Cal 27 – old world charm encased in new world charisma

Disclaimers and excuses: Though my articles are never just about food, this one has more stories and emotions attached than others. So if you are someone who likes posts that go straight away into dissecting food, this may not be for you. It has taken me months to write this post. Not because I did…

Dim Sum Art @ China House

The history of dim sums is very interesting. It is linked with the older tradition of ‘yum cha’  which means to drink tea. Travelers on the ancient Silk Road needed a place to rest and thus teahouses came up along roadsides. But people starting serving snacks much later since an Imperial physician had decreed that combining food with tea…

The Saturday Brunch at Celini – buon appetito!

If you are a die-hard party animal who is awake till wee hours of Sunday morning and therefore unwilling to step out for brunch thereafter, Celini is the place for you. If you are a die-hard Italian food aficionado who does not want to compromise on quality, Celini is the place for you. If you…

Royal Awadhi festival at The Lalit, Mumbai

16th of June 2017 – inaugural day of Zaika-e-Awadh, the Awadhi Food Festival at Baluchi, Mumbai, the signature pan Indian destination created by the The Lalit Group for their hotels.   16th of June 2017 – Laylat Al Qadr, considered the holiest night of the year for Muslims. It is known as the “Night of Power,” and…

Wine and dine at Taj Santacruz……delicious indulgence

A restaurant based on a dream theme of the Italian and French Riviera, Rivea is a sparkling gem. A part of the restaurant with a very impressive wine display is visible as soon as you walk into the lobby of the Taj Santa Cruz.  A little further on the other side of the lobby is…

Breakfast at JW Marriott Kolkata….much ado about not much

The JW Marriott hotels in India are beautiful. Their flagship hotel in Juhu has all of Mumbai agog with it’s vast lobby overlooking the beautifully landscaped poolside and beyond that the Arabian Sea. I like the JW Marriott at Sahar Mumbai and it’s huge L shaped coffee shop. The JW Chandigarh looks very imposing.  …

Zen……a perfect 10!

  The Urban Dictionary defines ‘Zen’ as…….”a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind. Zen is a way of being. It also is a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts.” My friends and I talk about being zen-ned…

Chef Anirudhya Roy at Masala Bay, Taj Lands End, Mumbai……enough said :-)

The Taj Lands End (TLE) ranks among my favourite hotels in Mumbai for many reasons. Seaside location with beautiful views; elegant and imposing lobby with impossibly beautiful flowers; gurgling water body circling capsule elevators; buzzing lobby café ideal for a casual meeting, vibrant coffee shop my son loves to visit, all add to the hotel’s…