Mexican Versus Tex-Mex Food: What’s the Difference?

As a student in dank, chilly London, I lived on a (mostly) unvarying diet of cheap fish and chips, and care packages from home. It helped that I lived in what was then, a rather dodgy (and hence cheap) part of London. But once a month, the (metaphorical) skies would clear, and my friend and I would trudge down to glorious Greenwich, which was home to beautiful museums, shops and the sweeping grounds of Greenwich Park. We would walk around the borough, and then settle in for lunch at the…

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Meet the Twitter ‘mafia’ in health and fitness tech

A LinkedIn search revealed that more than 20 former Twitter employees are now at health, fitness and bio-tech start-ups. The vast majority of them joined or founded these companies in the past two years, in the midst of Twitter’s well-documented executive shakeup. This list includes but is not limited to: Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, who’s now running a fitness app called Chorus Former Twitter industry manager Julie Martin, who’s now working with Costolo as head of partnerships at Chorus Fitness; and ex-Twitter senior product manager Erin Moore, now head of product…

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Serving Those The Fashion Industry Ignores

Heath Fradkoff Jeff Hansen (left) and Peter Manning design apparel for a cohort of retail consumer with limited options: ‘not so tall’ men. A good rule of thumb for any entrepreneur is to address the needs of those who feel they have been ignored. For Peter Manning, that meant addressing his own. Manning, founder of the eponymous New York-based clothing company, is targeting a clientele he can relate to: the 30 million men in the U.S. whose height does not exceed 5 feet, 8 inches; a demographic ill-served by most…

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Batasha, the Sweet Candy That’s the Most Favourite Temple Food

“Religious foods”, as I call them, sweets and savouries that are part of fasting and feasting rituals, are interesting because they often show up histories of ingredients that we may have long forgotten. In a large part of the Indo-gangetic plain, autumn is the season for batashas – simple, aerated sugar confections often thought to resemble meringues, even though no egg white is used to make these. For many of us, these may be fairly commonplace. Temples, gurudwaras and even small altars at home always have them handy to be given out as blessed offerings,…

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International Chocolate Day: 7 Chocolate Desserts Around the World You Would Love to Devour!

Whether it’s celebrating Valentine’s Day, dealing with a breakup, satisfying sweet cravings or looking for a gifting option, there’s nothing better than chocolates! That’s how chocolate plays a key role in our lives. It comforts us and brings people closer, even if it means fighting for that last bite of the chocolate bar. No wonder it is the world’s favourite decadence. Not just this, cocoa present in chocolate is known to have health benefits too. United States of America observes International Chocolate Day today as it celebrates the importance of the…

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Take a look at the maps that show Obamacare’s big effect on Americans’ health insurance coverage

Those vanishing areas of dark blue are what Obamacare’s effect on the number of Americans without health insurance looks like. The United States Census Bureau on Tuesday released a series of maps that vividly show broad increases in health coverage nationally in the years after full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The maps use dark blue to show states that have 14 percent or more of their residents without health insurance. Lighter shades of blue highlight states with lower uninsured rates. Census officials published the maps as they released a report revealing that…

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Count Your Calories: Here’s How Your Average Indian Lunch Thali Features On The Calorie Chart

One of the thumb rules for weight loss is to keep a track on your calorie intake. If you are on a weight reduction diet or are even remotely aware of the diet and fitness world, you may have heard the most common weight loss advice of burning calories is to burn fat. Calorie is a unit of measurement indicating the amount of energy released when the body breaks down (digests and absorbs) food. As the food breaks down and is digested, it releases calories. When it releases more calories than needed…

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How to cook the perfect risotto nero

Risotto al nero di seppia is a Venetian classic that combines two of La Serenissima’s favourite ingredients: rice and seafood from the lagoon. The ink – generally harvested from the more generously supplied cuttlefish than the squid that is often preferred in English versions – gives the rice a creamy, distinctly maritime richness that pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the cephalopod. The dish’s wider popularity is, I suspect, as much down to its striking appearance as its lovely flavour: few chefs can resist the temptation of a jet-black canvas for their…

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Instant Mashed Potatoes Are The Secret To Amazing Gnocchi

Most kitchen hacks fall into the don’t knock it ’till you try it camp: You’re going to get eye rolls until people experience the genius for themselves. And to be honest, a big ol’ eye roll was exactly what we did when we first read that a box of instant mashed potatoes is the key to the fluffiest gnocchi ever. It seems insane — barbaric, even — that a shortcut could actually produce better-tasting pasta. But get this: The internet is flipping out about it … in a really good way. When you break it down, the…

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Carrot Fries Are The New Sweet Potato Fries

As fall swiftly approaches (I know, huge bummer), we say goodbye to juicy tomatoes and sweet peaches and enter root vegetable season! Beets, sweet potatoes and parsnips spring up, perfect for hearty soups and roasted sides that pair nicely with your coziest turtleneck. One of my favorites of the fall harvest is carrots. Great cooked or raw, they’re sweet, crunchy, and totally irresistible. Roasted, they’re reminiscent of sweet potatoes, which makes them the perfect candidate for oven fries! Tossed with a healthy glug of olive oil and seasoned with cumin and paprika, they have the perfect hint…

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