Archive | December, 2010

Portuguese food in Macau

30 Dec


Sanjay Matta, is a freelance Chef specializing in French Cuisine. Having got his Diploma in “The Chef Course and Culinary Arts” at Institut de Formation (INFA), Chantilly, (France), he has been a consultant chef for Dune Beach Eco Hotel in Pondicherry, 10 Downing street pub & restaurant in Chennai to name a few.

I was in Macau last week on a culinary tour to the region and was being introduced to the food there. The locals are very proud of their heritage and rich influences from their colonial past. I was recalling that this is much the same as at home, where our food has been so much influenced by our colonists that we don’t realize how much. Much of the food that we eat today has its roots in the colonization of the “new world” during the 17th to 19th century. Along with trade and commerce an inter-mingling of culture and architecture was in process. Food habits were evolving thick and fast. Continue reading

Murphy’s Laws of Moving

30 Dec

Kalpana Aswath

Kalpana Aswath manages the Santa Fe India Pvt. Ltd. Office at Chennai, a team dedicated to helping families and individuals with every aspect of the relocation process. Here are her and Kamini Murthy’s helpful tips for those moving to India:

Murphy’s Laws of Moving

1. No matter how many boxes you have, you will never have enough.

2. The more your friends promise to help, the more likely it is they will be deathly ill or out of town the weekend you are moving. Continue reading

Vibrant Chi

30 Dec

Kashmira Daruwalla

Are you in the process of moving home or office, or contemplating a move? Here’s Feng Shui expert Kashmira Daruwalla’s take on moving.

It is always good to shift into a new premises as it signifies fresh Energy which is positive and vibrant. The minute you walk into a new place you begin a relationship with that environment and get connected to its natural energies. Adapting Vaastu and Feng Shui in the premises enhances the quality of Energy flows and the benefits derived are tremendous. Orienting your home to a good direction, proper placement of important rooms, locating the ideal site for water features and landscaping supports the occupants and gives them motivation and strength. For existing structures you can enhance Energy flows with judicious use of positive Feng Shui symbols. Continue reading