When I travel on my own, I prefer to stay at local B&Bs or smaller boutique hotels, rather than cookie-cutter commercial hotel chains. It’s one of the reasons I decided to sign up for GranTourismo’s Culinary Tour of Cambodia – because they promised accommodation at local-owned and operated boutique hotels like Templation, in Siem Reap.
A handful of years ago, I spent a rainy 48 hours in picturesque Vienna, the City of Music. Famous for its Imperial palaces, museums, galleries, architecture and monuments; Vienna could be considered a museum in itself.
Farzi Café has finally made its way to Pune, opening on the corner of Fortaleza in Kalyani Nagar. Using a blend of theatricality, modern cooking techniques and presentation to create a multi-sensory experience, Farzi Café means to appeal to a new generation of gourmands.
The first time I’d even heard of Cambodia was when I watched the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider for the first time. I was probably around 11 or 12, and apart from Angelina Jolie’s fierce badassery, what most had an impression on me were the Temples of Angkor, where some of the scenes were shot. Add to that, Angkor Wat’s ties to ancient Indian mythology (another fascination of mine) had firmly fixed its place on my ‘bucket list’ of places to visit before I die. Sounds morbid, but that’s how I roll.
A melting pot for South-East Asian culture, Singapore is considered by many to be ‘Asia’s Food Capital’. Singaporean food has been greatly influenced by its close neighbour Malaysia, as well as China, India, Indonesia (each with significant sub-cultures of their own) and Singapore’s own Peranakan roots. Its culinary landscape is so diverse, it would be impossible to try and document it all.
Walking into the new Conrad Hotel on Mangaldas Road can be a little intimidating at first. Once you get past the super-high ceilings and sprawling square footage, it can actually be quite a comfortable place to settle in to. A little further past the casual seating area and down a wide flight of marble steps, is Coriander Kitchen.
Unlike most fine-dining eateries that rarely exist outside of 5-star hotels in Pune, Savya Rasa is a classy stand-alone restaurant, serving up gorgeous South Indian fare. Loosely translated, the word ‘Savya’ means South, and ‘Rasa’ means cuisine.
If you live in Pune, and haven’t attended one of Karen Anand’s Farmers’ Markets, you’ve surely been living under a rock. They’ve come a long way from their first-ever Market in 2012, and have provided Pune’s budding chefs & home cooks a super platform from which to promote their food.