Street food: Thai foodies defend Bangkok vendor culture

In a city where eating well is an obsession, a statement by a senior official last month, published in a national newspaper, caused a public outcry. Vallop Suwandee, who chairs an advisory board to the governor of Bangkok, was quoted as saying that street vendors would be removed from all 50 districts of the city. It seemed that one of the most popular and distinctive aspects of Bangkok life was to be wiped out, days after CNN had voted Bangkok the best place in the world for street food, and…

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10 Food Lies We Need to Stop Telling Ourselves

We are bombarded with an overload of information these days, thanks to the internet. Though this is a blessing sometimes, some of it may also be propaganda to serve the interests of certain lobbyists. Lies, some big and some small, are told to us over and over again, until we believe them. And then, a study comes out against them or someone writes an article like this, to arm you with knowledge, and help you decide for yourself, what is fact and what is fiction. Here are some of the…

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Flatbread Supports a Quick Saute at the End of the Day: Recipe

Like many people, I have two styles to my cooking: for company, and for me and my partner. For the former, mostly on the weekends, I spend more time on dishes that are perhaps a little flashier and usually (but not always) more involved, and even if I get creative, I typically start with a solid base of dependable recipes. Night in and night out, though, what comes to the table is much more off the cuff. And sometimes when I start I don’t really know how I’m going to…

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5 Yummy British Dishes You Must Try Post-Brexit

For me, Britain is a place of comfort foods. The dishes are mostly non-fuss and the emphasis is always on enhancing the natural flavours – perhaps this is why a lot of their food is so flavourful. Try five of my favourite British dishes on chilly autumn evenings or cold wintry days. 1. Kedgeree of Smoked Haddock   Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Serves: 4   Ingredients:   1 finely chopped onion 3 cardamom pods, split open 1/4 tsp turmeric 1 small cinnamon stick 1 bay leaf…

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JEREMIAH TOWER, A FORGOTTEN FATHER OF THE AMERICAN FOOD REVOLUTION

Jeremiah Tower has long been underappreciated in the annals of American culinary history. A new documentary produced by Anthony Bourdain attempts to set the record straight.PHOTOGRAPH BY MATTHEW NAYTHONS / THE LIFE IMAGES COLLECTION / GETTY   The American food movement—local, seasonal, organic, chef-proud—has an undisputed mother: Alice Waters, the founder of the pioneering restaurant Chez Panisse, in Berkeley, California. Its father, Jeremiah Tower, ran away to Mexico and has been periodically proclaiming paternity rights ever since. The purpose of the strange and compelling new documentary “Jeremiah Tower: The Last…

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How to Make Vegetable Stock

                    Stock is the basic liquid element that adds depth to most dishes like curries, soups and sauces. This flavourful liquid is prepared by simmering a variety of ingredients in water for hours. Vegetable stock can be prepared at home using fresh produce. It is rich in minerals and vitamins, given the use of nutritious veggies. People usually get confused between a stock and a broth. They do not differ much, except that a broth contains more seasoning than stock. For your vegetable…

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7 Foods You Should Never Have On An Empty Stomach

                    It may not always be right to eat what we feel like! The first thing we eat in the morning sets forth the course of the day. Certain foods may wreak havoc with your gut if eaten on an empty stomach. We asked Clinical Nutritionist, Dr. Rupali Datta to help us out here and suggest foods or drinks that we should avoid having on an empty stomach. She also advises that you should give your digestive system some time to start functioning…

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3 Eggplant Dishes That Will Change How You Feel About this Boring Vegetable

An aubergine (brinjal/ baingan) is not a very popular vegetable. People love to hate the ‘baingan‘ because of its texture, which many consider ‘slimy’. Others find it ‘bitter’ to taste. But this very fact that it has a woody, nutty flavour means that the eggplant can be adapted or mixed with several flavours. Also, most people do not cook eggplant properly, with the result that they don’t really realise they are destroying its flavour. Recommended ways to cook eggplant include slow roasting, slow baking, frying (in very thin slices), and…

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The 8 Healthiest Foods You Should Start Your Day With

Eating a healthy breakfast is essential but it may not be best to start your day with a full meal. Your body, internal organs and various process need time to wake up and kick-start their function after long hours of rest. Health experts advice that it is best to start your day with some warm water or a small snack to get your metabolism going. Here’s a quick list of 10 healthy foods that you can eat in the morning before your first meal. Choose your pick or experiment every day….

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8 luxury hotels worth it just for the food

 Most people think of hotel food as something to endure, not enjoy. At some places, it’s as bad as you’d find at a hospital. But when it comes to knockout ambience, killer cuisine and a world-class experience, some luxury hotels bring their A game. Here, we’ve rounded up eight worth visiting just for a meal, based on cursory research and recommendations. 1. Wit & Wisdom at Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore FourSeasons.com Michael Mina’s award-winning tavern is as American as you can get, with seafood thrown in for good measure. New Englanders will feel right at…

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