Summer recipes

Summer – when a home’s hearth becomes its oven, and when you don’t really need to add salt to your food, when old Hindi movies have something to offer (think of the sweat of your face). Since the air around us dries out, standing in front of a stove is hardly the ideal condition. We … Read moreSummer recipes

Something for everyone: Cafe Cubano serves Indian and international favorites with mixed results

Cafe Cubano is not a cafe; nor Cuban. Chef Rakesh Talwar says he liked the ring of the name; it sounded like a place where people gathered and talked. The food is a melange of Indian food and old favorites presented with a twist. As Talwar says, “There is something for everyone.” We started with … Read moreSomething for everyone: Cafe Cubano serves Indian and international favorites with mixed results

Glass, half full: South Mumbai’s new brasserie, Doppio, is worth a visit for its drinks menu, even if the rest triggers deja vu

Doppio, meaning a double espresso, promises to be the hip new thing for the “elite SoBo crowd”. While the interesting drinks menu delivers on this promise and the food is good, the atmosphere is cliché. What strikes the customer immediately after walking is a deja vu. The whole look is very Cafe Zoe industrial chic; … Read moreGlass, half full: South Mumbai’s new brasserie, Doppio, is worth a visit for its drinks menu, even if the rest triggers deja vu

How safe is your milk to drink? Experts warn against contamination

An inexpensive milk test kit has been developed by the Defense Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) in Mysuru. Express files India is today the world’s largest milk producer thanks to the white revolution. Yet more than two-thirds of the milk in India does not meet food safety standards. Milk counterfeiting is widespread, as much as six … Read moreHow safe is your milk to drink? Experts warn against contamination

Worth the effort

Tamasha is enviably situated on private property on Kasturba Gandhi Marg, just off Connaught Place, avoiding the resulting traffic jams with a valet service, a must on the busy road. Spread over two floors, with cavernous interiors, it is nevertheless the front garden that makes Tamasha worth seeing. Featuring a brick marked at an angle … Read moreWorth the effort