Lunch places near the Consulate

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Restaurants, Pizza Places, and Coffee Shops near the U.S. Consulate

1 Starbucks – Coffee shop. Address: 57 A, Park Mansions, Park Street, Taltala. Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (11 min walk)

2 Peter Cat – Continental and North Indian cuisine. Address: 18 A, Stephen Court, Park Street opposite KFC Resturant. Hours: 11:00 a.m. –11:20 p.m. Phone: +9103322298841. (12 min walk). Prawn cocktail, tandor broccoli, and celo kebab are popular.

3 Flurys Bakery – Open since 1927, an elegant thirties design tearoom serving Indian and European cakes and pastries. Address: 18A, Park Street. Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Phone: +91 33 4000 7453 (13 min walk)

4 Hard Rock Café – Rock ’n’ roll-themed chain with a high-energy vibe serving burgers & American classics. Address: Park Mansion, Ground Floor, 57A, Park Street. Hours: 12 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Phone: +91 33 4602 1881 (12 min walk)

5 Pa Pa Ya Modern Asian Bistro – Pa Pa Ya offers guests to experience the finest of modern Asian food showcasing some iconic dishes from around the Orient. Address: 24, Park Street, Park Street area. Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 12 a.m. Phone: +91 33 4602 4606 (10 min walk)

6 Barbeque Nation – Each table has a grill for customers to create their own barbecued international cuisine. Address: No 24, 1st Floor, Park Center Building, Park Street, Park Street area. Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Phone: +91 98736 56060 (10 min walk)

7 Fire and Ice – Italian pizzeria. Address: Kanak Building, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Park Street area. Hours: 12 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.   Phone: +91 33 2288 4073 (5 min walk)

8 The Blue Poppy – Tibetan, Chinese Cuisines. Address: 1st Floor, Sikkim House, 4/1, Middleton Row, Russel Street, Kolkata, Camac Street Area. Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Phone: +91 9735036117 (5 min walk). Walk to the rear of the property and then walk upstairs where you’ll find the restaurant.

9 Gabbar’s Bar and Kitchen – North Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Italian cuisines. Address: 11/1, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. Hours: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Phone: +91 9007500100. (2 min walk)

10 Pizza Hut – Pizza, Italian Cuisine. Address: 22, Camac Street, Block A, Camac Street Area (in the same building with Pantaloons). Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Phone: +91 033 22814343 (5 min walk)

11 TFO Factory Outlet – European, Mediterranean cuisine. Address: 5th Floor, Westside Building, Block D, 22 Camac St, Kankaria Estates, Park Street area. Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Phone: +91 98 30352991 (5 min walk)

12 Bombay Shiv Sagar – Casual, Vegetarian options. Address: No.22, 1st floor, Block- B, Kankaria Estates, Camac Street, Abanindra Nath Tagore Sarani, Park Street area, Kankaria Estates, Park Street area Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m. Phone: +91 33 2283 0307 (7 min walk)

13 Brickwood – Italian-style wood-fired pizzas, pasta dishes and a range of desserts available for delivery. Address: 10, Wood Street, Kankaria Estates, Elgin. Hours: 12 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.   Phone: +91 98369 68585 (7 min walk)

14 The Fan’s Club – Mexican, Italian, North Indian, Chinese, Continental Cuisines. Address: 10, Wood Street/Dr. M.L.K. Sarani, Camac Street Area. Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. Phone: +91 033 30990429 (6 min walk)

15 Café 4/1 – Great place with vegetarian menu only. Address: 4/1, Camac Street, Near Pantaloons, Par k Street Area. Hours: 12 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Phone: +91 93394 14141 (4 min walk)

16 Café Coffee Day – Coffee shop. Address: 4/I, Camac St, Kankaria Estates, Elgin. Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (4 min walk)

17 Aromas restaurant inside the Kenilworth Hotel – North Indian, Chinese, Continental, Thai Cuisine Address: 1&2, Little Russel Street. Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Phone: +918450082054 (3 min walk)

The Big Ben inside the Kenilworth Hotel – Offers delicious pub grub along with a great variety of alcoholic beverages. Address: 1&2, Little Russel Street. Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (3 min walk)

18 Café Coffee Day – Coffee shop. Address: 3A, Shakespeare Sarani Rd. Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Phone: +91 92307 00936 (5 min walk)

19 Jyoti Vihar – South Indian Cuisine. Address: 3A/1, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Phone: +91 9748084091 (1 min walk). Try the dosa masala.

20 Monkey Bar – American, European, Pan Asian, North Indian Cuisine Restaurant. Address: 901A, 9th Floor, Fort Knox Building, 6 Camac Street. Hours: 12 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Phone: +91 33 4060 6446 (7 min walk)

21 Fatty Bao Casual dining with Asian cuisine (great sushi). It is located in the same building with the Monkey Bar but on the 8th floor. Hours: 12:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m.–11:30 p.m. Phone: +91 91237 01014 (7 min walk)

22 8th Day Café and Bakery – Relaxed cafe/bakery in a colonial style building known for fine coffees and all-day breakfasts. Address: Arcadia, 6 West Range, AJC Bose Rd, Mullick Bazar. Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Phone: +91 33 6500 5553 (18 min walk)

23 Forum Mall restaurants (18 min walk):

Cafe Mezzuna – This upscale chain link serves a varied Mediterranean menu including thin crust pizzas and crepes. Address: 4th Floor, Forum Mall, 10/3, Elgin Road Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Phone: +91 88888 88888

Oh! Calcutta – This place has stuck to its tradition of a good Bengali meal in a classy style. Address: 4th Floor, Forum Mall, 10/3, Elgin Road. Hours: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Phone: +91 93306 27510

TGI Fridays – Casual chain restaurant with a festive vibe serving beer, cocktails & a wide menu of American fare. Address: 2nd Floor, Forum Mall, 10/3, Elgin Road. Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Phone: +91 33 4067 1012

Health Tip: How To Avoid Bug Bites

Since we are well into summer/monsoon season, here is some good information regarding how to avoid bug bites. For adults, the instructions are pretty straight forward but as moms, we want to be careful about what we put on our children. For some of you seasoned moms, you probably already have this down but here are some reminders!

 

  • Of the products registered with the EPA, those containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection
    • DO NOT use any repellent containing lemon eucalyptus on children under three years of age
    • Other products like electronic devices, wristbands, garlic, or vitamin B1 have not been found to work to ward off insects
    • The AAP recommends insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET. Pregnant women and children older than 2 months should use sprays with the lowest available concentration of DEET, but no more than 30 percent.
    • Avoid outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active
    • Avoid playing in or around standing puddles of water or flowerbeds
    • Wear thin, long sleeved shirts and long pants to minimize skin exposure. This is especially important for the babies
    • Once inside for the day, wash bug spray off of your child’s skin
    • Application tips
      • Insect repellent should only be applied to exposed skin and children should never apply it on their own
      • When applying repellent to your child’s face, spray it into your hands, then rub it onto your child’s face. Make sure to avoid his/her mouth and eyes. Avoid applying to children’s hands
      • Do not use combination bug spray/sunscreen because they make the SPF less effective. Apply sunscreen first, then repellent

 

In honor of World Mosquito Day, August 20, the Health Unit team would like to offer the following scientific, evidence-based information on products that are available to protect you and your family from mosquito bites.  With Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika, and Malaria all present in parts of India, preventing mosquito bites remains your best protection.

General Guidelines

  • Use enough to lightly cover but not saturate the skin.
  • Apply to exposed skin, clothing or both, but not under clothing.
  • Wash repellant from the palms after application.
  • Do not use over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.
  • Do not use aerosols in enclosed spaces, to avoid inhalation.
  • Frequent reapplication is not necessary.
  • Wash off repellant with soap and water when no longer needed.
  • If using both sunscreen and repellant, apply sunscreen first and repellant after.  It is best to use separate products, as sunscreen may need to be reapplied.
  • Protection is shortened by swimming, washing, sweating, wiping, exercise and rainfall.
  • Consider an EPA-registered product (noted with *), which have been proven safe and effective.

DEET (N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide)*

  • Effective against mosquitos, biting fleas, chiggers, fleas and ticks.
  • Used for over 70 years, extensively researched in terms of safety and effectiveness.
  • Broad spectrum of coverage and extended duration of action.
  • Available in concentrations from 10-75%, many products on the market.
  • Effectiveness plateaus at 30%, though higher concentrations provide longer duration.
  • Serious adverse reactions are rare, though excessive absorption through the skin can cause dermatitis, allergic reactions, and rare neurotoxicity.
  • Not carcinogenic.
  • Can damage plastics and clothes made from synthetic fibers.
  • May leave skin feeling oily and sticky.
  • Safe in children older than 2 months of age, use 10-30% concentration if possible in kids.
  • Does not pose a hazard to developing fetus, thus considered safe for pregnant and lactating women.

Picardin (KBR 3023 and Icaridin outside the US)*

  • Plant-based compound.
  • Available as 7, 15 or 20% solution in US.
  • Higher concentrations have similar effectiveness to DEET, but DEET has longer duration of action.
  • Excellent tolerability profile compared to DEET as it is odorless, non-sticky and non-greasy and does not irritate skin, stain fabrics or degrade plastics.
  • Unlikely to cause problems in pregnancy, though there are no studies in human pregnancy.

PMD (P-menthane-3, 8-diol)*

  • Active ingredient in lemon eucalyptus oil and in Chinese product, quwenling.
  • Plant-derived.
  • Available in US as 65% (Repel Lemon Eucalyptus) and 10% (Off! Botanical Insect Repellant).
  • Likely half as effective as DEET, based on concentration, though studies are limited and show inconsistent results.
  • May cause mild eye or skin irritation.
  • Not tested in children under age 3, thus should be avoided in this group.

BioUD (2-undecanone)*

  • Tomato-derived repellant, available in US as BiteBlocker.
  • Similar effectiveness to low concentrations of DEET.
  • Low toxicity.

IR 3535*

  • Synthetic repellant (available as Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard in US)*
  • Limited comparison studies with DEET or picardin, but likely at least as effective based on information available.

Metofluthrin (also isofluthrin)

  • Synthetic insecticide that acts as mosquito repellant in vapor form.
  • Interferes with mosquito behavior and inhibits flying in areas near the vapor.
  • Effectiveness may be limited in certain places due to mosquito resistance to the chemical.
  • No data on effectiveness/resistance in India.

Citronella

  • Plant-based repellant.
  • Lacks broad spectrum and duration of action of other products.
  • May be helpful with frequent applications.

Botanical oils

  • Include sandalwood, geranium, soybean.
  • Studies show they are less effective than DEET, PMD, Picardin.
  • Due to strong interest in natural products, extensive research is currently underway.

Oral agents

  • Ingestion of garlic, onions, cruciferous vegetables, or mineral sulfur has not been proven effective.

Vitamin supplements and herbal remedies

  • No controlled studies have demonstrated they protect against bites.

Repellant wristbands

  • Not effective, regardless of repellant used.

Electronic devices

  • Emit high-pitched sounds inaudible to the human ear.
  • No evidence they repel mosquitos.

Permethrin-treated clothing

    • Permethrin is a synthetic compound that causes nervous system toxicity to insects.
    • Low toxicity to humans.
    • Applied to clothing and bedding, not to skin (except in treatment of head lice and scabies).
    • Available as a spray to treat clothing, lasts two weeks even after several washings.
    • Impregnated clothing and gear also available for purchase.
    • No safety concerns for children and pregnant women.
  • Use in combination with skin application with DEET may be the best protection available against mosquitos.

 

References and Additional Information

Wylie BJ, Hauptman M, Woolf AD, Goldman RH. Insect Repellants During Pregnancy in the Era of the Zika Virus. Obstetrics and Gynecology 2016 Nov; 128(5): 1111-1115.

 

Breisch NL. Prevention of arthropod and insect bites:  Repellants and other measures. Up to Date. www.uptodate.com. Nov 17, 2016.

https://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/prevent-mosquito-bites.html

https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/find-repellent-right-you

References:

http://childrensnational.org/news-and-events/our-blogs/parenting-blog/2015/july/how-to-safely-avoid-summer-bug-bites

http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html#children

Health Tip: Monsoon Safety

Monsoon is the term commonly used to refer to the rainy phase of seasonally changing pattern (see here for further description). Monsoon comes to Kolkata in June and fades away by the end of September.

What Makes India Vulnerable to Infectious Disease Distribution during Monsoon?

  • If floodwaters become contaminated with human or animal waste, the rate of fecal-oral transmission might increase, allowing diarrheal disease and other bacterial and viral illnesses to flourish. In Kolkata, there is limited access to clean water and sanitation, raising the risk of disease transmission.
  • Stagnant water provides breeding grounds for mosquitoes carrying vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue.
  • In addition to many social, demographic, and environmental factors, breakdown in public health is also a huge contributing factor to disease transmission in India.

What are the Health Risks?

Prevention

  • Vaccinations
    • Immunizations are available for cholera, typhoid, and Japanese Encephalitis. Medications to prevent malaria are also available. Please see the health unit if you are unsure if you are up to date on your immunizations.
  • Mosquito bite prevention
    • Of the products registered with the EPA, those containing DEET, picaridin, and IR3535 provide longer-lasting protection.
    • Other products like electronic devices, wristbands, garlic, or vitamin B1 have not been found to work to ward off insects.
    • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET. Pregnant women and children older than 2 months should use sprays with the lowest available concentration of DEET, and not more than 30%. Products with less than 10% DEET offer only limited protection, about one or two hours.
    • Avoid playing in or around standing puddles of water or flowerbeds.
    • Wear thin, long-sleeve shirts and long pants to minimize skin exposure.
    • Once inside for the day, wash bug spray off of your child’s skin.
    • Application tips
      • Insect repellent should only be applied to exposed skin and children should never apply it on their own.
      • When applying repellent to your child’s face, spray it into your hands, than rub it onto your child’s face. Make sure to avoid his/her mouth and eyes. Avoid applying to children’s hands.
      • Do not use combination bug sprays/sunscreen because they make the SPF less effective. Apply sunscreen first, then repellent.
  • Hygiene and food safety
    • Hand washing
      • Wash hands before, during, and after preparing food, before eating, before and after caring for someone who is sick, before and after treating a cut or wound, after using the toilet, after changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and after touching an animal or animal waste.
      • Advise household staff to wash hands frequently. Make antibacterial soap readily available and visible to staff.
      • Drinking water safety
        • Drink only bottled water with an unbroken seal or water from your home government-issued distiller.
        • Use safe water to brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, and to make ice.
      • Food safety
        • “Boil it, Cook it, Peel it, or Leave it”
        • Be sure to cook shellfish until they are very hot all the way through. Do not buy fresh shellfish during monsoon.
        • Wash vegetables and fruit in approved vegetable wash solution. Please see the health unit for more information on preparing food.

Please speak with or come see Val (x2490) or Debeshi (x2460) in the Health Unit if you have any questions or concerns!

Health Tip: Fluoride Supplement

Fluoride Supplement

Fluoride Supplementation

Kolkata, India

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  • Fluoride is normally added to drinking water in the United States. If children consume insufficient fluoride, the risk of cavities and tooth decay increases markedly.
  • Water distillers remove all fluoride.
  • Fluoride supplements are available in the Health Unit in liquid form. Children in Kolkata should receive fluoride supplement from 6 months – 16 years.

Facts

  • Fluoride prevents cavities while teeth are forming but can also cause dental fluorosis (a discoloration and/or degradation of the tooth enamel) if used incorrectly or in excess.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association currently recommends daily fluoride supplements for infants and children beginning at 6 months.
  • Infants whose formula is reconstituted with fluoridated water should not be given a fluoride supplement.
  • Toothpaste may also contain fluoride. The amount of toothpaste used while brushing an infant or child’s teeth should equal the size of a pea.
  • Flura-Drops should not be given with milk or shortly after milk is consumed.
  • Flura-Drops should be diluted with water or fruit juice

 

Flura-Drops Directions for Use (fluoride supplement drops used by Kolkata HU)

Age

<0.3 ppm of fluoride found in municipal water (as found in Kolkata)

0-5 months None
6 months-3 years 0.25 mg/day = 1 drop of Flura-Drops/day
3-6 years 0.50 mg/day = 2 drops of Flura-Drops/day
6-16 years 1.00 mg/day = 4 drops of Flura-Drops/day

 

Have you picked up your Flura-Drops from the Health Unit? Please see Val or Debeshi in the Health Unit with questions or concerns about fluoride supplementation.

Shahid Minar

To the north of the Maidan is the SHAHID MINAR (Martyrs’ Monument)  (1828) a column 152 feet high, designed by J.P. Parker who successfully combined different architectural styles and elements.  It was built in honor of Sir David Ochterlony’s victory at the Nepal War (1814-16).  Major political rallies are frequently held around the Minar, as also an impromptu mela (fair) on Sundays.

Raj Bhavan

RAJ BHAVAN (1803), the official residence of the Governor of Bengal, is situated in an enclosure of 6 acres at the northern end of the Maidan.  Built by Lord Wellesley at an outrageous expense that also cost him his job, it was modeled on Lord Curzon’s home at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire.  Considered the best example of Georgian architecture in India, it contains many works of art, some of which are of great historic interest.  The throne of Tippu Sultan is sometimes displayed in the throne room.  The crystal chandeliers were bought in 1801 at the sale of General Claude Martin’s effects at Lucknow.