Cooking Class in Pyongyang, North Korea

It’s been a little over two months since we came back from North Korea – the most mysterious country Paro and I have ever set foot in. If you’ve been following my ramblings on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll know that I try to do a cooking class in every country I travel to. For me…

My brief association with a microwave oven

This here, is another story from the time I worked at a resort up in the mountains in Kerala. Munnar was beautiful but cold and very very VERY damp. One month into our new jobs, we had a house to live in, but apart from a couple of beds and the odd side table, there…

What to eat in Singapore

Here’s what to eat if you’re visiting Singapore. I’ve eaten at all these places, and they’ve all been pretty damn great. STREET FOOD / LOCAL FOOD Where: Maxwell Food Center What to eat: Tian Tian Chicken Rice – this is the place Anthony Bourdain made famous. The queues are ridiculous, but the food is really…

One man’s floor is another man’s roof

My first employer was a resort in a small hill station called Munnar in Kerala, South India. This was the first time I’d ventured out of home, and everything was new. Munnar in 2004 was one of the most beautiful places I’d ever seen, but presented its fair share of challenges once you were outside the gates…

The day I ran after an All In One Printer

Back in the summer of 2003, I was an industrial trainee at a hotel called the Taj Residency. I was the most junior person in the organization and was literally the lowest rung of the ladder. Actually, wait. I wasn’t the lowest rung. I was the anti-skid rubber shoe stuck to the bottom of the…

Tail Spin

I’ve always liked cats. I think they’re supremely cool animals, and I usually pet one if I see it. One week into Singapore, I noticed a few stray cats loafing around near my condo. I took a walk around the neighbourhood and found even more in the apartment complex behind. Cool and everything, but one…

31

My 31st birthday was an interesting one. I threw a party the night before, and had friends over for drinks and dinner. Chivas Regal, Kakori Kebabs and Tequila. Great fun! The party was supposed to spill over into the next day, with cocktails and a giant brunch at Olive. Unfortunately, our ambitious plans went out…

When life gives you onions..

My tryst with onions has been interesting to say the least. As a 19 year old trainee chef at the Taj, the onion was the very thing I began my career with. Sixty kilos of onions, to be precise. All I did on Day 1, was peel, peel and peel. I remember looking at the…