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Erika Kleinmann, Piper’s Pet Bakery
April 02, 2020

Party Animals

Text by Zaral Shah. Photographed by Manasi Sawant. Styled by Shweta Navandar. Hair by Shabana Shaikh. Make-Up by Alyssa Mendonsa

The pet care industry is rapidly transforming as animals are becoming a greater source of emotional fulfilment for city dwellers today. Erika Kleinmann of Piper’s Pet Bakery whips up a personalised pumpkin peanut butter cake for graphic designer Ashna Mistry’s Shih Tzu, Zoie Mistry – while Verve notes the emerging shifts and growing demand for new food products in this niche market
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Alok Verma, Food Stylist and Photographer; Mumbai

Square Meals

Text by Ranjabati Das

Three Instagrammers describe the backstory behind one of their favourite food posts as Verve asks them about what it takes to get a like-worthy shot
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Ready challah
March 19, 2020

An evening with Moshe Shek in the iconic Blue Synagogue gives Joanna Lobo an intimate look into the unique cultural fusion that is Mumbai’s Jewish cuisine and the traditions associated with it
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Bittersweet

Text by Ranjabati Das. Photographed by Joshua Navalkar. Styled by Swati Sinha

The essence of boutique brand Ether Atelier Chocolat is rooted in the founder Prateek Bakhtiani’s lived experiences and the stories of the earth that begat the bean. Disarming Ranjabati Das with his candour, the chocolatier and chemistry savant expounds on the intense interaction between his two passions
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Aloo Pitika by Abhineet Mishra
February 24, 2020

Stirring Up Conversations

Text by Zaral Shah. Photographed by Joshua Navalkar. Styling by Swati Sinha. Hair & Make-Up: Sakil Kunwar. Location Courtesy: Magazine Street Kitchen

Addressing stereotypes about North-East India is a key element of Abhineet Mishra’s stand-up comedy act on stage. We test his skills in the kitchen, where the reluctant cook gamely whips up a staple dish of the region while filling Zaral Shah in on the less-talked-about culinary connection with his roots
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Pulpo (Octopus), Chintextle, Pickled carrot, Pujol
January 02, 2020

Twist of Plate

Text by Shirin Mehta

There is much more to Mexican food than tamales and tacos, discovers Shirin Mehta, who takes a flavourful bite out of Pujol, Contramar and Quintonil, three restaurants in Mexico City that have gained worldwide renown
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Cakes

Letting Them Eat Cake

Text by Zaral Shah. Photographed by Joshua Navalkar

Thanks to these mindful entrepreneurs who were inspired to modify their sugar and carb consumption habits themselves, Mumbai’s holistic fitness seekers don’t need to rethink ordering dessert…
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The culinary swing towards mindful eating isn’t limited to cafes, bars and restaurants; cinemas are jumping on the bandwagon too — unhealthy snacks have been replaced by more diverse, wholesome and customised theatre foods. At INOX Insignia in Atria-The Millennium Mall, a thoughtfully curated and unconventional menu adds to the luxury movie-watching experience, and Zaral Shah samples the goods while chatting with the venue’s head chef, Vicky Ratnani and the COO of Inox Leisure, Daizy Lal. . .
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Like A Kid In A Candy Store

By Anandita Bhalerao

Verve gets an inside look into the La Folie Chocolate Factory Café, Mumbai's first bean-to-bar chocolate laboratory.
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Mumbai-based Vanilla Miel is known for its tempting selection of entremets. And, the patisserie’s masterfully crafted Instagram images – which reveal each flavour encased in these classic French layer cakes – make them even harder to resist. Business partners and sisters Isha Shetty and Mansi Shetty Bafna treat Verve to a special tasting…
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Rahul Akerkar, Chef-restaurateur, Qualia

The man behind the wildly popular but now-shuttered Indigo and the newly-opened Qualia writes about his experiences of the good ol' days....
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Black Baza Coffee, Arshiya Bose

As Indian coffee culture advances and consumers become more discerning, the founder of the Bengaluru-based Black Baza Coffee continues to help the Adivasi community to leverage their innate ties with their habitats and earn a rightful share of the business
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