Posts Written ByRoxanne Bamboat

In Vienna the coffee cafe culture is a way of life. Locals will spend their time nursing a cup of coffee while pouring over a newspaper or devouring one of the many rich cakes on the menu. These coffee houses or cafes are easily found across the city but it’s the old traditional ones that have larger spaces that resemble a living room in someone’s house. Then again to so many locals, the cafe is an extension of their home. It’s where you’d meet to catch up on gossip, idle away the time and generally be in no hurry to…

It’s an open secret that nothing gives me more joy than discovering new places. While planning our annual holiday this year my sister and I couldn’t figure when we wanted to go. After much consideration we picked Austria and three Austrian cities to explore since neither of us had been before. We knew what to expect with it being a European city and had a vague idea of what our trip would be like but neither of us were prepared for what the country really offers. It was without a doubt one of our most memorable trips and all three…

If you’re the sort of traveler who can’t wait to sample local cuisine in new parts of the world then South Korea is going to win you over. I’ve always felt like Asia in general has amazingly versatile cuisine no matter which countries you look at and specially when it comes to street food. South Korea is a foodie paradise with plenty that seems familiar but isn’t quite. I was on assignment to discover their on going Halal Food Festival which you can read about here – http://http://thetinytaster.com/2018/09/19/hunting-for-halal-in-seoul-halal-restaurant-week-korea/ I did however manage to take the time and try everything I could…

I was recently in Seoul on an assignment. When I was told I’d be headed to South Korea my heart nearly exploded with joy. It’s a country that has been on my never ending wishlist and I was finally going to tick it off. It also has an incredible array of food and Korean cuisine with its bulgogi and korean bbq has been one I really couldn’t wait to explore. So image my surprise when I’m told that my assignment is to cover the ongoing Halal Restaurant Week in Korea. Halal ? Korea ? Huh ? That was my reaction.…

I still can’t fathom why it took me so long to visit Nepal but I will say that I’m glad I finally got here. I think a big turn off for me is that this is a trekkers country and the idea of hiking up a mountain for days hold very little appeal for me. However witnessing the majestic sight without the laborious trek is more up my alley which is why Pokhara turned out to be such a wonderful surprise. Pokhara is what is commonly referred to as the Gateway to the Himalayas as it’s where a lot of…

I’ve been to Sri Lanka a couple of times and while I haven’t covered  the entire country I know of popular spots like Galle, Kandy, Nuwara eliya etc but I had never heard of Hambantota. A sleepy little village that is home to possibly one of the best beach side resorts I’ve stayed at – the Shangri La Hambantota Golf Resort and Spa. The name is a bit of a mouthful but I can’t even begin to explain how wonderfully blissful my 3 days there were. From lazy lounging in the pool to an enthusiastic safari trail there is so…

When you think of the monsoon season in Mumbai, you automatically think of going on long romantic drives, enjoying piping hot food and listening to music while you do both. So I teamed up with the folks at Datsun redi-Go to put this whimsical monsoon theory to the test with their car. The idea was to drive through all the narrow lanes and crowded streets of Mumbai during this current grey gloomy weather and enjoy a food trail. I decided to put my own little twist to this and picked dishes that you would typically enjoy during the rains or…

A very well respected lady in the hospitality industry once told me  “a hotel is a hotel is a hotel is a hotel”. It sounds like the silliest statement but it made complete sense to me. Hotels across the world are the same. The format is the same in terms of multiple dining spaces, an all day cafe, recreation, even the layout at times seems familiar. What really makes one stand out from another is the overall experience and my 2 very comfortable and rather short lived nights at the Shangri La Colombo made me remember this peculiar statement. It…

For a Mumbaikar a weekend getaway often means Lonavala, Pune or someplace close by. Pushkar is seldom features but the truth is, it really should. This small Rajasthani town with it’s crazy holi celebrations, backpacking tourists and pretty lanes and temples is a wonderful place to visit. What makes the getaway truly marvellous is when you stay at the Westin Resort & Spa in Pushkar. Westin is a global brand that needs no introduction and this relatively new resort in Pushkar is a haven of tranquility and greenery. The USP here is their approach to Wellness keeping with the 6…

Nepal’s culinary landscape takes heavy inspiration from its neighbours ll its local highlights evokes a sense of familiarity for me. Be it the Dal Bhat that is their staple or the thali or the remarkably delicious Chinese fare or even the street style chaat. It isn’t uncommon to find samosa with chole and dahi puri in the street corners of Kathmandu nor a big plate of steaming fried rice. They’re all dishes that I find back home in India but with a distinct Nepali flavour. Regrettably I didn’t have enough time or opportunity to dig deeper into rustic local fare…