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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Food is the food of life

Food is the basis of life. Whatever we do in life, it all comes down to one thing- food. Come to think of it, we can live without so many luxuries in life, but the absence of food would just wipe us off the face of the earth, in the literal sense. In today’s hyper frenetic world, where everybody seems to be rushing off ‘to somewhere’ or rushing back ‘from somewhere’, the ultimate motive is just to fill our stomachs, to keep us alive. We strive to earn, to succeed in life, to gain name, fame and what not. But in the end it is food that we really need (with housing, clothing attached). 

Apart from the basic need for food, food is a wonder. Food is yummy. I am a foodie. So, for me, food is worship. I wait for that time of the day when I will have food. You could call me a glutton, but that’s the truth. So many people only tuck in whatever little is needed to feed their bellies and then rush to work. They forget to savour the delight in food. 

No wonder there are so many variants in food. We have Indian, Thai, Continental, Mughali, French, Italian…the list is endless. We have divisions and sub-divisions and sub-sub-divisions in food. This, in itself, shows how crazy people are for the thing which keeps us alive and going. Without the intake of which, we would lack the very energy which we really need to get our work done. 

There are various channels on television solely devoted to food. I envy food critics travelling the world, tasting delicious food and giving their opinions. Of course, there is more to it than that, but the idea is quite appealing. 

Well, apart from the taste, the right kind of food is necessary: balanced diet. Just eating won’t do. Healthy eating is important too. Just stuffing anything and everything down the throat will well-nigh work towards the opposite of giving us vitality and strength. As the saying goes, ‘Excess of everything is harmful’. 

Since food works towards giving us the most important amenity for us which is life, I believe we could do well to respect its greatness and value its worth. Give your food time, savour it.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Restaurant Review: Olive Bar & Kitchen, Near Qutub Minar, Mehrauli

When i think of food i think of Olive!

As a foodie, i love surprises. And here there’s a lot to marvel at. Though you’ll find an array of Mediterranean dishes, there will also be salad counters, pizza and pasta stations to serve your appetite. Right from the starters, to the Sorbet, the Main course and the Desserts everything’s excellent. We would recommend you to try a variety of other things other than Pastas & Pizzas. Its not coz they aren't tasty but just don’t miss out the other yummy stuff they have to offer which we tend to ignore. Don’t miss to take a look at the dishes which are excellently presented that make you more hungry. 

What i loved more about this place is the freshness & the modern decor. On a cold Sunday afternoon there is nothing better than the company of your loved ones & the food serve at Olive. Especially their new winter menu that will seduce your taste buds & satisfy your soul. A Sunday brunch for two would cost around Rs. 3,000. In addition get 25% off on the Total Bill exclusively from Cashkaro at Olive Bar & Kitchen. All you need to do is make an online reservation through You would then get a booking confirmation SMS which you need to show on your arrival at the restaurant. 

It may seem a little pricey but for the quality and big portions, it’s worth it. Situated next to Qutab Minar, location couldn't have been better. Spectacular view & perfect ambiance along with bang on food makes it a paradise. Try the lower sitting closed space view as it will give you the view of crowd and still privacy to discuss and spend the evening with your loved one. Table reservation is a must. A word of advice, get your reservations done before you go as you might have to wait for long hours. Take the help of a good online portals website to book it for free like Also, you may feel the service is bit slow but be patient as they say “it takes time to create perfection”.

Don’t forget to gorge on the delectable desserts they have to offer. You do feel guilty after having them but a bit of it wouldn’t harm you, what say? Its a perfect place for a romantic evening, pamper your girl & try the many multi cuisine available. I’m definitely coming back for the dark chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream and strawberry mille feuille and to ave an additional 10% off through Cashkaro again. I save more, I eat more! 

Haveli No 6-8, One Style Mile, Kaluram Road, Near Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Cashkaro Video Contest: Win Nokia Lumia 520 & More

Cashkaro has declared an amazing video contest has started officially (6st January 2014) it will end on 27th January 2014. The contest is very simple and easy because you only have to do simple tasks. On 10th February 2014 the contest winners will be announced!

Exciting prizes

Prize: 1
Top One person with maximum video views, Likes, Shares & comments will win Nokia Lumia 520

Prize: 2
Top 4 People with maximum video views, Shares & Likes will win Shopping Vouchers worth Rs 1000 each

Prize: 3
Other top 20 persons with maximum video views, Shares & Likes will win mobile recharge voucher worth Rs 50!

Topics:  Create a video on any of the below topics

  1. Say or do anything CREATIVE related to Cashkaro / saving money / say some of your favourite bargaining lines. You can also make a funny cartoon/Bollywood based conversation about Cashkaro.
  2. If you have shopped via Cashkaro before, share your experience & if possible show us the products you bought.
  3. What all can you do/ till what extent can you go to win the bumper prize?

How to participate?

The contest is very simple and easy because you only have to do simple tasks and you will get points based on that, the contestants with the maximum amount of points will win this contest.

  1. Create a video on any of the topics above.
  2. Send this video at They will upload your video on Cashkaro's video channel sites like and Send you video link.

How to win the Contest?

  • Ø  Subscribe Cashkaro video channel like;,,
  • Ø  Increase your video's viewer, likes, and comments.
  • Ø  Share your video on social media channel e.g. Facebook, Google+, twitter, LinkedIn, & other.

  • v  Your video should be of 30-120 Seconds.
  • v  The video should be original.
  • v  The video should be related to above topics.
  • v  The final date of submitting your video entries is 27th January 2014.
  • v  1 week until 3rd February 2014 to promote your video link.
  • v  On 10th February 2014 the winners will be announced!
  • v  Winner will be decided by the internal jury of and their decision will be final.
  • v  All the video entries will be a property of
  • v  This is a free program for all Indian.
  •  If you have any questions make sure and please share with us your thoughts at

Video Contest Link:


Thursday, 12 December 2013

Natural Muscle Foods

As one study suggests that this winter, we don't need to be taking supplemental vitamins and minerals if our diet is properly structured, we take a look at just what dietary elements help to build muscle mass and support a good work out. Most people are aware that it is protein which is used by the body to create new muscle tissue and to help repair the cells which are damaged during exercise. Getting the right balance of protein to other food groups, though, most especially in relation to fat intake, can be difficult if you don't know what to choose.


Many bodybuilders' ideal dinner is a nice salmon fillet. Salmon fillets tend to include around 25g of protein per 100g portion, making it a high protein meal, but perhaps just as importantly fish contains high amounts of other useful nutrients like omega-3 and vitamin D. Oily fish like salmon and tuna are generally the best choices, but oysters are also a good option. Perhaps not the most well-known choice, cooked oysters are almost as high in protein as salmon. A 100g portion of cooked oysters can contain 20g or protein with just 5g of fat alongside it. Oysters are also exceptionally high in zinc, a key mineral for muscle growth.


Red meats have long been associated with muscle growth because of their proteins. 100g of lean red meat can hold more than 27g of protein. With red meat it is always important to remember that there is a fat content as well – around 11g in that 100g portion – but there are also numerous vitamins and minerals in red meat which are crucial for muscle repair. Chicken is the other popular option, packing more than 31g of protein into a 100g portion, with just 4g of fat. Being so versatile also means that chicken can be enjoyed in numerous ways, making it perfect for people looking to build their bodies. 

Milk and Cheese

From childhood onwards, we are told that milk is essential for growing healthy bones and muscles. Milk is just as important in adulthood – especially for those who go to the gym. In addition, it is great combined with whey protein powder, one of the most popular muscle food supplements. Milk can be mixed into a variety of flavours; 
follow here for a link and explore one such selection. Choose skimmed milk to reduce the fat content. Similarly, cottage cheese can be used in a variety of meals, with 14g of protein per half cup serving with less than 2g of fat. 

Nuts and Grains

Newly available in supermarkets, quinoa is a South American grain which contains a complete protein. A complete protein is one which also possess the nine amino acids the body will use to absorb and digest the protein content. Gluten free, it is high in both fibre and iron. Almonds are also very high in protein: one quarter of a cup will provide 8g.

Friday, 1 November 2013

10 Foods that Help Building Muscle

Remember going gym is not the only solution to build muscles. You can shape your muscles effectively by feeding your body with healthy foods. Supplying your body with protein rich foods can build up muscles, because protein is the major source that helps in muscle development. Here is the list of top ten foods which can build muscle fast.
 _ Omega-3 eggs: Egg is a protein rich food. It contains nine essential amino acids, choline, healthy fats and vitamin D. It is an inexpensive food which can benefit your body a lot. Cholesterol and Lucien that are present in egg supplies gasoline, this is an ideal food to body building.
 _ Nuts: These are the essential elements for the one who is finding difficulty to put on weight. For example, 30 grams of cashew or almonds contain 170 calories which are the perfect source of protein, fiber and fats. It is the perfect snack item which should be taken every day.
 _ Carbohydrate or Protein recovery shake: This is the best option for the one who dislike eating fruits and raw veggies. It is advised to drink protein or carbohydrate shake before workouts as this generates energy instantly. Several research shows that this healthy shake can boost muscle storage capacity, improves blood flow to muscles and further it regulates creatine transportation.
 _ Cottage cheese: This is the best food for your muscles. It consists of casein which is the digesting protein that boosts amino acid levels and helps you stay active and energetic while practising workouts. Live culture, a bacteria present in cottage cheese will help in the absorption of nutrients.
 _ Chickpeas: This is the perfect carbohydrate food. Replace your diet and grains with chickpeas. This food contains nearly 45gms of carbs and 12gms of fiber that can give strength to your muscles.
 _ Lean beef: It is the top most muscle building food. It contains a cocktail protein which contains essential Amino Acids, Vitamin B and Creatine. It is a fat rich source that contains fat called Monosaturated fat, this is good for building a healthy body. Researches and several tests have proved that people who take in red meat will get rid of stress and anxiety.
 _ Rotisserie chicken: If you’re looking for best food which builds your muscle instantly then try eating Rotisserie chicken. Shop around to find this protein rich high quality food. Select food choices and wide range of recipes according to your taste. 
 _ Lentils: These are known as the secret mass building weapons. It is estimated that one cup of lentils contains 18gms of protein and 40grms of carbohydrates. These are inexpensive foods that help for strong muscles and bones. They can be cooked within 10minutes and can be used as a supplement for brown rice, salads etc.
 _ Salmon: It is the source of high quality proteins and omega-3 fats like DHA and EPA. Omega 3 fat is not just healthy food for body, but also healthy to heart and can improve muscle strengths. If you don’t like meat then try for substitutes like fish oil to gain these benefits.
 _ Fermented dairy products: Products like Kefir gives strength to your muscles and when compared to the cup of regular milk. A cup of Kefir has 150 calories.

     Author’s Bio: 
     Amy Lawson has been writing contents on the web professionally since 2005. She has worked as a tech and business marketing copy writer on various topics. Before she is into writing, lectured as a professor on vivid business topics. She is currently researching on ESTA