The first blog of 2018 is about my first bloggers meet in 2018, and as a blogger, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It often gets difficult to juggle work with your passion, but every once in a while, with events like these, my love finds it’s expression again.
It’s amazing how often we breeze through life without knowing what’s happening in the world. I recently attended one of a kind FOOD HUNT event by MPOC in Indore. Big thanks to Ms Bhavna Shah (Country head India & SriLanka, MPOC) for spreading awareness about palm oil and its benefits like its valuable contributions to health, our environment and the economy.
Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet. It’s the most efficient source of vegetable oil, and it is present in HALF OF ALL PACKAGED PRODUCTS sold in the SUPERMARKET.
Mind = Blown!
Its versatility is its USP.
From our 2 min noodles to lipsticks to shampoo/detergents to ice cream, it’s ubiquitous.
Palm oil controversy is well known. It’s so easy to twist the facts and present it to the world. They say its rapid expansion threatens some of the planet’s most important and sensitive habitats. Palm oil grows in tropical rainforests, and the open clearing of these forests in Indonesia and Malaysia for palm oil plantations has led to the destruction of habitat of endangered species, including orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos.
So, in 1992, in response to concerns about deforestation, the government of Malaysia pledged to limit the expansion of palm oil plantations by retaining a minimum of half the nation’s land as forest cover.
Now tell me, why is it bad?
IT’S PRODUCED IN A RESPONSIBLE MANNER WITHOUT HARMING OUR ECOSYSTEM.
Also, it’s contribution to economy can’t be ignored! Now it’s also a model to eradicate poverty in developing countries. Have a look –
Enough about the information part! Here’s the fun part – FOOD HUNT.
I was sitting with my friends, and everyone was asked to choose a number from 1-6. I was happy when my friend said 2 and I said 3, thinking we will be on the same team. It turns out; we were paired like 1-1-1-1-1-1, 2-2-2-2-2 and so on! Haha, that was a shocker!!
I soon made peace with it, because I had super amazing peeps on my team and ‘food hunt’ turned out to be one of a kind experience.
Much fun, much wow!!
Here’s to team 3. Cheers to team 3!
WE CAME FIRST IN THIS GAME, from last though 😂
Nevertheless, we had a gala time.
o find the restaurants, and our first stop was ten downing street.
As part of the food hunt, we were given a task of making a salad, and I remember how we were staring each other with wtf look! We made a salad and named it 'swaad anusar' and trust me Aayushi added so much salt to it that it's swaad was beyond anusar 😂
We were again given a clue that led us to panchvati Gaurav where we were blindfolded and asked to name the ingredients in a dish. It goes without saying, it had palm oil in it!
Here comes the most exciting part of the evening! Our third clue!!
“There are Two words. First word divided into two parts
1. Another word for easy
2. Last name of Bruce
3. A symbol for the vegetarian.
I still don’t understand how we guessed it to be banana leaf and ran to that restaurant! To add to the chaos, another team was closing in. We finally figured the restaurant was SIMPLY VEG in C21 and Siddhant shouted the name in excitement as he figured it out! Enthusiasm is good but thanks to him, the other team knew the answer even before they could brainstorm haha.
Next came something I’ll always remember! Both the teams were running as if it’s like a race towards the restaurant which was in another mall. To add to the fun, Me and Arpita were wearing HEELS! We ran our best though 😁
Somebody at the entrance said that the restaurant was in fact situated in the mall we just left and the other team went back searching for it. However, we stood by Siddhant’s confidence and went to this mall’s third floor. Other squad realised it’s mistake and came back to this mall itself. They took the escalator, and we made the lift.
Our final challenge was to finish a bowl of ICECREAM in record time. And within seconds, it was gone. Well, what do you expect after so much running! Phew!!
Oh, by the way, we lost the challenge, but I certainly gained memories that I’ll always cherish.
After a quick photo session at our base – Red carpets banquet, we were finally served dinner. And as Bhavna mentioned – we earned it haha!
All the activities conducted had palm oil and I’m so glad I attended this event because before I was clueless. From a palm oil quiz, uses or palm oil in Nutella and Ferrero Rocher and ice creams, this event mixed information with fun.
It wasn’t just a food bloggers meet, and it was an affair to remember. With all the prominent bloggers and influencers on one platform, the organisers have already left a mark. These kinds of events make me fall in love with my city even more. Blogging in Indore is a new trend, and hopefully, it’s not going to die anytime soon.
For more information on palm oil – http://www.mpoc.org.in
Well, that will be all folks!
Until next time,