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The World Beyond Dubai & Kolkata

And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself? ∼ Rumi

I’ve spent almost two decades in Dubai – the longest stint in any city after Kolkata, the city where I was born. In between, we have made homes in Colombo and Frankfurt. You can read all about me here, why and how I started this blog, and what do I do to earn a living. Dubai is my adopted home and most of the food posts have been juxtaposed against my Kolkata nostalgia or my living experiences in the UAE. In most of my writings, culture, history, recipes, food stories and nostalgia – even about my childhood in Kolkata, unfold amidst the urban backdrop of Dubai. Hence, sometimes I’ve not been able to clearly demarcate between Dubai and Kolkata posts. All blogposts mostly revolve around the following categories – Recipes, Reviews, Interviews and Culinary Travel, click here for the entire compilation. I have also tried to compile all posts falling under the categories of Dubai here, Kolkata here and everything I have written beyond Dubai and Kolkata, is listed below. To find all the posts written so far in a chronological manner, click here. Please note that some of my posts have been written as early as 2011 and there may have been changes in the restaurants and places mentioned (some may have shut shop, others have changed location, or simply lost their earlier ethos). I have also changed the theme format recently, so some of the images in the earlier posts may appear a bit jaded and misaligned. Updating more than 300 blogposts can be quite a task… but I try to update/edit as much as I can. Thank you so much for being with me though my journey so far!

Unblogging it all… Ishita


For all posts on Kolkata, click here
What we ate in Lucknow – and still dreaming of | Lucknow
There’s more to Agra than Taj Mahal – for instance, eating | Agra

Flying over Mt Everest
The Abandoned Women Amidst Many Prayers | Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu
Daal Maharani Befitting the Queen (And Also Us) from Hotel Yak & Yeti | Kathmandu
Sikarni Raan/Marinated Lamb Shank from Hotel Yak & Yeti | Kathmandu
Where The Buddha Only Sees!, Kathmandu
Gift Wrapped & Preserved For Each Tourist |Machan Paradise View in Chitwan
Innocence In Their Eyes, Joy In Their Faces | Tharu Village Walk, Chitwan
Bori Tarkari/ Beans Curry & Maithili Art | Chitwan

Eating Out Is A National Pastime | Singapore
Singapore At Night 

Getting Started – Rafters Retreat | Kitugala
Heritance Tea Factory Hotel | Nuwara Eliya   
Red Tuk-Tuks & Triumphant Rides | Colombo  
Living by the water with sunset as prop | Colombo & the Indian Ocean

Ruen Mai Restaurant In Krabi | Tantalising First Experience Of Thai Food In Thailand! 
Koh Klang in Krabi, Thailand | A Photo Essay of An Island Life
Baan Ma-Yhing Restaurant In The Fishermen’s Village | Recipe of Thai Red Curry As We Cook ‘fresh catch’ Baramundi!
Island Hopping And Then Hong Island… Here I Witnessed God!  
Kayaking, Caves, Krabi Sightseeing… And Finally A Thai Spa!  
Kotung Restaurant in Krabi Town | A Taste of Thai Chinese  

Middle East

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman | Appealing To More Senses Than Six!

Drenched in Turkish Tea And Sugar Cubes | Grand Bazaar, Istanbul 
Turkish Meatballs or Izgara Köfte | Sultanahmet Köftecisi, Istanbul
One Magical Night In Ortaköy | Istanbul
Will You Read My Post on Turkish Ice Creams If There Are No Snapshots?
A Culinary Journey of Istanbul | From Street Food To Fine Dining 
Until Dusk Do Us Part | Istanbul In Pictures 

An epicurean weekend escape in the UAE | Grosvenor House Dubai, Ajman Saray, Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa
Immersing Myself Into The Heart Of Sharjah – Part 1
Eating Up Sharjah With Frying Pan Adventures – Part 2
An Island Not Too Far Away… Zaya Nurai | Abu Dhabi
Khor Kalba & Kalba Corniche | Following The Bikers’ Trail
Where Can You Go On A Day Trip From Dubai? Part 1
Where Can You Go On A Day Trip From Dubai? Part 2
Sheikh Zayed Mosque or Grand Mosque In Abu Dhabi | A Photo Essay
Desert Islands Resorts By Anantara, Abu Dhabi | Cooking Spicy Prawn Harra By The Beach
The Million Street, in the middle of nowhere | Rub Al-Khali Desert, Abu Dhabi
Couch Camping and Bonfires in the Balcony | Hatta Mountains, Fujairah
Ringing In The New Year With Focus and Equilibrium | Inspiration – Tanoura Dance

For all posts on Dubai, click here.


Kavtaradzes’ Khinkali in Pasanauri | Our best food memories in Georgia until now

Czech Republic
Prague On Your Plate | Article In BBC GoodFood ME, published work

The Magic of Christmas! | Kolkata, Frankfurt, Dubai  
The unlikely twins – Oberammergau & Kolkata
Rainbows, Violins and the Disney Castle | Bavaria  
Lorelei, my ship has passed you by

Smuggled into Godfather’s Sicily | Italy  

Farmers’ Market, Picnic in Krakow and a Kogel Mogel recipe

In the land of Paella | Valencia, published work

Tracking My Footprints

The World Awaits for me to wander. ‘It’s a new world – it’s a new start/ It’s alive with the beating of young hearts… Here I am…’ Artist: Bryan Adams from the Movie ‘Spirit’. That is the idea behind the title of the Parent Category under which all the posts are listed and photos are cataloged.

Following are the various places in the world that I have visited: Tracking My Footprints

Following are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that I have visited:
In India
In Asia (outside India)
In Europe

Disclaimer: Every blogpost has a disclosure at the end whether it’s a hosted/media/press trip, my bills have been self paid or not – if I have availed any media discounts for my family/myself, if my family/myself have been hosted or whether a brand that I am writing about, is a paid collaboration with FoodeMag. While you enjoy reading my posts with lot of visuals, please do not use any material from these posts. Do join me on my daily food and travel journey on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.







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