Food e Mag dxb | And Why This E-Magazine?

February 28, 2014

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FoodeMag dxb

[Edited on 5th Nov, 2014: Food e Mag dxb now has its own inbuilt reader in its own website. There have been a few changes in the Editorial team.] What is Food e Mag dxb? Why Food e Mag? Introducing Dubai’s best selection of Food and Dining news in a bimonthly e-Magazine, compiled from some […]

Bateaux Dubai | #FoodPorn Along The Dubai Creek

February 20, 2014

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Food shot first (above), then the venue (below). This is my outrage against the ‘Fancy French Chefs Want to Ban Food Porn Photos From Their Restaurants’. How else can I share the ‘experiential dining’ that this beautiful glass boat gliding (not sailing) the waters of the Dubai Creek? Much to the annoyment of my fellow […]

Stories of Love, Nostalgia And Memories |The Ingredients To My Cooking

February 10, 2014

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Silvareware passed on

What’s the one item in your kitchen you can’t possibly cook without? A spice, your grandma’s measuring cup, instant ramen — what’s your magic ingredient, and why? Photographers, artists, poets: show us KITCHEN… that has been the WordPress Daily Prompt and I am waking up to it. If there is one ingredient that I can’t possibly […]

Yuan In Atlantis | Dim Sum-ing All The Way On A Friday

February 8, 2014

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I just came back from a Friday Yum Cha brunch at Yuan in Atlantis and I am still thinking about it. This would be one of those fine dining Dubai brunches (mostly dim sums and what a mind boggling variety of them) that comes at a casual dining price. Priced at Dhs 188/person (why such […]

BBC GoodFood Middle East 2013 Awards | And The Award Goes To…

January 30, 2014

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So the Oscar of Food Awards got over only last night. I hurriedly left the after-party celebrations before the clock stroke midnight, almost like Cinderella – lest my glass slippers disappeared and I turned into the nagging mother that I am, struggling to get up in the wee hours of the next morning, trying to […]

Ananta in Oberoi Dubai | For The Love Of Galouti Kababs, Here’s The Royal Recipe

January 26, 2014

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Galouti Kabab

Every one who knows me, knows my love for Galouti Kababs.  Galauti Kababs melt me down, always… as the spiced up minced kebabs melt in my mouth. Galauti Kabab always deserved a separate post in my blog and I had enough material to write on this. But with a hands-on experience on how to make real […]

P.F. Chang’s | Dynamite Shrimp For Breakfast And Talking To Philip Chiang

January 16, 2014

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‘So what do you think is the reason that you like Dynamite Shrimp?’ or ‘Do you think that PF Chang’s will work in India?’ – well, these were the questions that I was being asked by Mr Philip Chiang, the co founder of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, the popular American casual dining restaurant chain. And […]

Seaview Restaurant In Jumeirah | A New Year And Visiting A Brand New Restaurant!

January 8, 2014

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Hoping that the New Year is treating you all well. This is my first post of 2014 and I am wondering where do I begin? A round up of the year that went by – a year that had been overtly generous to my culinary travel blog? Or should I make a fresh new beginning? […]

Ringing In The New Year 2014 With Focus and Equilibrium | Inspiration – Tanoura Dance

December 30, 2013

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May the New Year bring luck and love, health and happiness, prosperity and peace of mind… May there be sanity and equilibrium in spite of the chaotic madness around us. Inspiration: Tanoura Dance, an Egyptian folk dance usually performed in Egyptian Sufi festivals… 8 minutes of continuous whirling by the ‘Darawish’, the Sufi man who […]

Gingerbread House and Gingerbread Macarons | Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 25, 2013

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Merry Christmas everyone! While a festive wine is being mulled for the next post with Prague captured during Christmas, this one captures our experience with the gingerbread houses and the gingerbread Macarons that filled up our dining table – for a while! One Materclass down and basking in the glory of having decorated two gingerbread […]

Prague On Your Plate | Article In BBC GoodFood ME

December 23, 2013

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A foodie’s diary in the historical city of Prague… street food to fine dining and a Christmas winter wonderland thrown in between! It’s December and yes, there is nothing but Christmas in the air. The December issue of BBC GoodFood ME carries an article of mine which traces out my culinary journey of Prague – […]

Istanbul In Pictures | Until Dusk Do Us Part

December 19, 2013

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We love travelling and although each place that we’ve visited holds a special charm for me, Istanbul left me spellbound. I found the city absolutely fascinating – a myriad of art, culture, cuisine and religion. It was like a kaleidoscope and put my senses on an overstimulated mode {reminding me very much of Kolkata, the […]

A Culinary Journey of Istanbul | From Street Food To Fine Dining

December 17, 2013

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Where do I begin? On the streets of Istanbul? In cafeterias? Or in restaurants? If it is a restaurant, how expensive do you want it to be, or how cheap? Or perhaps one of the random alleys tucked somewhere in the city? Istanbul is definitely a place for foodies. The culinary heritage is reflected by the […]

Will You Read My Post on Turkish Ice Creams If There Are No Snapshots?

December 9, 2013

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This is the post in my entire history of Blogging which will ‘go down’ or should I say ‘stand out’ as the only post without photographs. I’ve not taken up but rather submitted myself to the ‘Weekly Writing Challenge: Snapshots‘ from WordPress where, rather than giving into the urge to take a picture, I have to […]

Ortaköy In Istanbul | One Magical Night

December 4, 2013

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We – my #FoodieOnTour buddies (Debbie and Kirsty) and I, left the hotel that we were staying in at around 9:30pm after gulping down an inaugural round of drinks. Where could we go out for the night for some decent food, a few drinks, have a feel of Istanbul and return back to the hotel […]

Sultanahmet Köftecisi, Istanbul | Turkish Meatballs or Izgara Köfte

December 1, 2013

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After spending the entire morning sightseeing in the Sultanahmet area in Istanbul rushing from one historical site to the other, our lunch halt was also in a historical site – the ‘Historical Sultanahmet Meatballs Restaurant’ (the quoted portion is exactly as it says in their website). The promise of the ‘best Izgara Köfte in town’ […]

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul | Drenched in Turkish Tea And Sugar Cubes

November 26, 2013

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From the moment we landed in Istanbul to the time we left, the two things that come to mind are the constant servings of Turkish tea and Turkish coffee – everywhere and at all times. This post handles only Turkish tea. Turkish coffee, for me, is too much and too strong to handle. Entering the […]

The World of Emirati Cuisine And Culture | A Photo Essay

November 20, 2013

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We have been living in the UAE for a long time now. More than a decade – that’s long enough to be able to cook the cuisine of a country one is living in. But alas, that hasn’t been the case. The Emiratis have a closed culture. The UAE’s expatriate population had till now, a […]

Kumro Bhaaté or Mashed Pumpkin Bengali Style And I Ask What The Heck Was Halloween?

November 18, 2013

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I didn’t grow up celebrating Halloween in India. Nor Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day or Father’s Day for that matter. I don’t belong to the black and white generation either. But just like the tabs and the smartphones that have invaded our lives in a way that I don’t even remember the days when we […]

Barbecue Delights | The Afghani Rosh That’s Forced Me To Discuss Indo-Pak Politics!

October 27, 2013

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‘What? You went to Barbecue Delights? But that’s a Pakistani joint’. Yes, sounds incredulous, but many miles across the Indo-Pak border and the LOC (lines of control), we Indians and Pakistanis still let Politics rule our conversations in our Dubai drawing rooms, while pretending to be neutral and oh-so-enlightened-and-educated. When I had started my blog, […]

Blog Turns 2 Years | A Very Special Giveaway!

October 20, 2013

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Yes, my blog turned 2! I have just completed 2 years of my blogging journey. We celebrated at home with the Z-Sisters, who went a bit overboard with their excitement. Big Z made an ice cream cake by mashing and crumbling two flavours of ice creams. She then made a huge mountain of ice cream, […]

Sheikh Zayed Mosque or Grand Mosque In Abu Dhabi | A Photo Essay

October 14, 2013

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What better time to visit the Grand Mosque, but now. More than 40,000 people gather here for worship during Eid. This is also one of the few mosques where non-Muslims are permitted to enter. Inspired by Arab, Mughal and Moorish mosque architecture, the design of the mosque is an amalgamation of cultures. Do plan your visit […]

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Where Can You Go On A Day Trip From Dubai? Part 2

October 4, 2013

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A Sundowner at Al Maha, A Full Moon Drumming Session, Chasing the Dolphins And Kicking Some Sand This is the second part of the series, where I chalk out some out-of-Dubai trips that don’t require any overnight stay. Just in case you have the last minute feeling of I wish I could go somewhere. None […]

Day Trips From Dubai During Eid Holidays | Part 1

October 2, 2013

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A Wildlife Safari, a drive to the East Coast and Friday Market, and a visit to the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi It’s not even a week left for the Eid Holidays to begin. The half term in most Dubai schools coincide with Eid this time and we are suddenly gifted with a week promising […]

Zomato | A Connoisseur’s Guide To Eating Out In Dubai

September 29, 2013

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Recently, Zomato unveiled it’s ‘Connoisseur’s Guide to Eating Out in Dubai’, an easy reference guide to Dubai’s restaurants that have been classified into 19 categories according to cuisine type, and mood of the restaurant, and an indicative cost of a three-course meal for two people. With the possibility of scanning the QR codes for each […]

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