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Vaishali Shah - India has the most multi-dimensional cuisines.

Name - Vaishali Shah
Instagram handle - @theglobalblogster

What is your favourite food memory from childhood?
My childhood memories are loaded with trips to feast on street food stalls. I was crazy for Pani Puri and other chaat dishes. Somehow the street food in those days used to be more hygienic.

What’s your favourite comfort food?
Most of us will agree that Ghar ka Khaana rules the charts always.  Of course, one can make it more delicious and tasty with the right masalas. My favourite food would be wholesome fresh salads (with low calorie dips) and Baingan ka bharta with fluffy chapattis. And not to forget a glass of chaas.  

3 Reasons why you consider yourself a Foodie?
I would love to sum it up in one word, “Globalblogster’. I strongly feel that India has the most multi-dimensional cuisines when compared to other parts of the world. Being an avid foodie, there is a constant quest for experimenting, executing and innovating all the new dishes I sample and savour. I always ask friends not just to feast on the flavours but try to replicate and innovate them at home too with your individualistic originality.

What’s the strangest dish you’ve ever tried?
I tried this strange dish which was Pav bhaji nachos. Fortunately, it had the zing to make it a stand-out dish with great flavours.

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Indian Chinese food is my favourite.  

What kind of oil do you use most of all?
Sunflower for cooking and Olive oil for salads.

Which is the most over-rated food cuisine?
When I see these drooling, foodgasm pics of humongous burgers and freak shakes, my taste buds get activated. On the taste frontier, I find these double decker tower burgers, 1 kg sandwiches falling flat on the flavour zone. Fancy presentations with zero taste is all a hype and a terrible let-down.

Any quirky food dishes combinations you have invented or love feasting on?
I have enjoyed feasting on lotus stem nachos which are available at few restaurants in Mumbai. The Hitchki chain of restaurants which are quirky and high on taste too.

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Your take on:
Keto diets - It’s a good for cutting off weight, but I make my own salads to make sure I am fit.

Intermittent fasting – I don’t follow this diet trend. I prefer to intake small proportion of healthy, balanced meals after every 3 hours.

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Fusion food cuisine - I love experimenting when it comes to fusion food. Some restaurants have blended the cuisines creatively and the magic has worked with foodies like us. Unfortunately, today’s street food stalls have started adding cheese on every dish and calling fusion food.  The outcome in some cases is below-average. So if you are a fusion food fan, I suggest you step into a good restaurant.

Which superfoods have impressed you the most?
Being a health food freak, I just love some restaurants which have optimised the use of avocados with some balancing flavoured recipes. So yes, avocados have impressed me.

What are your favourites?
I love soups and salads, especially with broccoli.

Indian street food –Dosas and pani-puri.

Hidden gem restaurant of your city (and why) – Eat Pray Love in Charni road serves good Mexican dishes.

Over-rated Indian restaurant in your city (and why) –Sardar pav bhaji is surely over-rated. They overload their pav bhaji with butter and spoil the taste.

The restaurant you keep going back to - Hitchki and Bayroute.

How do you detox your body after an overdose of eating out?
After eating out a heavy meal, I try to intake smaller portions the next day. To stay fit, I drink hot water every morning with some lemon juice. 

Any health foods you swear by?
Try to eat fibrous food every day for a healthy and fit life. Increase your Intake of water, fresh juices and salad in your daily routine.