Sunbean Gourmet Coffee: My First Experience with the New Brand from ITC

International Coffee Day had just gone by and I was back in Hyderabad after a long vacation in Kolkata when I received this invite to attend a media briefing session of gourmet coffee from ITC Foods. The session was organized at Skypoint, the rooftop watering hole of the newly launched ITC Kohenur. On the appointed afternoon, I along with some media and blogger friends assembled at the outlet to try out the products.


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Experiencing the Heavenly Himalayan Trail at Bidri

Different restaurants in Hyderabad host many food festivals and promotions throughout the year. Most of these are based on cuisines of a particular state, region or country. However, there is often a tendency to showcase the cuisines which are comparatively well-known such as Punjabi, Bengali or Italian.


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Street Food From Lucknow: Kabab, Kulfi and More

A journey to Lucknow for a food enthusiast like me has to be about the delicacies special to the city. The Awadhi region has a long and rich culinary history and people from Lucknow believe that there is no better cuisine than Awadhi. Beyond the biryani (read about my biryani trail here), there are many other dishes of note, some from the restaurants and some from the streets mainly in the old parts of the city. So, for my short trip, I had contacted my friends for suggestions and received a huge list of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian places to cover. I could not even do one-third of the places, and even this kept me happy and contented for all four days.


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Chef’s Special: Delectable Telugu Dishes from Chef Sakala Sankara at Dakshin

I have known Chef Sakala Sankara of Dakshin, ITC Kakatiya for quite a few years now. In every meeting I still have with him, I learn something new from him regarding South Indian food, especially the cuisine of the two Telugu states. Whenever Chef goes to another city to curate a Telangana or Andhra festival, my friends from there ping me singing paeans about his culinary skills. And above all, he is an affable and smiling chef who loves to feed you delectable food.

Mutton Podi Fry

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The Lucknow Biryani Trail

I was planning a trip to Lucknow for quite some time now. Apart from revisiting the City of Nawabs and shopping for some exquisite Lucknow Chikan, the food from Awadh was perhaps the chief motivator for me. Lucknow is known for its "dum pukht" cooking style and its kababs such as galawati and kakori are known the world over. However, being from the biryani city of Hyderabad, trying out the good biryanis of Lucknow was on the top of my mind. A few tips from friends and notes made from books read, here I was ready with my list to explore the biryani places in the city.

Lalla Biryani Lucknow

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Badam Ki Jali: Hyderabad’s Own Almond Cookies

While Hyderabad is known for biryani and haleem, traditional sweets and desserts are also no less appreciated here. Apart from the ubiquitous Qubani Ka Meetha, Kaddu Ka Kheer and Double Ka Meetha, a host of other sweets like Jauzi Halwa from the twin cities have started getting some limelight. Badam Ki Jali is another sweet which was comparatively lesser known - but in recent times this almond and cashew based sweet found in the bylanes of Old City are making waves among the discerning food lovers.


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Eat Street Asia at Marriott Hyderabad

The street food from the Orient, especially from the countries of South-East Asia, had been great attractions for me when I visited these countries. The atmosphere in some of the hawker street food markets had been electric and the diversity of dishes made the experience even more enriching.


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The New Menu at Farzi Café

It is less than a year since Farzi Café started operations in Hyderabad. In this short time, the restaurant offering contemporary and modern dishes, often with a touch of molecular gastronomy, has created quite a buzz in the city. The menu has been revamped quite a few times, bringing in delicious new dishes to provide variations to the loyal customers.


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