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Get a paan and some fruits

This paan-wallah has been serving customers near our house for as long as I can remember. His day starts at 6:30am, when he bathes at an outdoor water tank and scrubs his pots to a gleaming sheen. Then washes all the paan. As kids we used to reach over and grab some of the 'sweet […]

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Vada Paav in Mumbai

This vada paav vendor was doing brisk business near Flora Fountain in Mumbai. Simply delicious – see how some of the others are gobbling it!

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Elements: Fire

Responding to 's Friday Five Photo Project (F2P2). The topic was the five Elements of nature: Earth, water, metal, wood and fire. I will tackle these in separate posts. Here's the first. Atleast once a week I try to cook something at home. This gives M a break and me a chance to try something […]

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Meeting LJers

In Mumbai, I met three wonderful LJers. Deepa organized the details and along with Basrya, met at Trishna – the seafood place in Fort Mumbai. It was such a thrill to see folks that I had only commented with. Finally putting faces to all the posts. By just reading her posts and her comments, I […]

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Back Home in Boston

Exhausted, drained and my circadian rhythm is shot. Two conferences in the next three weeks and 700 e-mails to attend to. Why does everyone think I read my emails while on vacation? Since I live to eat (suffer ye thinkers!), my self imposed exile to the culinary Siberia has resumed. Yesterdays cafeteria choices included Corn […]

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Sunday Cuisine: A berry beautiful meal!

Its July and the peak season for fruits at the local farm stall – berries in particular. Blueberries are my favorite, with raspberries, cherries and strawberries close behind. Theres something about blueberries. Bluish-black tinged, tiny, no seeds, tangy and barely sweet, and my tongue turns blue! When I wrap handfuls in a napkin and toss […]

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Mango Madness

Sunday was very relaxing and time to try some recipes. We had picked up a box of Mexican mangoes, which were surprisingly good. Combine that with a picture of a tart I had seen in the train. Perfect inspiration for a Mango turnover and a Mango tart. For the turnover, I patted a central square […]

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Family Time

My parents were visiting from India on their annual trip. So I took a few days off and just lazed around the house. Caught up on general gossip from Mumbai; what each cousin, nephew or niece is up to; as well as the recent elections, lazy garbage collectors, casual attitude of BMC corruption, and other […]

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Ragda Pattis and Lassi in Colaba

Ragda Pattis and Meetha Lassi at Kailash Parbat, Colaba; there is one in Bandra as well Aug 2002; Canon Elan II, ISO 200 Velvia Slide Other Kailash Parbat Posts: Ragda Pattis, Lassi and Sevpuri at Kailash Parbat. (Spring 2009) How to eat Paani Puri

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Start the day right

A few days back, I was in New York City for a day. Dashing from Penn Station to my meeting on 50th St., I passed a coffee shop with these delicious rolls in the window. Couldn't go in, so decided to shoot through the window and savor it later. Grab one! Sharmao Nahin!

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What apples were they?

From my previous post on apples. The apples shown were (from left): Royal Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Fuji and Red Delicious. As many of you promised, grab a few apples (or any other fruit) on your next outing to the grocery store. They are so much better than the junk snacks the MNCs […]

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An Apple (or two) a day!

I love to eat apples. They are juicy, crunchy, delicious and filling. And they are nutritionally loaded! A convenient snack whenever I want. I carry a couple in my bag everyday to work. I eat them at my desk, walking to the train, waiting for a meeting, or even in a lecture. Wet and wipe […]

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Mando – A Konkani Delicacy

During the annual Ganapati festival, our house in Colaba is a bee hive of activity. See my earlier post on shopping for flowers at Dadar. For weeks before the festival, the women are busy preparing konkani delicacies from scratch: Cheeroti, Chackli, Gaanti, sweet and spicy diamond shaped shankar-pali, Puran-Poli, Nevri (Karanjya), Chevda, Mando, and a […]

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Erawan: Thai Cuisine in Chicago

In Chicago, my friends took me to Erawan, a posh Thai restaurant in Downtown Chicago (729 N Clarke St). The decor was very nice, the service excellent and all the dishes were outstanding. The fried red snapper was perfectly crisp and moist. After bottles of Spanish Rioja and a California Cabernet we were rightly satiated […]

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Fruit Stall in Colaba

Fruit Stall in Colaba, Sept 2002 Another pic of this stall.

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Dim Sum at the Four Seas Restaurant in Chinatown, SFO

Anuj invited me to join him and his friends for a Dim Sum lunch. In SFO, or anywhere else, I never turn down an opportunity for Dim sum. And you shouldn’t either. I am a strong adherent of the Food Yoga path to eternal salvation. Enjoy delicious foods, spread its gospel, and you are certain […]

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Nutella

If you have not tried Nutella, Do it now. I tried it the very first time at a bed and breakfast in Switzerland last year. Spoon this Hazelnut chocolate spread on home-made bread and … WOW! Oh my God! I am totally addicted to this. I have it nearly every day – except when I […]

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Anannas Mhoramba – Pineapple Jam

Anannas Mhoramba is one of those dishes which instantly transports me to my childhood home in Donald House, Colaba. My grandmother from Bhatkal made the best mhoramba. Not too sweet and not too sour. Best eaten with warm chapattis! I remember using my fingers to wipe the plate of any traces and then licking them […]

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Coconut Oil – The Friendly Fat

Read this in “Experience Life” Magazine – Jan Feb 2004 issue. The magazine is dedicated to exercise and nutrition related topics. Here is their spiel on Coconut Oil, verbatim. Coconut oil is all the rage right now. Once vilified as a heart-clogging monster, its suddenly being touted by many nutritional experts as a “miracle food” […]

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