Lounge Loves: The calm Jean-Christophe Novelli, an oil from Qi Ayurveda and more

Also featured this week, an Instagram handle that reimagines cinema vertically and an aam panna sorbet

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First Published6 May 2024, 02:00 PM IST
Jean Christophe Novelli, a screenshot from The Vertical Cinema handle on Instagram, Maska Bakery's aam panna sorbet and Qi Ayurveda’s Chemparathyadi Thailam
Jean Christophe Novelli, a screenshot from The Vertical Cinema handle on Instagram, Maska Bakery’s aam panna sorbet and Qi Ayurveda’s Chemparathyadi Thailam

Change of guard

In nearly every season of Masterchef Australia, one contestant or the other ends up setting a part of their counter on fire. And sure enough, in the ongoing season too, an attempt to smoke radicchio leaves went up, literally, in flames.  However, it was the calm presence of one of the new judges, French chef and restaurateur Jean-Christophe Novelli, that brought the situation under control. This season has been one of change, marked by the palpable absence of Chef Jock Zonfrillo, who died last year. His astute comments, sense of humour and chemistry with fellow judge Andy Allen infused the show with warmth. Allen continues on the show with three new judges, including Novelli. Novelli stands out for his unique style of mentorship, his simple yet concrete advice making a difference to the way a dish is cooked or plated. —Avantika Bhuyan

Vertical movie magic 

A few years ago, when YouTube bet big on vertical videos and Instagram Reels entered our lives, the vertical video format became the norm for smartphone users. Creators have been innovating with the format ever since. One Instagram handle—The Vertical Cinema—has brought the vertical touch to some of my most cherished movies. Imagine Interstellar, Veer-Zaara, Tamasha, Dil Se.. made vertical? The shots in The Vertical Cinema’s reels feel immersive and offer a new way of looking at these much-watched films. You can even message the handle and request to see vertical shots of your favourite movies. In five months, the handle has close to 80,000 followers, an indication of how the format clicks with many of us. —Nitin Sreedhar 

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Maximising mango

Is there such a thing as too much mango ice cream? I don’t think so. Mumbai’s Maska Bakery offers a cup full of indulgence with mango ice cream, aam panna sorbet mixed with cubed aam papad, topped with fresh mango pieces and a crisp piece of rose cookie. Yes, that’s a mouthful. There’s the sweetness of the ice cream balanced with the sour kick of sorbet and the layers of texture from the chewy papad and the crunchy rose cookie. The only downside is that it is not part of the regular menu. They offer it during pop-ups. Maybe that’s a good thing—to avoid going overboard with mango and sugar.  Good things come to those who wait, and this is the summer party of ice creams. —Jahnabee Borah

That light-headed feeling

Leaving oil in—especially Ayurvedic hibiscus and bhringraj oils—for 30 minutes to an hour before washing one’s hair can be a chore in summer with the oil’s heaviness making one feel all hot and bothered. So I was quite sceptical of the promise of non-stickiness from Qi Ayurveda’s Chemparathyadi Thailam, which I started using in early April. Qi is the newest company of Rajshree Pathy, co-founder of Kama Ayurveda and founder of India Design Forum, with the idea to create Ayurveda products that feel contemporary. The coconut-oil-and-hibiscus based formulation lived up to its promise though—it has a light botanical fragrance, without the usual heaviness and viscosity of Ayurveda oils, and leaves the hair feeling smoother. While the price—Rs.18 per ml—means it scorches a hole in the pocket, the lightness is worth the price.  —Shalini Umachandran

Also read: The ultimate summer beauty routine for oily skin

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