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The courts are in session

The courts are in session

The dining area of the newly opened food court One Too Many is pulsing with energy. Families discussing their orders, friends sharing a laugh over milkshakes and couples enjoy quality time on their tables-for-two. The dining area that can occupy over 160 people, has not many empty seats. One Too ...

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From the by-lanes of Kolkata

From the by-lanes of Kolkata

“I have to say, Kolkata has the best street food in India,” says Iti Misra. Sari-clad, a smile on her face and confidence in her voice, Misra almost dares me to contradict her. But, I agree with her. I rank Kolkata’s street food much higher than that of Mumbai’s offering. ...

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Madurai Nagapattanam Halwa Kadai has been serving wheat halwa and potato masala for 118 years

Madurai Nagapattanam Halwa Kadai has been serving wheat halwa and potato masala for 118 years

At 10 every morning, the chimes of Madurai Meenakshi Temple begin, for puja. Devotees make a beeline for darshan. Opposite the lofty West Tower there is another queue forming, in front of a small dingy sweet shop. With a nondescript exterior, the shop bears a board that announces ‘Nagapattanam Halwa ...

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Kolkata’s must-have street foods and where to find them

Kolkata’s must-have street foods and where to find them

Its innumerable street food haunts are mainstays of student life in Kolkata. But for Iti Mishra, there are a few that have a special place in her mind and memory. When asked — and often before being asked — any born-and-bred Calcuttan can rattle off the names of a dozen ...

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Chennai coffee lovers gather together for frappuccinos

Chennai coffee lovers gather together for frappuccinos

Starbucks coffee for ₹100. The perfect opportunity for the brand’s fans to deep dive into the tallest drinks on the menu. After last year’s frenzy, it’s not surprising that this time the latte addicts were better prepared. By 7 am, crowds began to line up, skimming through the menu and ...

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Chef Pawan Manhas on Bidri’s ‘Heavenly Himalayan Trail’ food fest

Chef Pawan Manhas on Bidri’s ‘Heavenly Himalayan Trail’ food fest

Taking a trip to the north is something that requires a lot of time. But if you plan on going for food, the new food festival at Marriott’s Bidri’s is a great way to train yourself of what to expect. With hands behind his back and a straight back, chef ...

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Feasts of devotion: Durga Puja at home

Feasts of devotion: Durga Puja at home

Growing up Durga Puja always felt like a much-dreaded annual feat. I would usually start pacing myself for the last four days that a younger hormonal me would sum in three words, “heat, traffic and gatherings”. I never really understood what all the fuss and excitement was about, but with ...

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Wrapped in flavours – The Hindu

Wrapped in flavours - The Hindu

Street food takes on different meanings in different parts of the country. If we instantly think of papri chaat and kababs in the north, or vada pao in the west, the east often conjures up images of fish on the streets. You can, for instance, get to eat freshly fried ...

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Alain Ducasse’s dark tastes – The Hindu

Alain Ducasse’s dark tastes - The Hindu

Alain Ducasse is not just a chef. He is a brand, an icon in international gastronomy, and the man with the most Michelin stars in the world. In his 45-year-career — as a cook, chef, and entrepreneur — he has built a global food and lifestyle empire, including a restaurant ...

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A bite of Japan in Bheemunipatnam

A bite of Japan in Bheemunipatnam

Blazing flambe, flying knives, fiery griddles and flying pieces of meat and veggies – talk about an exciting show! It was my introduction to Teppanyaki, a Japanese cuisine, at the Novotel Resort, Bheemunipatnam. Derived from the word ‘teppan’ which means iron plate and ‘yaki’ that translates to grilled, broiled or ...

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