Reviews & Recommendations

Kodagu Konnect: A Rainy Weekend at Coorg

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Reviews & Recommendations, Travel Tales | 8 comments

Kodagu Konnect: A Rainy Weekend at Coorg

When I was much younger, and in college, Coorg was a little squiggle on mind, most evitable by a rich sultry drapes, matching nails and lip colour  of a certain Ms Cariappa. It almost stood out eking out a visual cue for Coorg. Eventually, as my friend circle grew in college, Coorg became one of those places that people called home in the multicultural melting pot that was Manipal. And, almost all of them had jaw-dropping good looks, had an unbelievably high tolerance for fiery meat dishes and the almost the same intensity of intolerance against hockey! This naturally led to a conversation...

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Archetypical, Artful and (un)Assuming- Archipelago, London

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Culinary Journeys, Reviews & Recommendations | 4 comments

Archetypical, Artful and (un)Assuming- Archipelago, London

The best thing I like about London, is that there is always something new to discover, no matter how many times you have visited the city. There is an urge everytime to see the city through new lenses. Last time I wanted to see it in black and white and capture the familiarity it builds around you. It dealt with knowing little secrets, a little history and a little trivia. But then, I could afford that because of the luxury of time. This time it was a three day stop-over, but the urge in me to discover something new took over yet another time. So, this time it was a new and absolutely...

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A Photowalk of Kolay Market:A Koley-ction of Kolours!

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Culinary Journeys, Reviews & Recommendations | 8 comments

A Photowalk of Kolay Market:A Koley-ction of Kolours!

As human beings, I strongly feel that we were made for relationships.  We were made to know each other and exist in a reality where we interact and connect and live in the spirit of camaraderie and community.  Some of us shun to enter this realm of relationships.  We would rather hide away and ignore the fact that we live in a world with other people.  We would rather be “safe”, ignoring a life where we experience the adventure of indulging in a life with people who truly matter to us, are around us. This is not a lesson I have learned, but I feeling that I have harboured for very...

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An Indulgence With Royalty: Adaab,Hyderabad!

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Reviews & Recommendations, Travel Tales | 9 comments

An Indulgence With Royalty: Adaab,Hyderabad!

As I stood on the ornate balcony of the palace, drowning in a sea of rooftops and minarets below me, balmed in the hue of the pink twilight, hearing a myriad voices chanting the ‘Adhaan‘, my eyes closed in reverence and my lips curved into a reflex smile. I have never heard the ‘Adhaan‘, with an intent of listening to it. If I have, it has been always while passing by a way side mosque, or over hearing it from a friend’s room, while trying to catch up on tales friends share. This was a new experience. It is said that for every three minutes you walk in the old...

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Book Review & A Quick Weekend Lunch: Easy Indian Cooking- By Hari Nayak

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Culinary Journeys, Reviews & Recommendations | 0 comments

Book Review & A Quick Weekend Lunch: Easy Indian Cooking- By Hari Nayak

Sometimes I cook, without any available story for it. It is just a resultant of a gut feeling that creeps in all through my system for a consistent number of hours. I slowly sense “things” about the dish I want to make, trying to fill in little vacuum places within my cells,muscles and brain. The look, the taste, the smell…its a unavoidable package. And almost in an animated form my eyes dilate, and I spring up from whatever I have been doing, perked with an irresistible rush of energy, and make a dash towards the kitchen, as if it is the last opportunity in my life to cook!...

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A Delightful Gastronomic Sin, “Per Se”!

Posted by on Sep 1, 2012 in Culinary Journeys, Reviews & Recommendations | 10 comments

A Delightful Gastronomic Sin, “Per Se”!

There are lunches and then there are lunches that are downright sinful. “Per se”, this lunch was the epitome of a dining nirvana.  Between the various functions dedicated to each table (each and every one of them thoroughly knowledgeable about each and every dish printed on the everyday-custom-made menu), everything at Per Se– from the ambiance, impeccable service, pace of the service, the wine selection, and not to leave behind by any mean quarter, surrealistically delicious food, to even the restrooms– was the fantasy finale of a dining experience. In that context,...

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