I am blessed with a sweet gum so I end up finding sugary treats to indulge in wherever I go. My trip to the United Kingdom was no different. I came across some simple sweet delights that I took a liking for instantly and would recommend these to anyone who is travelling to the United Kingdom (UK) especially London and Edinburgh.
Here is a look at 5 of these treats:
The mention of the hill station Lonavala conjures up images of a picturesque, tranquil getaway. This is exactly the experience that awaited me and my friends when we arrived at Della Adventure & Resorts. This luxurious, gigantic, leisure complex in Lonavala is the brain child of renowned, self-taught architect Jimmy Mistry.
The serenity of the location away from the hustle & bustle of the city, fifty acres of spacious landscape, tastefully done up villas, extreme adventure activity park provide a great experience for a quick weekend getaway.
It's been a year since The Bohri Kitchen (TBK) started operations and I was waiting eagerly to sample their fares for a long time. My wait was well rewarded with an experience that entailed the warm touch of a really lovely family, The Kapadias.
Landing at the venue on a parched Sunday afternoon, we were asked to grab a glass of a very refreshing welcome drink, NARIYAL PAANI COOLER that superbly blended tender coconut with coconut water. While we were sipping on our drink, Munaf Kapadia, Chief Eating Officer (CEO) of TBK filled us in on a brief history of the Bohri community, that arrived from middle eastern shores to India centuries ago. He helped us understand how their cuisine over the years has incorporated nuances of the gastronomy of the land of Gujarat, where they first landed and eventually that of Maharashtra, where the community has migrated over a period of time. Munaf is the brain behind creation of TBK and while he works with a reputed internet company, he has devoted his time on weekends to establish TBK as a illustrious culinary brand in a very short span of time.
This was one incredible trip, a wonderful experience that gave an insight into respecting the produce that farms across the country churn day in and day out for our kitchens.
It sometimes becomes so imperative to understand how numerous ingredients that make it to our plate are grown and what it feels like to eat them fresh, straight off the farms. I guess, we truly begin to respect the ingredients and work with them accordingly when we are able to witness this process.
In order to understand this journey, we visited Trikaya's farms, which are in Talegaon, about 130 kms from Mumbai with Chef Roberto Zorzoli - Chef De Cuisine - Romano's at JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar. Arriving at the farms after a 3-hour journey, all of us were as excited as a child on his/her first class picnic to explore the place and what it had to offer.
Once I was content with my visit to the Golden Temple, I decided to explore the numerous humble eateries around the city to get the much needed dose of delicious, vegetarian food.
Here is my exploration of some of the food places:
On the occasion of Gurupurab of Guru Nanak, I am reminded of my recent, amazing trip to Amritsar. The most treasured moments of this trip being - the visit to the pristine Golden Temple, witnessing the palki saheb ceremony just before the break of dawn, eating the delicious piping hot prasad and a meal at the langar.
A visit to this city is incomplete without visiting three places of historical significance:
The mention of Kotkapura city conjures up images of the famous Atta Chicken. But, an interaction with the locals will soon tell you that there is another signature dish this city takes pride in. The Kotkapura Royal Dhodha House, started & run by the Vig family has a very special delicacy to offer, the DHODHA, that is a crowning jewel in the culinary history of this city.
This sweet delight has been around for more than a century now. Dhodha was created back in 1912 as an energy rich food to be consumed by wrestlers. But, today owing to its delicious taste it has become a revered sweet treat.
So what goes into a delicious Dhodha?
- Regional Indian Food & Travel enthusiast