Keeping things cool with chilled soups, songs about food, fresh reviews and recipes.

Cold soups

English tea be ditched, for the only thing that can match up to spice levels on the bombshell interview that Oprah just had with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (and that I am about to watch) is our raw-mango and chilli soup. Who knows? I might even end up wondering what was spicier.

Our theme for the month of March is Keep It Cool, and that's precisely what our cold soup video series will help you do. They are seasonal, make use of ingredients like raw mangoes, sweet corn and beetroot and come with the promise of not keeping you in the kitchen beyond 20 minutes.

What is also putting me in a summer mood is the newest review on our site. It takes you to Panama with just a table reservation. I've been a fan of Cafe Zoe, ever since it opened in 2012, so it was only obvious for me to be excited about this new spot. Serving yuka fries, pork carnitas, and chipotle chicken wings, this fresh-as-a-flower diner is great for the gram, as it is for a quick weekend breakfast.

Which reminds me, en route to Café Panama, don't forget to catch our story on the food songs that we've been listening to on loop. Compiled by our Senior Digital Writer, Devika Manghnani, this one tries to deconstruct what these seemingly food-centric tunes actually mean. Did you think that Harry Styles' Watermelon Sugar was an ode to a summer salad, or was it just me? Read the full article to find out more.

And then, there is our Senior Digital Writer, Tarini Sood's conversation with one of Asia's finest chefs, Garima Arora, which helps us keep the spirit of sisterhood high long after International Women's Day. Arora, who opened her breakfast-themed eatery called Here in Bangkok, opens up about the menu and the inspiration behind it in this candid chat with Sood.

The latter also happens to just be back from a chaat-eating binge (I was there too!) in Agra and while we promise to tell you the full story with an upcoming video, for now, read about her adventures at a chaat festival organised by Courtyard by Marriott and journey through the many colours and flavours of the city of love with her piece.

But if you ask me, what's the one story that you absolutely shouldn't miss, it's the one penned by our Social Media Strategist, Sroojana Iyer. Iyer actually managed to get six real Indian brides (albeit anonymously and we know why: Hell, hath no fury like a mom in law scorned) to confess about dishes they never served on their wedding menu. I remember about the bride who fought her fam to take Waldorf Salad off the menu, but in vain. And another one, who has something not-so-nice to say about chocolate. Can you believe that?

With summer ready to arrive in all its sunny brilliance, we have a ton of cool things prepared for you. Until then, eat well and stay away from Waldorf salad at the next wedding you attend.

~ Sonal Ved

Sonal Ved

Sonal Ved


Sonal Ved is the editor at IFN. She is also an author of an award-winning cookbook called Tiffin. She travelled through the first five tastes to be able to tell between a brie and provolone dolce. She can make stellar undhiyu and a green smoothie.

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