Category Archives: Food

I wrote letters to chocolate makers. Some wrote back

By Maán Jalal

Dear Chocolate,

This is a hard letter to write. How does one start to explain, even begin to fathom, the complicated, warped, negatively intimate, obsessively addicted, blissful relationship that you and I share? It’s love. I know it and you know it. It’s love because it’s hard to define. It’s blind and all-consuming and it makes no sense.

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I got boxed by the Japanese art of Bento

By Suneeti Ahuja-Kohli

You have to give it to the Japanese for their exquisite taste in food and total devotion to the craft. No wonder they are often in the news for their willingness to spend on food and going the extra mile to ensure freshness, richness and aesthetic appeal on their plate. Remember Kiyoshi Kimura, the owner of a Japanese sushi restaurant chain, who spends an awful amount at the Tsukiji fish market every year? An eye-watering $1.8 million for bluefin in 2013; and $636,000 in January this year for his restaurant, all to ensure that his customers get to eat the best.

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6 rules for eating dim sum like a pro

Bloomberg

A New Yorker going to Hong Kong for an authentic dim sum experience may walk away a little deflated: Largely gone are the traditional carts, loaded with delicately flavoured bite-size dishes, that diners flag down as they pass by in many US eateries. In the home of the cuisine, they’ve largely been relegated to history and replaced with a la carte menus. Continue reading 6 rules for eating dim sum like a pro

The smell of baking brings my childhood alive

By Michael Gomes

Come December and nostalgia inevitably creeps in, bringing back unforgettable memories of Christmas festivities, revelry, parish activities, and most importantly, the preparations at home which included the making of the traditional Christmas cake. It was an annual ritual that brought together the entire family. Occasionally cousins, aunts and uncles would stop over to lend a helping hand.

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Ever tasted white truffles? Last week, they cost a mere Dh26k

By Antonio Iacovelli

There’s so much that Italians have gifted to the world of cuisine — from pastas and pizza to creamy mozzarella. However, what we have to thank them for the most, has to be the truffle. Dubbed by many as the caviar of the vegetarian world, this seasonal ingredient is used within the most distinguished menus worldwide.

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