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Beppe de vito on cooking in India

Beppe de vito on cooking in India

Beppe De Vito grew up “plucking fruits from the tree, buying fish from the fisherman, and meat from the butcher,” in Italy. He worked at his neighbourhood café and then at 23, went to Singapore. Through his youth he did everything in the kitchen — from washing dishes to managing ...

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The biryani cult – The Hindu

The biryani cult - The Hindu

It is 12 noon. Shivaji Military Hotel is abuzz with activity. In one vessel Mysore jeera rice is being cooked, while in others chunks of mutton and chicken simmer. The aroma of donne biryani fills the air, and people come and go as mounds of this flavoursome rice is served ...

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More to bread than just butter

More to bread than just butter

As we head towards Brea, a century-old baking company in Benson Town, the strong aroma of baked goodies percolates the air and leads us right to the entrance of the factory. While the basement and ground floor bustle with baking activities of all kinds, the third storey sports a definitive ...

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Sailen Routray on eating flowers in Pipili

Sailen Routray on eating flowers in Pipili

In that old-fashioned Atu house in Pipili there was a kanchana tree on the edges of our garden. The walls of the house were made of plastered burnt bricks, the roof of chanchri or bamboo mats. The floor was cemented and bumpy, like the mottled hands of Lakhi, a prematurely ...

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At Coimbatore’s Haji Ali Fresh Fruit Juices

At Coimbatore’s Haji Ali Fresh Fruit Juices

It’s 8.40 pm and there was just one table left at Haji Ali Fresh Fruit Juices. We grabbed it and frowned over the menu. Given the variety on offer, it was difficult to decide but finally settled for Carronge (Carrot and Orange juice, though my husband made a face), Ganga ...

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Hyderabad-based Abids Bistro restaurant has a mix of food and live music

Hyderabad-based Abids Bistro restaurant has a mix of food and live music

For diners who frequent Abids, Hotel Royalton in Chirag Ali Lane is a familiar destination. The Abids Bistro restaurant in it boasts a new revamped look and a menu that attracts buffet lovers, with ample parking space. On weekend evenings, diners are treated to live music at this 65-seater bistro ...

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Bowl beauty – The Hindu

Bowl beauty - The Hindu

It takes all kinds to make the world. Let me give you an example. How do you like to eat your dinner (or any other meal, for that matter)? I know people who can’t have a meal unless they are seated at the dining table, plate on a mat, a ...

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Chennai’s new biryani joint is all about the street experience

Chennai’s new biryani joint is all about the street experience

The whistle of vehicles whizzing past Indira Colony, in Ashok Nagar, during rush hour, jolts me back to ‘work mode’ almost immediately. The Metro ride was rather long; or at least long enough to space me out. As my friend M and I walk along the bustling street — impatient ...

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Rahul Akerkar’s new proscenium of flavours

Rahul Akerkar’s new proscenium of flavours

For four years, the big question among Mumbai diners and restaurant industry folk alike has been this: What is Rahul Akerkar going to open next? Here is the short answer: chef Akerkar’s brand new, long awaited restaurant covers 4,000 square feet in Lower Parel. It features a menu that is ...

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San Francisco’s Indian restaurant Rooh is now in Delhi

San Francisco’s Indian restaurant Rooh is now in Delhi

After wowing San Francisco with its progressive Indian fare for the last two years, Rooh — the brainchild of Chef Sujan Sarkar, in collaboration with restaurateurs Anu and Vikram Bhambri — has finally come to New Delhi. Another outpost of Rooh is slated to open in Chicago by the end ...

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