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By Puja Gupta
The past few months have been both tumultuous and a period of big revelation for the restaurant industry. While in the beginning many businesses were sceptical about going back to normal, by the time we reached Unlock 1.0 most realised the permanence of the ‘New Normal’.
Dineout launched a survey with a sample set of about 6.6 million diners which revealed that 77 percent of diners couldn’t wait to dine out again and 96 percent no longer wanted to stand in a queue.
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We thought the diners were just slogging it off in their kitchen turning master chefs but they were also already aware of contactless technology, as 60 percent preferred contactless payments and 81 percent were ready to scan a QR code and order away, says Ankit Mehrotra, co-founder and CEO, Dineout. Learnings from across the globe the survey findings steered us in the right direction and made way for a lot of permanent changes that happened in the F&B industry, he says. Mehrotra points out key highlights:
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While the survey revealed the diners’ sentiments, the platforms social media outreach programmes helped dive deeper into their minds. Most of them were craving for their favourite dishes, but for the first time they were concerned about the restaurant safety standards. Hygiene and Safety aren’t just new buzzwords; they have become an irrefutable necessity.
“The high adoption rate of contactless dining technology, hygiene accreditation and cleaning services are testament to our findings. We are at the helm of something larger than our imagination, this has set the ball rolling for technology that will change how the world of dining out is perceived,” Mehrotra tells IANSlife.
Home delivery and takeaway
For the longest time the Indian restaurant industry played it really safe, sticking to the basics, about 75 percent of the organised restaurants operated with the Dine-in model and very few dabbled with home delivery. But at present they have an opportunity to hit a home run.
Mehrotra points out: “A CGA Peach report pointed out that in 2019, more than 50 per cent of the adult population in Britain had their food delivered to their doorstep. That’s about 28.6 million people. Restaurants across the world have started acknowledging the increasing appetite for home delivery and takeaway, while Dine in picks up a steady pace.
“Similarly in our country, many restaurants, especially luxury dine-ins who earlier shied away from delivery, now have re-engineered their delivery menus. This change in behaviour has a significant impact in the market and indicates faster recovery.”
Drive-Thru and Curbside
A report by Mckinsey & Co, suggested that 91 percent Indians changed their stepping out behaviour. Similar patterns were observed in the overseas market, in lieu of this most restaurants with available parking spaces converted into drive-thrus and curbside overnight. Chipotle Mexican Grill, a popular chain of restaurants in the US has shared its plans to extend its business model by building drive-thru lanes and hiring more than 10,000 people.
“The Indian counterparts aren’t far behind. An early adopter, Timbre in the outskirts of Bangalore is using inresto’s contactless dining product suite to let diners experience an open air movie theatre with delicious food served to them in their cars. This is the prime example of adopting technology and adapting in the new normal,” he states.
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DIY meal kits
A brief look at Instagram posts of people turned chefs during this quarantine tells us the story of their willingness to go to any length, for their favourite meals. While only a handful of them succeeded, most were left shooting arrows in the dark.
To help these diners recreate the chef’s magic many restaurants have come up with DIY meal kits. These kits include necessary ingredients and a step by step guide to cooking a restaurant-style meal. While it may seem there is very little profit margin here, the real takeaway is loyalty and brand recall amongst diners.
These are some of key trends that we are witnessing worldwide, Mehrotra says. “This is only the beginning of innovation and technology bringing a much overdue shift in the F&B industry. It is important for restaurateurs to identify such trends and tap into its potential. Like C.S Lewis once said, ‘You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending’,” he concludes. (IANS)
By Monika Manchanda
Eating fruits is one of the most satisfying ways to tackle sweet-tooth cravings while meeting your nutritional needs. Despite many studies and research on fruit consumption in diabetes, there are a lot of speculations on the right kind of fruit consumption and its relation to blood sugar levels.
Eating seasonal and locally available fruit has many health benefits ranging from reducing sugar and inflammation levels to fighting high blood pressure -- thanks to their abundant vitamins and mineral presence! They are a powerhouse of antioxidants like vitamins A, B, C, E, and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.
The fruits listed below are not just diabetic-friendly but are loaded with fiber and water content which can slow down the sugar spikes and sugar absorption rate. Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. Turns out there is a truth in the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", after all!
Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. | Photo by Pierpaolo Riondato on Unsplash
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. They are high in fibers as well, and have been linked with lowering the risk of diabetes. Berries: Adding berries is one of the best ways to add a variety to your diabetes-friendly diet. You can choose from blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries because all of them are power-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers. Papaya is rich in natural oxidants, which makes it a perfect pick for people with diabetes. It reduces the chances of future cell damage.
Star fruit: This sweet and sour fruit is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C. It also positively impacts anti-inflammatory processes and can help repair cell damage, and it has minimal fruit sugars as well. Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin E, K, and potassium, and they are low in fruit sugars as well, which makes it a perfect diabetic-friendly fruit.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. | Photo by Kristine Wook on Unsplash
Melons (Musk melon and watermelon): Powerful hydrating fruits like cantaloupe and melons are recommended for people with diabetes, and people with the risk of developing diabetes. Eat-in moderation for multiple nutritional benefits like fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, and C. Dragon fruit is full of dietary fibers, vital vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Pear are nutrient-rich, and they are known to fight inflammation and improve digestion.? Studies also suggest that consuming pears along with a healthy diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Orange: This citrus fruit is full of fiber that helps slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, and its vitamin C component helps improve immunity levels.
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . | Photo by Jo Sonn on Unsplash
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . Add nuts like walnuts and almonds to complement your fruit snack. you can also add flaxseeds to balance the glycemic load in the body. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Diabetics, Apples, Star fruit, Pear, Melons, Kiwi fruit
By Nimerta C Sharan
Your monthly round up of the latest lifestyle launches, from luxury indulgences to artisanal creations, here's what you can look forward to :
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags 'Artycapucines - Chapter 3'. Six internationally -- acclaimed artists have transformed the black canvas of the timeless Capucines bag into beautiful art pieces. Each bag will be available in a limited edition of 200 and will be released worldwide at the end of October 2021.
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags. | Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash
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Looking for a quick festive fashion fix for you and your loved ones? E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. The shopping platform has roped in stylista Sonam Kapoor as the face of the sale that will offer more than 2500 brands at discounted prices.
E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. | Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash
The country's leading design house, Good Earth, in collaboration with textile designer Madeline Weinrib will present its collection of 'butah' motif dinnerware and home textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York. The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe.
The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe. | Photo by Jean Vella on Unsplash
Sweet dreams are made of this! Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. Spread over three floors, the bakery currently has twelve macaron flavours, their signature pastries and tea cakes and other brunch and high-tea items on the menu. Bon appetit.
Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. | Pixabay
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Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. Inspired by the richness and diversity of Rajasthan, the collection consists of organza and silk saris and shararas, gota lehengas and kurtas and embroidered odhnis. The colours and silhouettes are just right for the upcoming festive season. (IANS/ MBI)
Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. | Photo by Souravi Sinha on Unsplash
Keywords: Lifestle, AJIO, sale, Deepika PAdukone, saris, Motifs, artisan, art
Actress Kangana Ranaut has talked about how her weight adjustments for her latest 'Thalaivii' that "messed up many things" in her body and left her with "permanent stretch marks". For her role in the film, based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, Kangana had to gain 20kg and undergo major physical transformation several times.
She took to Instagram to share her experience, detailing that doing all that over the six months period left her with "permanent stretch marks". "Gaining 20 kgs in 6 months and loosing it all within 6 months that too in my thirties messed up many things in my bodya I also have permanent stretch marks as well but art comes to life with a price and more often than not price is the artist him/herself," she wrote.
"Thalaivii" showcases the varied aspects of Jayalalithaa's life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema, as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader who changed the course of the state's politics. Talking about her upcoming works, Kangana currently has 'Dhaakad'.
She is also shooting for her next 'Tejas', where she plays a fighter pilot. The Indian Air Force was the first of the country's defence forces to induct women into combat roles in 2016. The film takes inspiration from the landmark event. 'Tejas' is directed by debutant Sarvesh Mewara. The film will be RSVP's second film which pays a tribute to the Indian military after the immensely successful film "Uri: The Surgical Strike" which was released in January 2019. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Kangana Ranaut, Thalaivii, bollywood, stretc marks, actress, tamil cinema