Bomra’s – a tranquil, understated gem in Goa

Our Goa trips are based on a simple philosophy – ‘Do not move even half a muscle more than what is absolutely necessary to perform essential bodily functions’. After exertions of a delayed Friday flight which lands in the wee hours of Saturday; we spend the entire weekend eating, lazing, sleeping and swimming, pretty much…

January jaunts – 2018 style

The new year has started and we have our first long weekend coming up. The planners have booked and confirmed mini vacations wherever, while the impromptuers are looking around for fun things in the city. Everyone is in a party mood since we cannot wait a full week for the weekend to arrive! Here is…

Chicken liver – the Turkish twist

We eat a fair bit of liver (more chicken than red meat) and my Solapuri cook makes a fabulous, semi dry, Indian style curry that we all love. ‘Please let us try liver in a different way’, was the demand on Saturday morning. Given that I had landed at close to 2 am, slept at…

Mahesh Lunch Home – true staying power

Bombay seems to have a new restaurant opening almost every week. Being a food writer, I say this in all seriousness! In the whirlwind of new openings and events, it is easy to forget the older restaurants that have stood the test of time. Earlier in the week I decided to do something different and…

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…

Parsi Food Festival @ Soma

What do you do when there is a Parsi Food Festival at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai? You rush before the hungry hoards finish all that delicious food!   I love the various food festivals at Soma which offers a wonderful insight into the various cuisines of our country. So I am equally excited about Parsi…

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…

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…