Foodies guide to Darjeeling- the hidden gems

Come whatever may, a normal regular Kolkattan will visit three places in his / her life. And, surprisingly, the place’s name is “Di-pu-Da”- now don’t get me wrong. They are basically, Digha Puri and Darjeeling- the three mascots of tourism in and around West Bengal. So, if it’s a one night or two nights holiday,…

Foodwalk at the khao gully at esplanade

“A meaty foodwalk can only be conducted in Chitpur” – I was proudly boasting to one of my friends when suddenly he quitely told me, “you assh&%$, have you ever been to Tipu Sultan Mosque ” “Ahhh, those falooda shops ? Off course yes” I chirped, and he snapped back “then how can you make…

Saraswati puja bhog at a middle class bengali family

Saraswati puja always always claims a special place in the heart of any bengali. It is popularly considered as the bong valentines day. But, for a atheist bong like me, bhog was always the point of interest for me (besides the yellow saree lad clan from the the fairer sex) and here’s my story. My…

Duke- the office para watering hole …

Somehow, I’ve seen people having a strange suspicious outlook towards any singing bar. Now, let’s be honest. There are many singing bars in city, any city in that matter and they’re hardly any shady ones. These bars normally have few singers, both male and female for live singing with generally a loud music arrangement. The…

Cake mixing season 2017

Christmas- for a foodie like me, the term itself has got a separate smell, a separate taste. The smell of cakes roam around freely in Calcutta streets and the preparation starts some 1-2 months back with the cake mixing session and my story starts from this time of the year. You think you know Kolkata…

A sheherwali evening in Kolkata

Vegetarian cuisine is generally not my cup of tea. But when someone proudly boasts that it IS the best vegetarian cuisine, and I know that person understands food, it becomes my moral duty to visit the same. One thing led to another and I ended up at the Sheherwali pop up dinner organised by the…

Cal27 and sharing some food stories

Generally speaking, in any big hotel, five star or above I mean to say, the coffee shop is one of the most neglected food joints. Now, please don’t get me wrong here. The food is normally good, in fact excellent- service- generally top notch. But, when compared to their own specialty restaurants, the coffee shop…

Going back to the roots- Samvad at Tata Group

Somehow, I am not a rustic person. That “mera gaon mera desh” wala feelings somehow never come to me. For a couple of days, leaving the hustle and bustle of city life is fine, but saying in a rustic environment simply freaks me out. Tribal food, that typical tribal food, however has been simply a…

An escapade at Westin Kolkata

I was getting mind-f#$%ed shuttling between home and work and idle mind was becoming devil’s workshop. While I couldn’t go out on a vacation, primarily for my kid’s school and my work ….. suddenly, the result for one contest from The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat was announced. And even more surprisingly, I was the winner for…

Blogger’s cook off at Baan Thai, Oberoi Grand

It was a working afternoon and suddenly my inbox signaled me of a new mail. At my age, once, a mail comes, heart loses a beat but this was good news. Oberoi Grand, rather Baan Thai outlet, is organizing a blogger’s cook off or rather masterclass and I was, for some strange reason, invited.  Now,…

2 cafes – one vision, different path and Mohamushkil

Recently, I’ve been to 2 cafe, which I found quite different from the usual run of the mill numerous ones. Both cafes have got one aim, one motto, one vision and that’s the good part, but surprisingly, the path taken is quite different. This is their story. The first one is Cafe I can Fly….

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…