Category Archives: Food

It’s not boring to be a vegetarian in France

By Purva Grover

My French friends often apologise for not being very kind to vegetarians, “We’re kinder to dairy, bread, and meat lovers,” they joke as they sum up their cuisine. So, each time I head out for a meal in their land, I’m careful to skim through the menu before I walk in. Mostly, I end up having pea soup with a caramelised onion tart.

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I love borscht so much that I ate it for two weeks straight

By Keith Pereña

Can you take a photo of me holding a bowl of borscht at Jumeirah Beach while the sun sets?” My Ukrainian friend, Lina, laughs at the idea as I profess my love for borscht as we chat online. The photos will have to wait however as Lina recently left Dubai. But I haven’t exaggerated — I really love borscht. As I write this, I take a moment to breathe, and it’s as if I can smell the scent of beetroot and tomatoes. It has been a while since I first encountered Ukraine’s national dish but that meeting of food and senses was nothing short of serendipitous.

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How my experiments with cauliflower rice went down

By Sushmita Bose

A friend living in the US occasionally puts up a photo of her dinner platter, on Facebook, with the caption, “Home-cooked ____ and _____… so, what are YOU cooking tonight?” I try and look up her dinner posts whenever I can since they provide a fillip for home cooking, and help me remain motivated in the kitchen. A couple of weeks ago, she posted a picture that looked tempting enough: nicely browned chicken legs set in a bed of rice (or so I thought), along with (serious) leafy greens.

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How to wait in line in Paris and maybe get a bite to eat

By Purva Grover

It’s 13 degrees at 6:45 pm, quite cold for people from the Middle East. Six of us foodies are outside the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées to attend the first day of Taste of Paris — a gorgeous event that brings the French capital together over four days of culinary delicacies, cookery shows, selfies with chefs, and LONG queues. Of the latter, we’re not complaining. VIP access to the festival has ensured us fast track entry to the grand venue, which means we’ve grinned our way to the long, meandering queues (outdoors) sans guilt. Apologies, folks. Of course, once inside we’re equals. Food doesn’t discriminate, right? And we like it that way.

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Been to this Dubai restaurant that charges if you waste food?

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.

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