The NH2 Trail at Marriott: Food along the Highway from Delhi to Kolkata

I am usually quite circumspect in recommending Food Festivals. My readers who are familiar with my style know that I usually pick only a few dishes which are good in a particular festival for my recommendations, with a caveat that all that glitters is not gold. That said, the food promotion scenario in Hyderabad is changing for the better in a huge way, and recently we had quite a few outstanding fests like the Magadhi and Odiya fest at Sheraton and the Himalayan one at Marriott. The NH2 Trail at Okra, Marriott Hyderabad is one more I can safely add to this list.


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Jouzi Halwa, the Hyderabadi Dessert with Turkish Influence

The Hyderabadi cuisine has a rich collection of traditional desserts ranging from sweets made from ingredients like almonds, apricot and even bottle gourd. But, one sweet dish which had come into the city only about a century back, and gained rapid popularity, as well as the patronage of the Nizams, is a dessert called Jouzi Halwa.


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Preethi Zodiac MG218 Mixer Grinder

Kitchen Appliances play an important role in our busy family lives, especially for people with culinary interests. A good kitchen appliance can save you time every day, and help you prepare your favourite dishes in a much more efficient way. One of the major appliance for everyday use is definitely the mixer grinder.


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Subhan Bakery: Keeping the Hyderabadi Baking Traditions Alive

Hyderabad has a rich tradition of local bakeries which have been catering to the citizens since generations. The first home-based bakery had started up in the city around a century ago having bread as their only product. Over time, the bakery business flourished adding other items like biscuits, puffs, cakes, dilkush and dilpasand.  John’s Bakery, Khaja Bakery were some of the well-known places in olden times where people used to flock for cakes, bread, and biscuits.


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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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