175tk.
Coffee was very good, I was satisfied.

All the prices excludes 10% Service Charge and 15% VAT.

Taste is good, and atmosphere is also good.
I went for lunch, but it would be nice to go for dinner, too.
If you want to enjoy seafood and relax......visit there.
* High speed wifi is available.

<Mermaid Gallery Café>
Address: 32, Progoti sharani, Baridhara, Block J, Gulshan2, Dhaka
Tel: 018-4141-6470
Web: http://www.mermaidgallerycafe.com/


YoBerries & Bon Cafe

Banani Road#11 is one of the fanciest places in Dhaka.
I needed a picture of Banani road for my work (to introduce the place as fashionable street).... so walked and walked and walked, but I wasn't sure where to take a picture.
I walked all the way to airport road, at the end of the street.

.....could this picture be "fashionable street"?
Either my skill is not enough or road itself doesn't look fashionable.....
"OK, anyway I need to take a rest"
Found a frozen yogurt place.
Looks ice cream shop?
Wifi is available. Quite good wifi.

 At first, choose cup or corn(extra 150tk for corn).
Then, take frozen yogurt as you want.(1onz for 50tk. You have to buy minimum 4 onz.)
Flavor is
- Apple & Orange citrus sorbet(you can only choose apple, or mix with orange)
- Litchi & Plain tart
- Strawberry & Blueberry tart
- Geneva Chocolate & French vanilla
- New York Cheese Cake & Taro
- Double Cookies Cream & Pistachio

Then, add toppings if you want.

I got Blueberry Tart and New York Cheese cake.

Since it is frozen yogurt, it's not so sweet and fresh taste.
This one cup costs 276tk(including 15%tax).

Enjoy frozen yogurt in hot weather (though it is winter now)!
YoBerries & Bon Cafe
Address: House #48, Road #11, Block-C, Banani, Dhaka
Tel: +880-17666-81453


Public Holidays in Bangladesh (2015)

A Happy New Year!
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day were Hartal(Strike), but anyway 2015 has started.
I will be leaving Bangladesh in 3 months, but will update till my the end of my stay.
Here is holidays for 2015.
Some irregulars can happen, so please check again if you plan the trip. 
In addition, be careful that some of holidays depend on phases of the moon.
<Holidays in 2015>
Jan.4  Eid Milad un-Nabi
Celebration for The Birth Day of Prophet Muhammad.

Feb.21  Shahid Dibash(Language Martyrs' Day)
The day is for the remembrance of the martyrs' of Language Movement of 1952.
The Shahid Minar in Dhaka is the symbol of the sacrifice for the mother tongue.

Mar.17 Bangabandhu Birthday
The birthday of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman(Bangabandhu) who is founder of the country and the first president.

Mar.26 Independence Day
On this day in 1971 was the beginning of a 9 month long war for liberation that resulted into the independence of Bangladesh.

Apr.14 Bangla New Year's Day
The day also called Poyela Boishakh, is the first day of the Bengali calendar. People celebrates the day wearing red and white color of traditional dresses.

May.1 May Day
This day celebrated to establish the rights of workers.Worker organisations are hosting various programmes.

May.13 Buddha Purnima*
It is a celebration that commemorates the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death, and his passing into nirvana.

Jun.3  Shab-e-barat*
It is the special night of seeking forgiveness and repenting to Allah.
Usually 15 days after of the day Ramadan starts.

Jul.15  Shab-e-Qadar*
27th days of Ramadan. The night is highly virtuous since the Holy Quran was transferred on the holy heart of the Holy Prophet in this night.

Jul.17  Jumatul Wida*
The last Friday of Ramadan. Muslims gather at the mosque and pray.

Jul.17-19  Eid Ul Fitr (Rojar Eid)*
The day marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. People wear the new dresses and greet "Eid Mubulak".

Aug.15  National Mourning Day
It is the day for rememberance that Bangabandhu and most of his family members at his house were assassinated.

Sep.5  Krishna Janmashtami
It is an annual commemoration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna.

Oct.23 Durga Puja
It is an annual festival that celebrates worship of Hindu goddess Durga. Thousands of Puja Mandaps are set up across the country. Festival at Dhakeshwari Temple in Dhaka is one of the biggest.

Oct.24-26  Eid Ul Azha (Korbani Eid)*
"Feast of Sacrifice" is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims as a commemoration of the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael for Allah. Following the story, people buy cow(or goat) to sacrifice n the day and share the meat with themselves, their relatives, and the poors.

Nov.24  Muharram(Ashura)*
Also called 'sacred month' is the first month of the Islamic or Hijri calendar. The tenth day of Muharram is called Ashura. Imam Husain, the grandson of the Holy Prophet was killed on this day at the hands of the troops of Yazid.

Dec.16  Victory Day(Bijoy Dibosh)
In the year 1971, the 9 month-long Bangladesh liberation war had ended.  The national flag is hosted in all important offices, buildings, institutions and shops.

Dec.25  Christmas Day
Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christmas ceremony can be seen in northern area like Mymensingh where Garo tribe lives. 

*The day can be changed due to phases of the moon.