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India is a country of great mystery. Many from the West make the long voyage to India in search of spiritual enlightenment and they end of finding more than they bargained for. With holistic medicine & care gaining popularity, people are looking for natural ways to heal their bodies as well as find some measure of peace and tranquility. Today we wanted to share simple practices that you can adopt today.
Many companies aim to make a shoe that conforms to the natural mobility of the feet but nature's best shoe is and has always been no shoe. There are actually sensitive nerve endings in the feet that correspond with different organs. When walking barefoot these nerve endings are activated creating a massage and helps organs functions better. Spend more time barefeet and if possible in natural like settings.
Drinking water first thing in the morning activates our bodies. It's a wake up call for our organs. When you drink hot water it clears toxins in the body and nourishes the organs, as well as aiding in digestion. Adding a squeeze of lemon gives you antioxidants and stimulates saliva production which also aids in digestion.
Coconut Oil Pulling
Oil pulling has been done in the East for centuries. It simply requires you to take 1.5 tbsp of coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for 7-10 minutes. This act of rinsing stimulates enzymes in the body which assist in disposing of toxins. It also leaves your mouth feeling clean and refreshed. Although the science behind it is inconclusive, some experts argue that it cleans bacteria in the mouth. If you want to read our post on the benefits of the mighty coconut, click here.
Pranayama (vital life force) breathing is a technique where you focus on the air coming in and out of the nostrils. Your eyes can be open or closed, but your breath is completely engaged in this moment. Whenever the urge to think thoughts comes into play, simply focus on the breath and come back to this moment. Daily concentration on the breath gives you mental clarity, elicits creativity and deceases stress & anxiety.
Eating Slow and in Silence
With smartphones being in the hands of almost everyone it can be hard to do the simple things in peace. Eating in silence helps you appreciate your food. By smelling the aromas and tasting each bite without the need to check your Instagram or Facebook feed you're more prone to enjoying a meal. By eating slowly you can detect when you are full as it takes 10-15 minutes for the brain to send a message to the body - which leads to eating less and invaribly, weight loss.
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Turmeric is found in most Indian dishes. It adds color and an earthy quality to food. The benefits are many. Some include lowering blood pressure, reducing inflammation and fostering a stronger memory. Check out a previous post as when dive deeper into the Benefits of Turmeric.
Yoga means union. It was first brought to America by Paramahansa Yogananda between the 1920-30's and has since grown to a world wide phenomena. Yoga aims to close the cap between the body and mind by connecting the two. Although the practices vary in many different forms - just getting into the practice will benefit you greatly. Stronger balance, increased lean muscle mass, better flexibility and a stronger sense of peace are just a few of the benefits. Check out Mind Body Green as they explain the 14 different types of Yoga.
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If you've ever been to Fremont, you'll slowly realize that it's populated with lots of East Indians. Many in Northern California refer to it as "Little India". When Bharat Bazar was established in 1974, Indians were just starting to immigrate to Fremont.
Indians were drawn to this area for two main reasons. One was rent and the other is the school system.
Today rent isn't as affordable as 20 years ago. The city has developed stronger infrastructure, new housing and the schools are top notch - most notably Mission San Jose High School, which constantly ranks as a top 100 school in the nation. Also its worth noting that Fremont is a part of Silicon Valley!
As Indians started to settle in Fremont, the culture naturally flourished into the market place as commerce. Food is a part of any culture, and with Indians it's especially important.
Indian food isn't just about eating. It's a full on sensory experience that is best enjoyed with others. Have you ever ate with your hands? If not, try it. Some scientists have concluded that taste is enhanced when not using utensils.
Today we wanted to share the top 10 Indian restaurants in Fremont!
1. Chaat Bhavan
Local Indian chain serving a variety of vegetarian snacks & entrees in a casual setting.
Address: 5355 Mowry Ave, Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 795-1100
2. Krishna Restaurant
Buzzy restaurant catering to veggie lovers with a full menu of vegetarian Indian standards.
Address: 40645 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 656-2336
Casual bar/eatery with old-world flair & Indian meals, plus a daily lunch buffet & an outdoor patio.
Address: 39195 Farwell Dr, Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 744-9500
4. Chaat House
Busy go-to with an extensive menu of Indian standards from samosas to tandoori with veggie options.
Address: 46465 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539
Phone: (510) 505-9999
5. Bismillah Restaurant
Casual Indian establishment serves up a range of traditional meals in a dimly lit, snug dining room.
Address: 37415 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536
Phone: (510) 713-1907
Address: 39150 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 794-9494
7. Bombay Pizza House
Simple, kid-friendly pizzeria offering pies with both Italian & Indian toppings.
Address: 4922 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94555
Phone: (510) 796-7700
Address: 39407 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 500-5672
9. Jay Bharat Restaurant
Upscale Indian eatery with a sleek open dining area serving vegetarian appetizers, curries & dosas.
Address: 39203 Cedar Blvd, Newark, CA 94560
Phone: (510) 494-9727
10. Pakwan Restaurant
Pakistani & Indian fare is found at this cozy counter-serve in an old-school barn with patio seats.
Address: 41068 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 226-6234
If you liked the Indian Food in Fremont, perhaps you will want to try making it for yourself. If so, check out the following recipes that we made especially for you!
- Dal Curry
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- Rajma Curry
- Chana Masala
- Tamatar Ki Chutney
- Aloo gobi
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This auspicious day is celebrated amongst Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs all over the world.
It's an important day for many reasons. Aside from the colorful decorations, sparklers, brightly lit diyas (ornament candles) and the quintessential sweets, the celebration of Diwali goes far deeper.
It's a time when good triumphs over evil, where the dormant become enlightened and where Love for all reigns supreme.
In sanskrit Diwali means rows of lighted lamps. The reasons why diyas are lit vary for the different faiths in India.
How Indians Celebrate
- In North India, Diwali marks the return of the Hindu Lord Rama as he comes back home to Ayodhya after defeating the Lord Ravana. The lighted lamps represent a path for his way home and it's also symbolic of good over evil.
- In South India, it's when Lord Krishna defeats the demon Lord Narakasur and represent the same concept of good over evil as the North.
- In Jainism, it marks the nirvana or spiritual awakening of Lord Mahavira.
- In Sikhism it marks the day that Guru Hargobind Ji, the Sixth Sikh Guru was freed from imprisonment.
No matter how you celebrate, Diwali is a time to get together with loved ones and bring in the New Year with a clean slate.
We at Bharat Bazar would like to wish you all a Happy and safe Diwali!
Delicious sweets, an array of beautiful colors, brightly lit sparkles and endless smiles from loved ones. This is what Diwali represents. It's a time for friends and family to get together. It's a time to wish others happiness and success in the upcoming year. It's a time to acknowledge our past woes for what they were and know that the future is upon us with a clean slate.
It's a very special time.
Diwali is celebrated by Sikhs, Hindu's and and Jains all over the world. In India the auspicious day is so extravagant with light shows to match, that you can literally see the celebrations via satellite.
Diwali is the Indian version of Christmas and New Years wrapped into one, so it has to be rather Grandiose!
At Bharat Bazar we understand the importance of Diwali and prepare months in advance for what our customers need and desire during this time.
Whether it's handcrafted tasty sweets, colorful decorations, sparklers for children or any of the cultural essentials to make our tradition and customs stand out, we have it for you!
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