Femina Nykaa Beauty Awards 2020: Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma play safe

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: February 19, 2020 10:59:06 am





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There were stars aplenty at the recently held Femina Nykaa Beauty Awards 2020. The red carpet was graced celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma and Ananya Panday; and while some played safe with their fashion choices, others went all out and experimented with their looks. Here’s a glimpse of who wore what.

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone went for black at the red carpet. (Source: APH Images)

If there is any colour that has become synonymous with the Chhapaak actor, it has to be black. Although she is also frequently spotted in white, it is black that seems to be the colour of her choice on the red carpet. Styled by Shaleena Nathani, she stepped out wearing a black velvet gown from Yanina Couture. The strapless outfit had a deep and steep V-neck, and complemented her svelte frame very well. However, like always, she went for something elaborate that would break the monotony of the all-black look. While cape has been a preferred choice, Deepika went for sleeves with fur details.

The look was rounded out with smokey eyes and accessorised with a diamond neckpiece and earrings. The actor can literally pull off anything and it would be nice if she experiments with colours a bit.

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Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif kept things simple and understated. (Source: APH Images)

Much like Deepika, the Bharat actor’s love for white is hardly a secret. So it is not surprising that she opted for a white outfit from Alex Perry at the event. But we have mixed feelings about it. Styled by Tanya Ghavri, the dress that featured the label’s characteristic sleeves was styled with hair parted at the side. We feel that Katrina could have taken her ‘safe’ fashion game a notch higher by opting for something interesting on the red carpet.

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Ananya Panday

Ananya Panday was seen in an Amit Aggarwal dress. (Source: APH Images)

Ananya Panday looked pretty in a short lilac-coloured dress from designer Amit Aggarwal. The designer’s trademark style was all over the outfit, down to the sculpted frills. Styled by Ami Patel, the look was kept neat and completed with a hair tied in a ponytail, filled-in eyebrows and dark shade of lipstick.

Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma at the red carpet. (Source: APH Images)

Over the years, the Pari actor has built quite a reputation of acing red carpet looks. Having said that, she left us feeling a tad bit disappointed with her recent look. Joining the existing fandom of all this blingy, Anushka was in a animal print shimmery dress with a deep plunging neckline, elaborate sleeves and an interesting hemline. While the look may not have worked for us, full points to the actor for experimenting with her fashion. The outfit was styled with hair tied in a bun and golden heels.

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Aditi Rao Hydari

Aditi Rao Hydari looked radiant. (Source: APH Images)

Aditi Rao Hydari’s style is all about grace and elegance. It was no different this time when she stepped out in a monochrome ensemble. We really liked the black crop top paired with a contrasting embroidered jacket and a matching skirt. Our favourite part about the look was the fusion of the aesthetic and design, and the actor looked absolutely radiant.

Rakul Preet

Rakul Preet was also seen in white. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

White clearly was the chosen colour. Rakul Preet too was spotted in a white satin gown. The high-thigh slit and the cape-like design might make the outfit apt for the red carpet but it did not work for us. The look was rounded out with red lipstick.

Who do you think looked better?

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Korean skincare: Know the key ingredients of the beauty regimen

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Published: February 19, 2020 10:00:59 am





Did you know they use snail mucin in their products? (Photo: Thinkstock Images)

With the industry growing enormously in popularity, we have mentioned the famed Korean skincare routine and the trends surrounding K-beauty. It’s known to be gentle and engineered to give astonishing results. And after all this time, we can safely bet that Koreans are worthy experts when it comes to achieving beautiful or ‘glass’ skin. But there’s a lot that goes into the products that help you achieve the skin of your dreams. So today, we focus on the root of Korean beauty, i.e ingredients. Well, it may sound crazy, but remember snail products? They’re still going and we are big fans of trying anything once.

Without further ado, we mention the top five ingredients.

Snail mucin 

Snail mucin is a major source of glycolic acid. (Photo: Thinkstock Images)

Snail mucin is a star ingredient when it comes to Korean beauty. Don’t worry, it doesn’t comprise of the actual snail itself; the ingredient is basically the thick liquid it leaves behind. Derived from the slimy snail, it is full of hyaluronic acid peptides that deliver hydration. In fact, it is a major source of glycolic acid and works wonders in protecting and healing skin from wrinkles and fine lines. It’s also great for acne-prone skin due to its antimicrobial properties.

Hyaluronic acid

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Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant, doing wonders with holding moisture. Although it occurs naturally in our body, with age it recedes and that’s when we all need our dose. It is rich in antioxidants and can help protect the skin from dust and pollution. Frequent application, by applying it topically with a serum or lotion, ensures your skin is able to retain water. As a result, your skin looks soft and supple, the ultimate aim of K-beauty.

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Ginseng

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Ginseng was a key ingredient in East Asian herbal medicine, and of course it had to make it to the renowned world of K-beauty. This plant extract boasts multiple beauty benefits like keeping your face protected against UV radiation-induced skin damage and also suppresses collagen reduction, in turn, minimising wrinkles. Ginseng-infused skincare is a great way to get glowing skin as it banishes parched skin, especially when the temperature dips.

Aloe Vera

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This all-natural gel is a blessing and no wonder it is a part of Korean beauty too. Enriched with healing and medicinal properties, this gooey superhero can heal frostbites, cold sores and acne. It is moisturising and while it contains both Vitamin C and E, it also soothes skin irritation and sunburns.

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Cactus

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Yes, you read it right. Cactus is also included in Korean skincare products, and trust us, is having a major moment. This is because cactus oil and extract bind hydration and the oil easily seeps into the skin making it look plump without your skin feeling heavy. It contains omega-6, flavonoids and beta-carotene imparting nourishing benefits.

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Isha Ambani repeats her jewellery and we are in awe

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Published: February 19, 2020 9:10:14 am





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She may have been spotted wearing gowns and skirts, but Isha Ambani Piramal is known for giving some major ethnic fashion goals. And she did it again as she stepped out in a Sabyasachi Mukherjee ensemble recently. Styled by celebrity stylist Ami Patel, Isha was spotted in a velvet rose pink blouse with Peter Pan collars filled with intricate zardozi embroidery. This was paired with a gorgeous mint green lehenga and teamed with a  matching dupatta.

The look was completed with filled-in eyebrows, statement earrings and choker from the designer himself.

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Isha Ambani Piramal @_iiishmagish in Sabyasachi clothing and jewellery by @sabyasachijewelry Styled by @stylebyami Assisted by @tanyamehta27 Hair by @alpakhimani Photo Courtesy: @kadamajay #Sabyasachi #SabyasachiJewelry #IshaAmbani #IshaAmbaniPiramal #TheWorldOfSabyasachi

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Isha Ambani Piramal @_iiishmagish in Sabyasachi clothing. Necklace, earrings and maang tika by @sabyasachijewelry Styled by @stylebyami Assisted by @tanyamehta27 Hair by @alpakhimani Photo Courtesy: @kadamajay #Sabyasachi #SabyasachiJewelry #IshaAmbani #IshaAmbaniPiramal #TheWorldOfSabyasachi

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As is well known, Isha does not really make any qualms in repeating outfits. She has done that quite often in the past. This time, however, she went ahead and wore a choker that she has in the past, just prior to her wedding. For the Graha Shanti Puja, the then bride-to-be had opted for a gorgeous custom hand-painted, hand-embroidered lehenga replete with tilla work by Sabyasachi. It was teamed with an antique bandhej dupatta. Also styled by Patel, the look was accessorised with an uncut syndicate diamonds and Zambian emeralds neckpiece.

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Isha Ambani @_iiishmagish for her Graha Shanti Pooja in a custom hand-painted, hand-embroidered tilla-work lehenga and antique bandhej dupatta. The outfit is a part of the India Revival Project by Sabyasachi. Her look is accessorised with a necklace and earring set featuring uncut Syndicate diamonds and Zambian emeralds. Jewellery Courtesy: Sabyasachi Heritage Jewelry @sabyasachijewelry Photo Courtesy: Tarun Vishwa #TarunVishwa Styled by: @stylebyami Makeup by: @subbu28 Hair by: @sangeetahairartist . #Sabyasachi #IshaAmbani #SabyasachiJewelry #TheWorldOfSabyasachi

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Never live up to anyone else’s benchmarks: Priyanka Chopra

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Published: February 19, 2020 7:35:33 am





At the Penguin Annual Lecture in Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditorium in 2017, Priyanka Chopra had talked about ‘Breaking The Glass Ceiling: Chasing a dream’. The National Award winning actor had talked about her the triple F-word — to be ‘fierce, fearless and flawed’.

In her brief speech, she threw light on the 12 rules of becoming the best version of yourself – could well have been every motivational writer’s favourite pitch: love yourself (because “there’s only one you”), be ambitious (“never live up to anyone else’s benchmarks”), learn from one’s failures (“fail, fail, fail again and then rise like a phoenix”) and always remember where you came from, among others. And like, every successful motivational speaker’s favourite reward, the packed house responded with thunderous applause.

Never live up to anyone else’s benchmarks, suggests Priyanka Chopra.

“I am very fierce. People are a little bit scared of me. Yes, I have had situations when I have been thrown out of films because someone else was recommended; a girlfriend (of the hero or the director) was recommended after I was signed for a movie. I couldn’t do anything about it. I was removed last minute from many such situations because I never catered to the whims and fancies of powerful men,” Chopra had said.

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‘Capitalist governments don’t invest in art for children’

Written by Tanushree Ghosh
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Published: February 19, 2020 12:15:22 am





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One day, an old fisherman pulls out a golden fish, which pleads for its life, promising any wish in return. Scared to see a speaking fish, he lets it go. His angry wife instructs him to ask the fish for varied things — one thing after another — until she demands to be made the ‘ruler of the sea’ and to subjugate the golden fish, which cures her greed by putting everything back to its older state.

Belgian puppet theatre group Figurentheater Vlinders & Co adapted this 1833 Alexander Pushkin’s classic tale into The Fisherman and the Golden Fish and brought it to the 18th edition of the Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival (February 14-22) last weekend at Delhi’s India Habitat Centre. The set and design, like a pop-up fairy-tale book, has been actor Ronny Aelbrecht’s forte, says Dadi Pudumjee, founder of the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust.

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One day, a professional saw “real talent” in the “low level” performance of Aelbrecht and his friend, who used to play with puppets for “fun”, and suggested they join the Puppet Academy acting school. Aelbrecht started studying there in 1983, became a puppeteer actor in 1990, and started independent theatre in two years. The award-winning actor — the only non-Russian bit in the play — was part of the first (and the only) foreign group to come to Ishara festival when it started 18 years ago. Excerpts:

Why Pushkin’s poem?

Pushkin’s work is a world heritage. This is a fantastic story, and, for years, I wanted to work with director Evgeny Ibragimov. Since he’s Russian, the choice was easy.

How do you fuse table-top puppetry with stop-motion puppets?

It’s a challenge. The control and manipulation look easier than they are. You have to carefully watch your subtle motor-skill movements, which, since I’m solo, is often with two puppets, or three heads at once, therefore, it is even more difficult.

Tell us about Belgian puppet theatre.

Since we have no real country — we’re a cocktail formed from parts of other countries — and no historical cultural background, there is no real ‘Belgian’ puppetry. Of course, we have taken over some heritage, for example Jan Klaassen (Dutch version of Punch and Judy), iron-stick puppets (from the Sicilians). There are many puppet theatres, amateurs and professionals, a lot of them with their own style.

Does art bridge gaps between nations?

I’m an artiste with friends all over. I’m not interested in colour, race, religion. The only border I know is language. But children around the world are the same. It is the environment, the education by the adults which create gaps/hostility between them.

With greater TV/internet access, are children less drawn to live art?

It is harder but ‘live’ performances will survive. They have an irreplaceable ‘magical element’. Since movies started, there has always been a concurrence. Now there is even more, but still live art will stand. The economic crises is another problem; Western (read capitalist) governments aren’t willing to invest in culture or art, especially if it’s for children, since it yields no ‘financial’ benefits. Egocentric systems hardly understand or care that children are our planet’s only future. We can only work hard and hope the tide will turn one day.

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From my pantry: Chef Nitin Bharadwaj on his favourite technique

Written by Pooja Pillai
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Published: February 19, 2020 12:20:24 am





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Exact art: When I graduated from Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition (IHM), Pusa Road, New Delhi, in 2002, I was lucky to land a job in the kitchen of the Capital’s Metropolitan Hotel. This was when it was part of Nikko Hotels from Japan, and the chef I trained under was also Japanese. I spent four and a half years learning the nuances of Japanese cuisine from him and, in the process, fell in love with it. I especially love making sushi, an art which requires incredible precision. Most people think that rolling sushi is the hard part, but that’s actually easy. It’s the cutting of the fish which is the hard part, because every fish needs to be cut in a different way as the ligaments go in different directions. You have to have a very sharp knife for precise cutting; in fact, the knife sharpening skills of a sushi chef are very important.

Fresh flavours: Sushi is a beautiful dish to look at, but more than that, what I appreciate about it is that it shows all the strengths of Japanese food: freshness of ingredients, precision of technique, simplicity of flavours and beauty of presentation. It is, in fact, one of the best ways of showcasing how the taste of even a single fish changes, depending on which part — belly, tail, head, back – you are using.

The best sushi I’ve ever had was at a century-old Tokyo restaurant called Kyubey. I grew up in a vegetarian home, and even though I do taste everything I make at my restaurant, I prefer to eat ghar ka khaana. But when the chef at Kyubey put 50 pieces of sushi before me, I ate them all. It was that good.

Nitin Bharadwaj is Head Chef, Kampai, New Delhi

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Basic to high fashion: Sara Ali Khan decodes her style

Written by Anjali Jha
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Updated: February 18, 2020 6:58:06 pm





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If you had googled Sara Ali Khan before 2018, the internet would have thrown up images of a shy, overweight teen in elaborate ethnic attire at her father Saif Ali Khan’s second wedding, or of the time she first walked for designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla at industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s Mumbai residence in 2012. Cut to 2020, the young starlet has an undoubtedly striking personality, countless Instagram fan pages and, without a doubt, is the paparazzi’s favourite. Though she has only three movies listed in her filmography, fans are also heavily invested in her gym looks, ethnic outfits, airport outings, her weight loss journey, dating life and much more.

Though we are well aware of her royal lineage as the granddaughter of late Mansoor Ali Khan, the former Indian cricketer captain and the ninth nawab of Pataudi, and her filmy connection as granddaughter of veteran actor Sharmila Tagore and daughter of Amrita Singh, Sara’s cool-girl confidence has worked in her favour and makes her stand out among her contemporaries.

In a freewheeling conversation with indianexpress.com before she walked for Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla in New Delhi, the Love Aaj Kal actor talks about her love for white chikankari suits, her physical transformation, sustainable living, and of course, fashion.

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We have seen you in Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla creations before. But we have also noticed that your personal style is quite basic. How do you strike a balance?

The reason my personal style is basic is that when the occasion demands, high fashion, drama and glamour can be enjoyed. The more understated you are, the easier it is to go into different zones. So personally, I have no problem giving interviews in bathrobes or wearing white chikankari clothes everywhere I go, but when it’s required, glamour is fun and no one does it better than Abu and Sandeep.

Sara ali khan, sara ali khan abu jani sandeep khosla fashion show, sara ali khan weight loss tip, sara ali khan white salwar kurta pictures, sara ali khan interview, sara ali khan pictures, indian express news The Kedarnath actor knows how to strike a balance between basic and high-drama looks. (Source: APH Images)

You must take credit for bringing casual ethnics back in trend. What makes you inclined towards a simple white salwar kurta?

The fact that it’s honest, original and comfortable; and I feel these qualities speak on their own. Audiences, whether it is through the media or social media, can tell if you are putting up a farce. And I think white chikankari is genuinely the most basic, raw and original and I like that.

Your physical transformation is inspirational. But was it the calling to become a Bollywood actor that drew you to embark on this fitness journey?

I think it would’ve happened irrespective of the profession. Because it was a health concern. I had severe PCOD, and I still do. And the heavier you are the harder it is to deal with things emotionally, mentally, and medically in a lot of ways. So, being an actor was perhaps a catalyst, but it had to happen anyway.

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You are someone who is often spotted on the streets without makeup. What is the secret behind your glowing skin?

One hour on the treadmill and at least 20 glasses of water a day is all that it actually takes. My mom says not to lie, but sometimes I do. As they say, the better your soul the better you look, so that helps too. But I will work on it harder.

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There is a lot of conversation happening around sustainable living. Do you also practice this?

I have stopped using plastic, which is a small step but I think it’s a good one. The entire set of Coolie No. 1 has ditched plastic and we are just trying to make a difference with this small step.

Your witty personality and undeniable confidence have garnered a lot of young fans. But what would you advise your fans about tackling the low moments in life?

One must know that there will be high moments and those moments won’t be fun if there weren’t any low ones. Also, don’t be too hard on yourself and talk about it to the right people. Just know that on a bad day it’s only going to get better.

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We know you love NYC. But if you had to choose one place you like in India, which would it be?

I like a lot of places in India. Kerala is beautiful; it’s the last place I visited.

How do you feel about walking the ramp for Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla at Blenders Pride Fashion Tour?

My association with them goes back to even before I was born. They are family to me. It’s a privilege to walk for them, more than anything else. The theme of this event is the amalgamation of past, present and future and the influences that one carries forward. I think it’s almost ironic that I am doing it with Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla, as they have been a huge part of my past, present and I aspire for my future as well.

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Vidya Balan stuns with Gond folk art on a grey silk sari

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Published: February 18, 2020 8:00:37 pm





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Minimalism is a great look any day, but with a sari, the style quotient goes up several notches, especially if it comes embellished with folk art. Recently, Vidya Balan wore a grey silk sari at Dabboo Ratnani’s calendar 2020 launch, printed with the ‘Tree of Life’ motif, drawn from the Gond style.

The Mother Nature inspired Gond folk art made for an artisanal chic statement. The actor wore it for a day event, but if you are good at the accessory game, we’re sure it will work for a cocktail party too. The sari by Aartivijay Gupta was paired with a printed blouse and rounded off with a sleek middle-parted ponytail. Balan went for an oxidised pair of cuff earrings and a statement ring.

Take a look.

Vidya Balan, Vidya Balan sari, Vidya Balan grey sari, Vidya Balan photos, Vidya Balan dabboo ratlani, Vidya Balan yearly calender, indian express news Vidya Balan wore a Gond folk art sari at Dabboo Ratnani’s calendar 2020 launch. (Source: Varinder Chawla)
Vidya Balan, Vidya Balan sari, Vidya Balan grey sari, Vidya Balan photos, Vidya Balan dabboo ratlani, Vidya Balan yearly calender, indian express news The tree of Life motif looked inspired by nature and were cool for the day event. (Source: Varinder Chawla)
Vidya Balan, Vidya Balan sari, Vidya Balan grey sari, Vidya Balan photos, Vidya Balan dabboo ratlani, Vidya Balan yearly calender, indian express news She just went with an oxidised pair of cuff earrings and a statement ring. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

Vidya Balan wore an Indo-western red sari by Ka-Sha. To break the monochromatic look of the sari, she wore a boho silver neckpiece with matching earrings and made the look edgy.

Vidya Balan wore an indo-western red sari by Ka-Sha. (Source: APH Images)

Keeping her sari game on point she was also seen at St Xavier’s College in Mumbai, where he has also been a student. At the event, she wore a Chhapa white sari with a yellow and red border running all around it.

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Are you a fan of odd-couple foods? Here’s what you need to know

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Published: February 18, 2020 7:10:11 pm





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Fries and ice-cream? Yes, it is a real combo. And so is Doritos and chocolate sauce. Actually, anything can be a food combination if you want it to be. All you need is a curious mind and the will to experiment. While many people around the world are utterly disgusted by some food combos, there are some that genuinely enjoy consuming strange foods. And thanks to social media, these trends are being discussed and debated. If you are someone who is a fan of odd-couple foods, here is what you need to know.

What are they?

You know those odd couples that society sniggers at? Two people so odd that others begin to think they won’t last? But last they do, and that, too, successfully. Too crazy an idea, but odd-couple foods are similar. No one thinks they are good together — like pineapple and pizza — but people are willing to try them out, anyway.

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It is believed that new food trends always come to the fore when a neophile — person who loves the idea of trying anything novel — takes the risk and tries them. People who are more open to newer experiences, especially in the culinary world, are the first ones who would dip their fries in an Oreo shake, maybe.

odd foods, odd food combos, odd couple foods, what are odd couple foods, strange food combinations, indian express, indian express news It is believed that the urge to mix salt with sugar is a universal thing, which is what most people do when they try out these combinations. (Source: Getty/Thinkstock)

According to the American Psychological Association, there is a term for this: ‘benign masochism’, first introduced by professor Paul Rozin of the University of Pennsylvania. It is the tendency to willingly eat foods that stir disgust, or are so spicy they cause physical pain.

Now, with the advent of social media, more and more people are actually doing it for the clicks and the validation, as opposed to being genuinely interested in trying out something odd. While strange foods, and the interest in odd-couple foods, have existed for a long time, social media has delivered the concept to a wider audience now.

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Essentially, all odd-couple food combos will contain salt, sugar and fat. In fact, it is believed that the urge to mix salt with sugar is a universal thing, which is what most people do when they try out these combinations.

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Vada pav makes it to the list of world’s best burgers

By: Bloomberg |

Published: February 18, 2020 5:30:19 pm





vada pav Vada Pav has been chosen as one of world’s best burgers.

The humble hamburger rarely has a place in traditional fine dining, but for many top chefs it’s one of the food world’s greatest guilty pleasures.

It’s a simple dish that’s found everywhere and loved all around the globe. But where can you get the best one and what’s the secret to turning a handful of minced beef (or something else) and some bread into a delicacy? We asked the culinary elite – chefs laden with Michelin stars and other accolades – for their favorite burgers when they are having a sneaky time out from gastronomy.

Here are their picks.

Australia

Burger Project, Sydney

Neil Perry of Rockpool Bar & Grill is the big-name chef behind Burger Project, which works with local suppliers. The patty is hand-made, 100% grass-fed beef. Try the American, with Cape Grim beef, cheese, pickles, onions, mustard, secret sauce & rose mayo; or a simple cheeseburger. Chosen by Scott Collins of MEATliquor, London

Butchers Diner, Melbourne

This 24-hour, hole-in-the wall joint with a counter and stools is a favorite with chefs who enjoy its unfussy food with high-quality ingredients. The hamburger is a 120-gram beef patty with tomato sauce, pickles & mayo in a milk bun. Chosen by Ashley Palmer-Watts, formerly of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London

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Butter, Sydney

Butter is a hybrid sneaker, fried chicken and Champagne bar in Surry Hills. If that sounds an unlikely setup, it is the project of respected chef Julian Cincotta and the team from Thievery restaurant in Sydney. The OG Chicken Sandwich is not to be missed. Chosen by Josh Niland of Saint Peter, Sydney

Mary’s, Melbourne

This is an outpost of a Sydney chain, with loud music, natural wines and an American vibe. Founders Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham favor local suppliers for their meat and wines, and big flavors. The cheeseburger is a must unless you’d prefer the vegan menu. Chosen by Andrew McConnell of Cutler & Co., Melbourne

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China

Honbo, Hong Kong

This homage to the classic American burger joint serves great food. The patties are made with Double Gold American beef from Wisconsin, served in a potato milk bun. The double cheeseburger is the signature option. Chosen by Shane Osborn of Arcane, Hong Kong

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Denmark

Gasoline Grill, Copenhagen

Fresh organic burgers are cooked at this walk-in joint, which is attracting attention far beyond Denmark. Housed in a former gasoline station, it has a short menu like a simple roadside grill. It’s worth going off piste with the vegetarian Green Burger. Chosen by Jamie Lee of Kødbyens Fiskebar, Copenhagen; Clare Smyth of Core by Clare Smyth, London

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France

Badia, Grand Hôtel Thalasso, Saint-Jean-de-Luz

This grand old hotel overlooking the bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz is an idyllic spot to eat. And Le Burger is particularly good, featuring truffled bread, Charolais ground beef, Basque sheep’s cheese and Espelette pepper ketchup with fries.
Chosen by Shane Osborn of Arcane, Hong Kong

Bioburger, Paris

As the name suggests, this Parisian restaurant serves organic burgers and they are full of flavor. One favorite is Le Poivre: a choice of beef or vegetable patty with farmhouse cheddar, tomato, salad, onion jam and pepper sauce. It’s like eating steak au poivre on a bun. Chosen by Greg Marchand of Frenchie, Paris

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CAB Comptoir à Burger, Biarritz

This restaurant is located close to Les Halles, the daily market in Biarritz, from which the chefs source the freshest of produce. The buns are cooked to a special recipe and all the sauces are homemade, says Paris-based chef Hélène Darroze. Try Le Parm, with a Parmesan tuile, Mozzarella and arugula and pesto with sun-dried tomatoes. Chosen by Hélène Darroze of Hélène Darroze, Paris

India

Swati Snacks, Mumbai

Burgers don’t have to be about a chunk of meat. Try the Vada Pav at this popular vegetarian cafe. Fried potato dumplings are served in buttery soft buns and laced with sinus-clearing spicy chutneys and deep fried green chilis. Not for the fainthearted. Chosen by Ravinder Bhogal of Jikoni, London; Prateek Sadhu of Masque, Mumbai

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Italy

Lucernaio Pub, Ragusa

This pub in Sicily serves an excellent sausage burger with black olives, radicchio, stewed onion and Ragusano cheese, says Italian chef Ciccio Sultano, who holds two Michelin stars for his Sicilian haute cuisine. “It’s my go-to order if I am there,” he says. Chosen by Ciccio Sultano of Duomo, Ragusa

Japan

MOS Burger, Tokyo

This Japanese chain has been serving burgers adapted to Japanese tastes since 1972. Try the Rice Burger served with grilled beef, sweet soy and BBQ sauce between patties of compacted rice. The Kinpira Burger is a great vegan option.
Chosen by Hisato Hamada of Wagyumafia, Tokyo

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Wagyumafia, Tokyo

The Cutlet Sandwich from Wagyumafia at Nakameguro station is made with thick-sliced pure Kobe beef, breaded and deep fried, sandwiched between two slices of Japanese milk bread with a secret house-made sauce. It harkens back to the original burger at Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, yet is distinctly Japanese, says three-Michelin star chef Kyle Connaughton. The prices are something else. The budget (Zabuton) version is 5,000 yen ($ 45.50) rising to 50,000 yen for the Kobe Champion. Chosen by Kyle Connaughton of Singlethread, Healdsburg, California

Mexico

Hamburguesas al Carbón Torreon

The inexpensive charcoal-grilled burgers at this street stand near Pushkin Garden are world class, according to Mexican chef Enrique Olvera, whose Pujol places at 12 in the current ranking of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Chosen by Enrique Olvera of Pujol, Mexico City

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El Rey del Taco, Mexico City

Mexican chef Martha Ortiz prefers tacos to burgers. El Rey del Taco covers both bases with the Cheeseburger Taco, which features a grilled patty with Chihuahua cheese served in flour tortillas with mayo, tomato and avocado. Chosen by Martha Ortiz of Filigrana, Mexico City

New Zealand

Fergburger, Queenstown

New Zealand chef Josh Emett is a big fan: “You will always remember you first Fergburger. First, there’s the long queue, and then the care taken to put them together so they are all picture perfect. I love a bit of avocado and bacon in anything and these burgers never disappoint.” Chosen by Josh Emett of Rata, Queenstown

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Peru

Café a Bistro, Lima

The Hamburguesa Café A comes with coarse ground roast beef, caramelized onions, cheese and a secret sauce. “It is simple and it really is delicious,” says Gastón Acurio, one of the most highly acclaimed chefs in Latin America. Chosen by Gastón Acurio of Astrid & Gastón, Lima

La Lucha Sanguchería, Lima

This casual Peruvian chain serves a great hamburger with double cheese, according to Virgilio Martinez, whose Central, in Lima, ranks at No. 6 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. “It has a delicate Peruvian touch of acidity if you add the sauces they suggest – a bit spicy,” he says. Chosen by Virgilio Martinez of Central, Lima

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Maido, Lima

You don’t immediately think of hamburgers at Maido, which has been crowned Latin America’s best restaurant for three years in a row. But London-based Sanjay Dwivedi remembers being served a steam bun filled with slowly cooked belly pork, aji rocoto mayonnaise and salsa creole. “It was a match made in heaven,” he says. Chosen by Sanjay Dwivedi of Coya, London

Saudi Arabia

One O’ One, Riyadh

An Italian chef admits his expectations were low when he was taken to this burger chain in Riyadh. But he was won over by a small cheeseburger that was so good, he immediately ordered another and then went back the next day. “It was so juicy,” he says. Chosen by Francesco Mazzei of Radici, London

Slovenia

Pop’s Place, Ljubljana

This inexpensive burger bar near the castle in central Ljubljana is a hit with both tourists and young Slovenians. Ana Roš, a winner of the World’s Best Female Chef accolade, likes to go there with her kids. All the meat is aged and cut in-house. Chosen by Ana Roš of Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia

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South Africa

Buns Out Burgers, Johannesburg

This new joint in suburban Linden is the first of actor and TV celebrity Maps Maponyanes. It has attracted a lot of media attention. There are about a dozen burgers, including vegetarian and vegan options. Quirky names include, Is It Brie You’re Looking For? Chosen by Lorna Maseko, TV chef

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Spain

A Fuego Negro, San Sebastián

The Basque city is known for the “pintxos” (small bites) served at informal bars, and chef Elena Arzak goes for the burger pintxos served at A Fuego Negro, where she is a regular. “It is original and unexpected,” she says. Chosen by Elena Arzak of Arzak, San Sebastián

Hamburgueseria Cuchus, Bizkaia

London-based Nieves Barragan fondly recalls the food at this family restaurant in Bizkaia. “It was an elderly lady selling the best burgers – I think she’s handed over to her son now. The burger is like a steak bocadillo . It’s so light, you could eat two.” Chosen by Nieves Barragan of Sabor, London

La Royale, Barcelona

This bar serves a wide range of burgers, including tuna and vegan options. But London-based José Pizarro recommends the Americana, with aged beef, ketchup, lettuce, cheddar and tomato. “It’s nice and simple but really delicious,” he says. Chosen by José Pizarro of Pizarro, London

United Kingdom

Dinings SW3, London

Restaurateur Scott Collins is a hero among burger fans for his MEATliquor restaurants. But his pick is an unusual one: A native lobster slider with yuzu aioli and pickled shallot. “Expensive, small, perfectly formed and eats as good as it reads,” he says. Chosen by Scott Collins of MEATliquor, London

Eggslut, London

“I am not a massive burger fan,” two-Michelin-star chef Clare Smyth admits, but she makes an exception for an American import, Eggslut, on Portobello Road. “They have a great menu, with the cheeseburger being a bit of a favorite,” she says. Chosen by Clare Smyth of Core by Clare Smyth, London

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Hawksmoor, London

Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti is one of the most admired men in the burger business. So where does he go other than the Shack? “I love hitting the bar at Hawksmoor for their burger,” he says. “So many good ones to choose from.”
Chosen by Randy Garutti of Shake Shack, New York; José Pizarro of Pizarro, London

Honest Burgers, London

“I love going to Honest Burger, Brixton Market, with my twins at least once a month,” Sanjay Dwivedi says. “I love the simplicity of the restaurant and their consistency. It is innovative and their burger of the month is my preferred choice.” Chosen by Sanjay Dwivedi of Coya, London

MEATliquor, London

“MEATliquor burgers are best,” says London-based Spanish chef Nieves Barragan. They use quality ingredients and the burgers just taste incredible. The Green Chilli Burger is my usual order, or the Dead Hippie if I want something classic.” Chosen by Nieves Barragan of Sabor, London

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Patty & Bun, London

This home-grown British chain was born in 2012 and now numbers three-Michelin-star French veteran chef Pierre Koffmann among its fans. “I go there with the kids and it is always good,” he says. He loves the Ari Gold Cheeseburger on brioche. Chosen by Pierre Koffmann, formerly of Koffmann’s London

Smith & Wollensky, London

The London outlet of this U.S. steak restaurant chain has a fan in one of the rising stars of London gastronomy, Ollie Dabbous. “Definitely the Butcher Burger,” he says. “This is done just about as well as it can be: The brioche buns are even baked in-house.” Chosen by Ollie Dabbous of Hide, London

The Wolseley, London

This is one of the most fashionable restaurants in London and has been since the day it opened in 2003. Italian chef Francesco Mazzei keeps going back for the Wolseley Hamburger. “It’s the most perfect burger,” he says. “It makes you happy.” Chosen by Francesco Mazzei of Radici, London

United States

Au Cheval, Chicago

This diner, with outlets in New York and Chicago, is famous for its cheeseburger. Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio, who orders the double, says: “It’s got layers of good cheese, with a delicious thick piece of bacon and an egg. It’s succulent and elegant at the same time.” Chosen by Gastón Acurio of Astrid & Gastón, Lima

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Burger Joint, New York

This cash-only speakeasy-style joint hidden beside the lobby in the Parker Meridien is legendary. It’s dark and moody with great music and for many chefs it is among the coolest in New York. Jamie Lee from Copenhagen says you can’t go wrong with the cheeseburger. Chosen by Jason Atherton of Pollen Street Social, London; Jamie Lee of Kødbyens Fiskebar, Copenhagen

DB Bistro Moderne, New York

French-born Daniel Boulud is famed for his luxury DB Burger, filled with braised short ribs, foie gras and black truffle. “DB in NY is excellent and a bite that you will always remember,” says Spanish chef Elena Arzak. French chef Pierre Koffmann is another fan. Chosen by Elena Arzak of Arzak, San Sebastián; Pierre Koffmann, London

Five Guys (various)

This American chain is expanding internationally and has caught the attention of some of London’s finest chefs. Claude Bosi, who holds two Michelin stars, says: “I like the choice of toppings and the meat has good flavor. But the chips are the best.” Chosen by Claude Bosi of Claude Bosi, London; Ashley Palmer-Watts, formerly of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London

In-N-Out (various)
Chefs love this regional chain founded in California. Claude Bosi praises the great meat patty, light bread and brilliant shakes. “A trip to In-and-Out burger is always a must,” says New Zealand chef Josh Emett, who goes for the Double Double, made with two cheese-topped patties. It’s the same for Randy Garutti: “If I’m in L.A., I’ll snag a Double Double.” Chosen by Claude Bosi of Claude Bosi, London; Josh Emett of Rata, Queenstown, New Zealand; Josh Niland of Saint Peter, Sydney; Martha Ortiz of Filigrana, Mexico City; Randy Garutti of Shake Shack, New York

Joe Junior, New York

Japanese chef Hisato Hamada likes to visit Joe Junior when he is in New York. “I order the beef without cheese,” he says. “For me, the beauty of this burger is in its simplicity. I like that it is unchanged and has a classic soul. It is my definition of America.” Chosen by Hisato Hamada of Wagyumafia, Tokyo

The Loyalist, Chicago

The Dirty Burg is the best burger in the States, Kyle Connaughton reckons. “It’s an incredible blend of chuck, short rib and back on the patty with a soft, absorbent bun loaded with sesame seeds, grilled onions, cheese, house-made pickles, and onion mayo,” he says. “For me, it’s the burger all others are measured by.” Chosen by Kyle Connaughton of Singlethread, Healdsburg, California

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Minetta Tavern, New York

Randy Garutti of Shake Shack says: “When I’m not eating a ShackBurger, I love the burger at Minetta Tavern.” Australian-based chef Andrew McConnell orders the Black Label Burger. Mumbai-based Prateek Sadhu loves the meat and the buns. Chosen by Randy Garutti of Shake Shack; Andrew McConnell of Cutler & Co., Melbourne; Prateek Sadhu of Masque, Mumbai

Roister, Chicago

Chef Daniel Boulud enjoys the A-5 Wagyu Burger on the brunch menu at Grant Achatz’s Roister in Chicago. “It’s a delicious combination of fatty beef, aged cheddar and smoked bacon,” he says. Chosen by Daniel Boulud of Daniel, New York

Shake Shack (various)

It’s a rare chef who is not a fan of Shake Shack, where restaurateur Danny Meyer raised the bar for burgers. “It’s my favorite,” says French chef Greg Marchand. “I always go for the SmokeShack ( double stack of course) and I also love their cheesy crinkly fries. “I love Shake Shack!” says Thailand’s Thitis Tassanakajohn. “It’s so addictive,” says Jason Atherton. Chosen by Jason Atherton of Pollen Street Social, London; Ravinder Bhogal of Jikoni, London; Daniel Boulud of Daniel; Hélène Darroze of Hélène Darroze, Paris; Greg Marchand of Frenchie, Paris; Thitid Tassanakajohn of Le Du, Bangkok

Superiority Burger, New York

Here’s one for the vegetarians, with many vegan options. The Superiority Burger features Muenster cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomato, dill and pickle. Superiority is the creation of chef and musician Brooks Headley, former pastry chef at Del Posto. Chosen by Enrique Olvera of Pujol, Mexico City

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