I have a passion for all things good in life- be it travel, food, watching plays& films, photography, drinking champagne or just getting pampered in a Spa. Luckily being a Hotel Management graduate, an ex-chef, nutritionist and a journalist, I am eminently qualified to do my job of writing and sharing experiences. My blog is my world and my posts are my straightforward thoughts...come along with me on my culinary voyage!
in que for my Media Accreditation at the Terra Madre press counter in Torino
this year, I noticed an Indian looking girl ahead of me, talkative that Iam (
those who know me will vouch for that) , I asked her if she was from India? ‘I
am an Indian but live in Canada’, she replied and as we got talking we
connected on various levels including the workshops to attend at the Slow Food
event to travelling for food etc. We exchanged numbers so to keep in touch and
her tips to what to do in Modena came in rather handy for me (we are both huge
fans of Chef Massimo Bottura).
we couldn’t really meet after that but were constantly in touch through Social
media, discussing what we ate, where we travelled etc. No agenda…she didn’t
want anything from me and vice versa…we just connected, thanks to Food! Just
day before, she shared her new number and that she was back home after her
travels and we both discussed many many food travel experiences and how ‘we
itch to travel all the time’!
I thought of sharing this lovely girl’s story on my blog….Aman Doasanj and her
mother ran a restaurant called ‘Poppadoms- Taste of India’ located at Mccurdy road in Kelowna, British
Columbia. Interestingly they hired some chefs at their restaurant and when the
mother daughter duo got them their permanent residency, they quit, so her
mother and Aman went exploring mainly to the South of India for about 5 weeks
to learn other regional cooking. ‘As a family business, you have to figure
things out; so, when our chefs left, it was sink or swim’, shared Aman.
menu offered Indian food via the Farm to Table concept and had dishes like ‘Meen
Pollichathu’ and ‘Lamb shank Roganjosh’ on the menu.
mom had a heart attack in January 2016, so they had to shut down the restaurant
unfortunately; ‘It wasn't a life, when all you do is work. She’s alive and doing
well! So, time to re-evaluate, food is how I heal, so that’s why I was learning
more and writing about my experiences, starting from scratch again’, shares
Aman. ‘So many good things happened to me on this trip to Italy, It was weird. But
after so many years of hard times, it was an incredible feeling. Now to make
that time count!’…says Aman.
is a go getter, this Friday she’s having a pop up using stories from her
travels to create a menu ( coincidentally I am planning do the same as well in
the following year !) until she gets a marketing job. Even when Aman gets her
job, which she will eventually, she will continue doing her pop ups to save up
as Travel Money.
Aman the idea is to make people smile. ‘Which is the point of my food memory
project, and to get people thinking, not just eating’, she says. Her menu has
four courses plus an amuse. There’s a meatball story. And she’s doing a kebab
on a rice poppadom cracker and doing some tangy beet pearls (because
pomegranate doesn’t grow in Canada), mint yoghurt etc. so, not a literal
translation. She’s also doing a vegetable Tikki, but not telling anyone what it
is all about until they are eating it. (I can’t share the secret too as yet,
lest they read it!!). Another course is a fish inspired by a fisherman in Fiji.
The finale or the dessert course is her grandma’s green cardamom rice pudding,
but a saffron poached local pear, which is her twist. Aman’s grandma was the
reason she started her project, to keep her memory alive ‘She used to tell us
that ‘if you cook from your heart, people will come’, If I can make just 1
person think, then I can sleep with a smile on my face and know I made a
difference’, adds Aman. ‘I soooo want to come for this pop up’, I said… ‘Will
do one when you visit Canada’ Aman replied!!! Food connects and how, doesn’t
Aman Dosanj can be followed on @paisleynotebook https://www.facebook.com/paisleynotebook/ Today Aman's parents run a little farm to table food trailer in Kelowna plus a farmer's market https://www.facebook.com/poppadoms.ca/