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Food Binge vs Netflix Binge

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Are you a foodie? Do you love exploring about new cultures and the foods that are associated with them? Do you love to travel too? Wouldn’t it be great to indulge in all those interests while curled up on your couch at home? In the age of bingeing, we bring you a list of Netflix shows that can whet your appetite for all things travel and food related, and ensure that you learn something new about all those things you love.

(Disclaimer – Watching these shows will probably make your mouth water, will probably create a travel itch, and will definitely leave you feeling hungry. Kindly proceed with full knowledge and acceptance of said side-effects.)

 

1. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Food, check! Travel, check! Celebrities, check! David Chang, check! What more could you possibly need? Head through various countries as David brings along famous friends and checks out some phenomenally great food. P.S. You don’t need a visa, we promise.

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Image Source – New on Netflix

 

2. Street Food

Where do you find the best food? On the streets of course! This show brings to the front the true heroes for our taste buds, the people who struggle by getting up earlier than the sun, those who stand in the heat of the afternoon, and work long into the night, just so we can grab a quick bite that’s tasty, cheap, and fills our stomachs and hearts. Sail across Asia and meet the best of the best from India, Thailand, South Korea, and so many more.

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Image Source – whatsnewonnetflix.com

 

3. Chef’s Table

With six whole seasons, this Emmy-nominated series is definitely binge-worthy. Featuring top chefs from across the globe, delve in to hear about their stories, their vision, their food. As you travel from Germany, to Russia, to South Korea, to Mexico, be prepared to be hit by a whirlwind of gorgeous looking food that will leave you breathless. Bonus, one season is only about pastry. Get your dessert game on!

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Image Source – thewrap.com

 

4. Ugly Delicious

An interesting docu-series featuring favourite chef David Chang (again), this one is a must-watch for every single person who loves fusion food. David meets chefs bringing together cultures and flavor profiles in the most fearless ways possible. Whether its Arab tacos, or Japanese pizza, be prepared to have your preconceptions of what does and doesn’t go together completely shattered. Spoiler Alert – Season 2 is on its way!

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Image Source – Facebook

 

5. Festive Foods

Take a trip across Asia with this show, with each episode featuring various festivals across the continent, and of course the scrumptious food it all brings forth. Whether it’s Diwali, or the Moon Festival, or Winter Solstice celebrations, prepare to drool.

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Image Source – Netflix

 

Happy Drooling!

Quiz – Do You Know Your National Dishes?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Food. Quite possibly the best word to ever exist, right? I mean, who doesn’t love food? We certainly do! So let’s take a trip around the world, and check out how many of these countries’ national dishes you can guess right. We’ve supplied the food, can you supply the knowledge?

 

Answers are at the bottom. Remember, no peeking. Let’s go!

 

1. Hamburgers

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Image Source – Wikipedia

A. Canada     B. U.S.A.     C. England     D. Italy

 

 

2. Bulgogi

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Image Source – damndelicious.net

A. Japan     B. Malaysia     C. Korea     D. Thailand

 

 

3. Goulash

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Image Source – BBC Good Food

A. Hungary     B. Syria     C. Russia     D. Latvia

 

 

4. Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding

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Image Source – Tesco Real Food

A. U.S.A     B. England     C. Ireland     D. Australia

 

 

5. Ackee and Saltfish

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Image Source – That Girl Cooks Healthy

A. Jamaica     B. Barbados     C. Honduras     D. Bermuda

 

 

6. Poutine

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Image Source – Maclean’s

A. France      B. New Zealand      C. Malaysia     D. Canada

 

 

7. Falafel

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Image Source – Swasthi’s Recipes

A. U.S.A.     B. Syria     C. Abu Dhabi     D. Pakistan

 

 

8. Souvlaki

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Image Source – RecipeTin Eats

A. Greece     B. Turkey     C. Spain     D. Abu Dhabi

 

 

9. Paella

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Image Source – wholefoodsmarket.com

A. Mexico      B. Brazil     C. Portugal     D. Spain

 

10. Doner Kebab

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Image Source – Mum in the Madhouse

A. Pakistan     B. Lebanon      C. Turkey     D. Abu Dhabi

 

 

 

Now let’s see how many you managed to get right…..

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Image Source – 3chicspolitico

And the answers are:

1. U.S.A (B)

2.Korea (C)

3. Hungary (A)

4. England (B)

5. Jamaica (A)

6. Canada (D)

7. Abu Dhabi (C)

8. Greece (A)

9. Spain (D)

10. Turkey (C)

 

How many did you get right?

Food Art: Pleasing your Palate and Plate

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

I still remember the first time I bought a coffee from one of those branded (and expensive) coffee shops, the ones that offer exotic-sounding varieties like Americanos and Machiatos, and the sense of awe that crept up in me as I gazed inside my perfectly-brewed cup. There, dancing over the piping hot coffee, was a pretty leaf, formed of foamy froth and coffee dust. Perfectly shaped and precisely detailed, that leaf was to me nothing less than a work of art!

Time and again, in our Instagram feeds or on the glossy pages of some magazine or, if we have the dough to spend, in the plates in front of us, we get to see extremely well-presented dishes, dishes that are designed to appeal to our sight as much as they are seasoned to please our taste buds. Fancy flourishes of a crunchy lettuce leaf or a fine drizzle of a spicy sauce dress up a modest dish and transform it into a veritable pièce de résistance. Of late, especially with the mushrooming of gourmet restaurants, chefs have begun experimenting extensively with presentation. From carefully arranging the components into beautiful patterns to creating detailed pictures on the plate, chefs are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to woo customers with truly unique dishes. In fact, so creative and attractive are these creations that they have been elevated to the status of art. Food art of culinary art is now being considered a new genre of art, some even including it among the performing arts. If you’re reading this and going, “What the?!” you’re not the only person. This move, of including gastronomical creations into the realm of the arts, has elicited as much criticism as it has praise.

Those not in favour of the move have the following arguments to make; firstly that food is cooked primarily for consumption and therefore, there is always a monetary angle involved. Chefs innovate to increase sales and not because they believe in creating something beautiful. Secondly, that food is well, food, edible items meant for nourishing the system rather than stimulating thought or change. Since the principle purpose of art is to bring about a change in the individual, food simply cannot be looked at as art. Those in favour of the move strike down these accusations with the following arguments: the monetary angle is a consideration for most artists, even if not overtly, every artist wants his art to be appreciated, in a way, consumed. Also, if dishes are sold, art is sold too, in fact, at exorbitant rates. Secondly, that art does not necessarily need to have a cleansing or moralizing aspect. Good art can simply appeal to our senses, move us with its beauty. A well decorated dish succeeds in doing this. In fact, it appeals to not just one but multiple senses, like smell, sight, touch and taste. So, if it does manage to wow the viewer, it should be looked at as art!

Well, the arguments will continue, but in the end, what matters is how you feel when you see a delectably decorated dish in front of you. Does it draw in all your concentration and tingle your senses and make you feel good about life? If your answer is yes, then you’re probably among those who consider food to be art. And guess what, it’s okay!

Here are some delicious and artsy spreads, drool!

Mosaic made from beans and other food items. Artist: Jason Mecier.

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Artwork on eggshells. Artist: Christel Assante

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Sculpture made from butter. Artist: Jim Victor

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Foodscapes by artist Carl Warner

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Fruit and vegetable art by artist Ray Duey

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All the more reason to love food, right?