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It’s always funny when you expect to fall in love with a certain city or country but you don’t. You enjoy it of course but you don’t fall madly in love with it for some reason. Maybe the idea of that place was very different from the reality of what it ends up being. Then there are those cities or countries you didn’t think much of, maybe there wasn’t enough time to think about it or research it and before you know it, your heart feels heavy when you have to leave and your thoughts always wander back there, hoping…

Italy is one of those countries that is impossible to visit just once. Even in a single trip it is a task to try and and cram it all in. You can revisit a number of times and will have still only covered a small amount of what the country has to offer. The same goes for the city of Rome. Roma is stunning. It’s majestic but it is also over populated with locasl and tourists, it’s incredibly hot and sticky and it can get loud with all the traffic and enthusiastic Italians. It’s a combination of all this plus…

My first introduction to European art or history was in the 8th standard in school. I was blessed like many others in my school to have a teacher and principal that felt so passionately about a topic totally off syllabus that she dedicated an entire year to teach us in her class. If you went to J. B Petit High School in Mumbai while Ms Shirin Darasha was the principal then you know exactly what I mean. At the time I was about 13 years old. I still remember watching slides in our classroom full of pictures of the Notre…

Such tales I’ve heard of Serafina and its abundantly rich food that  attracts the Hollywood celebrity brigade in abundance. In New York this little restaurant seems to be quite the crowd puller so of course there was tremendous buzz about this Italian New York styled chain that found its way to the posh Palladium Mall in Lower Parel Mumbai.   I haven’t eaten here so my mid week lunch date with Mummy dearest marked my maiden meal at Serafina in Mumbai. The restaurant is relatively simple. No over the top decor which I appreciate. Wooden close knit tables and chairs…

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…

Every month something fun and exciting happens in different cities and towns all around the world. Some crazy people like to plan their travels around events like these. I thought it only fair to share my travel calendar and all the exciting festivals and events.  Get ready for the March mayhem – Las fallas (fallas de valencia)Spain 1- 10th march – locals spend 5 days partying in this mad explosive fiesta/ carnival combination. From parades, pageants, fireworks this festival spells fun. On the last day they turn off all the city lights and set fire to hundreds of high quality…