Manicktola- the new Kachori capital inside Kolkata ?

So, the slight chilliness is in the air. Winter is settling in. But frankly, when did season decide for a Kolkattan what to eat (maybe except the sudden madness of cakes during christmas) ? My maternal grandfather used to live in Manicktola ….. and though they’ve moved from there few years back, but those memories…

Cafe Monte Carlo- the fish-y bar-y affair

It’s an open secret that Kolkata is a city of secrets and even for a born-here-been-here type of Kolkattan, it’s a reality. But, when we have somebody coming from other states and if … if he/ she is a glutton (like me) and loves fish, I face one standard question “boss daru aur machhli kahan…

Ujjala Chanachur and that middle aged bhodrolok

Let us visualize a middle aged kolkattan bhodrolok. Let us assume this gentleman has reached home after a (supposedly) hard day’s work, he transforms into his customary pyjama and ganjee. And, the next thing he shouts for (with that secret love in his tone) to his be(i)tter half is, “Ki go, cha-ta hobe ?” Now,…

Butter Fried Cheesy Egg Toast – an affair to remember

If you want me to name my 3 loves in life, it would probably come like this ….. my takia/ pashbalish (the pillow which I love and make love), wife (whom off course  I love) and eggs. Like almost any bong middle-aged men, very few love affairs still exist in our life and those which…

Mohamushkil at KFC

Let me confess, I am not much of a KFC fan, but when they’ve come up with their Chizza, I was invited there for a food tasting session. As it’s close to my place, I’ve gone to the CC1 outlet for the tasting. Now, these big food chains have always surprised me with something. I…

nostalgia- thy nameth is Flurys

Idiot: Sir, being a foodie, have you been to Flurys ??? Person 1: But off course, and so has almost everyone in town Idiot: Sir, may I ask you something ? Why do you go to that place ? I heard, the experience is fantastic- you get a slice of old colonial Calcutta Person 1:…

My Big Fat Belly and KFF's 3rd anniversary meet

My big fat belly !!! Big fat wedding – Delhi belly – big fat belly (myself off course) – my big fat belly ….. No, I am not trying to discuss the evolution of the name behind THE place for burger in Kolkata this time. Just that my thoughts go wild at times- that’s why……

The humble kachori and its multiple love interests

Please forgive me, but I don’t know the culinary history of Kachori (not at least with proper documentation- however for the detail freaks, this wikipedia article comes in handy), but what I do know is the feelings when you tear the piping hot kachori in two, dip it in the dal (or aloo dum or……..

The great non branded biryani joints- part 2

Kolkata is THE mecca for biryani lovers. There are branded biryani joints (some of them discussed here) and then there are those lone warriors in this segment, who, over the time, has stood up to their forte. You can check part 1 of this series here In this, series, rather in this second part, I would love…

Nosh Cafe- THE cafe for automobile fanatics

It’s a cafe, it’s a fancy garage….. no, it’s Nosh Cafe. Ok, I understand that was a bit dramatic (remember the kung-fu panda 3 styled “Dramatic Entry” ??? ), but frankly, the place is THE dream destination for somebody who love automobile. We were invited here by Zomato to taste have the regular meetup and off course to…

Saldanha Bakery- A slice of colonial Calcuta

There goes around a story in Kolkata gastronomic circuit that the best traditional anglo-Indian cakes are found not in fancy hotels, but in few homes, and over the period of time, they’ve become legends. Many have heard of the name, but few have actually been there, the name’s Saldanha Bakery and Confectionery One should reach…

Good litti in Kolkata- seriously ???

During my service days, I used to travel to Bihar and Jharkhand quite frequently. And found some strange round shaped wheat and sattu-made balls were burnt and consumed happily by a large number of people. One fine evening, after office, I caught hold of one such dish and came to know its called Litti and the…