Have you ever experienced that feeling where you go to a restaurant and eat its food and the first thing you want to do is to go and give the chef a tight kiss? At the expense of sounding creepy, I have! Multiple times. And a lot of those times were at Elephant and Co gastropub. Known for its delicious and experimental cocktails, this bar has been one of my favourites since the time it opened its gates last year in May. From then till now, they have tried to experiment with a lot of dishes, bringing in fun elements such as serving teriyaki chicken in a bowl made out of a real pineapple. However, not all of them received the response they expected.
Bored of eating Maggi every time you get hungry and want your food in literally two minutes? Try this recipe for homemade Paneer Macaroni. It’s delicious and super easy to make!
Quick-fix Paneer Macaroni (Serves 2-3)
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Five cloves of garlic
10 pieces of sun-dried tomatoes
2 bell peppers (red and yellow), chopped
1/2 zucchini, chopped
1 TSP pasta seasoning
Red chilli flakes, to taste
150 grams durum wheat macaroni
150 grams of paneer (I used Modern Dairy‘s Malai Paneer), cubed.
Half a handful of Pine nuts
7-8 Basil leaves
1/4 cup milk
Salt, to taste
Olive oil, 2 tbsp
When the Café Felix invite dropped in my inbox, I was ultra-excited! The menu looked super interesting, as did the space. I roped in a friend, spoke to Apeksha (the one co-ordinating the tasting sessions) and a weekday lunch at this brand-new cafe was decided upon. ‘
As we entered the café, we were greeted with plenty of natural light and a modern casual chic vibe that instantly set the tone for our lunch. Before we settled in, Apeksha showed us around the gorgeous restaurant and introduced us to Chef Nitin Kulkarni who was previously with team Indigo from Mumbai for over 17 years. He’s been working with The Clearing House in Mumbai for the last few years and has made his way into Bangalore with the all-day open, Café Felix.
A Top Chef culinary workshop sounded amusing, but I could not help but wonder how one could pull that off at Godrej Nature’s Basket! The event was set in a cosy corner of its Koregaon Park outlet and started on time. I expected Chef Saransh Goila to be slightly haughty from the little background check I did (courtesy of Google). A successful food travelogue plus finding space in the Limca book of world records is no small feat. But to my surprise, that wasn’t the case! From a shared adoration towards Padma Lakshmi to chucklesome references of posting food photos onto Instagram, Chef Goila seemed like quite a rooted man.
The passion for food drove Dr Vidya Joshi and her son Rohan to establish Krusty’s in 2013. After going through many potential markets in Pune, the mother-son duo set up their first outlet in Kothrud. From originally serving pizzas, sandwiches and desserts to bagging the Times Food Awards two years in a row, Krusty’s has constantly remoulded itself and how! Today, their new outlet in the developing Kharadi can be spotted at the World Trade Centre in the EON Free Zone.
For me, a perfect Sunday starts with an appetizing breakfast! And that’s exactly what I experienced a few days ago when I found myself seated at a petite and cozy cafe, placed just around the corner of lane 6 at Koregaon Park on a sunny Sunday morning. I entered Dinshaw’s Xpress Café to the sound of pleasant chatter and a waft of tummy-rumbling aroma! It was no wonder then that I ended up having a taste of almost everything on their breakfast menu!
Although my mother was painfully aware of the fact that the ladies in my family grew up to be on the heavier side, she had still, tolerantly watched me live 25 years of what the ‘healthy snobs’ would term as a ‘sedentary life’. Worried about ‘Is moti se kaun shaadi karega?’, she decided to take matters into her own hands. In no time at all, she hired a personal trainer for me. So began my gradual but agonizing transition from a couch potato to a mildly active bean!