Bombay food

Review: BOMBAY VINTAGE

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“… yeh hai Bombay meri jaan”the old hindi song echoed in my ears, when I lunched at Bombay Vintage. It did so  not just because I was lunching at a restaurant which serves up Bombay’s melting pot cuisines but even more because of my lovable guests (one was my #foodieblinddate) .

Read my full review in today’s Bombay Times.

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FAB FOODIES Aaditya Bhatt, flanked by Utkarsha Kesarkar and Jumana Hufeza Electricwala.

 

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HEALTHY SECRETS

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It’s been my lifelong quest…to find the secret of how to to dine non-stop gourmet and yet stay healthy. To continue to enjoy all tastes and flavours, to be able to digest it all and then go back for more. I wrote a weekly health column for a national daily for fifteen years. Produced, scripted, directed, presented 52 episodes of a health show on TV and through it all spent lots of time with doctors, specialists, ayurvedacharyas, nutritionists and more. And it was a common consensus, the source of health and energy was the digestive system. And to keep this system working in top form, it was essential to eat healthy (of course) but also to have probiotics. Not too fond of popping pills (even if they are probiotics in a pill) I was thrilled to find the answer. Right here. In Chennai. A home-made solution…Read on to know more

DID YOU KNOW?

Of course, we  all know about probiotics and how essential they are to supply the much needed good bacteria into the system. But did you know…?

They have positive effects on the body like improving immunity, detoxifying the system, reducing inflammation, improving digestion, and providing the body with bio- available nutrients, vitamins and enzymes?  Energy improves, stress, joint pains, allergies reduce?

 Did you know that probiotics are found in delicious edible drinkable forms?

Ginger ale,  Kombucha, Milk Kefir, Beet Kvass,  Sauerkraut, Korean Kimchi, Hummus to name some.

And here’s the good news, these yummies are being made at home, right here in Chennai by the entrepreneurial Abha Appasamy  “I  started this for our own family to keep them in good health and we found that we were not catching colds and infections as long as we were taking them”. She explains.

that ginger ale is her latest and most popular product, and has had dramatic effects on some of her friends’ digestive issues. It is fermented with the natural bacteria present in organic ginger.

Abha’s Probiotics includes traditional fermented foods and drinks that have originated in countries around the world and

She personally make all the products and bottle them too to ensure high quality and food safety.

She ensures that all her products are 100% vegetarian and vegan (except for milk kefir.. )Natural, with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

and made from organic ingredients bought from reliable sources (  not exposed to chemical fertilizers, pesticides or hormones.)

 All packaged in eco-friendly, recyclable glass bottles too.

Lets raise a toast with a glass of probiotic ginger ale!

abhasprobiotics@gmail.com WhatsApp: 9962575684

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Abha Appasamy and her home made power packed probiotics.

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HEALTHY SNACKING  

If you love to munch and snack…but feel the need to do so healthily then Pratima Manikandan’s ingenious bars and crackers are the answer, as her quinoa Digestive Biscuits and Naan Khatai.

Go for the  energy bars, made of natural sugars with  a low glycemic index… made of seeds, nuts and dryfruits.

Energy Bars made of Millet and walnut seeds, nuts, berries, millets and natural sugars to bring together a nutritious snack on the go. Ask for   Millet and Orange,

 Vanilla and cinnamon flavors. All sweetened with the super healthy dates.

I love biting into the wafer thin, savory seed crackers made entirely of seeds and nuts.

That theyre a powerhouse of Omega 3 and 6 is a bonus.

Naan Khatai, made of wheat flour and brown sugar make them extra healthy and thankfully extra yummy too.  Quinoa Digestive Biscuits- Packed with the essential amino acids  are a must try.

Prathima Manikandan

A-218, Bhaggyam Urban Ville,

Industrial Estate Road,

Thoraipakkam,

ph: 7358306633/044 48536641

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Prathima Manikandan s unique home made seed crackers and energy bars.

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WHATSHOT HOME-BAKER TASTING SESSIONS

I maybe traveling the world but I always circle back to Chennai. Ive been flying in from Mumbai and setting up “whats hot tasting sessions” past 15 years. And with each session I get even more impressed

Infact, in EACH AND EVERY COLUMN there is a local “Foodline” with the latest on Chennai’s home catering and baking as my Chennai based assistant Anjali keeps a tab and has been doing so for over 15 years. We held the last one in ITC Grand Chola , which is where I tasted the probiotics and seedcrackers made by Abha and Prathima. Should you wish to take part in the next whatshot tasting session please mail rashmiudaysingh18@gmail.com, anjalisharma966@gmail.com

Review: RIVAAZ

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Rivaaz tucked into a four star hotel surprises with  it’s robust and tasty Moghlai fare and it’s generous portions and affordable pricing (average meal for two Rs 1200). Should you happen to be in the vicinity… it s a must visit.

Read my full review on whatshot.in

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At RIVAAZ: lunching with Mansoor H Matani  and Feroze Mistry. 

Review: Asian Town

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The rise and the rise of Asian cuisine; that’s the one trend that continues to dominate our restaurantscape. Not only have I tracked it over the past three decades in Mumbai but have recently watched it internationally too.

Read my full review on whatshot.in

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ASIAN TOWN: with gourmets extraordinaire Laveena and Sajjid Mitha. 

 

 

Review: MANGO TREE

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Juhu is the latest. Bangkok, Hong Kong, China, Tokyo, Manila, London and now Mumbai. Mango Tree put down it’s roots in Hotel Horizon,  in March this year. As a rule, I’m wary of  chain restaurants. So did a thorough and systematic check out over two meals spread over three months. 

Read my full review in today’s Bombay Times.

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 At Mango Tree with global gourmand Raman Macker and Akash Sharma. 

 

Review: HAMMER & SONG

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It’s high energy. Yet, it’s comforting. Open all day, it offers the comfort of an old family friend, with whom all generations are comfy. At night it morphs  into a swinging star. Having attended a birthday dinner here, I checked it out subsequently at lunch with a charming mother and daughter gourmet duo.

Read my full review in today’s Bombay Times.

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At Hammer & Song with Rani Kapur and Mandira Kapur Koirala. 

 

Review: Fab Café

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What! Ek aur naya health café? Last Friday I’d reviewed Bandra’s Farmer’s café. This week its South Mumbai’s Fab café. However, this one is different: A part of the “experience centre” of Fab India known for it’s ethnic Indian clothes et al.

Read my full review in today’s Bombay Times!

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At Fab café with the fab two some: Pooja Dhingra and Karishma Sakhrani. 

 

Review:FARMERS CAFÉ

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Vegan? Vegetarian? Jain? Gluten free? Sugarfree? You name it, they got it  Keto ? Voila! a whole menu.  I’m a Flexitarian and never on a diet. But I’d still return to Bandra’s Farmers café for a tasty, guilt free, moderately priced meal.

Read my full article on whatshot.in

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Fit, fine and fab Saket Sethi and Chintan Shah at Farmer’s Café. 

 

Review: TYPHOON SHELTER

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Kudos for the meticulously and dramatically themed  Typhoon shelter ambience (light and sound projection et al) but the menu needs fine tuning and it also zig zags to include many a usual suspect.

Read my detailed review on http://www.whatshot.in