There are two camps when it comes about views on Ilish. Conventional and adventurous. Ethnic and fusion. I belong to the old school where I plead that dont innovate Ilish to an extent to kill the basic flavour of the fish.
At times I wonder how many chowmein shops are there in Kolkata? Well, I possibly would lose count.They come in different shapes, sizes and colour and they are...
Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before...
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (do you know about him? I stumbled upon his life while doing the research for this fish) had once said - In the hands of an able...
Bodega Cantina Y Bar is the new entrant in the food scene of Kolkata and its different . The top three criteria to make a restaurant successful in Kolkata doesn’t get a tick, yet we are hopeful and ecstatic about Bodega Cantina Y Bar. Keeping fingers crossed.
Turkey is for Thanksgiving in United Sates. Easter calls upon Easter eggs and hot cross buns all over London. It is evening. It is Ramzan. And it is all about...
“Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to...
We caught it's glimpse, as we were travelling alongside Dal Lake. This was the first day in Kashmir and we were out on a day tour of Srinagar and surrounding...
The people behind the food is always as interesting as the food they prepare to delight us. In our series of knowing the people behind the food – we present Chef Sonu Koithara, Executive chef Taj Bengal Kolkata. A journey into his life, his food philosophy and what Kolkata can expect from Taj Bengal in the coming days.
Not everyday you get a chance to meet the judges of Masterchef Australia up close!! A dream comes true moment for the both of us when we got this opportunity brought about by Brittania Chunkies. They shared their stories, they cheered with the frenzy crowd and they opened up their hearts in an unbelievable manner with the gorgeous Maria Goretti. This is definitely a cherished moment of our lives, one that we will always remember.
This is a story of a couple and what role does dessert play in their lives. Raspberry semifreddo is a great frozen dessert to try out this summer . This was inspired by the autumn in Cardiff where Madhushree has spent some wonderful times.
At times the picture says a lot more than the words. One our way to Gulmarg from Pahalgam we came across this small home bakery . A family baking together and running the store embraced us the travellers as if we were a part of the family. Known as Kandoor, they bake these small breads for the village community
After the wonderful Ilish or Hilsha festival The gateway hotel Kolkata presents Raj Barir Khawa Dawa or feast of the royal palaces of Bengal. An initiative which is worth praising, dishes worth devouring upon and if you are a foodie you must check this festival out
Its not everyday that I write but when I write I write about the rare occasions. This is a surprise which I prepared for my husband using Britannia Good Day chunkies, Ice cream, Kahlua and Milk . Read the story and recipe here – Madhushree
There is a new place to eat in Kolkata. The Internationally famous chain Barcelos flame and griled chicken opens up in Kolkata at Acropolis Mall Kasba. Our prediction ? This place should run as its good food, value for money and a nice place to hangout. It offers some unique dishes and the innovative ways of presenting the food which will be a hit with guests.
There is a significant amount of Bengalis residing in Pune. We were one of them few years back. One of the exciting parts of the weekend was to explore new Bengali food joints or to take a shelter in the comfort zone of Oh Calcutta and its hospitality. We visited Pune after almost 4 years and realized that the bengali food scenario in the city is not what it deserves to be.
The third largest Industry in Kashmir is seeing hard days now. Although the number of cricket matches played across the globe has increased, the nation celebrates the annual cricketing extravaganza called IPL the Kashmir willow bat has a different story to share …
A city is defined by the local food and that one particular lane or gali where you get the local food freshly prepared. These food lanes are more than lanes they are like a place of assembly for the foodies, its a place to tickle the taste buds and also tourists delight to make an attempt to know the city through its food. When we reached Khayyam Chowk
We were in Pune when German Bakery blast happened and since we left in 2011 and shifted base in 2012 everytime we passed this place it was haunting . When we visited Pune this time the first place we visited was German Bakery Pune and
Which one is your favourite tea stall in Kolkata ? Is it the tea stall at the corner of your residential area ? Or that busy masala especial tea maker outside your office ? We list the 5 tea joints in Kolkata which you cannot miss ..
Poila Baishakh or the Bengali New Year is an occasion of food, get together, laughter and celebration. It also leaves behind some memories which one remembers for the lifetime. Be it childhood memory of all brothers and sisters together or the sumptuous lunch cooked by ma or the first thrill of catching a glimpse of that elusive woman or like in my case the first possession of a book by Satyajit Ray ..
The Wall Street Bar kolkata has a new menu . Some innovative In house cocktails like the Wall Street classic, M Special Kafir tea are worth checking out. The Gastro pub has an impressive range of food which should not be missed and the star attractions are
While travelling as there are tourist spots, there are moments which needs to be captured instantly and once gone they are gone forever. This late evening and onset of night in Pahalgam was one such
Park Street is famous for baptism of many a youth into the first drink. The food available is equally illustrious and if you are a frequenter in some of the joints then you get some out of the menu food specially for you, We were inspired by the Karjyam Vepudu which we had in one of the recent food festivals and while preparing that we realised
The first of its kind where we look at the Linen range of Turtle this summer for semi formal dressing. The summer along with humidity shouts for right choice of fibers and soothing colour shades. This range has both perfectly combined and worth checking out
The food festivals are always a nice inclusion in the foodscape of the city. Novotel Kolkata is holding a Jodhpuri Food festival where handpicked dishes of Rajasthan are offered to the guests. While we were on our way for the food festival we
It has been a privilege to experience the Ghats in Varanasi at different times of the day. After we experienced the ghats in the night we took a boat ride the next morning to have a rendezvous with the famous ghats . As we started our journey
I always wanted to leave a note for my son as he is growing up. There are so many stories which I want him to listen to, so many words which I want to share with him. Of late I have realized that if not anything else this blog for him will b worth to read as he grows up . He turns 4 today and what better way to wish him a happy birthday. Happy birthday Tugga
This #Telangana food festival is on at ITC Hotels Kolkata. The name of the dishes can be tongue twisters but they surely leave a lingering taste on your taste buds. The tangy spiced fish Pulao or the Karjyam Vepudu or the Royyala vepudu all were winners. Not to forget the Uluvacharu which is claimed to be the signature dish by both Andra Pradesh and Telangana.
There is something exciting going on in Smoke House Deli Kolkata. A new menu in addition to the regular show stoppers. More variety for the vegetarian fares and large portions has just made this place to be visited often. An often go to place for us we enjoyed sampling the new menu.
This is perhaps the largest flower market in Asia where everyday the flowers come, get sorted out and distributed across the city and country. A photowalk here can only mean some amazing shots, getting soaked in their daily lives, struggles and a valiant effort to capture them.
If there is Victoria Memorial, if there is phuchka, if there is Rosogolla, if there is Rabindranath Tagore – then there is Kosha Mangsho also. For every reason and for all seasons this an universally loved dish. The intelligentsia of Kolkata have an unending debate of whether there should be Potatos in Kosha Mangsho or where do you get the best Kosha Mangsho ? I tried to figure out if there is one last dish whih I would like to have before I die why I will have Kosha Mangsho
On the 4th day of Tata Steel, Olympic Gold Medalist Abhinav Bindra and Ronojoy Sen author of Nation at Play debate out why India doesnt produce Gold Medal winners ? How we can improve the sports facilities and infrastructure ? Joy Bhattacharya moderated the session in his trademark style.
Is it Calcutta? Is it Kolkata? or Kalkatta ? In the third day of Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2016 the discussion between Author Kunal Basu who has just released Kalkatta and the ever gracious and a true Calcuttan Sharmila Tagore moderated by Yajneseni Chakraborti tried to rediscover the city . Read the detailed story here
Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet had a gripping session on day 2 -It was Partition through her eyes where eminent personalities with background of research in decolonization . A heart wrenching discussion opened up so many angles and scars too . Read the full story here
Its worth recommending . The Lucknawi food festival in Novotel Kolkata offers some rare handpicked dishes from Awadhi cuisine. Chef Abid Qureshi has come down from Lucknow with the curated menu and some special spices to make some yummy Awadhi food. Reasons why you should check out this festival.
The beauty of baking is that more you get into it the more addictive it gets . Perhaps the last for the season – the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting was made on the christmas eve when 4 reindeer came to my home and Santa also came with loads of gifts for the kids .
While we were in Goa this house was calling out for the stories associated with it to be unraveled. I spent about 30 mins around the house and came back with more questions than the pictures. Introducing for the first time in blog my mirror image and its thoughts . Please read the poem and show some love and care
The dry fruits had been soaked in Rum almost a month and half ago. In Kolkata, New Market is the area where one will find most of the baking items . We mention few of those stores here. The baking season continues at home with this egg less rich fruit cake .
Casa Kitchen kolkata has brought to the city a new food festival . Mexo Italiana is equally lucrative for Vegetarian as well as non vegetarian food lovers of the city . A carefully curated menu offers best of the dishes cooked with care and the same reflects in the taste also . Read the review here .