How 2017 Spelled The End Of The Hippie Food Era

If it wasn’t apparent that organic food had gone corporate, the sirens clearly sounded this year when the retail behemoth Amazon acquired Whole Foods, which itself had already become an icon of corporatized natural food. The acquisitions of companies in the organic food business “took off in the ’90s but now involve bigger and bigger companies,” said Philip Howard, a professor at Michigan State University, who has tracked the consolidation of the industry over the decades. In 2017, it’s rare to find a well-known natural food brand that isn’t owned by a…

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The top 10 cannabis lifestyle trends of 2017

Wrapping up another year that had its share of soul-crushing moments, the ongoing progress of marijuana legalization and exploding growth of the cannabis industry are two of the few things keeping me cautiously hopeful as we head into 2018. Let’s take a moment to mark the monumental strides for marijuana in the past twelve months. Here, in no particular order, are the 10 key cannabis lifestyle trends that defined the past year: 1. Concentrates get classier Thanks to devices like the Highlighter by Bloom Farms, Dipper by Dipstick Vapes, Boost by Dr. Dabber and Pax Era, and INDVR…

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THE 22 TOP CULT FASHION ITEMS OF 2017

A Cult Gaia clutch at New York Fashion Week. Photo: Imaxtree Do you ever find yourself scrolling through Instagram, only to stop and think, “Damn, all of these people are wearing a variation on the same outfit?” Well, you’re not alone, and this phenomenon only seemed to become more prevalent in 2017 — so much so that we were able to piece together a step-by-step guide to dressing like a professional influencer over the summer. With the continued rise in popularity of streetwear, a handful of shoe styles, logos and brands led to…

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Gender Equality in the Education Sector – June 2017

A key element in Swedish development cooperation is ensuring that children living in poverty and in other vulnerable situations, particularly girls, complete quality education without discrimination.1 Gender equality in education strengthens quality, provides an appropriate learning environment for both girls and boys, and ensures that students leaving secondary school have an awareness of gender equality. This is in line with the global commitment to “leaving no one behind” as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs strongly encourage countries to focus on both achieving inclusive and quality…

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Bhai Dooj 2017: 6 Bhai Dooj Gifting Ideas for a Foodie Brother-Sister Duo

India is often called the land of festivals and we can’t agree more. Each fortnight the nation gears for new festival with a renewed zest and fervor. Right now, the Diwali festivities are on in its full swing. The celebrations start with Dhanteras on 17th October and 2017, which would be followed by Choti Diwali on 18th October and the Diwali on 19th October, but the celebrations don’t just cease there. Diwali is succeeded by the Govardhan Puja and Bhai Dooj on 20th and 21st October respectively. Bhai Dooj or Bhau beej is…

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Karwa Chauth 2017: Why You Shouldn’t Break Your Fast with Fried Foods and Caffeinated Drinks

Karwa Chauth is just around the corner and many Indian married women are gearing up to observe a nirjala fast to bless their husbands with a long and prosperous life. Karva Chauth will be celebrated on 8th October 2017. On this day, women wake up early morning before sunrise to feast on their sargi received by their mothers-in-law and then keep a nirjala fast throughout the day. It has been observed that woman often break their fast with a grand feast and lots of delicious food. This may include heavy dishes, fried foods or caffeinated beverages to make…

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Diwali 2017: 9 Delicious Diwali Snacks for the Festive Celebrations

One of the biggest festivals in the country, Diwali will be celebrated on 19th October 2017.Like each year, people are gearing up to celebrate the festival with full festive spirit. Diwali celebrates the homecoming of Lord Ram after defeating the demon king Ravana. The festive tradition of decorating the house with multi-coloured rangolis, and multiple lamps and lights not only makes for a pretty visual but also symbolizes the ultimate triumph of good over evil. While Diwali sweets such as Kaju Katli and Soan Papdi and chunky dry fruits are…

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Diwali 2017: 6 Unique Food Gifting Options This Festive Season!

Festival of lights Diwali 2017 or Deepawali is just round the corner. Indians across the country are gearing up for one of the most awaited festivals, which will be celebrated on 19th October and the preparations seem to have begun in full swing. This festival is celebrated to mark the homecoming of Lord Rama from 14 years of exile to the kingdom of Ayodhya along with his brother Lakshman and wife Sita. From getting one’s house painted to buying new clothes and meeting friends and family, one cannot avoid the festivity in…

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Navratri 2017 Recipes: 5 Delicious Paneer Recipes to Try at Home

Navratri 2017 starts from 21st September. The nine days of festivities will also see many devotees observing a fast. This is the period when many households, particularly in North India and Gujarat, follow a restricted diet without the use of onions, garlic, whole grains, non veg, table salt, pulses, and certain spices and vegetables. Milk and dairy products are however allowed, and therefore various kinds of vrat dishes are created during this festival making the most of dairy products, particularly paneer. Paneer or cottage cheese is a popular vegetarian treat, and can be prepared in myriad ways to delight…

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Durga Puja 2017 Special: Kasundi, Bengali Cuisine’s Favourite Mustard Sauce

A Bengali feast is an elaborate spread of myriad flavours that will have you raving about the delicacies for days to come. With Durga Puja right round the corner, this is the perfect time to indulge in authentic Bengali dishes, best had at a Bengali friend’s residence. From Fish Chops and Devilled Eggs to Kosha Mangsho, Bhapa Ilish, Bhetki Paturi and Mishti Doi, you will be spoilt for choice. And if you are among those who enjoy pungency in your food, then you definitely will notice the potency of Bengal’s favourite mustard sauce…

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