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I’m not a baker, in fact my antics in the kitchen are more for my own personal pleasure and relaxation than anything else. I’m terrified when people ask me to cook for them and when they insist I do retarded things like cupcakes it’s border line traumatic. When Mahindra Rise approached me to take part in the #SeedTheRiseChallenge which is this extremely interesting activity that helps raise awareness about the plight of our Indian farmer and the charity work they’re doing, it was hard to say no. My challenge was simple. To incorporate an ingredient produced locally by our farmers and…

Everybody talks about how Australia is a treasure trove for food enthusiasts. People talk highly of their local seafood, they ability to get almost every cuisine right and all their fresh produce. Two days in Sydney which I’m told is home to some exquisite restaurants ( some which I had the pleasure and privilege of dining at ) and two days in the country gave me a taste of Australia’s culinary brilliance and I thought it only fair to share some of these. This post isn’t about a great review into each because lets be honest, it is all fabulous…

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but there was a time when I thought buffets were the best deals in town. All you can eat for a set price – Hello affordable meals !! I would go crazy, I mean just dog gone nuts and try to eat everything there was even if I didn’t particularly want to. I mean it’s a buffet, there are rules – YOU EAT IT ALL AND THEN SOME! Then I grew older, my taste buds evolved, I got exposed to different things, got a little more culinary educated and realized it’s a waste of money…

I love Pune for so many reasons. It’s a fun city, great weather and I’ve got lots of friends and wonderful readers here who are always happy to meet. The thing I like most about the city is that it’s got some great places to eat at. Tiny lil nooks, oldie goldie favourites and some new fancy pants places as well. There’s always something for everyone. A bit like Mumbai in that respect, but far lighter on my wallet. While I enjoy revisiting old favourites, it’s always great to explore and see what’s new. On a recent trip there, I…

My second #followthefoodie restaurant experience with Gourmet It Up  was at Hakkasan in Bandra, Mumbai. This isn’t my first tryst with this Chinese restaurant and I’ve even blogged about it a couple of times here and here. Hakkasan has never really disappointed me with their food so I was eagerly awaiting this meal. The restaurant is massive. They set the tone for the restaurant right from the elevator, because once you step in, there is this odd electric blue lighting which you soon realize is a running theme at the restaurant. Hakkasan is split in two sections. One is the…

The food industry has suddenly become an increasingly popular industry to get into. Everyone wants to open a restaurant or a the next hip new pub, or then they dabble with catering services or food pop ups and exhibitions. Someone is making cookies and jams from home and others selling organic products. There is a lot going in this space and out of all the various innovative startups I find Gourmet It Up to be the most interesting. While I appreciate good food and I am willing to pay the price for it on occasion, I do also strongly believe in…

It’s been a crazy week and a half where I’ve had more meals outside than at home. A really good friend was in town which meant frequent lunch and dinner dates, new restaurants were opening all over, I received a much anticipated dinner party invitation and a rather intriguing one I couldn’t turn down. In fact for some reason or the other it’s been a week of great indulgence and things that I just didn’t have the heart to say no to. This time I thought instead of writing long winding posts about each ( because they are all worth…

I use to say Sunday is God’s day and it should be spent sleeping lazing and basically being a fart. While I still think this to some extent, of late my Sundays are reserved for cooking and experimenting. Dad and I spend a lot of Sundays where I eagerly try out new recipes and he patiently tells me I’m the laziest cook alive because I hate the mise en place. Oh well, it’s still fun making a mess and exploring flavours and textures. While I’m comfortable with a wok, making pasta or even curries, I’ve never really baked. I’ve never…

Trying to decide where we should eat is possibly one of the biggest challenges my family faces. Everyone wants something different or is not in the ‘ mood ‘ to eat at a particular place. We want something new, somewhere we’ve not been before, some place which isn’t far  etc etc and to try and get a restaurant that ticks all the boxes is next to impossible. Most people unless they work in Kamala Mills, haven’t heard of the restaurant Tilt All Day. I remember being invited for their launch party and it felt more like a nightclub serving bite…

Sometime I wonder what people are eating/ thinking/ smoking? Everyone has their opinions and are certainly entitled to them but I don’t have to agree with them. As it happens every time a restaurant opens, every blogger, journalist, food writer and the likes will review it within the first 10 days of its inception. I belong to the rare lot that isn’t desperately hungry to review everything the minute it opens and actually feel you should never review a restaurant till at least a month or two ideally three of it’s opening. Having said that I understand everyone’s thirst for…