Kashmiri Wazwan @ Radisson Blu, Marathahalli

I consider myself incredibly lucky for having had the chance to visit Kashmir, the land touted as ‘Paradise on Earth’, not once but twice so far. I am glad I have had a chance to explore a little of the cuisine of this beautiful place, to delve deeper into the food that nourishes the people of this land. Kashmiri cuisine has always surprised me with its out-of-the-box (at least for me) preparations, the use of spices to make food magical, and its simplicity. So, when I was recently invited to partake of a Kashmiri feast at Saffron, Radisson Blu in Marathahalli, I absolutely had to go. I ended up having an absolutely lovely time here, with some great food being served.

Read all about my experience at the Kashmiri Wazwan food festival, just in on my blog!

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A Holiday Full Of Experiences At Sterling Fernhill, Ooty

In the world of holidays, Sterling is not a new name. Sterling has recently rebranded itself as an ‘experiential holiday company’, priding itself on providing to guests various local experiences at all of its properties. #HolidayDifferently is Sterling Holidays’ new motto, and they aim to offer patrons unique experiences that will make their holiday hugely memorable.

Recently, a bunch of bloggers from Bangalore and Chennai were invited by Sterling Holidays for a two-day staycation at one of their properties in Ooty, Fern Hill, and to indulge in some of the indigenous experiences they offer. I had the opportunity to join the group too, and ended up having a wonderful mid-week holiday that I will cherish for a long time to come. This was my first-ever time travelling without family, and I am so glad it all turned out so well.

Read all about my staycation and the various amazing Sterling experiences we were part of at Ooty, just in on my photo blog!

Jamia Masjid, An Architectural Marvel in Old Srinagar

The Jamia Masjid of Srinagar, a hugely sacred mosque and place of worship for Kashmiri Muslims, is a beautiful specimen of Persian architecture, with a few influences from Buddhist pagodas. There has been generous usage of Kashmiri glazed black stone, bricks and deodar wood in the building of the mosque, which gives it a quaint, charming look. Our first glance of the mosque stunned us with its prettiness.

Step out of the mosque gates, and you will find yourself amidst a little bazaar of sorts. Walking around these shops, checking out things, photographing, learning and shopping was a treat in itself.

Read all about our experience at the grand Jamia Masjid, just in on my photo blog!

Chef Sumitra Kalapatapu Concludes Pop-Up Andhra Kitchen At WelcomHotel

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of partaking of a special Telugu Brahmin meal, curated by Chef Sumitra Kalapatapu for Jacaranda, the restaurant at Welcomhotel by ITC, Bangalore. I was at WelcomAndhra, a 10-day pop-up kitchen by Chef Sumitra at Jacaranda. The experience, I must say, was quite lovely!

Read all about the meal I had, just in on my photo blog!

Walking Alongside The Almond Trees At Badamvaer, Srinagar

It was love at first sight with Badamvaer, Srinagar, for both the husband and me. The moment we set foot inside the gates of Badamvaer and caught a glimpse of its prettiness, we were charmed. It was a rainy weekend morning when we visited, in the course of our holiday in Kashmir, and we were lucky to have this beauty almost all to ourselves.

What is Badamvaer, you ask? Popularly called ‘Badamwari‘, Badamvaer is the Kashmiri name is a gorgeous, gorgeous garden in Srinagar. Like the name suggests, almond trees abound in the place (‘Badam‘ refers to ‘almond’, while ‘vaer‘ is ‘garden’ in Kashmiri). I hear the garden comes alive in the spring, when the almond trees blossom. There are beautiful white blossoms everywhere, and the garden is a sight to behold. When we visited this May, there were no blossoms on the almond trees, but the place was still a sight to behold.

Check out my photostory on Badamvaer, just in on my other blog! 🙂

Highlights: World On A Plate – 2018

The famed VR Bengaluru mall in Whitefield, Bangalore, saw a 3-day culinary festival, World On A Plate, happening between June 8 and 10, 2018. For the uninitiated, World On A Plate (popularly called WOAP) is one of Bangalore’s biggest foodie festivals, which aims to bring together food enthusiasts from all spheres, from across the globe – foodies, food brands, masterchefs, stalwarts from the food industry, restaurants, food critics, food bloggers and journalists, and the likes. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of World On A Plate – 2018, the third edition of this festival, which happens to coincide with VR Two, the second-anniversary celebrations of VR Bengaluru.

Do check out my detailed post about the event, just in on my photo blog! 🙂

Check Out The Summer Menu at Farzi Cafe, UB City!

At a recent bloggers’ table, a few of the city’s foodies (including yours truly got a sneak peek into the ongoing Summer Menu at Farzi Cafe’s UB City-Bangalore branch. The Summer Menu includes various exciting new drinks, dishes and desserts, all of them bearing the cafe’s signature off-beat presentation style. I tried out some of the vegetarian and non-alcoholic offerings from the Summer Menu, which will be available for a month or so more.

Check out my detailed post about Farzi Cafe’s Summer Menu, just in on my photo blog!

Head To Punjab Bistro For A North-Indian Extravaganza

People in Bangalore, I’m sure many of you will remember the iconic Punjab Grill right opposite Forum Mall in Koramangala, a high-end joint that used to offer some pretty good North Indian fare. Well, the restaurant has now been rebranded as Punjab Bistro, and is now even better! There has been a change in the management, the place has been given a facelift, and the menu has had a revamp, too. A few of us foodies in Bangalore recently had the opportunity to visit the newly re-done Punjab Bistro and check out the new menu.

Read all about our experience at the spankin’ new Punjab Bistro, just in on my blog! 🙂

Kashmiri Black Moth Daal Khichdi

The husband and I are suckers for bringing back local ingredients from the places we travel to, to cook with later in our home kitchen. This Kashmiri Black Moth Daal Khichdi was born from the ingredients we picked up on our recent trip to the beautiful Kashmir.

Walking along the row of shops outside the beautiful Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta, Old Srinagar, I discovered the Kashmiri black moth daal. It is a special type of lentil indigenous to Kashmir, packed with nutrients. Of course, I had to get some of it home to cook with in my kitchen. This Kashmiri Black Moth Daal Khichdi is the result!

This is such a keeper of a recipe, a one-pot meal that you can put together in minutes, yet super flavourful and power-packed. The black moth daal adds a lovely earthy flavour to the khichdi, while the Kashmiri ver masala I have used gives it a unique taste and colour. Do try out this recipe, just in on my photo blog!

Dodh-E-Pather Aka Doodhpatri, The Valley Of Milk

When the husband, the bub and I embarked on our drive to Doodhpatri, some 40-odd kilometers away from Srinagar (where we were staying), little did we know that we would absolutely fall in love with the place. Neither did we know that Doodhpatri would force us to think deep and hard about human nature.

Read my detailed story, just in on my photo blog!