All posts filed under: Dessert

My top 9 Istanbul take-aways

Istanbul is such an eclectic mix of the east and west, the old and new, the traditional and modern, that it will amaze you that something like this can exist, and that too in perfect harmony! There are many things that make Istanbul unique and below are my top 9 picks – 1. Beautiful architecture If you are fond of history and art, Istanbul will truly captivate you. Visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and be truly amazed by the intricate craftsmanship. Though I am not much of a monument person, I was quite impressed with the sheer beauty of the Blue Mosque which was built by Sultan Ahmet to calm the Gods. I ended up skipping Hagia Sophia (had a great lunch calling plus there was an entry fee 😀 ) 2. Turkish tea or coffee Walk around the cobblestone streets of the old city and chill at a sidewalk café sipping Turkish tea or coffee. There is something about this experience that is so authentic, you will want to do it again, AND again. 3. The …

Tapri~The Tea House, Jaipur

Till recently, there were hardly any cafes in any part of our country, with the eternal chai as the focal point, except of course, the unassuming roadside “cutting chai stalls” which are dime a dozen. And it almost makes me wonder why, in a pre-dominantly tea drinking nation such as ours(ORG-India Tea Consumption Study,2012 says 83 per cent households in India consume tea), we seldom focus on a beverage which is so widely consumed, and is very much a part of the Indian culture and heritage. Tapri, which means a makeshift roadside tea-stall, is a recent entrant in this space in Jaipur and is a cafe almost true to its name, in concept as well as spirit. The decor is bang-on, vibrant and very innovative, right from the menu which looks like a “sarkari file” to kettles and cutting chai glasses used to decorate the walls, and the typical big glass jars to store biscuits and cookies. The best thing about the cafe is the big open terrace sitting – just the type of place one would want to hang …

Anokhi Cafe , Jaipur

Think of Jaipur and what immediately comes to mind is regal palaces and forts, colors, music and dance, jewelry, and of course – spicy and ghee laden(but definitely tasty) food – the Pyaaz kachoris at Rawat Mishthan Bhandar, Laal maas at Niros or Handi, Dal bhati churma just to name a few. So the Anokhi Cafe, almost seems like an oxymoron to the city of Jaipur. A hidden gem no more, the cafe, adjacent to the Anokhi Store on Prithviraj road has been in business for more than 8 years now. I have been there a few times myself, and have completely enjoyed the fresh, organic and healthy options on the menu. And I always wondered as to why such an exciting concept had not proliferated to other cities, considering the clothing store is pretty much everywhere, but it is not accompanied by the cafe, except in Jaipur. On a recent trip to the Pink City, I paid the cafe yet another visit, in an attempt to savor the goodies and get some well-deserved answers 🙂 …

Where to eat a great Italian meal and a calorie-worthy dessert in Manhattan

First of all, let me begin by saying that I LOVE Manhattan! Yes, you heard it right, it’s pure, passionate and unconditional love.. and it was love at first sight ! The crowded streets, the buzz, the energy,the food, the atmosphere…its just something else. My second time in NYC is a cold, snowy, rainy day, and I am in the mood to venture out for a wholesome, hearty meal. Now New York as you know, is no stranger to food from all parts of the globe – you can probably get Paranthas, Pizza, Sushi, Kebabs, Steaks and more within your line of sight, no matter where you are. Which is why I ask a seasoned cousin of mine for a recommendation – and I am told about an Italian place called Paprika for dinner to be followed by ChikaLicious for dessert. Let me get to these one by one: Think homey, candlelit, cozy and unpretentious – that is Paprika for you.The restaurant which is over a dozen years old, is on St Mark’s place in …