• 'Course' of Life

    We-Gan: Chapter 2: Sapota Banana Smoothie Bowl

    Hello there! Welcome back to the We-Gan series. If you are unaware of what this is, you can check out chapter one on the blog and your doubts shall be cleared away. A lot of people had messaged me on Instagram asking me why I turned vegan all of a sudden. I have not turned into one, neither am I planning to be one in the near future. I respect all food habits and lifestyles and I really don’t find any fault in someone being one, though living a vegan life in India is pretty expensive! Coming back to our series, this week was super hectic and time flew at…

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    When District 7 Made Me Feel Like A Food Blogger!

    Networking has always been a part of me and I swear, I do not do it intentionally. (Kids, do not talk to strangers!) . This is exactly how I met Oneal Sabu, a culinary enthusiast from Kochin, he knows and loves his food so it was pretty easy to connect, he had suggested my name for the food bloggers event organised by District 7 at Vytilla, Kochi. I received an invite from them and I was super stoked to get my ass to Kochi to attend the event along with some renowned food bloggers in Kerala. So much learning and so much fun, boy was I psyched! Shiv was courteous…

  • 'Course' of Life,  Food For Thought

    The Masala Dosa Nostalgia

    Dosa, Dosha, or Dhosa, I wouldn’t mind how they pronounce it as long as I have mine crisp and tasty. I would gobble down dosa given to me in any form: Masala, Adai, Uthappam, Pesarattu, Neer, and I can go on. (Let’s put our brains to work, what all are the variations of dosa you can think of, I am not talking about the fusion ones like cheese and schezwan, we are jamming on the traditional ones here, comment the ones you know!) I used to hear a lot of stories of Udupi being the birthplace of Masala Dosa, thanks to my amazing faculty at WGSHA. My first visit to…

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    Welcome To The Mini Swiss World In Trivandrum!

    Swiss reminds us of all the things that spoil us, Chocolates, Cheese, and Beer! Now, who doesn’t love being spoilt by these three?  Definitely me and every other foodie I know (okay, not all foodies drink, gotcha!). I had a baller time tasting so many amazing things from the Swiss cafe at Vazhuthakkad, M.P Appan road in Trivandrum. This city at one point had nothing much to offer in terms of food, keeping aside the local delicacies of course. Imagine having molten cheese over some grilled potatoes, or dipping fresh chunks of fruits into gooey molten chocolate and whipped cream, heaven isn’t it? Can’t think of having it in Trivandrum,…

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    Brunch Done Right At Leela Raviz Kovalam

    Some of life’s gifts are like the orders from Amazon, you know you are responsible somehow to receive it! My brunch at Leela Raviz Kovalam was something very similar, I had started food blogging before I received an invite. It is funny how this was my first ever dining experience at a five-star property despite being trained at one! I have hogged shamelessly while working in the kitchen, but that doesn’t count as a luxury experience, does it? Vinay, Aslam and me, we received an invite from Emy Alex, PR Executive of Leela Raviz, for their special Sunday Brunch. Though we go for a lot of tasting sessions together, this one…

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    Cafe Deja Brew is now Restaurant Deja Brew!

    A bunch of youngsters and their passion for food gave Trivandrum city ‘Cafe Deja Brew’.  A cozy little place located at Ulloor junction, one with teal-blue walls, warm lights, and a very homely ambiance, Deja Brew can be treated as a one-stop shop for meetings, hangout and also for some ‘ME’ time. They just took a step ahead from burgers, sandwiches, and a variety of pasta to an elaborate Continental, Oriental, Mediterranean, and Indian cuisine menu. I was taken aback by the wide variety of choices they had to offer but at the same time was a little skeptical if they could pull it off! I was super excited about…

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    When I entered Chocolate Cake Heaven!

    My friends just hate it when I go overboard with my food talk and continue doing so about something they have no clue about, sorry, but not sorry, this is how I am. It was like God heard my cry and sent me an angel to whom I could talk all things food. Deepti and I got to know each other through Anoop Chand’s facebook group: India Food Trails. (He is a food blogger and his Instagram account: @foodloose_ is amazing). She used to post (still does) mouthwatering pictures of her baking experiments on the group and this one post about ‘Focaccia with gunpowder masala and curry leaves tempering with…

  • 'Course' of Life,  Food For Thought

    What A Bumpy Ride It Has Been With Food!

    Life has been a bumpy road, sorry, an Indian road! Imagine a scenario where an automobile engineer has issues with motor oil, weird isn’t it? (analogy credits: Akshay Krishnan.) Inspired by Chef Imtiyaz Qureshi, cookery shows by Nigella Lawson, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Chef Vikas Khanna, Chef Manish Mehrotra and many more, I had decided to be a chef. Convincing my parents was never a herculean task, in fact, they were more excited than I was! My brother did some research on the leading colleges for culinary arts in India and got my parents to send me to Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Manipal University. (WGSHA is the best thing that…

  • 'Course' of Life,  Food For Thought

    Andaman and Nicobar: How Rain Washed Away My Island Seafood Blog Post!

    Before I started TGIF (Thank God I’m Fat), the blog was supposed to be named My Plate Navigates, space where I was to write down about the food I ate while travelling around the globe. The middle-class life slapped sense into me and asked me to write about whatever good food I got to eat. But, that realization happened a bit late, I had designed my logo for My Plate Navigates, started work on the website and things were falling into place when Achan (dad) decided to take us on a trip to Andamans (LTC perks of course!). I quickly googled pictures of the island and they looked beautiful. More than…

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    Cordon Bleu: The Charcoal Shawarma that Graced Trivandrum

    I cannot think of one single person that I have met (except vegans, vegetarians, and eggetarians) who dislike Shawarma! (hate is too strong a word to be used with food.) Okay, I know that everyone who has been to the Middle East will object me about how we do not get authentic Shawarmas here, Okay I agree, I’ll join the club when I get to taste them, I promise.   Shawarma outlets dot the city, everyone here has their favorite place that serves them too, but the game changer of them all came to Trivandrum roughly 6 months back: The Mighty Charcoal Shawarma, fancily called the Cordon Bleu Shawarma (Cordon Bleu…