Friday, 16 September 2016

Calcutta Meri Jaan

Ten years sounds too serious when you mention it as a decade. And that is for how long I know this city that is known for its yellow taxis, rosogolla, phuchka, Victoria Memorial and Bandhs. I can vividly remember how petrified I was while leaving home. But that was my ticket to what one could call it at that age 'freedom'. Coming from a small town in Jharkhand I am very proud of my roots. Initially it is difficult for all to adjust in a new place where people don't speak your language. And I faced similar problems. My parents can speak a li'l bit of Bengali and I read in a school where 70 per cent of the teachers were Bong so you can say I was accustomed to the language but that myth was busted the day I boarded the wrong bus. I was tensed and when you are tensed, all your language skills goes for a toss, I was trying to figure out where was the bus taking me and I asked few ladies and everyone answered in Bengali, maybe I panicked and that made the situation worse but then now when I look at it, I kind of laugh at myself.
Time flew and how. In these ten years things that hasn't changed is the essence and the pace of this city. I have changed, my likes, dislikes and my way of looking at things. I value my mother more. When you stay with someone for too long, you start taking them for granted but staying away makes you realise their importance. Life has its own ways of teaching you things.
I come from Jharia, a small town known for its coal mines, where everybody knows everybody. So when living there, I had to face all kinds of issues; pesky neighbours, interfering relatives and curfew hours. And the much needed thing that Calcutta provided me was first tryst with freedom and how can I not be grateful for it.
Aaj ke samaachar samapt. Baki baatein peene baad.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

When a nutritionist serves you's got to be Good!!

Calcutta is known for its laid back attitude and staying for the last ten years has rubbed off on me as well. So here I am after a long time with another post and what could you expect out of a foodie like me but endless talk about food and mind you, it's not just any food but Good Food.
Nutritionist Hena Nafis' Eat Good Food doesn't disappoint a bit. But what amazed me was the place, it was done up so well that you would fall in love with the place. A friend made a sudden plan to meet (read EAT!) and  as she had a meeting at Eat Good Food, we decided to give it a try. the entrance is nicely lit up with soft lights and you might feel that it's a tiny place but is quite huge and can fit in quite a many people.

Each section is named after a herb like Thyme, Mint and Basil. They have private dining areas with an impressive Japanese seating arrangement. Located at Tarak Dutta Road this place is quite near to Quest and has quite an extensive menu that offers High Protein, Low Calorie and Low Glycaemic meals. 

Although I was not quite hungry probably kind of ended having an early dinner. We didn't order much.We ordered Cinnamon Burst, Apple Lemon and Ginger Smoothie, Roasted Pepper and Feta Stuffed Chicken and Stir Fried Chicken. The Cinnamon Burst was simple amazing and if this is something that cuts down belly fat that I thing every nutritionist should prescribe it to their doctors. We also took a tip to prepare this amazingly refreshing drink at home. The Apple Lemon and Ginger Smoothie was grainy, sugarless and light on stomach. Either the chicken was too delicious or we super hungry, we forgot to take the pictures and just polished off the bowl of chicken. Our second dish took a little extra time for preparation but nonetheless was worth the wait. The Feta Stuffed Chicken had a balanced taste and is something you should try out at this place. 
With subtle interiors, the place has a rich feel to it, something I haven't experience in other cafes in Calcutta. I am surely visiting again and so should you.After all healthy eating should be a way of life!