Posts Tagged“food”

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…

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…

I’ve started what I call my breakfast series on the blog recently and uptill now it only had a roundup of places I’ve visited for their breakfast spread. This is my first attempt at sharing a breakfast recipe. I’m trying my hardest to think of simple and innovative ideas for breakfast that are easy to make, don’t need much prep ( since I’m always in a daze in the morning ) and most importantly are slightly healthy. I’m trying my hardest to stay away from anything that has too much butter, sugar or any flour at all. It’s not easy…

One of the most exciting meals when I travel is breakfast. When I’m at home it’s nothing fancy maybe the odd egg or toast but when I travel is when I really indulge and do justice to a breakfast buffet. I was recently asked to meet someone over a breakfast meeting and while it sounded very tempting, the reality of waking up and getting ready so I could reach on time was far from delightful. To make matters worse my meeting was scheduled at the other end of where I live, temptingly close to the international airport ! If you…

I’ve been a big fan of Restaurant Week India which to me is one of the most interesting endeavours in the food industry in India. This five year old property encourages people to dine at some of the best restaurants in the city and enjoy a fixed coursed meal at a fixed ( much more affordable ) price. So you can pick a gorgeous restaurant in a 5 star hotel and end up paying half of what you would on a normal day. I think its absolutely genius and most importantly wonderful because it really encourages folks to ditch the…

I love Sri Lanka. It’s actually quite incredible because I didn’t expect to enjoy this little country as much as I did. I hadn’t really thought about it much till I had to visit and I kept thinking of it as an extension of South India, Kerala in particular. While I did find a lot of similarities specially the love for curry leaves and just genuinely being beautiful people, it would be a shame to clump them together. Sri Lanka is distinct and different, diverse and delightful. I have yet to come across a country where the people are just…

Delhi is a fascinating city. Much like Johannesburg it gets its fair share of bad press and the first thing you think about is safety but if you look beyond there is so much to explore. I grew up in Mumbai and have no family in Delhi which means I never visited as a child ( except for the occasional school trip ). For me, Delhi is an adventure and again a couple of days in the capital isn’t enough to really understand the city. It’s also one of those cities that is completely blessed when it comes to food.…

It is always hard for me to review a hotel. Believe it or not I have rejected a few invitations because straight off the bat I know those will be generic clones with nothing new to offer. When the invitation to review the Sheraton Hyderabad property came my way I said yes based on the fact that Sheraton as a brand has a good reputation when it comes to comfort and service (something that is extremely important to me) and more so because I personally have not had any experience with a Sheraton property anywhere in the world. I haven’t…

For the last few years I had friends tell me how intensely beautiful Sri Lanka is and how I must make a trip. While I agreed that it must be beautiful I felt due to its close proximity to India, it was one of those places I could visit anytime and was also pushed further down on my list of countries to visit. I honestly couldn’t have been more foolish. This lopsided logic of it being close and extremely affordable so I should visit later is silliest  thing because it really should have been the other way around. I was…

Hyderabad to me will always be a royal city. Not just because of its incredible history and culture or that it was home to the Nizams but mostly because it is one tremendously diverse city when it comes to local food. To the world Hyderabad is just about its biryani but the more I visit this city, the better I understand what it has to offer. It’s a city where I am unable to sum up everything it has to offer and each trip I’m discovering more and more. I recently spent a few days and ate more than my…