Of Dhinchak Dosas and Dashing Dabelis!

I’ve been a resident of Juhu ever since we shifted to Mumbai in the year 2004, and yet it is an area I have explored the least. Maybe because we tend to take things for granted and keep delaying our plans. In fact the only few times I have been to Juhu Beach is when…

Café Delhi Heights: Of Great Food And Nostalgia

I first visited Café Delhi Heights in Noida, back in 2016. More than a year later, when I heard that it is now here in Lower Parel in Mumbai, I instantly made a Friday night dinner plan. Friday nights are always a bit special (yay weekend!), but little did I know that this one would…

Reviving Lost Recipes At Bageecha

As the food evolves with time, whats being forgotten and left behind are the intricate flavours of the Indian cuisine: a cuisine which is complete and perfect in itself and involves history, culture and flavours in every morsel of food. At such a time, one must appreciate the efforts by the chefs of Novotel Mumbai,…

Textile In The World Of Spices: A Collaboration With The Lookout Journal

I have always insisted that collaborations can lead to magical results. This belief particularly rose out of my affinity for the culinary arts, where the key to building unforgettable delicacies lies in combining and contrasting elements with one another. But, the world of food is not just about the food itself. The magic within kitchens…

Unkempt : A Tale Of A Restless Mind

– By Vernika Awal We spend a large part of our lives chasing myths. Not fairies, angels or demons – those come later. We chase everyday myths – of shaping ourselves up, of having “our” people, of preconceived answers to the great hows and whys. The truth is, we do not really know a particular…

Holiday Inn: Staycation – The New Vacation!

Staycations are a particularly alluring concept, especially of late, because of how our lifestyles are. For the most part, we remain busy with our professional life, and devote the rest of the time to family. It is because of this that local staycations are becoming an increasing trend. With staycations, one does not need to…

Tasting Your Way Through JIA – The Oriental Kitchen’s New Menu

Set in the plush side lanes of Colaba, Mumbai, Jia is an exquisite restaurant that spells warmth and gorgeousness from the onset. The restaurant is located on the lane leading towards the Gateway of India, and the prime location means you certainly won’t break a sweat to locate it. The fine dine restaurant is adorned…

Spice Trails: A Guide To Thekkady, Kerala

I do not remember the last time I took a break of ten days to get away from the city life, and most importantly, from work. While working with a national daily publication, we used to work six days a week and get a holiday only on Diwali and Holi days…and that cycle continued for…

Novotel Juhu: Navratri Done The Tambrahm Way!

I’ve never been exposed enough to South Indian cuisine to call myself a fan; but who hasn’t had the humble idli dosa and enjoyed its simplicity? But authentic South Indian home cuisine is a whole different world, as I recently discovered at the The Novotel, Juhu, where a Navratri-inspired festival of Vegeratri was being held….

#ChutneyDay: Of Saving That Zing!

I have always been the person who prefers pickles over chutneys, but at the same time one cannot deny the place that a chutney occupies in the thaali of every Indian. Growing up I have always preferred the mint-coriander (dhaniya-pudhina) chutney, and I think owe to that to my lack of knowledge of chutneys, in…