The Life Seeker – Cupboard Of Solace

The Life Seeker is a series where we try finding the definition of life in simple inanimate objects. No, this is not serious philosophy. This is a simple experiment through the eyes of a sucker for meaning.

So I have this funda which comes around every 2 months. It Involves crying and stuff, but I have learnt it’s mandatory.

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Our mind needs a scapegoat, something to blame it’s own inefficiency on. For me, it’s my cupboard. It’s never too clean it’s never too dirty, it just is. I get this urge to remove it all out and clean it. It’s symbolic to cleaning my life, organizing myself with a deep intuition that cleaning the cupboard will clean my life. Here’s the thing, it never works. It’s back to what it is, not to clean, not too dirty. It’ll just be as is it. The Moment I feel lost I clean it out and suddenly I am slightly found. It lies in the dust and clothes. There’s this feeling that it’s not as bad as you think it is and you can make it good.

Everyone has their cupboard.

For few, it’s an ice cream box in the freezer.
For some, a project they started which they’ll now either throw or end.
That one show which you want to binge.
That book you never end up finishing.
The boyfriend you need to dump.
That run you need to make.
That tedious chore you’ve just been leaving out since ages.
Texting a friend who you’ll get tired of texting in a while.
That vacation which never happens.
That creaky door which you always wanted to mend on a Sunday.
Calling the “Hey let’s catch up” beer buddy.
Or that fuck buddy you forgot.
You think it makes you better. But guess what? It doesn’t. Doing it just leaves it as it is, not too dirty not too clean until you get that urge again. What’s your cupboard?

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The Life Seeker – Cable of Life

The Life Seeker is a series where we try finding the definition of life in simple inanimate objects. No, this is not serious philosophy. This is a simple experiment through the eyes of a sucker for meaning.

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So, as creepy as it may sound, life is like the electrical wiring you may see outside. Flowing, sometimes, monotonous, but unending. Okay, well life isn’t unending. But it is flowing continuously.
No matter how straight or monotonous is gets, no matter how tangled it gets, no matter how many other cables intersect your own, your cable literally won’t stop flowing. Well, unless you cut the cable, which umm wouldn’t be very nice. So, don’t cut the cable.

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Now isn’t it beautiful that a million of cables flow in different directions. And yes, this kinda makes us all unique.

Interestingly, life does give us electric shocks sometimes too right? But then, that’s what it does to everyone. Unless you’re a super strong cable which would be awesome.

And while all of these cables don’t make it so far, they all have a purpose. Transferring electrical signals or power or connecting other devices or something scientific. The point is what the purpose of our cable? Why are we flowing in this direction? Where are we headed? Guess we’ll never find out…

 

A Slice of History : Pizza through the Ages

Pizza is certainly one of the most popular dishes all around the world. Yet, very few people actually know the history of pizza and what were the first ingredients used to create it.

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Where: Naples, Italy

When: 16th Century

What: Flatbread covered in tomato sauce

The initial recipe changed several times throughout the following years, and ingredients such as olive oil were slowly added to enhance the taste of pizza. However, this dish continuously improved until the 19th century, when the well-known Margherita Pizza was prepared for the first time, to honor the Queen of Italy. This was the most sophisticated dish of its kind at that time.

It is known that since ancient times people tried different ingredients in order to enhance the taste of bread and that could be regarded as “ancient pizza”. This dish has slowly but surely evolved throughout the century, and if you think about it for a second, the evolution is fantastic: at first, it was nothing but flatbread that was the main food for the poor, and today it contains tens of ingredients and it is served in the world’s finest restaurants.

This dish slowly became more diverse over time: at the beginning, the tomato sauce was the only topping. Nowadays, there are countless varieties of pizza, from Quattro Stagioni to Margherita. The serving method also changed: initially, it was sold in open air.

Italy is very famous for this dish and everybody knows it. As a matter of fact, in Naples you can find plenty restaurants that offer traditional pizza just as it was in the 19th century. Therefore, if you go to Italy and you want to taste the traditional pizza, Naples is certainly the place for you! It must be mentioned that the first restaurant which only served pizza was open almost two centuries ago, back in 1830. Actually, that pizzeria still stands today and it is committed to serving the best pizza in town!

Pizza was even mentioned in the work of famous writers such as Alexandre Dumas in the 19th century. However, the dish he described in his work was quite sophisticated, since besides the classic tomato juice it also included cheese and even anchovies.

In conclusion, pizza is one of the tastiest dishes and this is what made is to popular among both adults and children. There are plenty pizza varieties available, and whether you like vegetarian pizza or perhaps the one with fruits, you now know how it all started.

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Foodies, Zomato Gold will change your lives!

Zomato, online restaurant guide and food ordering app launched its ‘Zomato Gold’ programme—a paid subscription-based service—in India

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So what is Zomato Gold?

Zomato Gold is a subscription platform where members will get exclusive deal at restaurants, bars and pubs that Zomato has partnered with.

India is the third market that the foodtech company has rolled out Gold in, after UAE and Portugal in 2017.

There will be two kinds of subscriptions in India: Gold for dining out and Gold for Nightlife. Under the Gold for dining out subscription, it gives members a complimentary dish (any) across the menu with every meal they order at a partner restaurant. Similarly, the nightlife subscription gets them up to two complimentary drink across the menu – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

The company says that Gold members can avail these perks across all Gold restaurants in India and on every visit. It partners with awesome restaurants and pubs across the country like British Brewing Company, Verbena Sky Garden, Coffee by Di Bella and many many more!

With the lure of a free drink and complimentary dish, Zomato hopes to increase footfalls for its partner restaurants. The cost of the freebies is absorbed by the restaurants.

Initially, It has launched the Gold in three significant markets across India, including Delhi NCR, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. Subscribers can access the programme directly from the app or through its official site. The paid subscription for the Gold programme is available at Rs. 599 for three months and Rs. 1,499 for a year. Early members can opt for an early bird offer by paying Rs. 299 for the three-month plan or Rs. 999 for the annual one.

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Everything You Need to Know About the “Paleo Diet”

The paleo diet (also nicknamed the caveman diet, primal diet, Stone Age diet, and hunter-gatherer diet) is hugely popular these days, and goes by one simple question: What would a caveman eat? Here, we explain what the paleo diet involves, its pros and cons, and, ultimately, what a modern person needs to know to decide whether or not to take the paleo diet plunge.

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The Paleo Premise

The paleo diet runs on the same foods our hunter-gather ancestors supposedly ate: fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, and nuts. “By following these nutritional guidelines, we put our diet more in line with the evolutionary pressures that shaped our current genetics, which in turn positively influences health and well being,” says Loren Cordain, PhD, professor of health and exercise science at Colorado State University and author of The Paleo Diet. He says the diet lessens the body’s glycemic load, has a healthy ratio of saturated-to-unsaturated fatty acids, increases vitamin and nutrient consumption, and contains an optimal balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

What’s on the Menu?

Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fresh meat—the paleo diet is all about eating foods straight from the Earth just as our ancestors did. Those ancestors didn’t have livestock or crops to call their own, so Cordain advises to go with grass-fed and organic varieties whenever possible to limit exposure to pesticides, antibiotics, and other chemicals that didn’t exist back then. Research from Emory University suggests that Paleolithic people obtained about 35% of their calories from fats, 35% from carbohydrates, and 30% from protein.

Paleo comes with Community

One of the biggest pluses of the paleo diet isn’t about nutrition at all—it’s about the support paleo eaters give each other. Online community forums, Facebook pages, and even Meetup groups are filled with people living the ancient lifestyle in modern times. You won’t find that with many other diets.

Paleo isn’t just about Food

Exercise is a vital part of the live-by-your-genetic-code equation. Surviving in the Stone Age meant a constant on-the-go lifestyle that probably required 4,000-plus calories a day, according to David L. Katz, MD, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center. Even most people who hit the gym regularly won’t need to eat that many calories, but the principle of using food as fuel to exercise still stands.

The Paleo Diet is Difficult

Paleo eating requires a lot of planning, prep time, and mental resolve. For instance, eating out on the diet isn’t as simple as ordering chicken and a salad. Think: In what oil was the chicken cooked? Did any of the salad toppings come processed, canned, or packaged? “As with every elimination diet, it’s just not doable long term,” Dr. Ochner says. While weight loss is far from the sole purpose of eating paleo, going on and off of the diet can lead to big weight swings. Any yo-yo diet starts in weight loss from both muscle and fat, and usually ends with weight gain of all fat, which contributes to a slower metabolism and increased insulin resistance.

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A Pinch of Salt : The Bohri Cuisine & Dining Etiquettes

The Bohri community is an essentially close-knit group but when it comes to food, the aroma of their culinary delights reaches far and wide. 

The Bohris live by the saying, “Many hands are a blessing” and for dining this is an encouragement to eat in company. The traditional Bohri way of eating together is around a steel thaal the standard size of which is designed to accommodate a family or any group of 8 or 9 people during a communal dinner.

Bohri etiquette for meals requires that heads be covered and hands washed both before and after the meal. Thus, in a communal dinner or when guests are invited home, once everyone is seated, it is common for a serving member to go around with a chelamchi lota (basin and jug) and wash the guests’ hands. The meal begins by taking a pinch of salt.

One Food for all

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Every Bohri house around the world gets food from a local bohri community centre, called Faize Mawaid-e-Burhani. This community centre caters for all three meals every day of the week except Sundays. There is no price tag on the food, so families pay whatever they can afford. There are no receipts and no records of payments are maintained. Most well-to-do people make generous donations to keep the centre running and ladies volunteer to make chapattis at the centre. The idea is to provide quality food to all members of the bohri community, ­irrespective of whether they can afford it or not.

Unending Courses

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Interestingly, the first, though not the only, course is dessert.“We consider it auspicious to begin our meal with a sweet dish,” says a foodie bohri.  In the Bohri language, all desserts are called mithaas and the savoury dishes kharaas. Bohris love ice cream, so it is served first, unless it’s celebration time, when the sodannu (cooked rice with ghee and sugar) takes the first place.

A meat starter follows and gives way to another dessert. At a Bohri wedding, several courses of kharaas and mithaas are served alternately, but on an ordinary day at home, one round of starters and two desserts is the norm Bohri families follow before the main course, or jaman, appears. Jaman can include a meat dish, which is eaten with chapattis or parathas, and a rice dish that could be anything from a biryani to kaari chaawal (curry with rice) to dal chaawal palidu (lentil rice with curry – see recipe).

When it’s time to Celebrate

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No celebration in a Bohri home is complete without dal chaawal palidu and sodannu. The first day of Muharram is celebrated with a thaal full of 28 to 52 dishes. This is to ensure abundance in the ensuing year. Lachka – crushed and boiled wheat and roasted semolina with oodles of butter, jaggery and dry fruits – is an integral part of this meal. Khichda, a richly flavoured combination of lentils and mutton, garnished with green garlic, is a must on the 10th day of Muharram. Gol sherbet, a lemonade in which jaggery replaces sugar, is garnished with tukmuria seeds and especially relished during Ramadan. Bohri meals are undergoing changes. Many wedding thaals are now seen serving lasagnes, wontons and sizzlers. “But the age-old tradition of eating together out of one thaal will never change,” concludes the foodie.

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Wedding food ideas your guests will never forget!

Your wedding guests won’t remember (or care, really) what the escort cards looked like or what the favors were. But when the food is fun and tasty, that’s something they’ll never forget.

Make your big wedding day memorable with some untraditional menu options like donuts, tacos, mashed potatoes and grilled cheese. Need some more inspiration? Below are 5 delicious and out-of-the-ordinary wedding food ideas you may not have considered before.

Popsicle Cocktails

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There’s nothing more refreshing than a fruity popsicle. Now imagine the gourmet version, with flavors like lavender or raspberry sorbet. Sound delicious? Ask your wedding caterer to try an adults-only version for the cocktail hour with your favorite champagne (pop included in the glass!)  for a fun twist on a frozen treat.

Assorted Popcorn Food Bar

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For a more casual affair,  give your guests the option to mix and match what they’re in the mood for. Popcorn is always a hit (the smell alone is irresistible!). Plus, the bags make it easy to grab ‘n go so everyone can get back to the dance floor at the wedding.

Cheese Wheel Cakes

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Ok, so maybe a cake made from wheels of cheese aren’t going to replace traditional wedding cake, but they’re perfect for a pre-reception wine and cheese hour. Imagine each layer is a different cheese flavor like creamy goat cheese, smoky gouda, or sharp cheddar with a meats and crispy bread on the side.

Soup Shooters

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We’re not talking about the shots you might have done in college—these nonalcoholic drinkable shooters are served during the cocktail hour as hors d’oeuvres at your wedding. Think: cold gazpacho soup, tomato and basil puree, or even stacks of chopped veggies—all garnished with fresh herbs.

 Molecular Gastronomy

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Thanks to food experts who apply science in order to produce delectable dishes, molecular gastronomy is a welcoming sight in some weddings. Foods with astounding textures, shapes and taste with a careful craftsmanship have carved their way in this celebration. One of the most popular dessert that is enjoyed the most is liquid nitrogen ice cream. This will surely be talked about at your wedding.

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