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Eat your heart out! Weekend getaways in Puducherry, Bikaner, Kolkata
Eat your heart out! Weekend getaways in Puducherry, Bikaner, Kolkata by Team LPMI (Lonely Planet Author) Jun 2019 This article is from the July 2019 issue of Lonely Planet Magazine India. Gorgeous French-inspired desserts in Puducherry are far too many Photographer: Jeremiah Christanand Rao
Discover the Franco-Tamil culinary scene in Puducherry Out of Chennai (148 km) Puducherry is a fascinating mélange of French and Tamil culture, and the city’s foodscape is testament to that. Make Tanto , located near the airport, your first stop. It grows its own vegetables, makes its own pasta and all the recipes come from the Italian proprietor’s mother – call for the delish, thin-crust wood-fired pizzas. Once in the city, head to New Banana Café and dive right into the galette , a savoury buckwheat crêpe stuffed with tomatoes, cheese and olives. If all the savoury goodness has your sweet tooth tingling, stop by Zuka and call for the hot chocolate – it arrives with a spoon made of chocolate and two cubes of grated chocolate to be mixed into the already-luscious beverage. For breakfast the next day, head to the whimsical Café Des Arts , located in a converted Franco-Tamil house, and order the croque monsieur , a ham-and-cheese grilled sandwich. If all the French delicacies have brought on a slight homesickness, stave it all off with a fabulous Tamil meal at Hotel Sri Kamatchi. As you mop up the vanjaram curry with fluffy kal dosai , ponder over where you’ll eat next – there’s plenty left.
Dig into kachoris and more in Bikaner, Rajasthan Out of Delhi (460 km) In Bikaner, Rajasthan, you’ll smell the food before you see (and eat) it – it’s the smell of freshly-roasted jeera and sugary chashni hanging in the air. Follow it and, soon enough, you’ll be well on your way to finding the best kachoris in town. It’s likely that you’ll end up at Pawan Kachoriwala . Dig into crispy, perfectly-golden kachoris topped off with yoghurt, green chutney, tamarind sauce: it’s the perfect (albeit highly fattening) breakfast choice. For kachoris of a different kind, head to Shri Bikaner Mishthan Bhandar and call for the decadent mawa kachori , but, if you deem it too early for a sugar overdose, pick the spicy mirchi boda instead. When your hunger returns (and it will), drop by Manka Maharaj Rabri Wale , located deep in the bylanes of Old Bikaner – the rabri is a must-try. While most of Bikaner’s food is about age-old classics done right, there’s an absolute wildcard that you must sample (and end your trail with) – the camel milk kulfi at the ICAR – National Research Centre on Camel . It tastes as weirdly wonderful as it sounds!
Score some street-side grub in Kolkata, West Bengal Every visit to the City of Joy needn’t mandate only stopping by the Howrah Bridge, the Victoria Memorial, and its other quintessential sights. You can, instead, just pack your comfiest elasticated-waist pants and hit the city’s streets. Begin at Sharma Tea House – the kesar tea here is the perfect way to kickstart your street-food trail. Head next to Dacres Lane – whether you decide to treat yourself to some crispy rava dosa at one of the many South Indian stalls or scarf down some Indian-style chowmein at the almost rundown stall that goes by the name Classic Fast Food Lane , you’ll have no complaints – it’s all delicious. Since all that greasy goodness is best washed down with some lassi , head next to the famous Esplanade Lane . Standing at the same spot for the last 40 years, the fresh fruit juice and lassi stall here is the perfect follow-up to your greasy food indulgences from earlier. Make Russell Street your last stop and feast on that local favourite, without which no Kolkata street-food experience can be deemed complete: puchka . Be warned: you won’t be able to stop at a few.
To find Franco-Tamil cuisine in Puducherry, the best kachoris in Bikaner and street food of Kolkata, check out LPMI’s July 2019 issue. Pick up a copy from your newsstand or click to subscribe via Zinio or Magzter .
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Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island, has a storied past. Originally a part of the Indian subcontinent, it drifted away from the Asian mainland in prehistoric times. Ever since, this island has evolved on its own, in relative seclusion from the rest of the world, making it unique in every sense of the word. Here are some of the unmissable sights and experiences waiting on this charming island! The Tsingys of Tsingy National Park
A World Heritage Site, the Tsingy National Park is a natural wonder whose highlight is the park’s namesake tsingys. These otherworldly limestone structures – which can best be described as needles sprouting upwards from the ground – are formed due to erosion over millennia and look straight out of a sci-fi magazine! This extraordinary topographic feature also acts as an exceptional ecological niche, so expect to spot some of the rarest endemic species of the island here. The Majestic Baobabs
One of Madagascar’s most curious features is the baobab trees whose sheer size will stop you in your tracks. With an unusually large trunk that grows ramrod straight towards the sky and a skeletal canopy at the very top, these un-treelike behemoths are strangely beautiful, and are bes t enjoyed going down the Avenue of Baobabs in Menabe. Photo by: Dennis van de Water/ shutterstock Into the Wild…
The island’s wildlife is without a doubt its crowning glory. With over a hundred species of lemurs and over two hundred species of amphibians and reptiles each, Madagascar is literally teeming with wildlife. Apart from the critically endangered lemur species like Perrier’s sifaka, keep an eye out for the curious aye-aye and the many species of colorful chameleons. Calling all water babies…
An island off the western coast of Madagascar, Nosy Be and its pristine beaches offer many scuba diving and snorkeling adventures. The island also offers cheap accommodation and delicious food, making it an ideal destination for water babies and island hoppers. The epitome of grace – the magnificent whales of Madagascar
Between the months of June and September, Madagascar’s coasts welcome humpback whales as they migrate to the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean from the chilly Antarctic to breed and calve. You can catch these gargantuan creatures lithely riding the waves off the beaches of Ile St. Marie to Madagascar’s east. Photo by: ANDREYGUDKOV/ iStock A Melting Pot of Culture
Just like its varied ecology, the culture of the warm and friendly Malagasy people of Madagascar is unlike any other in the Indian Ocean. First settled in 500 CE, the island became an important port in the Indian Ocean, with people from the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian subcontinent and Europe migrating to this island. Hence, discovering the culture of this delightful island is a journey that takes you all over the world. The capital city of Antananarivo is the best place to enjoy the varied music, dances and cuisine of Madagascar, without burning a hole in your wallet too! Getting There
With Air Seychelles, getting to Madagascar is all the more easier – with five flights out of Mumbai to Seychelles and two flights per week from Seychelles to Madagascar, what better way is there to explore the mystery and excitement of these two unique islands in the Indian Ocean?
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I’m sorry for your loss; please know that DCM is difficult to diagnose because often there are no symptoms besides exercise intolerance or even just outright death. The best diagnostic for DCM is echocardiography, but x-rays are commonly performed first as a less-expensive indicator of a problem. There are many heart conditions that are not diet-related, so unfortunately I don’t know enough to answer about your Bouvier and it would be unethical and malpractice to do so : (
I am going to copy and paste one of my other replies to someone who asked for foods for an allergic dog from this thread:
Nutrition is not a one-size-fits-all field. It may very well be that your dog does best on one brand or specific diet over another. I would very strongly recommend choosing a grain-inclusive food from one of the WSAVA-compliant companies (Purina, Royal Canin, Hill’s Science Diet, Iam’s). There are many varieties of foods from those companies and it is almost assured that you will be able to find something suitable. If your dog doesn’t like chicken, try beef. If they don’t like beef, try salmon. If they have diarrhea with a generic large breed food, try the Sensitive stomach one. There’s so much to work with.
Purina Pro Plan includes a “Sensitive Skin and Stomach” formula that many people have success with. There are similar options from the other companies.
There are a few other things to consider.
a) How are you introducing the new foods? If you switch abruptly, you will get diarrhea with anything. (Think you switching from the typical American diet to southern Indian cuisine 100% – it would be ugly). Slowly introduce a new food over 1-2 weeks starting from a fraction of the meal being the new kibble and ending with all of it being the new kibble. b) Have you ruled out other causes of diarrhea? c) Have you tried an allergen elimination diet trial using a hydrolyzed food like Royal Canin’s Ultamino or Hill’s z/d? That is the only way to diagnose food allergies. No other blood, skin, hair, or whatever test can do so. I personally feed my dog Royal Canin and she thrives on it. I personally do not like Hill’s because I feel that they fumbled the vitamin D issues in regards to communication with veterinarians and I do not know their representatives and company people as well. But that’s absolutely just personal – I would still recommend them professionally as an option. I have no experience with Iam’s at all.
A final note about dietary allergies. Very very few dogs are allergic to grains as a class, or to corn/wheat/soy. The most common allergens are protein sources, of which chicken and beef are the most common. This is unsurprising because most dog foods are made with chicken or beef, and you can only become allergic to what you exposed to. If you don’t ever eat salmon, you don’t become allergic to salmon. Make sense? Additionally, allergies are usually limited to one or two specific offenders, like chicken or eggs. Find a food without chicken and eggs (chicken fat is hypothetically okay because of the way it is processed – it lacks the protein components that are allergenic) and you’ll be okay.
Excellent family-run luxury hotel
I stayed at Asia Health Resort & Spa for seven days in May 2019. The hotel was the first high-end hotel built in the area and it is still run by the original family. I also stayed at two other similar hotels within walking distance of Asia Health Resort & Spa and the difference between a family run hotel and a corporate hotel was significant. At Asia Health Resort & Spa, the owner took the time to talk to every group and help them find unique things to do during their stay. As a solo western female traveler, this unique attention was very helpful. I ended up doing and seeing many things that I would have missed otherwise; most notably the back way to Mcleod that avoided cars as much as possible and had me visiting the TCV Soccer Field during a great tournament. Since I elected to walk to Mcleod most days, this little tip was invaluable. nnI had a lovely large room with a couch area and a dining table for four as well as a large dedicated patio area. I took most dinners in my room during off hours and the entire menu was available at any time. The food was amazing and there were many options so I never got bored. I was also able to get some basic continental cuisine when my stomach was looking for a break from the exotic. The breakfast buffet was excellent and varied just enough. The fruit bread was the best I had in India during my trip.nnThe staff members all provided impeccable service. I believe most have worked with the family for a long time and that loyalty and familiarity improved service. Housekeeping was quick to notice my schedule and work around it. Most team members introduced themselves to me and spent some time asking about me and telling me about themselves. The restaurant staff also quickly learned my tendencies and preferences and generally provided what I wanted before I even asked. The owner arranged for a yoga instructor for an hour each day on my patio for which I am ever grateful. The front desk took note of where I was going on any given day as a way to watch out for my safety.nnThe hotel caters primarily to domestic Indian tourists and I was the only westerner I saw during my stay. While the patios are dedicated, they are also open and often traversed by other guests. It would get loud at times as family and friend groups would gather near my room and have long, loud conversations; however, this is India and most days I chose to enjoy the noise as evidence of the strong sense of community and family that is part of the culture. nnThe hotel is older than the other high-end places in the area so the rooms have individual water heaters, but these are more than sufficient to fuel hot showers. The patio is delightful and the live music is more gentle and quiet than the surrounding hotels. The spa is amazing and very well priced. I enjoyed several treatments during my stay.nnI would highly recommend this hotel and particularly to western guests who want to stay away from the madness that is Mcleod Ganj during tourist season. The personal touch unique to a family owned business cannot be overstated. As my first time traveling to India alone, I was very uncertain what to expect and I specifically chose high caliber hotels to decrease concerns about food, water and safety. I chose well with Asia Health Resorts & Spa.
Singapore Food Festival returns with LiHO avocado kopi and Ya Kun Pocky
Avocado kopi, a vegan food crawl and the ultimate chilli crab ramen – these are some of the things food lovers can look forward to at the upcoming Singapore Food Festival (SFF).
The annual celebration of local cuisine is back for its 26th year with the theme “Savour Singapore in every bite”. The event is dedicated to local cuisine and talent, celebrating the country’s multicultural heritage.
Twenty event partners have come together to offer a myriad of dining concepts and gastronomic experiences during the festival that will run from Jul 12 to 28.
01:57 Up Next: Watch now The 26th edition of the Singapore Food Festival will run from Jul 12 to 28, featuring 20 gastronomic experiences offering the flavours of Singapore. Expect some unique dishes including chilled squid ink pasta, chilli crab ramen and avocado coffee smoothies from the likes of Project Plait x Artistry, Ippudo x No Signboard Seafood and LiHo Tea. First-time participant 7-Eleven will also be offering takoyaki with chilli crab sauce and egg mayo, as well as salted egg tamagoyaki.
The food festival’s main event, STREAT, will be back. The two-day event will offer a range of traditional hawker fare and mod-sin interpretations of Singapore street food from 12 eateries.
Highlights include duck rice bento from Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck and Kway Chap, chicken rice kueh pie tee from Salted & Hung, as well as an Impossible Burger and Fat Papas collaboration.
Diners will also be entertained by local music acts Charlie Lim and Glen Wee, and have the opportunity to attend workshops and masterclasses by local culinary talents.
STREAT will kick off from 5pm on Jul 12 at The Promontory @ Marina Bay.
MODERNITY, CULTURE, TRADITION AND ART: HIGHLIGHTS
Vendors at the Singapore Food Festival will be grouped into four different categories – Modernity, Culture, Tradition and Art.
Here’s a taste of what diners can look forward to:
1. The Ultimate Chilli Crab Ramen by Ippudo x No Signboard Seafood (Modernity)
Only two Ippudo Ramen outlets – Marina Bay Sands and Mandarin Gallery – will serve this dish in the month of July. (Photo: Darius Boey) This may be a fan favourite – the Ultimate Chilli Crab Ramen was dreamed up by Japanese ramen chain Ippudo and famous seafood restaurant No Signboard. The dish brings together tonkotsu ramen broth with No Signboard’s signature chilli crab sauce, giving it a spicy and savoury kick.
The Ultimate Chilli Crab Ramen’s noodles, which have a springy texture, are customised for the dish – which also comes with toppings such as an umami egg, a whole crab claw and fried mantou.
Only 30 bowls of this special ramen dish will be served every day at two Ippudo outlets – Mandarin Gallery and Marina Bay Sands – and it will be available in the month of July.
2. Avocado Kopi by LiHo
You can find avocado kopi at selected LiHo outlets around Singapore from Jul 12 to Sep 30. (Photo: Darius Boey) Bubble tea lovers can pick up an avocado kopi from selected LiHO outlets.
The new concoction blends the sweet and creamy avocado flavour with a nutty and chocolatey brew, resulting in a smooth and flavour-packed beverage. It will be available at selected LiHo outlets from Jul 12 to Sep 20, 2019.
This is the first time that LiHo is participating in the Singapore Food Festival, along with 7-Eleven and Glico. Glico is also going local, with a limited edition Pocky x Ya Kun Kaya Toast & Kopi O.
3. Sor Hei by Project Plait X Artistry (Art)
Chilled squid ink pasta with smoked golden trout, a dish from the five-course menu as part of the food and contemporary dance experience, held in a black and white colonial house near Mount Faber. (Photo: Darius Boey) What does dance have to do with food?
Well, as part of the art category, chef Nixon Low and dancer Naomi Tan are coming together to create a unique experience for diners by combining a five-dish menu with a contemporary dance exhibition, named The Mem’s Servants.
This will be held in four interconnected rooms in a black-and-white colonial house near Mount Faber, where diners are required to enter different rooms for each dish.
One of the dishes featured is called Sor Hei. It’s chilled squid ink pasta with smoked golden trout, giving diners a subtle tinge of flavour past the slightly salty squid ink. It is complemented with golden tobiko (flying fish roe), cauliflower puree and pickled carrots to set up a complex but flavourful dish.
4. Jimami Tofu 5D Experience by Cookyn Ink (Art)
Jimami tofu with sweet potato croquettes. (Photo: Darius Boey) Another unique dining experience can be found in Jimami Tofu 5D Dining Experience by Cookyn Inc.
Drawing inspiration from the award-winning 2017 Singaporean-Japanese drama film Jimami Tofu, Cookyn Inc will prepare a seven-course dinner menu for diners, all of which are prepared and served at the same time the movie is being screened.
The idea is to provide an all-round experience, allowing diners to use their five senses.
Jimami tofu – naturally – is one of the dishes, along with sweet potato croquette. Both are of Okinawan origin, with the Jimami tofu, a mixture of tapioca and quinoa, having a smooth, sticky and glutinous rice ball-esque texture with sweetened soy sauce.
The croquettes, on the other hand, are quite the opposite – crispy on the outside and pasty on the inside with finely hand-grated sweet potato.
Diners can also look forward to taking pictures with the chefs and cast of the movie.
5. Mutton Keema from Indian Restaurants Association (Tradition)
Mutton keema. (Photo: Darius Boey) Featuring authentic Indian dishes from the 1960s, Campbell Lane in Little India will be opened up to host this year’s Great Indian Food Festival from Jul 19 to 28. This is a collaboration between the Indian Restaurants Association Singapore (IRAS) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
One of the highlights is Mutton Keema, essentially minced mutton with Indian breads ranging from naan, chapati, coin prata and a normal-sized prata.
The meat, delicate yet juicy, comes with soft potatoes and peas. The thick gravy adds a spicy final touch to the Keema, due to the fragrant herbs used in its creation.
The Indian Food Festival will include 16 food carts along Campbell Lane, allowing visitors to experience Singapore’s heritage through food.
Vegans – heads up. The Singapore Vegan Food Crawl will take diners to Chinatown, Geylang Serai and Little India to discover the booming vegan street food culture, while the Singapore Tea Festival on Jul 19 will bring a curated line-up of artisanal teas, workshops and snack brands for the perfect teatime experience.
Festival-goers can also look forward to The Mem’s Servants from Jul 24 to 27, a unique five-course food and contemporary dance experience that’ll bring to life untold stories from the cooks and amahs (nannies) who served at black-and-white colonial houses.
Ranita Sundramoorthy, Director of Retail and Dining, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “With this year’s robust line-up of events, from private chef dinners and food tours around our heritage districts, to theatrical dining experiences – Singaporeans and visitors will be able to taste Singapore’s diverse flavours and experience our food obsession first-hand.”
She added: “In its 26th year, the Festival continues to be a highlight on the Singapore foodie calendar. SFF is a compelling testament to the richness and diversity of our food scene, further cementing our city-state’s reputation as a global culinary capital.”
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What Is Butterfly Pea Flower?
It’s been called the mood ring of drinks and is a top beverage trend for 2019. It’s currently blowing up on Instagram – featured in cocktails, tea drinks, lemonade, desserts, blue rice and “unicorn” noodles. (Getty Images)
Even if you haven’t heard of butterfly pea flower yet, it’s hard to miss the distinctive blue hue that’s been brightening up blogs and newsfeeds. Or maybe you spotted someone sipping an intriguing jewel-toned drink during happy hour, or carrying a striking blue bubble tea or latte.
The dried blossoms come from a deep blue flowering plant called Clitoria ternatea that’s native to South East Asia. It has been around for centuries – brewed as tea, used as a natural dye and treasured for medicinal properties in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine .
It’s even used on hair to darken it and cover up grays, according to Thailand-born Mananya Komorowski, a digital media strategist in Chicago, who recently brought me a packet of the dried indigo blossoms back from Thailand. While butterfly pea bushes grow wild in Thailand, similar to dandelions, Komorowski says, the flowers have become a prized possession here in the States. [ Can Drinking Tea Help Fight Cancer, Parkinson’s and Diabetes? ]
Primarily available online, butterfly pea flower is also sold in some tea shops and specialty stores – typically in containers of dried blossoms or powder, bottles of extract or as herbal tea bags. Sometimes it’s referred to as blue tea, blue chai or blue matcha.
Butterfly pea flower cocktails were one of the big beverage trends at the National Restaurant Association show in May, and they appeared again at the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen that I recently attended. Logan Griffin, a sommelier from Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, served a butterfly pea flower gin and tonic that I enjoyed at a lunch event during the festival. It was made with an indigo gin infused with the butterfly pea blossoms. [ 9 Drinks That Give You a Buzz Without the Hangover. ]
One of the reasons butterfly pea flower has become so popular is the theatrics this plant provides. When mixed with an acid, such as lemon juice or lime wedges, the deep blue turns into a vibrant magenta. These color-changing cocktails have become a favorite among mixologists – served as a margarita, martini, Mai Tai and other mixed drinks. Bright blue ice cubes made with butterfly pea flower are also adorning drinks to give them an Instagram-worthy, mood-ring quality. Are There Health Benefits?
The color-changing abilities of butterfly pea may seem like a magical trick, but there are also some magical claims being made about the health benefits of this ancient herbal remedy. A quick search online and you’ll find articles touting a wide range of purported healing properties – from fighting cancer and aiding Alzheimer’s to beating diabetes and depression. Online merchants of butterfly pea flower boast about brain health, stress relief, anti-inflammation, increased vitality and rejuvenated skin.
So is there anything to this? Turns out, the vibrant blue petals of the butterfly pea plant are rich in anthocyanins, the same polyphenol compounds found in blueberries, tart cherries, purple cabbage and other blue, red or purple produce. An intensely pigmented plant is often a cue of the beneficial phytonutrients inside. The darker the color, the higher the content of anthocyanins.
We’re also in an era when ” superfoods ” that are rooted in ancient traditions, such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine , have a certain aura of appeal. That’s why turmeric , medicinal mushrooms and various herbal ingredients have surged in popularity. [ 7 Traditional Chinese and Indian Eating Principles That Can Help You Lose Weight. ]
Even so, the scientific evidence on butterfly pea flower is rather skimpy. A new review in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science summarizes the existing studies on butterfly pea flower or extracts from Clitoria ternatea. All of the health-related research has been animal or test tube studies – making it premature to draw major conclusions from the results. The authors also say that many are “one-off studies that have yet to be independently validated by groups other than the original reporting group” and conclude that any of the suggested pharmacological activities require more thorough investigation.
The authors do conclude that butterfly pea flower may hold promise as a natural food and drink coloring due to its intense blue hue.
It’s true that anthocyanins have been the focus of multiple studies pointing to specific health-promoting properties, but you’re better off increasing the amount of colorful fruits and vegetables you eat to boost anthocyanins and other bioactive plant compounds. You’re not likely to consume enough butterfly pea petals to make a big difference.
Yet, like other black and green teas , you’re adding some beneficial plant compounds with every cup. So it can be a nourishing sip, as long as you consider what you’re mixing it with.
In Thailand, butterfly pea flower is brewed as tea and mixed with honey and lemon for a drink after dinner. It’s also popular in hotels, spas and upscale bars, Komorowski says.
“It’s really exciting for me to see how butterfly pea, a traditional, yet forgotten ingredient in Thai cuisine is making a comeback not only with the younger generation of Thais at cultural restaurants and bars, but how it’s making an appearance on a global scale,” she says. How to Brew Your Own Tea
Butterfly pea flower tea is caffeine-free, and the flavor is a bit earthy and woody, similar to green tea (although it’s milder than matcha). Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of the dried flowers and turn off the heat. Steep for 3-5 minutes with the lid on, until the water turns a deep blue. Strain the tea. Serve warm with a squeeze of lemon and sugar or honey to taste. Or keep a pitcher in the refrigerator to mix with lemonade or use as a base for other drinks.
The blue brew can also be added to rice and cellophane or glass noodles to make the trending unicorn noodles, or use it to turn any dish a surprising blue or purple color.
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