EatStreet at Brisbane. Food paradise in Australia

When you are in a new country, the first thing you look for is food, be it your native food or the local food. But when you have the option of pampering your taste buds with not just your native food but also local foods and delicacies from all over the world, what do you do? Yes you are in the Food Heaven!

In brief – EatStreet is a place at North Shore Hamilton, Brisbane where there is a food festival on all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of the year. From food, beverages to live performances at more than 2 stages, you can enjoy your time and dine by the Brisbane River watching the mesmerizing sunset.

On the occasion of the 5 years anniversary of the EatStreet, here are some of the moments captured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another of my Moon shot 🙂

If you are at Brisbane, definitely visit EatStreet for some mouth watering experience!! Happy travelling 🙂

 

 

Foods of Sri Lanka. What to taste when in Sri Lanka

Wherever we go, whatever we do, every trip and everything remains incomplete if we don’t taste the authentic local food of that place. My taste buds are always on the lookout for tasting the delicious traditional local foods of all places. Here are some of the most yummy dishes I came across during my trip to Sri Lanka in 7 days. The entire trip was under INR 20,000! You can see the itinerary and other details here.

Indian is known to be the food paradise for food lovers and I being a big time Indian foodie tried all kinds of items I got in Sri Lanka.

Here are some of the most delectable items you must try out once you are in Sri Lanka.

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  • Small ones are Mix gram wadei
  • Thosai on left and String hoppers on right with coconut sambol
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Traditional Sri Lankan desserts

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  • Sweet trickle hoppers( pani appa)
  • Baby jack-fruit cutlets (something spicy)
  • Caramelized coconut balls (pani pol guli)
  • Sesame and trickle balls (aggala)

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Simple coconut ‘tadka’ with plain rice – ‘Coconut Sambol and rice’
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Kottu – Traditional Sri Lankan food – A trademark of Sri Lankan Street food
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Traditional Sri Lankan thali with rice, vegetables and papad
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Home made delicacies
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Fresh Avocado juice with traditional thali

 

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    The above is the coffee. I found it to be granular and not getting dissolved easily. Also I observed that people there use milk powder often rather than the normal liquid milk. Hence, the tea and coffee tastes are quite different.

 

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The above ones are home made sweets like the Gujiya that you get in India –

  • Long one: Mun Keum
  • Round one: Kokis
  • Square one: Aluwa

If you have tasted some other delicacies in Sri Lanka, do share in the comments, would love to hear.

Happy traveling 🙂

 

 

Best place to have food on Iftar in Mumbai – Mohammed Ali Road

What comes to your mind when it’s the month of Ramzaan? Iftar food! Undoubtedly, one of the most delectable and finger-licking taste could be found this time of the year. But the question is where should you go to have this food? The answer is Mohammad Ali Road, Mumbai.

Next question is, with a plethora of such a huge variety of items, what should you eat? Here is a quick guide to help you enjoy the Iftar moments.

Head straight to Md Ali Road, under the JJ Flyover. The entire street is fully packed with people and foods! Yes, it’s madly crowded. But just relax, take a deep breath and take the plunge into the ocean of food lovers. Reach Minara Masjid and walk through the entire street bursting with food joints.

Tip : There are other Masjid around. Be sure to check in map or ask someone the way to Minara Masjib. It is under the flyover.

Most of these food items mentioned below are available at almost all the restaurants and food stalls. However, as per the public reviews and personal experience, Chinese n Grill, Hindustan restaurant , Faham restaurant and Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Durbar tops the chart. The food stalls are no less too.

The fast is traditionally broken with dates or a glass of water. It can also be done with a delicious dish – Haleem  (also known ad Khichda in Mumbai). This is made out of wheat, lentils and meat. The preparation may vary from region to region all over the world, however, in India it’s a standard and a favorite in this month.

No food walk can be complete without the kebabs. The various types of juicy and mouth watering spicy hot kebabs are a must try. The open food stalls offer a long list to choose from.

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Kebabs and tikkas

Have a plate of Tandoor Quail from the food stalls opposite to Islahi Dawakhana. The chicken angara is another must try with tandoori/rumali roti.

Surti Barah Handi – a slow cooking meat dish will leave you wanting for more. The cooking is done in earthen clay pots, adding to the authentic aroma and texture leaving the meat as tender as possible with gravy.

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Rolls and Mughlai paranthas

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Nalli Nihari, another tender cooked meat dish is a must try with roti at Chinese n Grill. Needless to say, the Biryani is always there to gorge in.

No treat can be complete without desserts. The ones during Iftar has a special highlight. These traditional desserts are a must try. Phirni, pink sherbat, badam sherbat, rabdi, malpua and many more.

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Phirni and Rabdi

Given the choice of delicacies, everything cannot be tasted in an hour or two, so take quite sometime and enjoy these yummy treats to satisfy your taste buds and soul.

AUTHENTIC BENGALI CUISINE OF KOLKATA – KEWPIE’S

Once you are in the City Of Joy, the first thing that comes to your mind is ‘food’! But there are so many options, so where to go to have authentic traditional Bengali food? If you are reading this you are in the correct place. Go on and see what’s coming up for you.

Kolkata – the Cultural Capital of India has thousands of options to offer every kind of food for every kind of taste bud. Be it pure vegetarian, vegan or non-vegetarian, it has something for everyone.

Today, I would share with you the details of this hidden gem in the by-lanes of this City. A family-run restaurant for over 22 years situated behind ‘Netaji Bhavan’ offers some of the most authentic and delicious Bengali treats in home-cooked style, it is Kewpie’s.

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Myth: Bengalis only eat non-veg!

Reality: Bengalis eat and love eating veg dishes equally well just like non-veg and there are hundreds of authentic Bengali veg recipes. In fact, most people don’t know that some Bengali veg dishes are prepared without onion and garlic and they are super yummy!

Some interesting facts – Kewpie’s was founded 22 years ago by P.K. Dasgupta and he dedicated this restaurant to his loving and beautiful wife who was from London. She was so beautiful and looked like the Kewpie doll, hence the name. Celebrities and foreign travelers frequent this place including Mr. Bill Clinton who tasted its delicious food on his Kolkata visit.

The entrance is simple but colorful with a retro look.

Once you get inside, you will get awed by the retro feel and originality of this place. Everything is so unique, simple, classic and close to the earth, in the sense that all the utensils are purely earthen made.

The glasses or kulhad, the plate for salt chilly and Gandharaj lebu – the royal scented lemon which is unique to Bengal – all served in the traditional earthenware. The plates come decorated with banana leaf.

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There are options for Ala Carte and Thali. Different variants of thalis are served – if you are veg definitely try the veg thali and if you are non-veg, then go for the special one.

In the below image starting from the leftmost corner – Rui jhal (Rohu fish in spicy gravy), Ilish Shorshe (Hilsa fish in mustard), Kosha Mangsho (Mutton dry spicy gravy), Daab Chingri (Small prawns cooked in tender coconut), Aloo jhinge Posto (Potato and snake gourd in poppy seeds), Mochar ghonto (Banana flower spicy dry).

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In the center platter – Luchi (Plain puri), Piyaz-koli bhaja (Green onion fry) , Aloo dum (potato gravy), Cholar Dal (Chana dal) , Plain white rice, lemon and green chilly.

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Finally, the dessert below – Mishti doi (Sweet dahi), Sandesh and Paan wrapped in banana leaf.

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The mutton was so soft as if melting in the mouth, the fish dishes were so mouthwatering that you can take a second helping of that. The unique banana flower and poppy seed vegs were no less. The yummy simple yet the slightly flavored dessert was the icing on the cake.

Of course there are many places for authentic Bengali food in Kolkata but if you are in this City this place is a must try – for the ambiance, the people and of course the food! Bon Appetit 🙂

My Personal Report Card 🙂

Ambience – 9/10

Service – 8.5/10

Food – 8.5/10

Value for money – 8/10