Iftar is the religious observance of breaking a fast when the azaan is called out by muezzins from mosques after sunset. This happens during the holy month of Ramadaan or Ramzaan like how it is known here in in India. About five years ago, we started going to the iftar spreads to indulge in the meaty treats at Frazer town, Bangalore. It continues even now.
A visiting American colleague recently mentioned that she had “IndoChinese cuisine” for lunch that day. She also said that the same dishes in the US tasted much different. This made me think that it is true that most restaurants’ alter the taste of continental food a wee bit to cater to local palates. Continue reading
My friend Tina and I were vegging out one afternoon at her awesome apartment located at the Dubai Marina. We were bored and were deliberating that we find a place to let our hair down and listen to some music. BB (Tina’s husband) suggested 360º, an iconic, energetic and trendy beach club for its amazing night view of the city among other things. He then proceeded to make reservations for the three of us that evening. When we reached the Jumeirah beach hotel, the view took my breath away!
When I heard my friend Tina say we’ll go to Shakespeare and Co. , my first thought was “oh! goodie, we get to see a play!” I failed to see her knowing grin. 🙂 I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived and saw to my delight that Shakespeare and Co. was a café!!
With a fully loaded french patisserie, homemade chocolates, petit fours and viennoiseries – a new word I learnt, meaning breakfast pastries like croissants, brioches and the like. The mere sight of those baked goods had me singing hallelujah to the heavens. Reiterating me being a foodie through and through!
I am always interested in trying out new eateries.
The whole experience of experimenting with something new, soaking in the ambience and atmosphere, oohing over the food presentation, the food by itself …, interests me. My very good friend and soul sister Tina, knowing this about me talked about Jones the grocer (JTG), an Australian gourmet chain serving food, lip-smacking delicacies and having its own grocery store. I was immediately taken in by the thought of this “destination(?!) café”, if you will.
There are days when you find things just refuse to work or go on strike.
I had one of these rare days a few weeks ago. There were a lot of things that needed to be done and I kind of had a mini meltdown. Was helpless because of my dependencies on others to set this right. There was no point in sitting around when this got fixed so I rounded up two friends and headed out to lunch. To unwind mostly from all the subsequent stress.
This Zen has nothing to do with the Mahayana school of buddhism.:) This Zen, is the pan-asian restaurant at the Leela Palace hotel, Bangalore.
A while ago, this ground floor restaurant was the chosen venue, to have an informal dinner with my team members after a loong day at work. We made our way directly to one of the Leela’s restaurants – Zen, as decided.