Apr 162016
 
The Ancient Barbecue - Banta Gola Festival

desi Street Food – Banta Gola Festival At The Ancient Barbecue Now you must be wondering when did I start going to food festivals and writing food critique ? Well, note again dear reader, note the rustic, rugged, 4 letter word that forms the headline of this post just above this paragraph. Yes, you got it that rustic, rugged word is ” desi ” which got my attention when I received an invitation to check out the desi Street Food Festival . The moment I read my favorite 4 letter word, I was interested in checking it out. Then started [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Aug 052014
 
Nagori Aloo Subzi and Halwa: Breakfast of Old Delhi

My Tryst with Authentic Subzi, Nagori Puri, and Halwa Ask and it shall be given Matthew: 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you.  For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened. Drool and it shall be served on a platter. OK I made the last one, or did I ? I was talking to my friend cum elder brother jyada Pankaj G and we were conspiring on how to leave our wives and go to Old Delhi [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 222014
 
Lassi in Varanasi: A cool desi drink with many benefits

   Lassi in Ramnagar near Varanasi Monsoons are getting a bit delayed leading to continuous desire to gulp something cold, to quench the thirst. But we desis always love a jugaad and love to hit two birds with one stone hence we invented Lassi. Now those of you reading it from outside of India and are not aware of what Lassi is, fikar not as I am about to give the synopsis of one my friend’s PhD thesis titled “ Uses of  Bovine fluids and Cane Sugar in the Indo Gangetic Plains for nutritional benefits, overcoming heat strokes and  management of intestinal [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 032014
 
Eating Out: What is the last thing on a foodies mind ?

What I don’t want to see when Eating Out What is the absolutely last thing you want to see in a restaurant? Lousy Food? Terrible Service? Loud guests on next table?  Or something else? Ponder while you read this post. I have seen a lot in restaurants both in India and during my travels to foreign lands.  One of the strangest experiences was in restroom of this Italian restaurant in Silicon Valley. As you got ready to…err do you business, you will hear word of the day sprouting from the speakers. So you got your little lesson in Italian [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 242014
 
AVI's The Great Hyderabad Street Food Breakfast Walkathan

Breakfast Street Food Walk For Foodies In Old Hyderabad Today morning I went to Charminar in old Hyderabad as a foodie with other 100+ Foodies in Hyderabad for trying various street foods of Hyderabad.  Foodies in Hyderabad are one of the largest online communities of Foodies in Hyderabad and probably anywhere else. We discuss, debate, and celebrate only 3 things and that is Food, food and some more food. We had a food walkathon in the old city starting from the internationally world-famous Shadab Hotel and walking to try all the breakfast dishes served in the bylanes of Old [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 082014
 
Numaish  For Shopping In Hyderabad

  Numaish: Where Hyderabad Goes For Shopping Well, let us go to another Hyderabad tradition i.e. the Numaish or the annual Exhibition is called. Numaish Masnuaat-e-Mulki is an Urdu word meaning Exhibition of Local products. Numaish has been a Hyderabad tradition since 1938.  Like all things in Hyderabad the folklore related with Numaish is also very interesting and motivating. Some graduates from Osmania University got together with the idea to raise funds for conducting an economic survey of the State. The proposal was put before the then Prime Minister of Hyderabad, Sir Akber Hyderi, and he liked it well to raise the money [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Aug 052013
 
Ramazan Night Market- Charminar Hyderabad

A Walk in Night Bazaar for Ramazan at Charminar & Laad Bazaar   While the politicians squabble over the future of Hyderabad, Hyderabadis fasting and shopping during Ramadan.  The area around Charminar has a special significance during Ramazan, as there is a special Night Bazaar for Ramazan that keeps open till 2-3 am to cater to the shopping frenzy of Hyderabadis in the night. I was to meet my friends from GHAC for Ramazan near the Purani Haveli and then walk all the way to Charminar enjoying the street food, Irani Chai ( a special Hyderabad style tea with origins in [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 162013
 
Delicious Delhi, Vegetarian Style

If you happen to be a veggie food buff, you’ll inevitably encounter plenty to feast on in Delhi! Do arrive armed with a plethora of tummy-armour type of drugs from your GP, just in case, so you can soldier on despite the possibility of catching a bug or two. The Indian people do their best, but poor hygiene as well as water and soil pollution are common problems, especially in a large metropolis like Delhi. That said, here’s just a sampling of the local delicacies to tantalize your taste buds with (and it’s so worth the risk!)… Foodie Tours Please do [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 192012
 
10 Things to do in Shilparamam-Hyderabad

   What to do & what to shop in Shilparamam: Indian Crafts Bazaar in Hyderabad Take An Elephant Home I have written earlier about Shilparamam in Madhapur, Hyderabad very close to the IT hub of the city. So you will find a lot of westerners coming there to do shopping. But some of my friends wanted to know what else they can do besides shopping so here we are. Some of the good things about Shilparamam are that it is a gated complex so once you are in there are no beggars to trouble you, no honking of cars and [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]