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Nutella Sandwich: Nutella spread on Iggy’s bread

Pics of Nutella on Iggy's Bread by Arun Shanbhag

My favorite way to start the day is with two slices of whole wheat sourdough bread from Iggy’s with a liberal spread of Nutella. The bread is hearty and powers me through a crazy morning at the office, or a sadistically long run; the creamy hazelnut chocolate spread, I savor every smear of. This had […]

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Iggy’s Bread: A Photo Essay

Iggy's Bread, Boston; © Arun Shanbhag

Iggy’s Bread IS my favorite bakery in town. Their breads and bread rolls are hearty and made of simple ingredients with no chemicals or preservatives (see comparison at end). My daily staple is their Whole wheat sourdough round, which goes well with Nutella, or even Trader Joe’s crunchy salty peanut butter and fruit preserves. They […]

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DuddaLi: Arrowroot Pudding

Arrowroot powder is the starch component of the perennial tuber, marantha, found in tropical forests. Starch from these tubers is believed to be of a higher quality compared to potato starch or corn starch, as it has a neutral taste when used in cooking.

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Almond Pista Milk

Last year on my return from the Kailash Manasarovar yatra, I had a severe case of acid reflux which was affecting my throat and vocal chords. Apparently, eating foods cooked in an unknown quality of oils and lying in sleeping bags (without pillow) can cause this. Of course, my intense running also brings up stomach […]

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Dill Idlis: A Konkani Delicacy

During this summer, we had parents, siblings and their families visiting. In addition to catching up on gossip, we were constantly eating various dishes that the women conjured up. And they made one of my favorites, Dill Idlis (Dill is called Shaepi in Konkani). These idlis represent the marriage of the South Indian staple idli […]

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Good Bread is Good for You

Display of breads in a tiny bakery in Vienna – steps from our friend's house. The bakery carried a large variety of multi-grain breads and everything was “organic.” The front counter displayed an assortment of dessert rolls, croissants, tarts, pastries and other savories. We'd nibble on an almond- or walnut-filled croissant and sip their superlative […]

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Idli Sambar: Its whats for brunch!

Idli Sambar: Its whats for brunch! Of late, I was craving idlis. First it was Lakshmi, who tormented us with her pati's excellent idli making skills. Then at the Konkani Sammelan we had idli sambar for breakfast, and I only got one serving! Considering the long lines, I felt guilty and did not go for […]

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Breakfast in Montreal

I get cranky without a good breakfast. Particularly when traveling. I do more research on breakfast places, than on sightseeing. So it was with Montreal. On our first morning, we walked over to Chez Cora Dejeuners (1425 Rue Stanley, off Rue Ste Catherine). I had read a lot about it and was ready to be […]

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Nutella: Such things are inevitable

Some time last year, I underwent this temporary crisis. Recently an LJ friend had a similar, end of the world-like experience. Here’s how I save myself from further anguish – Stock up on Nutella! Need my morning Nutella fix.

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Breakfast in Calgary

We started our Canada trip with a couple of days in Calgary. It's a well laid-out city and easy to walk around. We enjoyed the ethnic foods and the coffee shops a lot. The folks we met were also friendly. The girl at the Patagonia outdoorsy Store, for eg, was gushing with suggestions for things […]

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Nutella ki baat hai

After a two week hiatus, I opened the Nutella jar to spread on Iggy’s bread to make my Nutella sandwich. It was EMPTY! How could that be? I never put an empty jar back in the pantry. I asked M if she had the last of the Nutella. Nope she said! Its been ages since […]

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Anannas Mhoramba – Pineapple Jam

Anannas Mhoramba is one of those dishes which instantly transports me to my childhood home in Donald House, Colaba. My grandmother from Bhatkal made the best mhoramba. Not too sweet and not too sour. Best eaten with warm chapattis! I remember using my fingers to wipe the plate of any traces and then licking them […]