Just when you thought the only way to end a hectic day was to head to the city’s most popular waffle food truck, Henny’s, the city gives you something more to think about. That’s right! There’s a new food truck in town, which is all set to charm Puneites with its fresh and crunchy waffles. And it’s called Waffle Window!
I remember my first memories of Pune. As a child, I’d travel from Hyderabad to Mumbai to visit my aunt in Mumbai for winter holidays. Our train had a 15-minute stop at Pune station at eight in the morning. Cold winter mornings and steaming hot vada pavs. I hadn’t set foot in the city and I already loved Pune! (there’s something about this city, isn’t there?)
Fast forward to 2005 and the city finally brought me here for work. It was still a sleepy little town. But it had a strong food identity that managed to bridge local and international food. (even back then!). For a Hyderabad boy who took food seriously, Pune’s food scene was a veritable treasure hunt.
There were audible gasps as knives flew and a fire erupted, with flames almost touching the roof. “I hope this is not too hot for you!” a mischievous, smiley face popped up from the behind the screen of flames. Knife-juggling, setting things on fire and Bruno Mars – not the first things one would expect at an Asian dine-out. All of this and more is what we experienced at the Teppan Fest with Chef Vadim Shin.
Organized at Zen, The Leela Palace, Bangalore, this interactive culinary journey was one of the many Chef Vadim has been curating since the time he moved to Bangalore from Moscow, back in 2009. Blown away by his exquisite showmanship, the beautifully plated Teppanyaki treats and the soulful singing (yes, you read that right, singing!), we couldn’t resist wanting to know more about his journey so far. And that’s exactly what we did! Say hello to our next #Forker, Chef Vadim Shin.
This Friendship’s Day, we are taking you down the road of nostalgia, recounting all the places in Pune which you would have spent with your gang. Serving as a rite of passage from your school days to the adult you’ve now become, these places are not only iconic but also play along on the friendship theme. How? Read on to find out!
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.