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    For 10 days, Paprika at Courtyard by Marriott puts the spotlight on our state, while elsewhere, Blu Hickey Bistro offers a Madras breakfast

    Celebrating the 375th anniversary of our city, Blu Hickey Bistro at Radisson Blu GRT on GST Road, welcomes you with their version of that era-maanga-thokkudistinctly Madras meal a�� tiffin. No, they dona��t offer tiffin carriers that you can take home, but you will be served in them, wea��re assured. The menu, that will keep changing every day, offers breakfast staples like the set dosais, pongals and vadais that will be on offer all day (11 am to 7 pm) till August 31. Tiffin combos at `500 per head. Details: 22310101

    Meanwhile, after the recently concluded Gramathu Virundhu (village feast) by celebrity chef Damu at GRT Grand, comes Courtyard by Marriotta��s Namma Saapadu. Executive chef Sridhar Sigatapu and his team of chefs have decided to celebrate the whole of Tamil Nadu with their festival that starts today. a�?Wea��re showcasing dishes from places like the Chettinad belt, Arakonam, Ambur and our very own Mylapore,a�? says the chef, adding that his team, who are from various parts of the state, have collected recipes and tips from households in these regions. a�?We are taking a very rustic approach,a�? he says, explaining, a�?the masalas are all hand-pounded or coarsely ground. Wea��re using country chicken instead of broiler and dishes like the biryani are being made on wood fire.a�? Yes, the chemeen varuval, idicha kozhi and mutton chops sound appetising (for vegetarians they offer the likes of Karaikudi kaalan and vazhaipoo vadais), but wea��re looking forward to the special vadams that have been sourced from the maamis of the Chettinad region. At `1,250 for the dinner buffet, till August 17. Details: 66764000
    a�� Ryan Peppin

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