‘When in Rome, do the Romans’, a friend of mine once told me. Well, we were talking about a totally different ‘when in Rome’ topic at the time. But on my recent trip to Rome, I did make time to do as Romans do with respect to food. Rome has turned into a very busy
Zuka in Pondicherry If you’re ever in Pondicherry, two places that you absolutely have to visit are Zuka and Café Olé. Located almost side by side, they are havens for choco-crazed folk like me. Zuka is a store with a wide range of chocolate goodies to offer, from cakes to pastries to little miniatures. Although for
East Indians? My community is disappearing. What once was a thriving community in the heart of Bombay is now vanishing; and with it, all our traditions and culture. In a city of 22 million people, there are hardly 5 lakh East Indians left. Or was that 5 lakh across the globe? The salt on the
Amsterdam is the destination Amsterdam is a very famous tourist destination with millions of tourists coming into the city every year. A lot of its popularity comes from activities that would not go down well in my line of work if I was to participate. So that leaves the question what do you do on
A lunch invitation We’re renting James and Antonia’s place in Inca in Mallorca aka Majorca for a few weeks this summer. It’s lovely, the rustic and the modern merging into a beautiful new character. I love the feel of being so far away from the town of Inca, even though it’s just on the other side of the
I’ve always loved the smell of baking. From the time I was little I remember the smell of fresh cakes baking in the oven, and knowing that I was in for a delicious treat. By the time I turned five I started helping my mom to bake cakes, just like she had helped her mother
So we finally ended up at the Rude Lounge for dinner, instead of our regular haunt the Irish House. After waiting downstairs for more than half an hour for the sleepy friend that’s always running a bit late, we went up to the 6th floor of Link House that holds the Rude Lounge at Malad.
So the gang of cousins decided we needed a mid week retreat at The Retreat, Madh Island. Mid week since one cousin works on weekends, and there’s less of a crowd holidaying. Anyway we got there on the 8th of March at around 11 am, and were greeted with welcome drinks of either kiwi or
I live in the United Kingdom and to be brutally honest, their food is not the best. They tend to lack the flavour that South Americans are used to. Most of the meals I tasted after moving to the country have been a bit bland to the taste. Even though I’ve been living here for
‘Malaysia, let’s go to Malaysia.’ ‘What, why?’ ‘Because I want Kek Lapis Sarawak.’ ‘Have it imported.’ ‘But I want to learn how to make it too. Let’s go, pleeease…’ But we didn’t go. Malaysia beckons from a distance, but for now we pretend our ears are closed. Well, the boss wouldn’t give us leave anyway.
It was some time ago that I visited the beautiful country of South Africa with my folks… and what an amazing experience it was! We saw plenteous stunning places, but the one that stood out the most for its scenic beauty and landscape was the Winelands. It being the first leg of our journey, we
“Not going to Bangkok or Pattaya? Not even Krabi or Koh Samui? Are you Serious? But that’s where all our Indian brethren always go!” Our friends had a bit of a puzzled expression on their face when we announced we were off to Chiang Mai. My response was a slight grimace, followed by a long
The balloon question How do you add balloons to a heart cake? That was the question my sister was just thrown. She had just received an order for a surprise cake for a first wedding anniversary. Her client Karishma wanted to surprise her brother Bhavin and sister-in-law Esha with an eggless cake that had hearts
And then there was the child called Arnav who loved Lightning McQueen. So his mom ordered a Lightning McQueen cake from my sister, Sarah for his 4th birthday. So Sarah set out on her voyage to craft a one and a half kg Lightning McQueen cake with her trusty sidekick, me 😉 The tricky bit
One of the stops on our autumn Austrian trip was Graz. We spent two nights there which was quite enough to see the entire city. Having a limited number of days off, we were deliberating between Klagenfurt and Graz, but Graz won because of the Schloßberg or Schlossberg. It was a good climb. But that’s
Getting there It was almost a year ago now. I remember waking up early to the smell of fresh coffee and croissants. The perks of travelling in France with your boyfriend! Well, ex-boyfriend now anyway. It was a long 2 hour drive from Sables D’Olonne to Poitiers and we wanted to get there before Futuroscope opened