Food walks have become an increasingly popular way of discovering a place through its food. A global phenomenon that has slowly made its way to India too. In this episode I am going to tell you what a food walk is all about, my learnings from having attended food walks across the world and of being one of the first to conduct food walks in India. The episode will hopefully motivate you to go on one yourself, if not start one!
Memories of eating at movie theatres while watching movies in Kolkata in the late 80s and early to mid 90s and then in Mumbai in the late 90s and some thoughts on how that’s changed today and why that bothers me
My name is Kalyan and I am addicted to Biryani, one of the most popular dishes of India today. I grew up in Kolkata where I first fell in love with Biryani. I moved to Mumbai 20 years back and that is when I first realised that there are more than one type of Biryani. In this podcast I tell you about my travels across India trying the biryanis of Hyderabad, Lucknow, Andhra, Chennai, Kerala and Pune which left me hungry more. Do I have a point of view on which is the best Biryani of India? I do. You will have to wait till the end to hear that and also to get to know about my favourite. See what I did there? Ones favourite and the best need not be the same as you will realise. So join me on this Biryani journey on my podcast
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day to me. In this podcast I am going to tell you about some of my favourite breakfast places across the city of Mumbai and what to eat there. Hopefully this will help you start making your own list too. You will get an idea of the city’s cultural diversity, food heritage and current day trends by listening to it
I love samosas, the popular Indian snack. Who doesn’t you could say. In this episode I speak about my street corner mishtir dokan shingara memories from Kolkata and then of the samosas that I have encountered in Mumbai and the ones among them which are my favourites
The Kwality Restaurant is located at Connaught Place. The hub of New Delhi. I went to the restaurant on a recent trip and was in awe of the makeover it seemed to have undergone and the majesty of the channa bhatoore that I had there. Do listen to this episode to know more about what happened and then read about it on my blog too. Here’s the link: https://www.finelychopped.net/2019/03/the-classiest-new-indian-restaurant-in.html
Koshy’s Restaurant at MG Road in Bengaluru is a part of the city’s living heritage one could argue. In this episode, I tell you about how I fell in love with Koshy’s over the years. A love affair which started over dinner one night and spilled on to breakfast years later.
I spent five years of my life as a student in Kolkata’s College Street during the years 1992-1997. First at the Presidency College where I studied Sociology and then at the IISWBM where I did my MBA before I moved out to Mumbai. I returned to College Street two decades later in 2018 to go on a nostalgic food walk there. This time as a food writer and not a student. This podcast is about the places we visited and about what we ate there as well as about certain memories which one was unable to relive. You will hopefully at the end of the episode fall in love with College Street just as I once did.
This episode is about Fort in south Mumbai. The original central business district of the city that’s the commercial capital of modern India. It’s about being enchanted by its grandeur and history when I moved into the city twenty years back. About getting to know it better over the years that followed and about finding out the food treasures that it hosts. It’s about how these ‘discoveries’ gave provided the launching pad of my living a life as a food writer, after having originally come to the city as a market researcher. It’s about finding purpose and happiness in life in Fort
I am feeling Christmassy so I thought that I would share a warm and fuzzy story with you. Of Biryani though, and not turkey. It’s the story of Mumbai’s Lucky Restaurant and of how it welcomed me to Bandra when I moved in here 21 years back from Kolkata and made me feel at home. Lucky restaurant is located at SV Road at Bandra West and completed 80 years of its existence this year.
Candies is a family run chain of eateries in Bandra in Mumbai. It’s one of my favourite spots to hang out in and Candies is where I spent my time while I made the transition from being a market researcher to being a food writer and the place is special to me. In this podcast I tell you about what makes Candies special and what you should order if you go there yourself
Ling’s Pavilion is a heritage Chinese restaurant of Mumbai and is one of my favourite restaurants in town. I got the idea of starting this podcast series while having lunch there and this episode originates from my experience that afternoon