Archive for the ‘World Cuisine’ Category

Of(f) the streets.

In Europe, Food, India, Travel, World Cuisine on September 22, 2013 at 11:22 am
Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whether it is samosas in Delhi, currywrust in Berlin, crêpes in Paris, hotdogs in New York, waffles in Brussels or Phở in Hanoi, street food is indispensable for a traveller, especially when you have to keep a close watch on your budget. Meant primarily for local inhabitants, travellers get a taste of food that is not tailored to their taste, often in the company of locals only too willing to chat in a much more convivial setting than one would get in a restaurant. Read the rest of this entry »


An ode to the Humble Omelette.

In Culture, Food, World Cuisine on January 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

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As far as I can remember, I have loved eggs. I can have it at any time of the day and when the rest of the food on my plate looks unappetising and bland, an omelette is all I need to cheer me up and feel good again. Hardly a surprise that this was the first thing I learnt how to cook as a teenager. Read the rest of this entry »


In Culture, Europe, Food, Spain, Travel, World Cuisine on May 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm
Español: Tapas en un establecimiento de Barcel...

Español: Tapas en un establecimiento de Barcelona (España) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We took a friend of ours visiting Europe for the first time to a restaurant specialised in Tapas. Her reaction?

How wonderful to be able to share your food instead of having to order your own stuff.”

She looked so blissful at that moment that we were sure, we could have served her absolutely anything and it would not have mattered as long as it was Tapas style. Read the rest of this entry »

An apple in any other form….

In Drinks, Europe, France, World Cuisine on April 14, 2012 at 11:14 pm
Apple fruit

Apple fruit (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

…..can it still keep the doctor away?

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Strawberry Soup!

In Baltic states, Europe, Food, Travel, World Cuisine on March 7, 2012 at 12:59 am

Strawberry Soup in Riga,Latvia.

In India for a long time, anything strawberry was something disgustingly sweet, thanks to what was available at the time in the market which was primarily chemical flavours. I remember strawberry jam as something bright red with lots of chemicals in it and strawberry ice-cream which was bright pink with lots of chemicals in it. Neither had an iota of strawberry in it. Read the rest of this entry »

Say Cheese!

In Europe, Food, France, World Cuisine on March 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm

The display at our local cheese shop. The picture shows one-fourth of what they have on offer.

My friends think that since I am in France, my evenings are spent having wine and cheese. The French think I am awfully cool to have adapted to French cheese. I don’t understand either. I have cheese once in a while, mostly during holidays with my in-laws and frankly, coming from India, getting used to a bit of milk was hardly my biggest problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Chai, garam chai!

In Culture, Drinks, India, Random, Travel on February 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I had to write my first post in the cuisine or food &drink section on Chai. After all, I named my blog after this humble drink.

Would you like to have some chai?”

Do you know how to make chai?”

Confronted with questions like this from non-Indians, I did not initially understand what to make of it. Read the rest of this entry »