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A Guide to Enjoying a Dim Sum meal in Hong Kong like a Pro

A first time experience at an authentic Dim Sum restaurant can be an overwhelming one. This guide will help you navigate the ritual of enjoying a Dim Sim meal like a pro

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A Little Something called Summer Picnics

If you read my blog you would know that I love food. And open spaces. And sunny days. So when I got to know about the food truck festival at ProefPark in Haarlem in August end, it was a proposition I just could not resist. Haarlem where? You may ask. And rightly so, cause I doubt that anyone who visits Netherlands, makes a stop at any city other than Amsterdam. But if you do have time on your next trip, I strongly recommend that you go beyond Amsterdam for a day trip into these charming little cities like Haarlem, Leiden, Hague etc. which are even more compact and slower but full of many interesting gigs and festivals. My experience of this food truck festival brought back childhood memories of picnics at India Gate in Delhi, which I think was quite a staple family outing for all kids born in the 80’s and early 90’s. I remember that we used to go in big groups of 20-30 people, tightly squeezed into cars, with bed sheets and …

The best eats in Cambodia that you just cannot miss!

Cambodia is a food lover’s paradise, and no matter what part of the country you are in, there is always that café around the corner, that stall on the street and the cool bar in the city center that you are tempted to check out! The variety is immense, the flavors are explosive and the prices, fantastic. Below are my top picks of the most drool worthy dishes, drinks and restaurants that you should definitely try out while you are there – 1. Khmer Fish Amok  This is undoubtedly THE most popular Khmer dish, and you will find it on the menu of every restaurant serving local food. A thick fish curry, steamed in banana leaves, with strongly flavors of coconut and galangal, this dish is to die for. I observed some variations in how this is cooked and served in different places. Though the traditional way is to serve this as a really thick, mouse like fish curry in banana leaves, some places also serve a more runny version in a green coconut shell, accompanied …

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 …

Magical Kerala!

Kerala – a state so diverse and magical – you will find it difficult to leave! From beaches to backwaters, spice plantations to mountains, wildlife sanctuaries to cities, not too forget the unbelievable food, Kerala will completely captivate you. Kerala has a charm which is uniquely its own – from its art and culture, to its natural beauty and friendly people. Agriculture is a big part of everyday life – Coconut, tea, coffee, cashew and spices including cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg are core to the agriculture sector. There are numerous paddy fields everywhere, and not to forget abundant fish (Kerala is one of the leading producers of fish in the country) I spent 9 days in Kerala covering 4 places – but let me assure you, there is definitely more to see! ( Click here to see my photo blog on Kerala) Kovalam Stay at The Leela, Kovalam – such a fantastic magnificent property, built right on top of a cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea. No matter what part of the hotel you are in, you will be close …