Dacres Lane Kolkata – memories of 2 years

My classes started at 8.30 AM . Address was 6 Waterloo Street . At that point of time I stayed in  Chandannagore so in order to attend the classes from 8.30 AM onwards I had to catch a train around 6.50 AM from Chandannagore. By the time I reached back home it used to...

Cooking up Culinary adventures by Jayabrato Chatterjee with chicken Jhaalfrezi

This is not a cook book. This is not a history book. This is a journey of a cuisine on a long road and getting influenced in turn and assimilating the best of both the worlds. Like any other community, we the Bengalis, take immense pride in our literature, culture, history and food too. This is a review of the recent release by noted author and film maker Jayabrato Chatterjee

Don’t touch my Ilish recipe please

There are two camps when it comes about views on Ilish. Conventional and adventurous. Ethnic and fusion. I belong to the old school where I plead that dont innovate Ilish to an extent to kill the basic flavour of the fish.

Asian Noodles festival at The Zen – The Park Hotels Kolkata

At times I wonder how many chowmein shops are there in Kolkata? Well, I possibly would lose count.They come in different shapes, sizes and colour and they are the favourite staple of Kolkata. But this post is not about chowmein. This is about 'Noodles', the big ethnic...

Ilish Paturi and that ritual which will never happen again

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (do you know about him? I stumbled upon his life while doing the research for this fish) had once said - In the hands of an able cook, fish can become an inexhaustible source of perpetual delight."  One of the many reasons why Hilsa or...

Bodega Cantina Y Bar Kolkata – The new hotspot

Bodega Cantina Y Bar is the new entrant in the food scene of Kolkata and its different . The top three criteria to make a restaurant successful in Kolkata doesn’t get a tick, yet we are hopeful and ecstatic about Bodega Cantina Y Bar. Keeping fingers crossed.

Iftaar at The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata and the great haleem

Turkey is for Thanksgiving in United Sates. Easter calls upon Easter eggs and hot cross buns all over London. It is evening. It is Ramzan. And it is all about Haleem. If Ramzan is all about abstinence from material pleasures, it is also about celebration of age old...

Tea tasting with Goodricke tea

“Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?” ― D.T. Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture Such is the...

Hazratbal – as we saw it

We caught it's glimpse, as we were travelling alongside Dal Lake. This was the first day in Kashmir and we were out on a  day tour of Srinagar and surrounding areas. This felt like a long day, especially after a sumptuous wazwan (traditional Kashmir lunch) and it had...

Know your chef – Chef Sonu Koithara Executive Chef Taj Bengal Kolkata

The people behind the food is always as interesting as the food they prepare to delight us. In our series of knowing the people behind the food – we present Chef Sonu Koithara, Executive chef Taj Bengal Kolkata. A journey into his life, his food philosophy and what Kolkata can expect from Taj Bengal in the coming days.

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