Category Archives: Health
Chennai culinary scene has seen a rapid change and it is varieties galore in every section of a sumptuous feast. Desserts have found a prominent space and it will be no extravaganza if we say milkshakes have evolved vying for a solid percentage of beverages menu. So naturally dessert bars have found their way to bring those exclusive offerings. There is no way to say “enough” with this lovely sumptuous exotic collection at Temptey’s, a newly opened dessert bar exclusively for thick shakes, at navalur, strategically positioned opposite OMR food street and AGS Cinemas, Viviera mall. Temptey’s menu of milkshakes has more than 100+ varieties and trust us, each one boasts of its own signature stuff. Shhhh, ingredients are sourced from Italy and the trade mark in-house preparations combine in a way to make them filling and fulfilling and it sure is a big plus. Let’s Meet Over a MilkShake, tag line of this brand suits the concept and it sure has an ambience of a hangout.
Winter is in and this spells onset of mosquitoes. It is a known fact that mosquitoes are vectors responsible for many diseases. As always prevention is better than cure and it is important for us to take necessary steps to secure us from potential mosquito bites. Immunity is a major factor in keeping away seasonal diseases communicated by various medium. When we talk about immunity, babies and children are the most susceptible and as a parent every one of us know how difficult it is to control them and keep them away from places where mosquitoes breed. The next aspect of immunity is allergic reactions. Today, allergies are the cause of many respiratory associated infections and so we hear ‘natural’ being chanted everywhere and in each item we purchase. It is not that everyone is allergic to chemicals but we can say that there is a formidable population in that area too.
A group of bloggers, including me, were invited for the So Chennai & Sensodyne Food Walk here in Chennai. Needless to say, I grabbed the offer and set out for the great food-adventure!
The concept at hand was that a few bloggers and actual tooth sensitivity sufferers, who had been using Sensodyne for a number of months, would get to go on a food walk, sampling food and drinks without the fear of any sensitivity.
Here is a description of our food-adventure experience at three popular eateries in Chennai.
On1y Spices and Herbs is the product of Jayanti, a Kolkata based Tea business of Jayantilal Shah in 1940s. Jayanti has evolved with the business scenario and has expanded globally and into multi business conglomerate. Jayanti is one of the main players of herbs and spices, decaffeinated tea and natural caffeine in the Indian market. We were invited to get a personal rendezvous with their spices and herbs and it was a lovely session in close proximity to the gentle aroma and practical application of the seasonings and its value addition.
On1y Spices and Herbs are sourced from the countries of origin in its purest form and processed in India in Coimbatore and Ahmedabad and brought to us in its pristine form. Once we heard this, the immediate thought was its pricing. Surprisingly the beauty of the On1y Spices and Herbs is its pricing. It was a surprise to note that the costliest product in the list is Black pepper sourced in India.
Every child is the apple of his or her parents’ eyes and their hope of achieving heights they had aspired to reach. At least they hope to assume so. It bodes ill to some parents who have to wake up to the fact that their child is battling autism. However, it is increasingly prevalent among children these days as the stress of today’s parents are forcing major psychological disturbances among their offshoots. However, all is not lost for them. According to Dr. Nandini Mundkur, city pediatrician, it is a fighting chance for those parents who make that extra effort to identify their kid’s condition when it is still nascent.
One of these days, a friend of mine from abroad told me about her longing for a traditional Tamil Vegetarian meal served in plantain leaf with the impact of whiff of freshness on a hungry stomach. It made me contemplate on the meals we had of late where we felt it was just awesome, the contentment of having it full stomach, relishing the lingering food taste in the mouth and longing for more. Surprising to me, I had to think a lot to locate few and yet the feeling of absolute satisfaction was really missing. It almost became like a craving as we started getting feelers on food around the area from various people. Two places came close to what we wanted from the recommendations we got and one was Andhi Kadai, Velachery and other was Durga Nivas, Nanganallur. Since we were near Velachery, we decided to try out Andhi Kadai.
On Valentine’s Day this year and being a Sunday, it was time for a day out. Day out to us as a family means a lunch or dinner to a place of popular choice. This day being celebration of all sorts, we were too thoughtful to venture into malls or places we are sure to find crowded. After lot of speculation, we decided to try out the one awaiting our consent for long – Prem’s Graama Bhojanam at Adyar. It is a vegetarian restaurant known to serve traditional village food using millets.
The topic of this post is lifestyle. The idea behind this post came from my analysis of the lives of my grandmother, mother-in-law and in short, my earlier generation. What was clearly evident was the youthfulness of their skin, hair and eyes. We, the current generation, claiming to be intellectually wise age by looks with grey hair peeping in as early as mid 30s. We cannot deny the fact that stress and strain take a toll on our lives and our life has become much complex compared to yesteryears and the earlier generation. This change is seen more among women as they juggle between home, family and career.
Oral care had never been a subject of concern few decades back. We could connect it with the brushing habits, natural products, organic food, sans pesticides life and more. As we moved into the millennium, medical innovations have gone beyond just treatment to venture into cosmetic zone. Eating habits too have changed and so is our lifestyle. Still the most ignored part of our body remains to be oral care and specifically the teeth. We cannot ignore the fact that mouth is the organ responsible for our intake and the point of contact to our metabolic system. Any callousness in taking care of it can lead to overall issues with health. We had an interactive session and treatment at Apollo White Dental to understand the importance of regular dental checkups and the services they offer to customers.
We are approaching exam season and parents look tenser than the wards following up with them every minute, watching their movements and ensuring that they are always with their books. To every student waiting to write their exams, parents are demon incarnates breathing on their neck with the words ‘Study, Marks, Grade’. As a parent, I can understand the stress and thought process of the parents but children also deserve better.
Parents can turn out to be Fantastico for their wards if they understand psychology a bit and also the art of coping with problems that surface in the process of learning.
Children reaching the secondary level have to contend with the fact that whatever they have learnt till then was without thinking about the subject. As the grade progresses, learning gets associated with thinking and the need to think to learn arises.
Indian cuisine and food preparation is undergoing a sea change and traditional methods of cooking have been done with but this also spells doing away with many ingredients and processes that spell health in every element. My peppy octogenarian mother-in-law holds onto her values to the level that she demands that every bit of her cooking has her signature in it and no ready-made store-bought powders are ever used in her preparation. Initially, when I came to know about it, I wondered why red chilli should be bought, dried in sun and powdered when we can get it ready-made.