India is a diverse country and the cuisine is possibly it’s biggest tresure. Hyderabad is a haven for foodies with a voracious appetite. There’s Andhra cuisine, Telangana cuisine and then there’s Hyderabad’s famous Mughlai cuisine. During the holy month of Ramzan, the old city comes alive at night and the streets are flooded with restaurants and vendors selling some of the most delectable food. Biryani kebabs, haleem, sweets, falooda and even fresh juice, there is an abundance of food available and thanks to the ingenious team at the Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel I was able to sample some. I’ve had…

It isn’t every day that you get to cruise through the streets of Mumbai at night in some of the finest the auto mobile industry has to offer merrily popping by one trendy food joint after another. So when the good folks at Volkswagen ( no pun in tended ) asked if I’d like to experience 2 of their top of the line models – The Tiguan and The Passat while on a midnight food trail, I just couldn’t say no. I make no claim to know anything about cars so all my thoughts and impressions are probably going to…

When you think of a tiger safari in India, jungles like Kanha, Pench, Bandhavgadh or Ranthambore. The big jungles that have a loyal fan following and eager safari enthusiasts voraciously recommending them. What most people don’t realise is that India has nearly 50 tiger reserves and is possibly the best country in the world to spot a big cat. With everyone flocking to the 10 most popular reserves, it’s the smaller parks that get left behind but are equally stunning and home to big cats as well. Last minute planning in the peak of what is commonly called Tiger Season…

Travelling is a great way to kick back and unwind and it’s easy enough that can be done last minute as well ( depending on the kid of traveler you are ) Of course if you’re travelling with children, no matter how small or old they are, a certain amount of pre planning is a must. I’ve been to Thailand on a number of occasions but this post is special because after a fair amount of questions that I often get, I decided to put together a small sample itinerary of a travel plan to Thailand when you are travelling…

Tourist often visit Thailand and flock to the beach or enjoy the fast pace of Bangkok. For a more local experience I’d highly recommend travelling East, just 245 kms away from Bangkok to the sleepy town of Chanthaburi. While it might not currently be on the tourist trail like the Koh islands or even Chiang Mai up north, it’s got its own appeal that seasoned travelers now find charming and most importantly untouched by throngs of tourists. You can visit the temple where a 100 year old pagoda is situated, shop of semi precious stones ( sapphires and emeralds anyone…

For years I’ve had these mixed and completely conflicting views about buffet meals. On one hand I cringe and the massive closhes piled with food that eventually ends up cold and the sheer gluttonous avtaar a buffet brings out in everyone. On the other hand, I can’t help but appreciate the stunning price point and the fact that you get really a bang for your buck. I’ve eaten at several buffet style restaurants and ones that offer different cuisines and while I have a special place in my heart for fine dine and pretty plated meals, I have learnt to…

Without a shadow of doubt, this has got to be one of Gurgaon’s most popular eateries. I walked into Prankster on a Monday night to a semi packed restaurant and a dance floor bursting with patrons busting a move. Unbelieveable I thought because it’s Monday for crying out lound, who gets out then ? Well… apparently Gurgaon does. I can’t blame the city, this pub/ haven of cool is pretty funky and makes you just want to come back. The entire space is modeled on a college campus to make you feel like you’re back reliving your fun college memories.…

On any given day, my inbox has at least one restaurant invitation to come and sample their food. In the past 6 years of having giving my all to the tiny taster, I’ve eaten more lackluster meals than blockbuster ones so over time I’ve politely declined most of these invitation. It is only when a restaurant comes highly recommended from trusted sources, people whose palate I know won’t let me down, that I decide to try it out. I have no familiarity with Gurgaon and hardly ended up there unless its work related so if I need to have a…

My relationship with food is tempestuous at best. While I adore a good meal I’m always left feeling guilty at the excessive caloric intake at the end of my meal and am often struggling to find a balance. For the most part I have managed to curb my culinary enthusiasm and have found healthier options or alternatives for my main meals. I’ve swapped mashed potatoes for cauliflower mash ( I’ve got a delicious recipe video as well ), my Chinese meals have been replaced with grilled meats and vegetables and I find that my lunches and dinners are no longer…

Hong Kong is one of those holiday spots that  has people falling in love with it. For an Indian traveler Hong Kong ticks a lot of boxes, great food, easy flight access, an Indian community so there’s always family or friends around, good food, lots to explore and some gorgeous hotels. What’s not to love ? I remember thinking on my first visit to Hong Kong last year that I had barely scratched the surface. I will admit I spent more time on that trip at Disneyland and over eating dim sums to really play attention but on a recent…

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