• Restaurant The Restaurant Caste System: Goras are the Brahmins, Stags the Outcast

    Indian restaurants and pubs have their own caste system. Firangs are the Brahmins of the restaurant world, and next in line are Silver Spoons – celebrities from the film industry. All the hospitality is reserved for them. At the bottom of the rung are single, young men, aka the Sad Stag Group.

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  • The Urban Guide to Surviving Just About Anything

    A list of essentials that urban Indians need to survive First World problems and the Armageddon.

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  • It’s Time Someone Asked the Million-Dollar Question: Is Lactose Intolerance Just a Fad?

    We seem to have become intolerant to the very foods that used to be household staples – butter, cheese, milk, and rotis! Has something truly changed, or as my mom would say, are we just trying new ways to push up our cool quotient?

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  • The 5 pm Office Snack: Where Diets Go to Die

    Evening snacking is the death that all noble intentions meet. Vada pavs, samosas, bread rolls can be found guilty of causing everything from weight gain to cholesterol. And 5 pm is that deadly hour when all hell breaks loose.

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  • The Hanger Games

    What is “hanger” if not a primal urge? A debilitating mix of hunger and rage takes over those who experience this last vestige from the caveman.

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  • HipsterRestaurant When Did We Stop Eating Food and Start Eating Ambience for Dinner?

    Gone are the days of good old steamed idlis and paneer-capsicum pizza. Today restaurants that serve pav bhaji fondue and red velvet dhokla flourish. It doesn’t matter if the food tastes awful. Just like our lives online, it is only important that the food we eat looks great.

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  • Hey Gujjus, Who Made You the Food Police of India?

    Gujaratis inherit a penchant for "food terrorism". There were Gujarati kids at school who wouldn’t drink “jhoota” water in case it had been touched by a meat eater. And there was my grandmother who’d remind me that I was Jain every time I’d go for an evening snack.

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  • MangoUnchained Mango Unchained: I Know What You Ate Last Summer

    Juicy, luscious mangoes appear and announce the best season of your childhood – the summer.

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  • Gulaabjaam Gulabjaam: A Marathi Food Film With a Caste Problem

    Maharashtrian cuisine is endlessly diverse. Puneri cuisine is very different from food from Konkan, Vidarbha, or Kolhapur. Within these cuisines, lie the differences of caste and class. But the problem with Sachin Kundalkar’s Gulabjaam is that it doesn’t acknowledge any of this.

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  • bihu Khao Piyo Khisko – Bihu Special

    Arre Grub: Bring in #Bihu, the Assamese New Year, with an exotic Red Ant Egg Scramble that won't bite back! Geetika Saikia, who runs Geetika's Paghod, introduces us to an authentic Assamese tribal meal.

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  • Teetotaller A Teetotaller’s Request: Stop Fun-Shaming My Kind

    Life is not a Quora thread and hence not all teetotallers have grand backstories that involve prisons, arrests, and a dozen deaths. Sometimes our reasons are as simple as we don’t friggin’ like alcohol. So stop urging us to “loosen up and embrace the times”.

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  • tamilnewyear Khao Piyo Khisko – Tamil New Year Special

    Arre Grub: Celebrate #Pudhuvarusham, the #TamilNewYear with a traditional bowl of sweet-and-tangy Maanga Pachadi, chased with a creamy payasam dessert, all prepared by the loving maami, Jayashri Suresh

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  • Teabag The New Face of Tea-rorrism

    For those who enjoy a good cup of chai, teabags are like limp, soggy, pathetic parcels of anti-flavour that sink to the bottom of your cup and fester there like a bad memory.

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  • The Humans of Sunday Brunch

    Every Sunday, at the stroke of noon, a group of Indians gathers to validate its privilege through Instagram filters of eggs Benedict and mimosa. This breed of people can be classified as snobby Sunday brunch-goers.

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  • A Toast to Toto’s

    Toto’s didn’t need gimmicks to sell us drinks. Toto’s didn’t need bands to sell us nostalgia.

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  • Kitchen Bitches and Why I Love Them

    It’s a man’s world inside a professional kitchen, and in order to make a mark, a woman has to learn to become immune to misogyny and remain unfazed by the penis jokes.

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  • Officelunch Humans of the Office Lunch Table

    A cocktail of diverse mindsets and eating habits is what forms most of the country’s cosmopolitan workforce. The lunchbox, then, is a reflection of your personality.

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  • Such Pujo – Maach Fry

    It's #DurgaAshtami and any Bengali celebration is incomplete without maach. Damian D'souza gets Arunima Roy to fry some lip-smacking Bhetki for him this pujo.

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  • BengaliVegetarian How I Survive as a Bengali Vegetarian

    Most middle-class Bengali families such as mine are moderately open-minded. You can make honest confessions to them about your vices and hope for a friendly ear, but never about your vegetarianism.

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  • Navroz Mubarak: Parsi Fried Chicken

    This Parsi New Year, ditch every other fried chicken for some authentic PFC: Parsi Fried Chicken. Made with love and peppered with advice by the quintessentially Parsi, Aunty Mahrukh. Jamva chalo ji. Navroz Mubarak.

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  • TurmericLatteandOtherCulinaryCons Turmeric Latte and Other Culinary Cons

    The good old haldi doodh has transformed into turmeric latte and bhut jolokia goes by the name of ghost peppers. It’s a great time to sell some enthu cutlets to America.

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  • TheDefinitiveGuideToWorkingWithAHangover The Definitive Guide To Working With A Hangover

    Working when you’re hungover is like masturbating under anaesthesia. So, use the time to leisurely check mails, and when I say check, I don’t mean proactively reply to them.

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  • Whisky Uncles and How to Spot Them

    Just like there’s a Hallmark card for every occasion, there’s a specific type of whisky uncle you encounter in different situations.

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  • EmptyRestaurantsMakeNoNoise Empty Restaurants Make No Noise

    Empty seats drive customers quicker than a pile of funky garbage at the front door. Nobody ever wants to be the only customer inside a restaurant.

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  • ThanksgivingRecipes This Thanksgiving, Give Thanks for Desi Murgi

    Instead of settling for frozen poultry from a faraway land, why not indulge in a succulent local chicken instead?

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  • Finding Feni

    Feni is despised by urbane India with a hatred reserved for warm beer and cold tandoori rotis. But tell them it’s tequila and watch the shots flow. Perception is a bitch.

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  • YachtBandra Yacht and the Death of the Dive Bar

    The Bandra drinking hole Yacht is now a resto-bar. Gentrification has reared its ugly head again, as with other dive bars like Jagdamba and Abhinandan, now truncated to JD's and AB's.

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  • JamesBond Diet Another Day

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  • Something Fishy About the Food Critic

    Food critics come in many shapes and sizes. Restaurants want them; cafés covet them. Meet Mr Proof-is-in-the-Proportions and the inspired Expert-from-Borivali.

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  • TheTasteTestPunevsMumbai The Taste Test: Pune vs Mumbai

    Pune, forever condemned to be Mumbai’s uncool younger cousin, has got its own party going. And it is pretty lit.

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