DEVIN CASTLE BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

When I said that I am going to Bratislava, I got a “mixed bag” reaction…. Where is it? What is there to see? Who goes to such unknown and “untouristy” place? Well! That decided it… I needed to visit, see and then write about this capital city of Slovakia, the other half of breakaway country…

Flam Railway & the Bergen line of Norway

Do you remember that geography lesson in school, when you were asked to write a short note on the (difficult to pronounce) “Fjords”. I could just manage to write a line or two describing the natural feature and add a line that they are found in Norway. As time passed and the travel bug caught…

EASY MANGO DIP

Indian Summer in all it’s glory is here….. And summer means mangoes….. Ripe or unripe, mangoes are a must in every Indian household….. Unripe mangoes are very tasty and are rich source of pectin, vitamin C, etc……. Being an wonderful cooling agent it helps against heatstrokes……. Helps in digestion by activating the secretion of the…

​MAJESTIC  MATTERHORN, SWITZERLAND 

Known as the mountain of mountains, this near perfect triangular shaped mountain is an awesome sight in Switzerland. This Alpine mountain, near the Italian border, has fascinated the mountaineers and tourists alike. Its majestic peak juts out of the horizon playing hide and seek with the clouds and sunrays. It is thought to be one of…

HIKING IN SWITZERLAND

When someone says Switzerland, the images that come into mind are rolling green hills, dotted with pretty cottages and herds of cow, snowcapped mountains in the distant horizon, dancing streams and springs and of course, for us Indians, Bollywood films!! Planeload of tourists flock the country in the summer months….some to visit the cities which…

JAPANI RESTAURANT

Address : 41/42, Minoo Desai Marg, Behind Radio Club, Colaba, Mumbai This is a fine dining restaurant….. They specialise in Japanese & Korean Cuisines…… This restaurant was formerly known as Saizen…… Interiors are tastefully done giving it a nice classy ambience….. The place is huge & brightly lit….. Particularly liked the corner table….. There is…

FISH MUITHA

(FISH DUMPLINGS) CHITOL MACHER MUITHA is a traditional offbeat preparation…… It is very popular in Bengal……. Chitol is Bengali name for Knife fish……This preparation is created after a lengthy process….. But it is worth waiting for…….. Traditionally mince of the fish is made by scraping the fish (lower half) lengthwise with the sharp tip of…

ZNOJMO,CZECH REPUBLIC

Znojmo is tucked up a ridge above the River Dyje in the Moravian region of Czech Republic. The Ducal Rotunda of Our lady and St. Catherine located inside the grounds of the 11th century Znojmo Castle, the underground labyrinth which stretches to 30 km under the streets and houses of the town and the Louka…

NAHOUM’S

ADDRESS : F20, Bertram St, New Market, Taltala, Kolkata. This is one of my favourite bakeries which I have been visiting from childhood whenever I’m in the city…… Nahoum’s Confectionary of Kolkata was founded by Nahoum Israel Mordecai in 1902……. It was a small outlet in front of the Hogg Market (also known as New Market)…

EASY MANGO PICKLE

I got this recipe from a friend a long time back….. I keep on improvising it till it came out as I like it…… In India, this is a mango season….. So, naturally, this pickle is a must in our household. INGREDIENTS : 3-4 raw mangoes, 1 tbsp rye (black mustard seeds), red chilli powder…

REMEDY FOR COUGH

Warm up some wheat flour on a skillet…… Pour it into an old cotton pillow cover…… Fold the pillow cover lengthwise in such a way that it acts as a muffler…. And wrap it around the neck…… This gives constant heat to the neck….. Subsequently the cough improves…… This remedy was shared with my Ma…

VEGETABLE CHOP

Ingredients: Vegetables : Raw Banana 2 large Potato 1 medium Beetroot 1 small Carrot 2 medium Cabbage ½ cup finely chopped Green peas ½ cup Onion 1 large finely chopped Ginger 2 tbsp roughly chopped Garlic 1tbsp roughly chopped Green chillies 1tbsp or according to taste Masala : Roasted Jeera powder 1tbsp Garam masala powder…