Call the fashion cops: ‘Jorts-wearing bandit’ hits St. Louis

Anyone who recognizes a man accused of robbing stores in the St. Louis area while wearing jean shorts is being urged to call “the fashion police.” St. Louis County Police dubbed the suspect the “jorts-wearing bandit” in a tweet on Monday, and included a photo. The tweet says the suspect’s “disregard for the law is as offensive as his disregard for fashion trends.” Officer Ben Granda said the unarmed suspect approached a cashier at a Walgreens store in Lemay with merchandise on Aug. 8, and then overpowered her when she…

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The Pound Cake: It’s History and What Makes it a Classic Dessert

We all crave for the chocolatey truffle pastry, the beautiful red velvet cake or the absolutely flawless blueberry cheesecake every once in a while, but the basic vanilla pound cake stays an all-time favourite. It’s the most basic, tastiest as well as the easiest recipe. However, has it ever occurred to you why a pound cake is called a ‘pound cake’? Every name has a history, every name tells a story. A chocolate chip cake is named that way as two of the major ingredients in the cake are cocoa…

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What’s the Difference Between Vegan and Vegetarian?

Just when we thought vegetarianism was starting to be the next ‘in-trend’ thing, came the concept of vegan. With the current wave to switch to a healthier lifestyle and diet, millions of people across the globe are adopting not just vegetarian but also the vegan way of life. So what really are vegans? Vegans are vegetarians but with more diet restrictions, particularly in terms of consuming animal products. But there’s more to it. So let’s look at the differences between vegetarian and vegan – Vegans Are Vegetarian But a Lot…

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Feni: The Famous Cashew Fruit Liquor from Goa You Must try

It wouldn’t be wrong to deem the thriving party capital of the country – Goa – as one of country’s richest culinary hotspots too. An erstwhile Portuguese colony, Goa has successfully managed to retain its vintage charm through its local customs and food. And one such Portuguese contribution to the beverages of the subcontinent is Feni. Food historian KT Acharya in his book, A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food, describes Feni as the “Distilled liquour with a distinctive flavour developed in Goa by Catholic monks from the red ‘fruit’of the…

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6 Goan Desserts You’d Love to Binge on the Next Time You Are in Goa

What’s the point of visiting a city without having to savour its local cuisine and drinks? Goan cuisine is something that is unmissable. It is largely influenced by Saraswat, Konkani, Portuguese, South Indian and British cuisine. Not only the local cuisine and drinks, but Goan desserts are known for their uniqueness and flavours. They may not be as popular as the Vindalooor seafood, but anyone’s who been to Goa would know that desserts here are no less sinful. The traditional desserts are popularly made during festivals in most Goan homes, so…

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Tamil Nadu’s Crispy Cashew Pakoda is the Perfect Evening Snack During Monsoon

Who doesn’t love crispy pakodas on a rainy day? Well, we all do. Our undying love for fried snacks is just beyond imagination and why not? They make for a great accompaniment with a piping hot cup of tea. Talk about pakodas, we all end up gorging on the same ol’ pyaaz ka pakoda, aloo ka pakoda or mirchi ka pakoda , but have you ever thought of trying the delectably crispy cashew pakoda or Munthiri Puruppu Pakoda popular in Tamil Nadu? This rich delicacy is religiously gorged on as evening snacks with a cup…

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Mirchi Ka Salan, the Nizam’s Spicy Curry that Completes Hyderabadi Biryani

Mention Hyderabad and your mind immediately conjures a picture of piping hot Hyderabadi Biryani , bursting with aromatic flavours and rich meat. However, if you are a true fan of the Hyderabadi Biryani, you can’t enjoy the delicacy in its full glory unless you have its equally brilliant accompaniment – Mirchi Ka Salan . Mirchi Ka Salan is a renowned chilli and peanut curry of Hyderabad, Telangana. Made of green chillies, peanuts, sesame seeds, dry coconut, cumin seeds, ginger and garlic paste, turmeric powder, bay leaf and thick tamarind juice, the rich curry compliments the…

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What You Should Know About the Pro-Vegan Netflix Film ‘What the Health’

The recent pro-vegan Netflix documentary, What the Health, is under fire from nutrition experts. The film, which is co-directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn—the creators of another Netflix documentary, Cowspiracy—and co-produced by actor Joaquin Phoenix, is being criticized by some health professionals for exaggerating weak data and misrepresenting science to promote a diet that avoids all animal foods. TIME fact-checked the film. Here are four things that What the Health got wrong—and what it got right. No, eggs are not as bad for you as cigarettes The documentary claims that eating an egg a day is as bad for…

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Here’s Why Your Salad May Not Be The Most Healthy Meal of Your Day

Opting to go light and healthy? Think your healthy plate of salad is the best bet to keep all the unhealthy carbs and fats at bay? Think again. Yes, a generous helping of greens and vegetables is surely low in calories and provides a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, but the fattening dressings and toppings tossed with your leafy greens can instead make your healthy meal of the day a feast of calories and fats! Here’s how. Now we all know the importance of loading up on healthy and leafy greens daily; they are a powerhouse…

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THE DIVINE TASTE OF TEMPLE FOOD

Shojin ryori or the vegan cuisine of Zen Buddhist monks in Japan makes for a meal that is a combination of simple processes and surprising flavours If you look up the phrase shojin ryori online, the most simplistic translation would be vegetarian food. Typically, the term refers to traditional Buddhist cuisine that spread from China in the 6th century. Described as ‘devotional cooking’ or ‘Zen Buddhist temple food’ by various sources, it is generally associated with the vegan food cooked by Buddhist monks across Japanese temples. Not surprisingly, food cooked…

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