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Spice of Life

Alamelu Vairavan, a Whitefish Bay resident, is an author and culinary instructor. Alamelu has a passion for educating the public about the use of spices and legumes in preparing healthy and tasty foods. She is also interested in educating the public about the growing research that points to the enormous health benefits of spices in preventing many diseases. Her mission is to enrich people's culinary experience and to inspire them to discover that cooking and sharing healthful foods can be an especially joyful experience.

Visit Alamelu's web site, CurryOnWheels.com.

Healing Spices

You know how much I have been emphasizing the use of spices and legumes in cooking aromatic, flavorful and healthful foods. In my presentations to the media and the public, I often talk about the intrinsic health benefits of spices.

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A Farm-Fresh Homecoming!

I had a wonderful October in 2010, first with my participation in Food and Dine Wisconsin Event in our beautiful city of Milwaukee, followed by my participation in the Annual Kohler Food and Wine Experience in beautiful Kohler, WI. Both events were so memorable. Meeting people from the community in the first event and then meeting people from Illinois, Minneapolis, New York, California in the Kohler event was an exhilarating experience for me.

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A Foodie in Singapore

My husband and I set out on a trip to Singapore, Malaysia and India in Spring 2010.  Our travel to Singapore was through a 16 hour non-stop flight to Hong Kong. I decided to have a relaxing time by reading, watching the map route of our flying direction, watching great movies and getting up to walk almost every two hours. The pilot came on and said, we were going to fly over Canada, Arctic Ocean, Russia, Mongolia, and Beijing to Hong Kong! I was watching our air route map in the monitor and was tickled wondering about the people who live in the various areas.

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Old Spice Ad: "Hello Ladies"

Recently I saw a very interesting ad for “Old Spice”- known for making many after shave products.  Now they are making shower gels for men. In the ad, former football player Isaiah Mustafa is featured in an Old Spice ad. The video titled, “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like”. You can watch this ad in you tube. It starts out by saying, “Hello, Ladies…..” It is so funny and it really grabs your attention. Very clever, great branding by Old Spice.

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Refreshing Buttermilk Drink

 I made a buttermilk drink for our friends who visited us at our home the other day. They loved the light refreshing drink and asked me how to make it. In India, it is common to serve buttermilk drink with ice cubes during hot summer days.  Buttermilk drink can be prepared as a sweet drink called, “sweet lassi” or can be seasoned lightly without sugar and can be served as a refreshing buttermilk drink. Try this refreshing, cool drink during hot summer days!

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