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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…

Restaurants that churn out top quality food for decades, over the years amass a strong legion of loyal fans.  Trattoria at the President hotel in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai is one such restaurant. For most of us this 24 hr coffee shop was a regular haunt at odd hours in the night to curb post partying hunger pangs. For many it was a great family restaurant but for every single loyal fan it was THE authority on authentic Italian food for the longest time. Trattoria had been recently shut for some time due to renovations and I for one have been…

The desperate need for a change of pace on the dining scene will definite have you taking extreme measures. In this case a group of southerners heading north of the bridge – fed up with the usual suspects and hungry for something new ( no pun intended) we hobbled along to explore. On this bustling busy Saturday night packed with traffic I found myself and my tasting troops at the doors of Bandra’s hot Italian joint, Cafe Mangii. Not sure what to expect I walk in and find myself cringing at the decibel level.  The place is packed with waiter’s…

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…