When you can eat with your eyes

The story on importance of food arrangement in Japanese culture was published in the Hindu MetroPlus today (March 30).  There is a popular saying in Japan: “Me de taberu Nihonjin (Japanese people eat with their eyes)”. Yuko Shimizu, a Japanese language teacher in Chennai, explains that for the Japanese, the art of arranging food is…

Silambattam among the bookshelves

Tiruvannamalai, a town in Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is known for the Hindu deity Shiva’s temple and Indian sage Ramana Maharishi’s ashram in the vicinity of the temple. Thousands throng this temple every year during festivals and the temple gets at least few hundreds of visitors every day. The ashram too is a tourist paradise….

When foreign culinary culture becomes your own

Food culture of a country is complex. With long history of invasion, war and trade, countries have assimilated other culinary cultures into their own. India, for instance, has a lot of Persian and Middle Eastern influence. Naan and samosa that have become a part of India culture were popularised by Persians. I think that is…

Food in Japanese movies

Everyday I go to sleep thinking what I will pack for lunch and wake up planning my breakfast. Not a day goes by when I do not worry about a finding a good snack to munch on or looking for a interesting recipe for dinner. Food or thoughts of food are a part of our…

Falling in love with steamed buns at Va Pho, Chennai

I have been wanting to try the restaurant Va Pho The Asian Canteen for a long time. First of all I just love the name. Va Pho in Tamil translates to come and go. Apparently Pho is a Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, rice noodles called bánh phở, herbs and meat, primarily either beef or…

Forgotten superheroes before the dawn of Marvel and DC heroes

The concept of superheroes is not new. We have seen and read enough superhero movies and comics to understand that. Through these mediums we have come to associate superheroes with people with extraordinary powers to save the world we live in from big bad supervillains.  But may be the idea of a superhero might not…