Bohri Mohalla food trail – The best places to eat

As a foodie, every year I look forward to Ramadan. Closer to where I live in Mumbai, there is a huge Muslim community so the streets and by-lanes turn into an Iftari food fest with the aromas of fried malpuas, mawa jalebis, fresh fruits and dates, chicken shawarmas, satay, mutton cutlets and what not. Four years after my last visit to Mohammad Ali road to explore the food scene in the Minara Masjid area, I…

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Kolhapur trip planner – A foodie’s guide

You ever do a trip only to eat? Like there’s no agenda, except food! Until a while ago, a small outlet of Purepur Kolhapur restaurant in the suburbs of Mumbai was my window to Kolhapur’s cuisine. This was about to change. I had set out on a two day road trip to explore the food scene in Kolhapur first hand. From the city’s linkage to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to being a Maratha princely state of…

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What’s my take on Meghalaya’s Khasi cuisine

I reach home, drop my backpack, look into the fridge. Mom’s made sorpotel and I don’t feel like eating. It’s a very turn off feeling after seeing chunks of pork, literally every part of the pig, hang by hooks in shops in the Khasi region of Meghalaya. They eat pork like nobody’s business. After a point, the sight is uncomfortable. Pork is to Meghalaya what vada pav is to Mumbai and dhokla to Gujarat. Another…

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My guide to Sri Lankan cuisine in 20 dishes

I prefer to eat local in a new city. It’s one of my favourite things about travel. How interesting it is to learn how food has shaped a country through years of history, cultural influences, weather, local crops. My first exposure to Sri Lankan cuisine was in London while studying there. My landlords were a Sri Lankan family and the rent included one meal at home. So I was sort of familiar with the Hoppers…

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A foodie’s guide to Indore

A night before flying down to Indore, I sat with a colleague who hails from the city and made a list of snacks I HAVE TO try. Indore has so much to offer, your appetite is not going to be able to keep pace. So it would help if you kept a list handy. Anything over and above that list is a plus 🙂 It is true that the people of Indore trip on food. I…

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5 foods I tried in Jaunpur-Varanasi and you should too!

When I told my friends I am travelling to Varanasi, two of them gave me a list of #musttry food (and one asked me to try the local weed). I skipped the weed recommendation (I swear), but was excited to pursue the food recommendation list. For five days, I was in Jaunpur (60km from Varanasi), attending a friend’s wedding. In spite of the whole shaadi-wala-ghar chaos, I managed to get some time to explore the…

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Eating Feni Ice Cream in Goa

I was in Goa for an extended weekend in September 2015 when I got a tip-off from a friend about a restaurant that serves Goa’s local brew, Feni in an ice cream flavour. The next day, I was here! Niko Homemade Ice cream and Restaurant Tucked away on the Siolim-Vagator road in Assagao, North Goa and hidden behind a big banyan tree is a standalone eatery – Niko. A typical Goan house has been converted…

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Exploring Street Food at Mohammad Ali Road During Ramadan

Mohammad Ali Road During Ramadan

[Last updated: 11 May 2019] Boliye madam, kya lao? Bheja Fry, Bheja Masala, Gurda Masala, Kheeri Kalegi? I found myself at what is called a non-vegetarian’s paradise, aka, Mohammad Ali Road during the holy month of Ramzan. I was here to explore the much talked about food scene. It was a given that I would visit this place someday, since I’m a hard core non-vegetarian. So one weekend while the rest of Mumbai was preparing to call…

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7 Budget Restaurants in Andheri East for Corporate Lunch

So you work in Andheri East? You are here on a sales call? You have a meeting in this area? If an answer to any of these is a Yes, this article is a handy one for you. I might have mentioned earlier on that I’m a corporate slave. I’ve been slaving it at Andheri East for over 3 years now. While corporate lunches are a norm, splurging on corporate meals I find unreasonable. Fortunately, I…

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Restaurant Review: Five Fat Monks, Bandra

Prawn-Chicken-Lamb Holy Trinity at Five Fat monks

It was Ganesh Chaturthi and a perfect evening to dine out in Bandra since most restaurants would be empty. Hindus would never leave dear Lord Ganesh at home and come out for an outing or casual grub. So, not only was I left with an array of restaurants to choose from, but also assured of needed quiet time. One of my favorite haunts – Burgs shut down on Waterfield road in Bandra. In place were…

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Restaurant Review: Imbiss, Bandra – Meat Lover’s Paradise

My aversion to crowded places often lets me skip popular restaurants. But Imbiss seems to be an exception. There’s something about the place that lends a cozy feel. May be it’s the petite size that eliminates the prim and proper fine dine restaurant characteristic. The joint is a size that of a general store with a tiny upper level. Some tables are laid outside the restaurant to accommodate crowd (which of course is on the…

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B.Merwan – Mawa Cakes and more….

[Last updated: 9 April 2017] The other day, I read an article carried out in a local newspaper about a hundred year old Iranian café shutting down business. The café in discussion here is B.Merwan in Mumbai serving foodies since 1914. I do not feel proud to say, I was not aware about the existence of a heritage café like B. Merwan until I read about its shutting down in the newspapers. But I was…

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Gujarat road trip: AMUL factory visit, Anand

road trips from mumbai - Amul Dairy Factory, Anand

[Last updated: 16 March 2019] On Day 3 of my Gujarat road trip, our final stop was the AMUL Dairy factory in Anand. I was very keen on visiting the AMUL factory even though we were driving 50 km further down from Vadodara to Anand. What made it trickier was that the factory allowed visitors only between 2pm and 4pm. So, not only were we driving to another city for one attraction but racing time…

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Thank You McDonalds – Note from a student who grew up on these McBudget Cool meals

Quick bites, meals, birthday treats or hang out, McDonalds was the place! As a fast food junkie, I ate at other rival chains as well; but it all faded in comparison, for reasons of my own (which you will read below). So, with all due credit, I must make a short Thank You note for McDonalds……. Thank you McDonalds, for introducing Happy Meals, McSwirl and McFloat; Those were the best items I ate while growing…

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