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Every time I ask people if they’d like to visit China I get a very lackluster response. By people I mean Indians most of the time and part of it is due to the political song and dance that both countries do with each other but a part of it is because they just don’t look at it as an exciting destination and I can’t fathom why. I jumped at the chance to visit Beijing and ended up regretting that I only has two nights there. The city is full of surprises and some wonderfully friendly people. It’s got its…

Food In China China really surprised me. I wasn’t sure what to expect but at every corner I found myself enjoying it much more than I expected. A whirlwind but incredibly memorable trip thanks to Sri Lankan Airlines made me realize Chinese food isn’t about the outlandish things you see on TV. I’ve picked 7 Chinese dishes that I personally loved and could eat repeatedly. If you’re planning a trip to China, this might help. Peking Duck Beijing turned out to be such an incredible hub for food. The most treasured dish there is the famous Peking Duck. There is…

Most of the time when I write about food, it’s usually a single restaurant that I thought was so good that I needed to talk about it so that other people can enjoy the experience. I’ve been writing recommendations on this site for over 5 years and very rarely have I come across a hotel where I think all their restaurants are worth boasting about. In most cases, one clearly outshines the rest but over the couple of days I spent lounging at the JW Marriott Pune I realised there wasn’t a single meal eaten that I wasn’t gushing over.…

The promise of a relatively short drive seemed exceedingly hollow as we drove up and down winding mountains meandering through aggressive truck drivers in search of a temple that held great mythological significance. Day one of my trip to Mussoorie to explore the Garhwal region was full of promise and excitement and despite the long but breathtakingly gorgeous drive, I felt more curious than anything else. I’m not a Hindu and most of the mythology is unfamiliar to me except for the bits I learn in school so when I do get an opportunity to visit temples or shrines with…

I try to post recipes that are easy to make and which are on the healthier side. I strictly avoid desserts or things that need to be deep fried and as far as I can I try to stay away from too many carbs. It’s a personal choice really and this year I promised myself I’d make a complete lifestyle change. So no crash diets or rigid rules to follow but try to cut out the junk and eat clean as much as possible. Every once in a while there will always be cheat meals or recipes that are slightly…

People often ask me which are my favourite food destinations and always seem surprised when I say Australia. The country has plenty to offer but it is their exceptional flavours, creativity on a plate and abundance of great produce that makes it a favourite. Truth be told, this is the home for the popular TV show Masterchef Australia that has honestly changed the way India eats and appreciates food. The last time I was in Australia was a whirlwind trip to Sydney but this time around I managed to get a real sense of what Queensland has to offer. I…

Punjab is one Indian state that has made an impact globally. When the west thinks of India, they often associate Punjab or Punjabis and that’s because the entire state is full of history, culture and life. The city that seems to represent best what Punjab is all about is the capital Amritsar and having recently spent time exploring I can happily say that Amritsar is a fantastic city to visit. It’s a bit of a stretch for us in Mumbai with a two hour flight but it’s an ideal Weekend getaways near Delhi . It’s not a difficult trip to plan…

There are always cities or countries on my wishlist. Places I’m curious about or can’t wait to visit. Amritsar however never featured as one. My sister has been talking about visiting the city and specially the Golden Temple and I always thought yes I’m sure it will be lovely, but I never had a burning desire to visit thinking it was more hype than anything else. I have never been happier to have been proven wrong. Thanks to an exclusive media invite for the launch of the Taj Swarna hotel in Amritsar I spent two days enjoying everything the city…

My last tryst with cooking seafood was a luscious Crab Meat Fried Rice which was the first recipe in my Off The Hook series. I have teamed up with these amazing seafood specialists at Off The Hook to collaborate and produce some simple non intimidating recipes using their beautiful produce. This recipe is dedicate to a delicate fish called the Red Snapper. I’m not someone who likes cleaning fish so when I was given the choice, I opted for the fish to be scaled, cleaned and cut into fillets for me so then I don’t end up butchering it at…

Mumbai is no stranger to new restaurants opening almost every second day and the kind of work I do, my inbox is always flooded with invites to review places to a polite ‘ please feel free to drop by ‘ message. While I understand it is their job to ensure that I know about these place, I have become ridiculously selective with the places I visit and the things I write about specially on the blog. Which is why there is a restaurant review after eons. The are two reasons I chose to accept said invitation and then later felt…