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Soul Food at Attari: Chargha Chicken from Punjab Grill, Courtesan Tales & Songs of Peace at India’s Final Frontier

Posted: January 15, 2017 at 7:51 am   /   Gourmet Traveller

In the shadow of the BSF’s last outpost on the Amritsar-Lahore road, little over a kilometre away from a bunker of the Pakistan Rangers, we savoured the flavours of Punjab as the state’s favourite folk singer, Gurmeet Bawa, sang songs of peace. AMRITSAR resides in the imagination of all Indians as the city of the […]

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AGRA STREET FOOD CHRONICLES: Gorging on the Road in the City of Love

Posted: April 23, 2016 at 1:16 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

IT IS one of history’s many ironies that Agra, which was the seat of Mughal India at the time of Akbar and Jehangir, and of Shahjahan for some years (from 1556 to 1658, to be precise), doesn’t have any visible legacy of the robust cuisine that we attribute to that era. This accident of history […]

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A Discovery of Punjabi Cuisine in the Mustard Fields of its Heartland

Posted: January 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

A group of journalists from across the country, hosted by Punjab Grill, savour the depth and diversity of the Punjabi table beyond the stereotypical butter chicken THE world believes butter chicken and daal makhni are the two poles of Punjabi cuisine, with chhole-bhature somewhere in the middle of this sea of butter and cream. I […]

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Why Bangalore is Blessed to Have Karavalli, Chef Naren Thimmaiah’s Garden of Gastronomy. Plus: At 94, MTR Looks Set to Score a Century, and More.

Posted: June 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

WITH Middle India’s palate rooting for local flavours, and with the glamourisation of the tastes and textures we have grown up with, the rise of regional specialities to national prominence was only to be expected. This national wave of nostalgia for ‘my grandmother’s kitchen’ owes its origin and sustenance to restaurants that have given a […]

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It’s Time to Say Namaste Stockholm!

Posted: June 7, 2015 at 12:55 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

You’ll find a little bit of India in nooks of Stockholm, but that is not the only reason for you to go to the Swedish capital to recharge your batteries WHEN you’re at the Nobel Museum (http://www.nobelmuseum.se/) in Stockholm, a treasure house of inspirational knowledge despite its cramped location in the Old Town (), you […]

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Vile Feni? Give Up That Stinking Thought and Shout Viva to the Cashew Liquor When You’re in Goa

Posted: April 23, 2015 at 12:49 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

FENI is not a drink you’d serve in polite company. Even back in the 16th century, when people were more accustomed to quaffing rough drinks, the Italian traveller, Ludovico de Varthema, wrote that feni “will affect a man’s head merely by smelling it, to say nothing of drinking it”. Having spent three days drinking it […]

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Leisure Inn Grand Chanakya Revives Old Jaipur Favourite; Offers Starred-Hotel Comforts at No-Star Prices

Posted: August 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

IT’S A COMMON refrain of hoteliers at every industry meet to extol the virtues of branded budget hotels. They say this under-developed category, ignored by established hotel chains, caters to not only the vast domestic leisure market, but also mid-level executives travelling on work to Tier-II and Tier-III cities and towns. It’s all talk. None […]

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World Champion Pizza Acrobat Twirls & Serves His Signature Pizzas at Mumbai’s JW Marriott

Posted: May 11, 2014 at 12:42 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

Pasqualino Barbasso, the Sicilian pizzaiolo from Cammarata, may be the pizza world’s ‘twirling dervish’, but he says he’s as good as the 70-odd original pizzas in his repertoire, which is why he’s so picky about his flour. Barbossa can be seen in action at the Mumbai JW Marriott’s Lotus Cafe (9:30 p.m.) and Mezzo Mezzo […]

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Emirates Woos Busy Indian Market With New Menu to Tickle Regional Tastebuds

Posted: April 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

This article appeared this morning in the Traveller section of Mail Today. It transports more Indians abroad than any other carrier operating in the country. Now, Emirates has become the first international airline to cater for India’s diverse taste buds by introducing region-specific meals. Even Air-India hasn’t done it. NUMBER CRUNCHER 135K … Average no. […]

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Dubai Restaurant Recreates Fairytale City’s Modest Past With Its Emirati Menu

Posted: March 2, 2014 at 12:33 pm   /   Gourmet Traveller

THE YEAR 1966 is a watershed in Dubai‘s short but eventful history. That was when oil was first struck in the desert emirate that at once transformed what was once an overgrown village by the side of a busy port into a wonderland drawing people from all over the world with the promise of the […]

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