I told myself towards the end of 2017 that I wanted to spend 2018 exploring parts of India that I had not been to before and get an understanding of the food scene there. I am happy to say that I did manage a bit of that this year.
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Life’s lessons as told by the Great Indian Thali
By Kalyan Karmakar Publication: The Times of India (Times Life)
Published date: 13th January 2019
“Don’t forget to pick a bento box for yourself before you get on the Shinkansen,” said Tokyo based food writer and friend, Yukari Sakamoto, when she heard that I was taking the train from Tokyo to Kyoto during a holiday in Japan a few months back.
Yukari’s book, Food Sake Tokyo, had turned out to be a great guide for us when we were in Tokyo, and I saw no reason to doubt her on this too.
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I first met chef Ranveer Brar when he was the executive chef at the Novotel Hotel, Mumbai, and by when he had already begun hosting popular TV food shows. He told me that he was keen to get a taste of the local food of Mumbai and we went out one evening to eat at Aaswad, the Maharashtrian restaurant in Dadar and then Snack Shack, the Parsi restaurant in Bandra.