Selfie Captures Treasured Moments

Talk about Indian wedding, a feeling of joy and exuberance gets into our life and as rightly said, a marriage in India is not about getting a girl and boy married, it is a bondage that extends to families. That’s why probably, in India, we have names for relations that go beyond just uncle and aunt. A marriage is an all inclusive event in which the bride and the groom are a part. Today with thematic weddings and ideas that go beyond getting a bride and groom married, expectations and plans keep moving a notch higher and wider. Whatever may be the complaint of those who call extravagant marriages a waste of money, no doubt that it has its own charm and as long as the concerned families do not have a problem, I guess we should not either.

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Accepting Change is Freedom to Live Life Our Own Way

The joy of living as a teenager has its own merits.

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It is one of the best times of life where we begin to experience adulthood without the burden of being one. College was always fun and all the internships we served gave us small amounts which we happily used for our own food cravings. And above all, we have parents who are forever concerned about our day to day affairs and ready to give a lending hand whenever we feel low. Days started rolling too fast when we entered our final years, seriousness set in and it was all about clearing papers, practical exams and getting all ready to face campus interviews. That was the time it dawned on me that life is becoming serious and the possibility of getting a job in my hometown or even nearby city in Gujarat is farfetched.

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Kerala Food Festival at Courtyard Marriot Paprika Café till May 20th

Kerala food is quite popular in Chennai with few specialty restaurants serving authentic mallu cuisine. It was a welcome food festival at Courtyard Marriott – Paprika café as Chef Saji P Alex, the masterchef who has cooked for Ellen de Generes, curated the special dishes that spelt traditional Kerala food in every mouth. The festival is on till 20th, do read our experience and look out for that exquisite offering at Rs.1399 plus taxes. The festival menu has the special dishes along with the regular menu and is quite widespread and quite satisfying to our palate. We had starters, main course, dessert and a special mention to the chips and pickles that drew us repeatedly towards the counter. The ambience was so aesthetically organized to give a street food feel and being in Kerala environment. Now to the food – We had two starter options Cheeri masala vada. This was our typical south Indian vada, a crunchy spicy starter, a good start to a lovely culinary experience.

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Food Review – Mylai Mami Samayal Food Festival at Regenta Deccan

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Should food festivals revolve only around continental cuisine……? No not necessary proved the recent food experience at Regenta Central Deccan’s Olives restaurant where Chef Arun and Kumbakonam Mrs. Prema Nambiraj ( Kumbakonam Prema mami) presented us with vegetarian nostalgic delights as a part of the Mylai Mami Samayal festival. The festival is on till May 6th – more details at the end of the review.

The immediate thought that came into our head was that of a relief that Chennai does celebrate its own cuisine with pomp and show. Very often, we face situations where people from outside Tamilnadu visit Chennai and request us to give them the option to have local food in home style. It was always a tough call and we end up hosting them in friends’ places. Regenta Deccan must be applauded for bringing in Mrs. Prema from Kumbakonam for this festival.

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Theater – Tamil Play Review – Gurukulam Boys 95’s Theedhum Nandrum By V P S Sriraman

30711158_10156383623068653_6126081074473526359_nKodai Nataka Vizha (Summer Drama Festival) of Kartik Fine Arts is ON in the city and it is wholesome entertainment and drama time for theater lovers. The festival is happening at Narada Gana sabha, Alwarpet from April 22nd to May 3rd. We witnessed the play by Gurukulam Original Boys 1995, Theedhum Nandrum by V.P.S.Sriraman on 1st May at 7 PM. The title is a popular adage, “Theedhum Nandrum Pirar Thara Vaaraa” –  We do not beget the good and the bad from others. In short, it conveys that everything is within us and the way we see and adapt ourselves leads us to good and bad in life. The concept of adjustment was so beautifully handled in the play that we could connect with it instantly.

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Prive Restaurant, Kilpauk – Vegetarian Food Review

This post is going to be one awesome experience of pure vegetarian food that spanned multi cuisines and each one outperformed the other. Few of the dishes were exemplary in comparison to the others, but overall it was a lovely culinary journey for us.  Most of us know Prive restaurant located opposite to Citi center and this is their new restaurant at Kilpauk at Waddels road. Located in first floor, it is quite spacious to host groups also. New inclusion in the menu includes Mexican dishes, Italian dishes and North Indian food. We had a full course dinner starting from Soups, starters, main course and desserts.

Mexican food was absolutely yummy. Spinach quesadilla and cottage cheese, Mexican Lasagna, Nachos with Cheese sauce, Mexican Varderashvardesh were the hot picks.

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Healthy Nutritious Food by Nutriparadise

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NutriParadise Foods aims to give their customers a whole new experience in healthy eating and nutritional value of food. They believe in the saying, “A healthy outside, starts from the inside.”  We received two of their flagship products for our review. Here is the review by our health and fitness blogger, a professional fitness trainer, Niranjan Ganesh.

Nutriparadise Propotion:

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We think the product name conveys its intention with no inhibition. Nutriparadise Propotion is a health drink specially designed to cater to the nutritional requirements of hospitalized patients, this drink is a deviant from all the traditional ones out there in the market. Not just because it is free from preservatives and cholesterol, the ingredients have been chosen carefully and blended in the right proportion to ensure proper nutritional balance.

With respect to the packaging, it is an easy to tear 10 grams sachet, though all the allergen information is being provided at the back of the sachet, we were concerned about the absence of manufacturing date and batch number though the expiry date was available.

As per the nutritional facts provided at back of the sachet for every 10g serving the nutritional split is 6.4 grams of carbs and only 1.3 grams of protein which is tad low, anything greater than 2.0 grams would be ideal but still the fact remains that the 6.4 grams of carbs is not from sugar. Overall 10 grams of proportion for 23 rupees is indeed worth a buy, but our suggestion is it can still be made ideal if the price is at 20 rupees with 2.0 grams of protein for every serving of 10 grams.

Nutriparadise GI-55 khichidi:

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A diabetic friendly product might be worth a try because of its low glycemic index, but if you are a chronic diabetic patient, it is better to seek your doctor’s advice and consult a nutritionist who can help you out with respect to altering your diet chart. But if you are just looking out for some low GI alternatives, this can be worth a try, but please do consult a nutritionist before making this an integral part of your diet.

Background of the company

NutriParadise Foods is a B2B company in the food and health sector that concentrates on providing healthy and nutritious food to hospitalized patients with special dietary requirements. Being a neutraceutical company, the brand caters food to hospitals which is specially formulated. They are the first company in India to develop convenient therapeutic food products for diabetic patients, pregnant women as well as for general illness.

NutriParadise is the brainchild of Mr. Vijaysurya and was started in the year 2014 in Bangalore. At present, he is the CEO of the company and wishes to promote special diets for patients in hospitals across the country.

The company is backed by JGI ventures and CSIR-CFTRI, Mysore. With over four years in R&D and food technology, the company tailors meals and dietary requirements with utmost care and scientific thought to optimize good health and nutrition. Their parameters involve pairing of nutrition, flavor and design. Collectively, the products made are designed to help fasten the recovery of an ailing patient. They have a strong team of scientists, nutritionists, and food technologists working on the products.

At the moment, they have launched three products that cater to the needs of general, diabetic and pregnancy patients. The product introduced includes – Kichdi for diabetic patients, ProPotion (Health drink) for general patients and an Omega 3 chutney powder for pregnant women as well as normal patients. They are further expanding their product portfolio for patients suffering from ailments relating to Gastro-intestine, CKD, Cancer, Cardiac, Neurology, Fatty Liver, etc.

 

Kaidi Kitchen Introduces New Big Menu

Themed restaurants improvise eating experience and breaks the monotony of the dining environment. Kaidi Kitchen (Jail Samayalarai), a multicuisine vegetarian restaurant is focused on giving you an experience of being inside a jail. There are cells and the service team is all dressed up in uniforms and the décor suits the theme. We visited the restaurant to experience the new big menu introduced by the restaurant. Primarily, the food and variety were excellent.  We had a full course meal beginning with the Mongolian rice soup and ending it with a baked rasogolla and sizzling brownie icecream.

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Deconstructing Health on World Health Day

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As per the definition of WHO, “HEALTH” is a complete state of physical, mental and social well being and not just merely the absence of any disease or infirmity.

Ironically in this fast-paced era of globalization and automation of even the most minuscule tasks of our everyday lives, humans are “mentally evolving and physically devolving” at an exponential rate, which is alarming.

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You might wonder what this has got to do with health…?

Read again! it is clear from the definition that holistic health is not just restricted to an individual but is all encompassing. This very fact brings me back nostalgic memories of my school days when in was a part of the N.S.S (National Service Scheme) and the motto was “NOT ME BUT YOU”

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Fitness Talk: Proteins

imagesIf not for this one macro nutrient, only god knows what else would the fitness industry would earn on, this nutrient is not only a basic building block of life but has also helped many in the fitness industry to build huge building blocks.

I think, you would have guessed it right by now on what we are going to talk about…?

Yes, proteins…!

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The Travel Pill- An Enlightening Event

Ever been with a starry-eyed young professional with promise, raring to take the world by storm and into his own hands? It was among that lot that I was a part of, and it had been quite a while since I had lost the sense of purpose of being with the family both mentally and physically. To not let matters get out of hand, literally, I planned an impromptu trip to a hill station in the southern part of India. My friends were quite puzzled on my travel plans when they knew my domestic harmony was at stake. My answer to them was simple. It is not the threat of losing my way with my family, but the thought of putting into perspective as to what I wanted to do with my life, the very inspiration of my tryst with travel.

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Food Review – Asian Aroma at Chetpet

30cb32b8-5811-4872-bb3a-1da6a3dc00f3Asian Aroma is an Asian Vegetarian restaurant where we had specialty Asian dishes including rotis, and choice of north Indian subjis.  The term Asian somehow rings Chinese to us and though they had mouth watering Chinese dishes, it was the Roti and Tawa Paneer along with Paneer Tikka that stole the show. It is located on Mayor Ramanathan Road in Chetpet closer to the Eco Park.

We went there for a review and the food was interesting and being a vegetarian, a place serving only vegetarian food is a big plus. Asian food and vegetarian, we do not have a lot of options. So vegetarians out there, this is a nice place to try out different cuisines that includes Indian food too.

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