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…

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…

O’ Tenga – Amazing Assam at your doorstep

O’ Tenga is the local name for Elephant Apple in Assam. O’ Tenga is the local name for delicious Assamese food in Bombay!   Bombay City – the mystic land that attracts young people by the droves. Some come to study and others to find their fortune in the big and often bad world of…

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…

Fish n Bait – the new kid on Block G BKC

When the owner of Shiv Sagar, the most popular vegetarian chain of eateries in Mumbai who is also a partner at Mahesh Lunch Home, one of the most famous seafood restaurant chains, launches a new brand; the anticipation is palpable. I read about Fish n Bait on Little Black Book a few days ago and…

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…

Sausage Pulao

My tryst with spiced sausages started decades ago, thanks to Rebapishi, my paternal aunt.  The curry she would whip up  with fat fat fat sausages from Park Circus Market, Calcutta was legendary. For some reason it was never made at our home so I would wait for invitations to my Pishi’s house and pray she would repeat…

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;…