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If it is CHEESE it must be PIZZA


EVER TRIED Italian pizza, Yankee style? Yeah man step into American zone for a taste of Italy. `Mamma mia, here I go... '

If there is commotion generated out of excitement it was here. Food lovers thronged the newly opened food chain outlet, Pizza Hut in town to gorge on the yummy fast food. The first Pizza Hut in the State, the place was buzzing with young and old voices, the foot tapping music from World Space, the feel of a pizza parlour with bright walls, and specific brand crockery, the aroma of freshly baked pizza crusts and the chatter of kids in the play area, not to miss the customer mania dance the staff breaks into at fixed timings. All this about the place and the food. Yes, the food.

The menu gives you the Ten Commandments to be followed while eating a pizza. In brief, throw caution to the winds while devouring one. Choose from either the pan pizza or the stuffed crust with cheese ring pizza. The latter is richer and melts in the mouth with the hidden mozzarella that spurts out with every bite, in a mouthful of delicious, warm, melted cheese. The toppings can vary according to choice so choose from corn, mushrooms, capsicum, peppers, jalapeno, chicken and what you may. The `value menu', available at all Pizza Hut outlets is here too with the additional seafood symphony, which is Kochi specific. And the seafood fresh from Kochi waters. Try the popular `supreme' and chicken supreme pizza. It goes down well with everybody and will not disappoint. For vegetarians there is a menu to match. Paneer Exotica with a touch of Punjab is a must for vegans. But they can also try other Italian pastas like fusilli and spaghetti in mushroom sauce flavoured with garlic and rosemary, or ask for arabiatta sauce which is tomato based, spiced with green chillies, touch of garlic but with a generous helping of Parmesan cheese.

Other hot favourites that find a place on each table are the potato wedges and garlic bread, which kids seem to gobble up as they down it with Pepsi that comes along with the fixed menu plan. Soups, salads and desserts complete the meal. Pizzas are available in three sizes. Personal pan, serves one and has four slices, the medium serves two with six slices while family size can feed four and be cut into 8 slices. The prices range from Rs. 50 to Rs.195. A meal consisting of a pan pizza, garlic bread and a drink, for one cost Rs. 95, while for four it is Rs. 80 per person. Home delivery is on the cards and will be introduced in the coming weeks.

So try out from the smoky, fiery, saucy, cheeky, tangy tastes of pizzas and whaddya say it is to eat Italian food the Yankee way!

Munch a bunch of carrots

CARROTS CONTAIN powerful antioxidants called carotenoids, which themselves contain beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that the amount of vitamin A stored in your body as well as contained in your diet is critical for skin health.

High vitamin A levels improve the ability of the skin to retain moisture, which helps keep it soft and smooth. High vitamin A levels also result in lower acidity of the skin surface, which helps protect against inflammation (meaning breakouts). In addition, the carotenoids in your diet can penetrate the upper levels of the skin and help neutralise the damage caused by free radicals that are produced by exposure to UV rays.

It's easy to spot beta carotene-rich foods, thanks to their bright orange hues - think carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots and mangoes.

PRIYADARSSHINI SHARMA

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