By Purva Grover
My parents never forced any kind of eating habits upon me. As a child, I was allowed to make up my mind about whether I like strawberry marmalade or peanut butter. I was encouraged to try meat and decide if I wanted to eat chicken, fish or lamb. They are vegetarians. But there was one thing that Mum and Dad always said to me: “Take as much as you wish to eat. Finish what’s on your plate.” So early on, I would wipe my plate clean and not waste a single morsel. Ditto for the glass of milk. I learnt to ask for a second helping, if need be.
Continue reading Been to this Dubai restaurant that charges if you waste food?
By Nivriti Butalia
Recently, I’ve seen at least twenty objects — ‘art deco’, is it? — with the same, mildly tiresome print of a tropical plant. Continue reading Why you see this Swiss Cheese plant everywhere
By Sushmita Bose
Recently, in the US, Starbucks fell into a cup of scalding hot coffee when, in an era of double-quick social media backlash, it got two African-American customers arrested; the two men — who subsequently made their story public on Good Morning America — had, reportedly, not “purchased” anything from the counter, and were having a “business meeting” in a store in Philadelphia. The staff, apparently, sensed “trouble” and called the cops, who, in turn, lost no time in slapping on handcuffs (they were released later). Continue reading Can you teach people to not be racist (in coffee shops)?
By Alvin R. Cabral
As the orders came and went, Jose Razon could’ve used another kitchen. And an extra set of staff for good measure. Continue reading There is a classic Pinoy treat in town and it comes with a twist
By Kelly Clarke
Tea. I’d take that over a cup of coffee any day. My preference has a lot to do with my UK upbringing, where tea drinking is a quintessentially British tradition. So, I guess, in a way, it was my surroundings that dictated my inclination towards a ‘good old cup of cha’.
Continue reading Coffee was just the break this Colombian duo needed
By Suresh Pattali
Yes, apartment 504. High on excitement, I had knocked on the wrong door a few times, so I checked again. My characteristic double-ring of the doorbell typically sparks a conversation much before the door is opened. “Where were you all this while?” I could hear wifey. I stood there holding a tray of foodstuff behind my back. Like a school kid hiding his improved exam score to spring a surprise on his grumpy mother. She opened the door and looked me up and down, grabbed the tray from behind and screamed, “Jackfruit!”
Continue reading Move over, coconut. Jackfruit is officially the king of Kerala
By Mary Paulose
What is the collective noun for a group of chefs? A brigade, apparently. So, it was a brigade of top-ranked chefs in the world — all of who have restaurants in Dubai — who got together for a discussion on the present scenario and future of food. Continue reading Chefs get talking about Dubai’s food scene and media trends