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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…

This is an article I wrote recently for the Parsi Times. I couldn’t help but share it because I honestly think she’s amazing 🙂In a time where people are bored of regular jobs and boring 9 to 5’s some people have pushed the boundaries and taken it a step further to do what they love and convert their hobby and skill into their profession. Meet case in point- Perzen Patel, better known as The Bawi Bride. Perzen not only holds down a full time job but in the last 8 months has taken the culinary world by storm. Instead of…

You know how some restaurants seem to have an aura of awesomeness surrounding them, making you slightly fascinated with the idea of dining there, and then everyone who’s ever eaten there has had fabulous meals makes, making it seem like it’s the culinary Narnia. Yes, that for me was Masala Library, a 4 month old restaurant who has dazzled the dining community in Mumbai, converting many fans and even grudgingly earning the respect of the not so greatly satisfied. Masala Library is what is best described as a contemporary Indian dining restaurant where it takes traditional dishes and gives them…

A lot of my dinner dates include a group of 8 -10 boisterous forever hungry parsis who enjoy nothing more than eating drinking and making merry. Since this particular lot are such regular diners and marvelous restaurant enthusiasts, choosing different venues that everyone agrees upon can become a herculean task! This week we wanted to try someplace where no one has been to yet and zeroed in on the latest the Intercontinental Hotel has to offer – The Long And Short Bar. I forgot to actually ask them why they named it that but truth be told I don’t really…

I’ve spent a LOT of time this past year sampling new places and frequenting old favourites. I find most often it’s very difficult to find a restaurant that will give you a stellar meal.  There are always hits and misses in every meal but I’ve come to realize that some dishes are quite memorable and it’s only fair I share my culinary treasures with you. So this is dedicate to my top finds of 2013. I’d like to stress here that these are just some of the dishes I personally find memorable or note worthy, my list includes much more…

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…

If you know me well, you know that I am my father’s daughter. I’m exactly like him in more ways than one. We have the same likes and dislikes, the same quirks and the same temperament. So when daddy and I get to spend some quality time together it’s always nice but when we get to spend that time over some good food and drink it’s even better! Vicinia meaning neighbourhood joint or meeting place in Italian or Latin is a relatively new restaurant that has replaced the old Subway outlet at Kemps Corner. It’s just down the road from…

If you know me well you know I’m extremely partial to Asian flavours and that I have a massive weak spot for Chinese food. Most dinner invitations I tend to politely turn down but an invite to an Oriental meal is my Achilles heel. I will NEVER say no. In fact I will make time just so I can be present for that meal. I have my own personal favourite restaurants where I usually frequent when I need my Chi fix but it’s always interesting to experiment with different restaurants to see what they do and how differently or similarly…

When someone talks about a farmers market I immediately think of a man with his bullock cart selling bajra. Well this one wasn’t exactly quite like that. The idea is to encourage small entrepreneurs and introduce a new range of treats to people. I’ve heard about the one that happens in Mumbai but I was told its only organic stuff and was expecting this one in Pune to be similar but it really wasn’t. The Westin at Koregaon Park hosts a bi-monthly event called the Pune Farmer’s market which turned out to be like a box of hidden treasures. Weather you…

Food is so much more than eating to kill your hunger. It’s about celebrating. Whenever there is a happy occasion like a birthday or a new job its always celebrated with a hearty meal. The best meals are of course the celebratory kind where you tend to indulge more than you normally do and this week K and I were in a very celebratory mood and indulge we most certainly did at none other than Hakkasan ! I’ve had their dim sum menu before so I’m familiar with their brilliance but it was K’s first time at the restaurant and…