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A chef’s journey from Kolkata to Soho

A chef’s journey from Kolkata to Soho

Asma Khan, chef and restaurateur of London’s Darjeeling Express, recalls a treasured food memory, one that took place in the midst of her ancestral home during a wedding. “Food is an integral part of any auspicious celebration and the regal biryani was not to be seen. Amma asked me to ...

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Andrew Wong discusses Chinese cuisine

Andrew Wong discusses Chinese cuisine

When Andrew Wong was invited to The Oberoi, New Delhi as mentor chef, he literally transported his Michelin-starred A. Wong from London to India’s capital. Four months into 2018 he realised, “You can never pick up a restaurant from London and drop it into another international city and not have ...

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Fresh from the oven – The Hindu

Fresh from the oven - The Hindu

It was a time when Red Velvet was trending. Nivin Pauly-starrer Premam had become the rage among the cine-going youth and the movie did more than its share in popularising the delicious cake. “On a friend’s request, I baked a Red Velvet cake during an informal get-together of teachers. Much ...

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Cascara is a tea from coffee

Cascara is a tea from coffee

The last couple of years have been dominated by hand-brewed specialty coffees and specialty teas. Coffee drinkers opened up to everything from single-origin to civet coffee (Kopi Luwak), before they embraced the change in brewing techniques — the plunger to pour over, then siphon coffee and what not. Teas, in ...

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Give me red! – The Hindu

Give me red! - The Hindu

For home chefs in the city, Valentine’s Day is a red-letter day. Planning begins days in advance, ingredients are ordered from the net, sourced from friends abroad or bought from niche outlets in the city. The chefs say that most people’s hearts seem to be beating for red velvet cake ...

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The super adventures of British chef Jay Adams

The super adventures of British chef Jay Adams

With her tongue piercing and rugged overalls, Chef Jay Adams seems too edgy for pink. Yet here she is, resplendent in her blushing bungalow restaurant, swiping though pictures of proudly pink tagliatelle on her phone. Despite being tucked away in Puducherry, Coromandel Café, set in salmon-hued La Maison Rose, has ...

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How successful was GHMC’s ‘Feed The Need’ fridge in its first week?

How successful was GHMC’s ‘Feed The Need’ fridge in its first week?

When the GHMC announced the introduction of the ‘Feed The Need’, the WhatsAppers in the city were frantic with forwards, calling it ‘revolutionary’ for its community-building messages around sharing good food with the needy. Similar ventures have been implemented in Chennai and Bengaluru, some fridges in certain areas attracting donations, ...

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Jan-ken-pon and a swig of shochu

Jan-ken-pon and a swig of shochu

I hear murmurs about Japanese drinking games first. Highballs and dice in a basement. In Vadapalani. It sounds irresistibly outre, doesn’t it? A local version of Fight Club, perhaps? All bruises and sake. Alternatively, an underground dive with menacingly tattooed bartenders juggling wasabi cocktails and gambling debts? The reality: grilled ...

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In transit across Western Europe

In transit across Western Europe

Claudia Roden, in her early 80s now, has had several avatars — that of cookbook writer, teacher, TV presenter and even a foreign food correspondent. She began teaching cooking at home when she became a single mother of three and had to support her family. When her children left home, ...

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Review of Food Exchange at Hyderabad Novotel Convention Center

Review of Food Exchange at Hyderabad Novotel Convention Center

What happens at buffets is a universal feeling. Either one will be too tired at the sight of all the food or one will end up over eating and not want to budge until the next day. At Novotel’s refurbished coffee shop, Food Exchange, you are sure to experience one ...

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