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The great Indian bake-off – The Hindu

The great Indian bake-off - The Hindu

“It all started with a lot of bad cakes,” says 22-year-old Shivesh Bhatia, who began baking at the age of 16 and soon turned it into a living. He isn’t a chef, though he did think of attending pastry school once. But he soon dropped the idea because, “I can’t ...

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Chicago Pizza comes to Chennai

Chicago Pizza comes to Chennai

Did you know that the world’s first pizza was reportedly made in 997 AD? Tomatoes hadn’t yet been cultivated in Italy, so the pizza was more a round, flat, crisp savoury dough that had been cooked, like focaccia. We’ve come a long way since then, with pizzas of all shapes ...

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A wedding hall for laddoos

A wedding hall for laddoos

Hemamalini Kalyana Mandapam in Royapettah is frantic with activity and blanketed in the scent of molten sugar. Sales counters, stacked with boxes of sweets and savouries, are busy as staff take orders from customers, ticking items off a printed list. As customers enter the hall, they are handed a list ...

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The Deepavali detour: Desserts for those with diabetes

The Deepavali detour: Desserts for those with diabetes

For people living with diabetes, Deepavali and the festive season it unfolds, can be difficult. Parties, sweets and high-cal foods push up temptation (and sugar and stress) levels to yearly highs. Here’s how to navigate your life through this time. Do remember that if you have type 2 and have ...

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When leisure meets love… – The Hindu

When leisure meets love... - The Hindu

Good food, like good music, has to be shared. That is why when a young, would-be-married couple called to say they wanted to come over and a new Hyderabad-Andhra food delivery said it wanted to send across some of its iconic dishes, I thought it should all happen at the ...

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Burnout and butter biscuits – The Hindu

Burnout and butter biscuits - The Hindu

At about 5 pm on a Friday evening, when most normal humans start to shut down and head home for the weekend, I realised I had to write a column. I also realised that I had gone brain-dead or, more importantly, feeling-dead. It’s been a month of rollercoaster emotions — ...

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Straight from the street – The Hindu

Straight from the street - The Hindu

A five-minute walk from the NTR Statue on the Beach Road will take you to the Kailash Pav Bhaji Centre. Ask for directions to any good ‘pav bhaji’ place and people will promptly point in the direction of their carts. The centre that operates through two carts parked off the ...

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A ladle full of nostalgia

A ladle full of nostalgia

When NS Krishnamoorthi launched Prems Graama Bhojanam in Adyar in 2014, he had no clue which age group would patronise his restaurant, which had a mess-like ambience. He was totally surprised when a lot of young people started thronging it. The restaurant has now launched a new branch, but in ...

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Phil’s Bistro, the city’s favourite Italian restaurant, offers a range of new dishes to choose from

Phil’s Bistro, the city’s favourite Italian restaurant, offers a range of new dishes to choose from

Chef Philip Abraham has held his own for six years dishing out the best Italian-American cuisine in a city that swears by mutton biryani and spicy non-veg gravies with parottas. Today, if you want to dine at Phil’s Bistro, especially on weekends, you need to reserve a table in advance. ...

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Children became chefs and made healthy sandwiches at the International Chef’s Day celebration held recently

Children became chefs and made healthy sandwiches at the International Chef’s Day celebration held recently

Five children from Lakshmi and Fusco’s Schools in the the city donned the chef’s apron and made sandwiches at the International Chef’s Day celebrations, held recently by South India Chefs Association (SICA). The kids also got a chance to interact with chefs on healthy eating habits and easy-to-make breakfast recipes ...

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