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NEW, NEWER, NEWEST

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Exciting times. I continue to research (read eat) my way for our very own Times Food Guide. I eat at Kala Ghoda’s brand new modern Indian “Hitchki”, and get to know about meatilicious “Boston Butt” there from Micky and Jay Dalal. From dining at well-know TV chefs (Vicky  Ratnani’s The Korner House and Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria) to “Ministry of Salads” in Warden Road, BAD café in Bandra , Goila’s butter chicken in Andheri and a rocking night out at “Play the lounge” I do it all. Chef Himanshu Taneja of JW Marriott’s superb Pan Asian Dashanzi to Mahindra’s healthful “Saboro” in Churchgate. I dine in Iconic old retaurants which have got new chefs ( Chef Francesco Francavilla delights in Vetro as do Chef Rohit Chadha and his expat chefs in Golden Dragan, Yet to dine at Chef Xi Xi Ling’s Mekong) Chef Alessandro Persico’s Celini is as good as ever. I check out Udippan Chakravorty, Ananda Solomon’s successor’s  “Thai Pavilion” and “Trattoria”. As a policy I do not accept preview invites and dine only after the restaurant has opened to the public. There are several such, about-to-open, including Aditi Dugar, chef Pratik Sidhu’s “Masque” (Mahalaxmi) which has interiors by Ashiesh Shah and has  been making waves even before opening. Exciting times ahead.

P.S. A REQUEST Should you  have dined at any brand new restaurants, please do share with me (Instagram, twitter @rashmiudaysingh, emailrashmiudaysingh2017@gmail.com)

Review: Farmer & Sons

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Some years ago, there was Nico in Srilanka, that restaurant was shut down and Nico at Fort opened up only to be replaced very recently by Farmer and Sons. I’ve eaten at  all three eateries set up by Nico Ghoghawala and Kamal Siddhu. Here’s our take on their newest venture.

Read my detailed review on timescity.com

Crème de la crème

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Olivier, Laure (centre) & Lucie with the Chantilly Cream

The bowl of cream you see in the photograph is no ordinary cream, it’s the stuff dreams are made of. It’s velvety, it’s silky, its Chantilly. It takes it’s name from the region or domaine of Chantilly and everything about this region is like a fabulous fairy tale. First of all (hold your breath) not only is Chantilly is located twenty minutes away from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, but  it’s also within one of the largest most beautiful forests of the Paris region. Im just about getting over these pleasant surprises,  when like in a fairy tale, the Chantilly castle  seems to rise out of the tranquil lake. I zip through it’s finest French collection of ancient masterpieces, (second only to the Louvre) and head for  the crème Chantilly  (made famous here, in the royal banquets centuries ago by Vatel.) Laure now makes Crème Chantilly here, in the picturesque cottage-like Restaurant du Hameau (in the grounds of the castle). Along with Olivier and Lucie not only do we eat up the creme Chantilly (with strawberries) but I also go back In a horse carriage (this is the equestrian capital of France) and in the luxurious yet cozy  Auberge du jeu de Paume hotel’s spa, actually have a chantilly cream massage. This is what I call, “having my cream and eating it too” . it sure is the world’s  crème de la crème!

Review: Kaboom

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Ballard Estate’s intriguingly named, inexpensively priced, takeaway-friendly “Kaboom” has made it impossible for me to follow my own rules of reviewing.

Read my detailed review on timescity.com

Home caterers and Dessert makers in Mumbai 2016

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#Homebakers & #HomeCaterers, I am thrilled with the response! Here’s where you can taste the creations of some talented Home Bakers and Caterers in Mumbai. Do share your experience in the comments below and I will try your favourites and recommendations soon. Should you want to be listed here, write to me on rashmiudaysingh2016@gmail.com along with your menu, contact details, pictures & social media handles.

  1. The Hungry Bunny

Company Name: The Hungry Bunny

Phone: 098200 28092

Email: thehungrybunnymumbai@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/THBMumbai

Instagram: @thehungrybunnymumbai

2. Mad Batter

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Company Name: Mad Batter

Phone: 099209 21601

Email: nikita25dalal@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Mad-batter-804375029613585/

3. Baked with Love by Annie

Company Name: Baked with Love by Annie

Phone: +91 9819363304

Email: bakedwithlovebyannie@gmail.com

Facebook : https://m.facebook.com/bakedwithlovebyannie/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/bakedwithlovebyannie/

4. Breakfast n Bites

Company Name: Breakfast n Bites

Phone: +91 9819766445

Email: breakfastnbites@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/breakfastnbites

Instagram: @breakfastnbites

5. The Green Snack Co.

Company Name: The Green Snack Co.

Phone: 074980 22022

Email: munch@thegreensnackco.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenSnackCo#

Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegreensnackco/

6. Asheys

Company Name: Asheys

Phone: 8828403690

Email:  ashima@asheys.in, orders@asheys.in

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/AsheysIN/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/

7. Bliss Over Bite

Company Name: Bliss Over Bite

Phone: 9699850002

Email:  order@blissoverbite.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/blissoverbite/?fref=ts

Instagram: @Blissoverbite

8. La Petit chef

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Company Name: La Petit Chef 

Email: itsswayam@gmail.com

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/Spicesnme

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lapetitchef

9. Rainbow Rasoi

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Company Name: Rainbow Rasoi

Phone: 9892098240

Email: rainbowrasoi@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/rainbowrasoi/

10. The Hungry Momma

Company Name: The Hungry Momma

Phone: +919820502049

Email:  thehungrymommma@gmail.com

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/thehungrymommma

11. Simple Bakes

Company Name: Simple Bakes

Phone: 9820327974/9820433391/9920442201

Email: bpoorniima@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/SimpleBakesMumbai/

12. Love and Flour

Company Name: Love and Flour

Phone: 099301 52303

Email: sarah_9394@hotmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Love-Flour-897340076963360/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loveandflour/
13. Cup-a-luscious

Company Name: Cup-a-luscious

Phone: 098330 42828

Email: cupaluscious@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CupaLuscious/

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14. Green Appetite

Company Name: Green Appetite

Phone: 98202 15188

Email: pinkyglen@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/green.appetite/
15. Indikitchen

Company Name: Indikitchen

Phone: 070453 13491

Email: anuj@famishedfoods.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Indikitchen-695288007273366/
16. Janice’s Kitchen

Company Name: Janice’s Kitchen

Phone: 9619779511

Email: dsouza.janice16@gmail.com
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/FancyJancyKitchen/
17. The Chocolate Factory

Company Name: The Chocolate Factory

Phone: 9930080238

Email: tasneemsh08@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thechocolatefactoryandmore/
Instagram: @tas_chocolate_factory
18. Lets eat

Company Name: Lets Eat

Email: contact.letseat@gmail.com

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/LetsEatHomebakedGoodies/
Instagram: @aakanksha.lets.eat
19. Bhuke Plate

Company Name: Bhuke Plate

Phone: 9920028472

Email: bhukeplate@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BhukePlate/home
20. The Sweet Company
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Company name: The Sweet Company
Phone: 082919 98980
Email: vikas@thesweetcompany.in
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesweetcompanyindia/
21. Knains Delicia
Company name: Knains Delicia
Phone: 9819642977
Email: knainsdelicia@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nainacheddaandketkisatra/
22. That’s The Story
Company name: That’s The Story
Phone: 096199 46134
Email: swati@thatsthestory.in
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thatsthestoryblog/

Secret squirrel Karen McLean dazzles

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SHHH! SECRETS AHEAD

Im about to share a very yummy secret with you. Correction: many secrets that will help you cook and eat healthy as well as tasty. And creating  these recipes and sharing them freely is a slender, slim and sunshiny young girl. I was  so rivetted by her instagram posts that I requested to meet her. Whoa! What an amazing success story…Karen McLean , this Australian-Vietnamese girl moved to Dubai only two years ago and since then has millions of fan followers. She’s a qualified CA who came to a foreign country (Dubai), loves cooking and her dad and grandpa are amazing cooks. But healthy eating recipes are her very own and it was accidentally that Karen started sharing them on her website and instagram and voila! her fan following hit sky high.

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MY MEGA FOODIE BLIND DATE IN NYC

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Here it is. My ultimate-mega Foodie Blind date (please see photo). Ive been bonding with foodie-strangers over food in Mumbai, Dubai, LA, London, Paris but this date happened In NYC. thanks to instagram and the lovely  @therestaurantfairy (who I also met for the first time) I landed up in NYC’s newest, hottest, secret Atwood Kitchen and bar, which recreates old New York with a classical and ageless feel by Daniel Rieger, Evan Rosenberg. Here I chatted and ate  with @eatupnewyork @cheatdayeats @cy_eats @food.drunk @ogluttoness @realjayjay @restaurantfairy @thenewforkr @thesweetlifeoflina @womenwhowhiskey @chef_bradleyw@upspringpr Amid the natural brick, reclaimed wood and steampunk decor, we had superb handcrafted cocktails, tartares and NYCs best “mac n cheese”, what else did we do? Sip, snack, snap, eat, tweet, repeat.Would you like to join me on a foodie blind date in Mumbai and check out new eateries? Email rashmiudaysingh2015@gmail.com instagram, twitter @rashmiudaysingh

SPECTACULAR FEAST

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Feasting on the spirit of Dubai with Cynthia Munoz and Chef Alan Gobeil in Zeta
Feasting on the spirit of Dubai with Cynthia Munoz and Chef Alan Gobeil in Zeta

Here’s a feast to beat all feasts. It pampers all my senses…there is light, sound, dance, music and ofcourse food. As though all this were not enough there is also the worlds tallest building and the worlds biggest choreographed fountain to keep me company. If the accompanying photograph had a video and sound track, heres what you’d see and hear… glittering and shimmering fountains leaping and swirling and twirling into the evening sky as different colored lights bathe and sway with them. These fountains dance to music and Whitney Houston’s husky ”I’ll always love you” echoes sensuously as the fountains sway to it’s melody. And as though blessing it all and taking the ringside seat like a benevolent all-caring Pasha is the worlds tallest building, The Burj Khalifa which shimmers glamorously. And right here while feasting on this spectacle I am feasting on the freshest of fare created by the brilliant Executive chef Alain Gobeil . All this is the glamorous Zeta Restaurant where the heart of Dubai seems to throb  in all it’s  glory. In many different ways.

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MY DUBAI FOODIE BLIND DATE

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Smiling BKK, Dubai with Vaishali, Mohit and Aneesha
Smiling BKK, Dubai with Vaishali, Mohit and Aneesha

“Smiling BKK” thats the name of the Dubai restaurant, recommended by my blind dates.  Mona Lisa (with a moustache) graces this Thai eatery, ( the owner looks like Mona Lisa, we are informed). While the young luxury inventory controller Mohit Bidchandani is holding a gun (given by the waiter to call him) PR consultant Vaishali Chatterjee, trend spotter, dancer is smiling with the menu. As is Tech & digital enthusiast, travel pundit Aneesha Hingorani (thanks @petpujaris). We love the small, vibrant tucked away eatery with it’s Thai curries and fish cakes. Watch this space for more hidden secrets which my blind dates help me sniff out. Be my foodie date  Instagram, twitter @rashmiudaysingh