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In my opinion, one of the best weekend getaways from Mumbai is to it’s younger sibling Pune. The city is wonderful and has much to offer despite turning into a mini Mumbai. I have friends there so it’s always fun to visit but even if I didn’t, I’d still go because there is enough to keep me occupied. This month was full of long weekends and my sister and I finally ( with grave difficulty ) managed to plan a weekend away together, something we haven’t done in a while. I was generously given a gift certificate which was basically…

It’s been a while since I posted a recipe on the blog. It’s not because I haven’t been cooking ( I cook almost everyday) I think it’s just because I’ve been lazy and most of the stuff I’ve made is quite pedestrian and mostly diet friendly. On a recent trip to Sri Lanka, courtesy Cinnamon Hotels,  I had the pleasure meet the one and only Chef Marco Pierre White ( more about that soon ) I got to explore this beautiful country and went a little nuts over their food. During this trip I got a chance to devour a…

This is my first time in Portugal and if visiting a new place isn’t exciting enough the sole purpose of this trip is to discover Portuguese food and cuisine. Sometimes I have to pinch my self and remember how lucky and fortunate I am and sometimes I think people think I’m joking when I tell them what I do. ” You write about food ? You’ve come here just to eat ?? Seriously ?? That’s so cool! ” this is the first thing I hear when I reach Lisbon by the immigration officer about to stamp my passport. He’s so…

Kerala is as religious and spiritual as any other state in India. Serpent or Snake worship is as common here as any where else in India. Though I’m wary of snakes I find them fascinating creatures and was very eager to visit the famous snake temple – Mannarasala. Sadly there are no real snakes here, just idols but a small walk around the temple was educating to say the least. If you are interested in Hinduism and learning more about serpent worshiping I would suggest you pop in and visit the temple. Sadly I couldn’t photograph anything inside and my fingers were just itching to capture the puja…

The last time I had a really memorable meal was at Salt Water Café in Bandra. It was memorable for so many reasons. I was dining with an old college friend, coincidently the first person I ever spoke to in college, a fantabulous long lazy lunch that stretched into four glorious hours of eating  and also because we picked a lovely spot on their terrace later to enjoy our dessert.  In fact everytime I’ve dined at Salt Water Café since, I think of him and the hours spent indulging and enjoying food. For me, the best dining companion is one…

It’s hot, I’m exhausted from the crazy week I’ve had, my flight was traumatic being stuck between a continuous burper and a inconsiderate twit who kicked my seat throughout the flight but nothing can stop me from being excited. I’m on holiday and we’ve just touchdown in Jaipur! Aah the pink city. I’m expecting to see camels and elephants at every corner, colourful turbaned men walking up and down the street and forts all over the place. While I did see all this and so much more I shall share my Rajasthani experience in another post. This one is exclusively…

I’ve eaten many meals at The Tasting Room in Lower Parel Mumbai but this meal is special. This isn’t a meal it’s a catching up lunch, with one of my oldest, dearest friends who is as excited about food as I am, actually much more than I am. He’s currently studying molecular gastronomy in New York but since he’s back we decided to catch up and bond over our mutual love for all things tasty. We’re later joined by another old pal and as we usually do our meal went on for a good three hours reminiscing and laughing and…

Lower Parel, Mumbai and Todi Mills in particular have become home to the city’s new hot spots. Restaurants, bars or hangouts including Indigo deli, Moshe’s and California Pizza Kitchen are in the area. With Blue Frog and Busaba within Todi Mills this area has become the latest hub for restaurants,Cafe Zoe is the latest one on the list. Quite a task to get there, as it’s way inside the mill. I walked in and  was seated at one of their comfy couch tables. Once settled in I was able to look around and take in the space that is –…

I’m currently reading The Leopard (Il Gattopardo) by Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, about social changes in Sicilian life in the 1860’s. The Prince of Salina, a Sicilian nobleman who is caught between his aristocratic life, loyalty to tradition. A time when Italy was ruled by different princely states and the process of unification had just begun. The book is a classic and recommended to me not for its documentation of history exactly as it happened (the author of the book was the great grand child of the late prince of Salina, who the book is based on) but for the detailed…

A holiday for the Tiny Taster is long overdue. So the past 5 days spent roasting in the Goan sun have been bliss. The change of pace, atmosphere and not to mention the food is so welcome. Walking back from the beach to our hotel we stumbled upon a local restaurant called Mike’s Place and decided dinner was at mike’s tonight! People always ask me how I manage to eat so much? I’d like to point out that I NEVER eat anywhere alone and this time we were EIGHT of us. The Tiny Taster most definitely did not eat everything…