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/
the wondrous natural wonders & cuisine of these travel destinations you
must visit…symbiotically with Safety! No one country is more unsafe than
another…So go on…common sense is enough to see you securely around practically
NICE IS NICE
through the dappled and meandering streets of the old town to get a feel for
the city’s ambiance is one of the first things to do while holidaying in Nice.
This district, with its mesh of slender streets and luminously blushed façades,
echoes the insignia and panache of Sardinian architecture. Visit the Castel
Hill, this park and its botanical garden offer a magnificent vista of the spectacular
sea with the old town in the foreground.
The Flowers and vegetable market in
the quaintest market in France, offers a feast for the eyes and a glee for the
Indulging in Cours Saleya, the most vibrant neighbourhoods, animated by
its lively cafés and restaurants is worth taking the time to appreciate the pulsating
colours of splendid flowers and get to know the native producers.
Do not miss
the trying the famous Pan Bagnat, accurately ‘moistened bread’, aka a circle
formed white bread around the classic Salad Nicoise. Also try the Pissaladière,
onion tart with olives and anchovies, the ‘Socca’, a large crepe of chickpea
flour, to be eaten tubing hot and liberally peppered and the ‘Fougasse’,
Provencal bread fit to burst with vegetables. Also not to be missed is the
‘Place Garibaldi Area’, the Rue Bonaparte with the news coffees and the stores!
The city straddles the Bosphorous River with one side of the bridge
being Europe and the other side Asia it certainly mixes and blends perfectly between the
two; and the best way to visually explore the city is to take a cruise down the
strait. The Topkapi Palace is grand and the museum pieces sensational;
Blue Mosque is a global symbol of Turkey with the beauty emphasized by its
gorgeous setting near the Marmara Sea. Just across the street is the
Hagias Sophia Museum, which has functioned as a Christian church and an Islamic
mosque over the centuries….again unquestionably stunning! A trip to the Grand Bazaar,
cited as a shopaholic’s paradise in ‘100 Places to See before You Die’ is a
must, stretched over fifty acres with eleven different entry points, and filled
with jewelry, spices, carpets and food.
The Spice Bazaar is also a dekho if you are a foodie for your
sumac, Zatar etc. Food wise, recommendations go all out from the fresh fish
from the Bosphorous, pistachio Turkish delights, Pomegranate juice, local meat
balls and olives of all tastes and colors and of course the Turkish coffee!. Interestingly
Jam here means rose petal and quince, and
when I say honey, there are typically assortments of diverse floral honeys to
choose from. Cheeses array from soft feta to hard Kasar. Taksim Square is where
the night life begins and has narrow alleys filled with unique bars and
restaurants to choose from.
Truly with so much remarkable foodie buzz around
the city it is easy to see why Istanbul is the epicurean epicentre of Turkey.
more to Kathmandu than meets the overwhelmed eye, and a whole escapade
anticipates you yonder the backpacking area of Thamel. The Kathmandu Valley is
a paragon of Nepalese culture, and an imperative side of that ethos is its
architectural heritage. Situated on a plateau across the Bagmati River Patan a
beautiful little neighbouring city with its well conserved magnificent heritage
and the antiquity of premium craftsmanship is a must visit. Don’t miss the
momo’s when in Kathmandu, very different from the ones we get in India.
want to experience tranquillity and devour indigenous delights within a
picturesque courtyard ‘Bhumi’ is the place! The Nepali gourmandise is
categorised by its variety; as a cuisine Newari which is on offer here is
intended to be shared and therefore, is very much favourable with clan style
service. With lungs, bone marrow as well as great sekuwa, and chwoela on
offer, Bhumi goes the entire buff; and yes for the less carnivorous, there is
plenty on offer too like the Bara and Chatamari.