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The hoarding war has started in Kolkata . As Durgapuja is near a month away , the city gets a facelift . The ageless beauty who looks even more beautiful with every passing year with all wrinles on her face takes resort to an artificial facelift where the colourful hoardings cover her up . Do we really want this Kolkata ?
After a long gap of almost 4 years – Indiblogger held a bloggers meet in association with BergerXp . Almost whos who of blogging in Kolkata were present . Yours truly was also invited . Heres why I want it to happen more in Kolkata and lesser intervals
How do you lift up the spirit on a sunday evening when it has been a bad week ? Son has been unwell , work has been erratic and hectic and the weather has left you burnt and exhausted . One of my all time fav – fried chicken drumstick which is mouthwatering and lip smacking too .
The first product review of pikturenama . Assam 1860 – the latest from James Warren tea ltd is fresh , unblended and rich in taste . Read the story here .
Kolkata always embraces something new when it comes to food . Chili’s the international Tex Mex Chain opens up in SOuth city mall Kolkata – second one after the flagship joint in Quest Mall . Here’s the review .
This is a story of Raksha Bandhan and that too between a brother and a sister not tied by blood relations but the sacrifice and dedication is more than any blood ties . Read the story here
Its taste of Tuscany at Afraa Restaurant kolkata . Some delicious authentic Tuscan dishes with Olive oil tasting session , gorgeous antipasti , Risotto, lamb shanks and many more made with imported parma ham , pepperoni along with imported wines make this festival a must attend for Italian food lovers . Dont miss out the Affogato or the Mango Zabaglione as desserts .
The tea treasures organised by The Lalit Great Eastern was a wonderful experience and praiseworthy effort to bring all tea lovers , tea connoisseurs , tea merchants and traders , reputed tea estates in Eastern part of the country together . We attended the same on the last day . Our experience ..
There are some book stalls which are like windows to an evolving mind . There was one such in Chandannagore my home town . When it comes to Chandannagore no one can ignore the sweets and the deep fried snacks of the place . Reinventing one such over here – Dimer devil or Scotch eggs desi style
Varanasi ghats are worth exploring once and perhaps thousand times in the nights . A journey which started at 10 in the night went upto midnight and the memories stayed forever . Varanasi ghats in the nights – a photostory
It has been a decade of togetherness . The ups and downs, the gains and losses, the moments of joy and the agonies of pains . Food was the common link and prawn was the missing link – however that also got solved with time . A story about us and a wonderful quick recipe of grilled prawns with Guacamole .
When it rains endlessly its not always bad . There are so many memories attached with rain – rainy day in schools , colourful raincoats, sounds of pitter patter while going to sleep and waking up with a cloudy sky – whats your fondest memory of monsoon ?
The local fresh produce incorporated into 4 main dishes forms the pillars of ITC signature morning breakfast . Cold press juices are added attraction at Pavilion Pure where unique interesting combinations of juices are available . This is in addition to the normal buffet spread – Why dont you check out ?
I have frequented Waterloo Street on a daily basis for two years . The heritage building which was a distant representation of its past stood there with its lost glory . Heard from elders that the then Great Eastern Bakery used to be the best in the city and was a jewel in the crown . When we recently visited The Lalit Great Eastern Bakery – we were pleasantly surprised and happy as well .
The Hilsa and monsoon in Eastern part of the country is inseparable . This is the story of a newly wed couple connected by common thread of love and food, experiencing their first monsoon and Hilsa and also how Doi Ilish or Hilsa in Yogurt and mustard sauce got passed on to the daughter in law from Mother in Law
In continuation with my Varanasi Diaries – before I could reach the ghats in night I fulfilled my long time wish of capturing a band baaja baraat – . A photostory where I let the pictures tell you the story
A recipe inspired by Masterclass in Masterchef Australia season 6 , this is your Peanut butter cookies by Matt Preston . Our son joins the baking as he wishes to remain engaged and spend sometime with his mom
When its Eid around you cannot simply cannot miss the Iftar spread . The festival has got some dishes , some flavours and some smells attached to it . The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata is offering Iftar dinner on every friday till 17th July – Here’s our account of how it turned out
When its monsoon it has to be hilsha or Ilish as popularly called in the Eastern part of the country . Taj Gateway Kolkata presents Hilsha festival – where handpicked dishes from West Bengal and Bangladesh with some continental variation made the lunch a memorable experience
We were headed towards Rihand in UP with an overnight stopover at Varanasi . We found out a rare experience of staying in Zostel – the first branded hostel chain in India .
If Bali reminds most of you of Indonesia, then let me tell you there is another world where Bally means a railway station also in West Bengal . From Bali to bally rediscovering a classic Indonesian dish – Rendang Curry with Mutton
Any dream line up of Kolkata sweets is incomplete without the legendary Rasgullas in it . Its like a Top 10 songs of the year list of 70s and 80 s without a Kishore Kumar song in it . Sweethandi has been selling all other famous sweets which are legendary in their own way however the inclusion of Rasgulla in that line up makes it a dream team
The famous Italian restaurant Spaghetti Kitchen Kolkata launches its new menu . A must visit for all Italian food lovers and food lovers in general . Read to know why
While a lot of people may have lot of to do things in Varanasi – I found something which is offbeat yet very interesting . When you are in Varanasi – spend some time on these Graffiti on the walls – I could not decipher most of them – Let me know if you could
As monsoon starts making inroads to Kolkata, its time to bod goodbye to the king of fruits and emperor of summer – Mangoes . This is the latest avatar in which mango appeared on our dining table on a sunday – Mango chicken salad with zesty coriander chili dressing . The recipe and story .
We were excited when we were called for Kolkata Street food festival at park Plaza kolkata but the taste buds werent after the tasting the food . Reasons why this festival could have been better
The evolution of chocolate sandesh in last 10 years and last 3 years in particular with Cadbury coming in to the picture, is noteworthy . Every year theme based new innovations have changed the sandesh and hence the mishti landscape of Kolkata . Read of two such innovations here –
It was our son’s 3rd birthday and version 1.0 requested for a Dinosaur Cake . Madhushree the super mom who can never say no to any challenge accepted it gleefully . I played the second fiddle . Madly march in office with financial year end made us have some sleepless nights to research and come up with this . Happy birthday Tugga
How often do you get a chance to experiment with cocktails and make cocktails as per your choice . How often you get a chance to make a cocktail which is named after you ? Afraa Lounge kolkata is offering -Fairy tale wednesdays where you select your ingredients , make the cocktail and also name it as per your wish . Ladies and gentlemen the new two cocktails in town are – Analytic Anindya and Mad Madhushree – Wanna check them out ?
Summer throws up real challenge in finding food which is summer savvy . All of sudden the normal comfort tasty foods also start tasting bland . In our quest to present summer delicacies – this time cold crab salad in Cucumber boats . This is not only healthy with the presence of bell peppers and cucumber but its tasty too with presence of the crab meat and mayonnaise . This summer this is a must have for all
I was little apprehensive when I got invited for this review of Summer time Soiree for Casa Kitchen as its supposed to be completed vegetarian . I didnt regret the decision of going for this . Casa kitchen Kolkata launches its Summer time Soiree – with a sumptuous spread of Cold Salads and sandwiches . There are mocktails and cocktails keeping in mind the sultry summer . This summer if you wanna beat the heat then you must try out Casa Treat .
We had wonderful memories of Waffles when we visited Athens . Since then we always complained the lack of dedicated store of Waffles in Kolkata . Whacky waffles opens up in Lee Road Kolkata beside Brand factory . If you are around Forum after shopping or a movie this kiosk is a wonderful retreat for desserts .
When its scorching heat with high humidity and the universe seems getting roasted its worth to relook at some conventional drinks with some twist . Iced tea with lemongrass and ginger is one such option . The evergreen tea with strong flavours of Lemongrass and ginger with some ice cubes is an anytime drink during summers . When do you plan to have it ?
Every summer Mango starts ruling the kitchen and tantalizing the taste buds with desire . It becomes an inevitable part of life . Its not without a reason that its called the king of fruits . Sondesh ( cottage cheese based bengali sweet) is princess of Bengali desserts . What happens when the king of fruits meet the princess of dessert ? 2 Mango sondesh which you must try this season from Kolkata .
The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata has revamped its tea lounge and its surely going to become one of the most happening tea lounge in Kolkata. Some of the rarest and costliest blends of tea are available here along with a sumptuous high tea menu with a local touch . We tasted Silver needle one of the rarest and exclusive blend along with some rare varieties . The story .
We share a strong emotional connection with Nepal . Its people, nature and history . On a fateful afternoon of 25th April 2015 the city is struck by an Earthquake which is worse in last 80 years . Next 2 days the city spends under open sky . Death toll keeps on ticking . History is ruined . My thoughts
One just cannot miss the windmills in Mykonos . Now a major tourist attraction, these windmills were once a major contributor to the economy of the town and played a major functional role . The magnificent bright shinning white in the morning and the melancholic orange in the dusk only depicts the story of them . We witnessed both and realised the same .
Is creativity at its best when someone is under fever ? Those random listless thoughts when the fever just sets in takes you to a different world . Recently while under fever, I dreamt that instead of the singing competition there is a blogging competition happening at Shoondi Kings court in Goopi Gayen Bagha Bayen – a cult childrens film by master film maker – Satyajit Ray . I woke up to this lovely Chicken Nuggets made by madhsuhree .
What does the Bengali New year mean to you ? Is it another date in the calendar where, if you are in Kolkata, there may be a holiday, meeting relatives or...
Identifying 10 best sweet shops in Kolkata is like searching needle in a hay stack . From the neighborhood to the century old legends each one is a star in itself . In the first part of this effort we try to explore some new and and some century old sweet shops in kolkata . Let us know which are your favourites