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Of Kombdi Vade And Surmai Fry

Dinner this evening was a very interesting affair. After a long and tiring (but productive!) work day, I landed up at Bandra Reclamation to check out the Mahalaxmi Saras exhibition and grab some amazing food.

This Mahalaxmi Saras exhibition is a handicraft and rural products exhibition that takes place every year around January. The handicrafts make for great purchases. But what is more interesting about this exhibition (at least for me) is that, in the food court, there are villagers from different parts of the state selling their traditional home food.

There is everything from Zunka Bhakar to Fried Crabs to Puran Poli. And it is all really tasty! Here are some photos from my visit.

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Puran PoliMonster-sized Puran Poli (I didn’t have the heart to have this one for dinner!)

The exhibition is on till 27th January. If you live in Mumbai, I urge you to drop by and grab a bite here.

P.S. There are also some stalls selling authentic masalas for chicken, mutton and vegetables if you would like to try making some of this stuff at home ūüôā

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Some Good Desserts & Bookmarked:22/12/2013

It’s been a really busy week again with no time to blog. Here is a quickpost before I head back to work.

A small list of some really good desserts I have tried:post12pic2Tarte Fraise at the famed La Durée in Paris. 

post12pic3One of the best Tiramisus I have had at this cozy little Italian place in Paris called Little Italy. (Sorry I couldn’t take a photo before everyone started eating it).

post12pic4The Red Velvet cake from Theobrama in Mumbai just melts in your mouth!

post12pic1San Churros in Mumbai has this huge dessert called Beryy Bizcocho which you can’t stop eating.

And here are some good things I read this week:

I really liked this post on 28 must-have dishes in the 28 Indian states.

An interesting article talking about the 6 creepiest lies the food industry is feeding you.

My go-to kheer recipe. (I like Kheer to be thick and creamy, so I cook it for a while after adding all the ingredients mentioned in the recipe)

And lastly, here is a great app to add titles, messages, designs, to your photos!

Have a good weekend!

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Foodie Must-Visit Places in Pune

While preparing for my trip to Pune last weekend, I made a mini list in my head of all my favorite food places in the city. In the whole wedding confusion, I couldn’t stop by even one of them, sadly. But I think this list can be helpful for anyone visiting the city!

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                                                       Photo by OddGoanOut

Must-visit food places in Pune (not in any particular order):

Vohuman Cafe

Located near the Pune Station, this place is a must-visit for breakfast. True that it doesn’t look very appealing from the outside and isn’t quite squeaky clean on the inside. But in spite of that it really won’t disappoint you.

The cafe is run by the cutest Parsi grandpa ever! He sits at the cash counter, chops copious amounts of cheese and draws smiley faces on the bills between handling his staff and managing the restaurant.

I love the Cheese Toast here which is basically two slices of buttered toast with a giant slab of cheese in the middle. The Egg Burji is great. People highly recommend the Cheese Omlette but I am yet to try it. And to wash down the meal, there is the standard chai and coffee.

Dorabjee and Sons 

Tucked away in one of the lanes of the Camp Area behind the Dorabjee supermarket, this lunch place again looks nondescript from the outside. But the food is to die for!

My family swears by the Mutton Cutlet with Gravy, Chicken with Sali and Egg Curry. All these go better with Pav than with Roti. The Biryani is not too bad either. I am not a big fan of the desserts here. But a Kulfi or a Custard always seems to be a good idea after the spicy meal.

Blue Nile

Situated in Camp once again, this place is quite hard to miss. The restaurant is quite huge. Housed in an old structure, it is very spacious with high ceilings and arches and everything. The decor is simple but clean. The service is fast.

My standard order here used to be Egg Curry with Butter Naan, Chicken Biryani and Caramel Custard. I hear the Chello Kebab are quite good too.

George Restaurant

George used to be my go-to place when I was in the mood for some Chicken Biryani. I think it’s makes one of the best Biryanis I have ever had!

The restaurant is located in Camp once again. The ambiance is again quite basic but clean. The food is generally good. It is a perfect place for a non-fussy, filling meal.

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Pune: Weekend Getaway

A wedding in the family took me to Pune this weekend. Though the trip was extremely short, I managed to drop in at a couple of my favorite food places in the city. Here are some photos from the trip. post11pic2IMG_0891

Some pretty sights along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway (It’s a lot better during the monsoon though!)

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A late breakfast of Vegetable sandwich, Potato Wedges and Radish Salad at the hotel.

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Chicken in Wine Sauce, Potato Lyonnaise and Steamed Broccoli for lunch at the hotel again (sadly).

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A quick stop at Kayani Bakery at Camp to pick up a stock of their amazing Shrewsbury biscuits. (They make very nice Mawa cakes too.)

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And not to forget on the way back a pack of the Chocolate Walnut Fudge available at every bus stop in Lonvala!

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Cr√®me Chantilly at Chantilly

The best part about being a student in Paris (or Europe for that matter) is that there is so much to discover around you. Every weekend is a different adventure. At times it is something as simple as going to new museum (you never finish seeing them all!), at others it is taking a cheap RyanAir flight to another country altogether!

One of my most memorable experiences during my college years in Paris has been a trip to Chantilly to try authentic Crème Chantilly at the place where it was first made.

Chantilly is a small commune in the Picardy region less than an hour away from Paris. It makes for a perfect day trip out of Paris with its beautiful Chateau de Chantilly and the gardens, the Musée Condé (the second biggest museum for classical paintings after the Louvre), the Hippodrome de Chantilly and the Grandes Ecuries (the Chantilly Racecourse and the Great Stables)  and of course, the Hameau de Chantilly where you can taste the original (and absolutely heavenly) Crème Chantilly.

My friends and I visited the Chateau de Chantilly on a sunny but cold autumn afternoon. Here are some photos from my visit.

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The first glimpse you catch of the Chateau is from across the lake.

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A 10 minute walk around the lake and you reach the entrance of the Chateau.

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This is the view from the gardens at the back of the Chateau. The road from here leads to the Hameau du Chateau. The Hameau du Chateau serves full meals as well as deserts. We reached a little past lunch time, so we could have only the desserts.

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We tried the Chocolate Tart with Crème Chantilly

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And a cup of Crème Chantilly with some Confiture.

The desserts were simple but extremely tasty (not to mention quite heavy). The Crème Chantilly at the Hameau is by far the best cream I have ever tasted. It was rich but light at the same time. It just melted in the mouth.

If you are in Paris for a few days, I would definitely recommend a day trip to Chantilly. You may find better Chateaus and museums in France. But the real Crème Chantilly is truly an exceptional experience.

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