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Eateries In Mumbai, B-Town Swears By!

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Mumbai is my heart. Bombay is my soul – Anonymous 

Mumbai is a city that has been an inspiration for writing many beautiful stories and making several movies. Mannat, Galaxy Apartments and Jalsa – chances are that if we don’t need to explain to you that these are the homes of Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, you definitely qualify as a Bollywood fan and have made your way there at least once to catch a glimpse of them. If you want to seem a bit nonchalant about bumping into them, we suggest you ditch the crowds outside their homes and make your way to their favourite restaurants instead.

If you admire Bollywood celebrities and live in Mumbai, you have the fair advantage of spotting your favourite ones dining at one of the city’s most popular food joints. Spotting Bollywood celebs isn’t uncommon for Mumbaikars as the Bollywood industry resides here. And as many of them love to eat, they often frequent visit some restaurants more than the others. So, whether you are new in the city or just love to take a look at them in person, explore these places and you are likely to find a celeb roaming around like a normal being.

Olive Bar & Kitchen, Khar

Known as the celebrity party-den, Olive plays host to Bollywood celebrities almost every day! Be it for a quiet dinner or a birthday bash, you’re bound to bump into someone here whenever you visit. Ranveer Singh, Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone

Must-haves: Chicken Bomb, Farfalle Aglio Olio

 

Kitchen Garden by Suzette

Katrina Kaif, Malaika Arora and Aditya Roy Kapur are fans of the organic and healthy food that is served at this trendy Bandra eatery and can be spotted here almost every week.

Must-haves: Avocado Toast, Berry Smoothie and Greek Salad

Sequel Bistro & Juice Bar

A post-work out favourite with the likes of Shahid and Mira Kapur, Bipasha Basu and Alia Bhatt; this bistro specializes in an extensive gluten free menu and loads of salads.

Must-haves: Wholesome Waffles, Detox Smoothie Bowls

Yauatcha

Their exquisitely crafted dimsums have your favourite Bollywood celebrities turning paparazzi to get the perfect #FoodPorn picture. Sanjay Dutt, Shraddha Kapoor and the Chopras are known to be fans of the food here.

Must-haves: Dimsum Platter and Peking Duck

Su Casa

Cosy European themed interiors and good food make this relatively new restaurant a celebrity favourite. The famous girl gang of Kareena Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Amrita Arora are often seeing partying here.

Must-haves: Falafel and Chicken Skewers

Bastian

Bastian’s chef Kelvin Cheung is undoubtedly a celebrity favourite himself! Be it the delicious cheesecakes, or his extensive seafood menu – everything he creates ends up garnering a celebrity following.  Celebrities like Sonam Kapoor, AIB’s Rohan Joshi, Alia Bhatt and Shilpa Shetty are known to head here on their ‘cheat’ days!

Must-haves: Lobster Rolls and any of their Cheesecakes

Prithvi Cafe

The no-fuss café nestled in Prithvi Theatre is where celebrities like Kalki Koechlin and the Kapoor clan hang out. With their no-fuss menu and easy-elegant vibe, this has been a celebrity favourite since its inception.

Must-haves: Paratha, Kheema Pav and Baileys Irish Shake

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Restaurant : Prithvi Cafe Where : Juhu What : Chole Cost of Meal for Two : 500 approx . Prithvi Cafe is one of the legendary places in Mumbai. While other iconic places like bade Miya, Sardar Pav bhaji, Haji Ali Juice center, Leopold, etc are serving taste less, substandard food and increased pricing unreasonably, Prithvi Cafe is completely opposite. The food quality, quantity, taste and price is just perfect. The place is lit and mesmerizing. Usually full and hence service is slow, but crowd, location, vibes, ambience and food is spot on. Everything in the menu be it Parathe, Chole, Chai, Kahwa, croissant, Pizza, Pasta, Bhurji, is delectable. Highly recommended. Go Legendary!! #FJPrithviCafe #FJPrithviCafeReview #PrithviCafe

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Farmer’s Cafe

Known for their ‘Skinny Pizzas’, vegan chocolate cake and Keto brownie and a no-fuss vibe, it’s easy to see why celebrities like Katrina Kaif, Shilpa Shetty, Twinkle Khanna and Mira and Shahid Kapur are regulars here!

Where: Shop 2, Rita Apartments, 16th Road, Nr. Mini Punjab Hotel, Bandra West

Now you know where to head when in Mumbai!

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7 Warm And Delectable Indian Sweets That Are A Must Try This Winter!

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Winters are short-lived for us Indians. Therefore, let’s take a pledge to make most of it! Don’t you crave for warm and mouth-watering Indian sweets with the very start of winters?! The answer is a huge YES indeed. Moreover, the fact that you can always put on fat in winters, since it won’t be visible at all, is in itself your biggest signal to eat anything you want to!

Let’s quickly run into our kitchens therefore, and get into preparing Indian sweets that are a total winter delight. Here are some of them!

1. Moong Ki Daal Ka Halwa

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The halwa is made using loads and loads of ghee, a must in winters. Moreover, the savoury has a long shelf life, and can be thus stored and used for a very long time. The recipe is surely time-taking, but indeed worth all the efforts. Adding dry fruits to the same makes it a perfect winter sweet dish: rendering the perfect warmth to your body thus!

2. Gajar Ka Halwa

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If the name in bold didn’t make your mouth water, then you are surely not among the truest of the “gajar ka halwa fans”. The fact that the onset of winters is all about the arrival of bright red carrots: used in making this delicious, halwa is a boon in itself. Milk, ghee, dry fruits and khoya makes this halwa a total delight, and a must have Indian sweet to be eaten by the entire family post dinner!

3. Gajak

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The advent of winters also bring with it gajak and chikki, deserts that are heavenly simply while they stay in your mouth. They are made with jaggery, sesame, even peanuts. Here, the daunting task is to stop at one!

4. Til Laddoo

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This traditional laddoo is made with roasted sesame seeds and crushed peanuts along with jaggery and cardamom, making it just stupendously delicious. This mind-boggling desert is also lauded with loads of ghee. The laddoo is rather a must have in the chilly winter season, as it keeps you very warm.

5. Naan Khatayi

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Naan-khatai is a grand Indian cookie like sweet that is made with maida or all-purpose flour, sooji or semolina, butter or ghee, powdered sugar and cardamom and pistachios for garnishing. P.s., they taste amazingly well when eaten warm!

6. Gondh Ke Laddoo

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The fact that gondh ke laddoo is just a healthy medicinal sweet for pregnant ladies or new mothers is not wholly true. This warming sweet can be consumed by each and everyone with a sweet tooth. Made using wheat flour, edible gum, sugar, ghee, melon seeds, almonds, cardamom, this Indian sweet is a must eat in winters.

7. Gulab Jamun

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Gulab Jamun can be eaten in any season though. However, eating warm Gulab Jamuns in winters is a thrill and redemption of a sort! It is soft, spongy and easily melt in our mouths. It’s made with maida, khoya, kesar and cardamoms, made into round balls and dipped in sugar syrup, making it completely heavenly!

Related Article: Winter Foods To Keep You Warm

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Best Sushi In Delhi- Here’s Where To Go!

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A mix of precision, art and taste, sushi is a popular pick for cuisine among many in the city. And there is absolutely no way you should settle for cold takeout variants; we’ve got your back.

Whether you love them or just want to try them out, here is a list of the best sushi spots in Delhi you might want to check out.

1. Dao

 

2. Sushiya

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3. Yum Yum Cha

There are plenty of options to try from, and each one of them is better than the other. One of our favorites on the list, their portions are satisfying and completely worth the money! Dynamite is a personal favorite and

4. MEGU- The Leela Palace

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 5. Wasabi Morimoto – The Taj Mahal Hotel

You can never go wrong when Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is behind what’s on your platter. The award-winning restaurant is not just responsible for some of the best sushi in Delhi but is also among the most beautiful. You must try the Botan Ebi, Kanpachi.

 

6. Big Wong XL

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A popular spot in Epicuria, Big Wong XL is known for their sushi, and the overall dining experience is comfortable, too. One can try the Crab Stick Kani, Tuna Maguro.

7. T.K’S Oriental Grill – Hyatt Regency

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8. Guppy

Beautiful property and delicious food make this place win big. The Guppy Special Temaki Sushi is the best here, though there’s so much more you can try!

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Pros and Cons Of Genetically Modified Food

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It’s human nature, it seems, to resist change and fear the unknown. So it is no surprise that genetically modified food and feed crops resulted in their weird name as Frankenfood by many consumers, who seem as terrified of eating an apple with an added anti-browning gene or a pink pineapple genetically enriched with the antioxidant substance. One of the products of modern technology has given us both advantages and disadvantages. It is up to us to decide whether we will be consuming it or not.

 

1. What Is  GM Food?

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be defined as organisms (i.e. plants, animals or microorganisms) in which the genetic material DNA has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally. The technology is often called modern biotechnology or gene technology, sometimes also recombinant DNA technology or genetic engineering. It allows selected individual genes to be transferred from one organism into another. It can also occur between non-related species. Foods produced from or using GM organisms are often referred to as GM food.

 

2. Why Is Genetically Modified Food Produced?

GM food is developed and marketed because there is some perceived advantage either to the producer or consumer of this food. This is meant to translate into a product with a lower price, greater benefit in terms of durability or nutritional value or both. Initially, GM seed developers wanted their products to be accepted by producers and have concentrated on innovations that bring direct benefit to farmers and the food industry generally. One of the objectives for developing plants based on GM organisms is to improve crop protection.

3. Is Genetically Modified Food Safe?

Genetically Modified Food

Different GM organisms include different genes inserted in different ways. This means that individual GM foods and their safety should be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Certainly, it is not possible to make general statements on the safety of all GM food. The food currently available on the international market have passed safety assessments and are not likely to present risks for human health. In addition, no effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of such foods by the general population in the countries where they have been approved.

 

Pros

Genetically Modified Food

Less Wastage Of Water 

Growing GMO crops leads to environmental benefits such as reduced pesticide use, less water waste, and lower carbon emissions. The two main types of GMO crops in use today are engineered to either produce their own pesticides or to be herbicide-tolerant. Drought-tolerant varieties of GMO corn have been shown to reduce transpiration (evaporation of water off plants) by up to 17.5%, meaning less water waste.

Help Overcome Poverty

GMO crops lower the price of food and increase nutritional content, helping to alleviate world hunger. The World Food Programme, a humanitarian organization, estimates that 821 million people in the world are chronically undernourished, and one in nine people face hunger. Population growth, climate change, over-farming, and water shortages all contribute to food scarcity. GMOs can help address those problems with genetic engineering to improve crop yields and help farmers grow food in drought regions.

 

Cons

Genetically Modified Food

 

Allergic reactions

Some people believe that GMO foods have more potential to trigger allergic reactions. This is because they may contain genes from an allergen, a food that prompts an allergic reaction. The World Health Organization (WHO) discourage genetic engineers from using DNA from allergens unless they can prove that the gene itself does not cause the problem. It is worth noting that there have been no reports of allergic effects of any GMO foods currently on the market.

Cancer

Some researchers believe that eating genetically modified food can contribute to the development of cancer. They argue that because the disease is caused by mutations in DNA. It is dangerous to introduce new genes into the body. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has said that there is no evidence for this. However, they note that no evidence of harm is not the same as proof of safety. Reaching a conclusion will require more research.

 

      How to identify Genetically Modified Food? 

Genetically Modified Food

he FDA have determined that GMO food should be labeled as such if it is “materially different” to its conventional counterpart. For example:

  •  Canola oil with more lauric acid than traditional canola oil will be labeled “laurate canola oil”
  • GMO soybean oil with more oleic acid than non-GMO soybean oil must be labeled “high-oleic soybean oil”
  • GMO soybean oil with a high level of stearidonic acid, which does not naturally occur in the oil, must be labeled stearidonic soybean oil.

Because genetically engineering food is a relatively new practice, little is known about the long-term effects and safety. There are many downsides, but the evidence varies. The main health issues associated with GMO foods are hotly debated. Research is ongoing. This section discusses the evidence for a range of drawbacks that people often associate with Genetically Modified Food.

Genetic modification can make plants resistant to diseases. The process can increase the amount of food that farmers are able to grow. This can reduce prices and contribute to food security. Genetically modified food crops are relatively new, and researchers know little about their long-term safety and health effects. There are several health concerns regarding GMO foods, and evidence for them varies. Reaching a conclusion will require more research.

 

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