And it’s five, six, seven, open up the pearly gates

I am not fazed by recipes with lengthy lists of ingredients. After all, Indian cooking is a common culprit. A few seeds of this, a pinch of that, a garnish of the other, a paste of something along the way and you’ve built up an inventory even before the thing getting cooked receives a mention. … Continue reading And it’s five, six, seven, open up the pearly gates


A voyage to Brobdingnag

Take two attractive and desirable traits, say courage and generosity. Now place the word Dutch in front of each one, and you immediately get a converse reaction. Dutch courage is false courage, usually alcohol induced. Dutch generosity is stinginess. There are more – Dutch comfort (small comfort), Dutch praise (back handed compliment), Dutch cure (suicide)…all … Continue reading A voyage to Brobdingnag

For relaxing times, make it Suntory time

I returned yesterday from a business trip to Tokyo. In my current job, I’ve travelled there frequently, enough to call it home away from home. With all things food, Tokyo is my paradise city. London and New York may claim greater diversity of world cuisines under their roofs, but for sheer quality, Tokyo is supreme. … Continue reading For relaxing times, make it Suntory time

International Dateline Hotel

It is not uncommon logic for one country’s cuisine to reinvent itself while setting up shop in another country. Eateries create menus likeliest to make sense to local eating sensibilities. Techniques, ingredients and presentation are all fine-tuned to furnish a midpoint experience between authentic and approachable. Emigrant Chinese restaurateurs took this approach to its very … Continue reading International Dateline Hotel