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…

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…

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…

Smokehouse Deli…….an old favourite revisited

Smokehouse Deli is definitely my favourite among brands created by Impressario Hospitality. While it’s cousins like Salt Water Café are fancier, there is something about Smokehouse I have loved from Day 1. The outlets have never disappointed, be it a late lunch at BKC with 2 vegetarian colleagues who had no clue what to order;…

Waste To Taste – Post 1 – Spinach Stems and Pork Chops

Some dismal and scary food wastage statistics below, in italics.   The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that, each year, one-third of all food produced for human consumption in the world (around 1.3 billion tons) is lost or wasted. This includes 45% of all fruit and vegetables, 35% of fish…

Asia Kitchen and Bar – the new cool

Sakinaka, Andheri East is possibly one of the busiest junctions in the city with huge office complexes, eateries and a little further down, hotels that surround Terminal 2 of the Mumbai International Airport. The latest addition to this buzzing area is the Asia Kitchen and Bar (AK&B). Avid restaurant goers would remember the first ever…