An expat’s insider secrets
Namita Moolani Mehra is the founder of Indian Spicebox, author of Cooking with Indian Spicebox and the new The Magic Spicebox, a wife and a mum to “one little brat”, Shivum, 3. She donates proceeds from her products and cooking classes to pay for nutritious meals for Indian street children.
Born in Africa and of Indian descent, she says “It’s impossible to answer the ‘where are you from’ question!” But these finds in Singapore has captured her heart, and if home is where the heart is, she must feel pretty comfortable here.
For aspiring home chefs
Namita teaches classes twice a month at The Providore cooking studio. And she gets excited about food-related discoveries: “After five years of living here, I went to Phoon Huat and was blown away!” This kitchen supplier has some of Singapore’s best prices.
For Mexican food
“We love Super Loco because it’s in our neighbourhood, is kid-friendly and has a ton of gluten- and wheat-free options for my son and I,” she says. Their usual order? A ham-and-cheese quesadilla and pork tacos.
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“I love my RIA Menorca glitter sandals and wearing this beautiful silver bracelet that I just bought in Hoi An, Vietnam,” says Namita, who fesses up to collecting designer bags, too. “Then, I tend to hoard them rather than use them, which my friends and sister tease me about.”
Singapore is hot. So, Namita says she likes to spritz her face to feel cool and fresh. “I’m addicted to Kerstin Florian Neroli Rehydrated Neroli water.”
For home decor
Namita and her husband recently purchased a home and renovated it from the ground up. “It’s contemporary cool,” she says. Her favourite new pieces: a Herman Miller desk and “baby soft leather” sofa, both from XTRA.
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder, June 2016