Bunny Chow Serendipity

Ultimate Bunny Chow in Durban

This is a story about an afternoon in Durban, South Africa where everything seemed to go wrong, but somehow ended up right. It’s also everything you ever wanted to know about bunny chow but were afraid to ask. … [Read more...]

South Indian Food: A Few Favorites

Audrey Enjoys a Masala Dosa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

So you think Indian food is just chicken tikka masala and palak paneer?  Think again.Recently, I’ve settled into a familiar morning routine: a masala dosa and sweet milk coffee in a simple canteen just down the street.  Attendants make their rounds with metal pails full of sambar and colorful wet chutneys, ensuring that all customers have ample supply, more than … [Read more...]

A Five Star Dinner at the Taj Dera Chandigarh

Chapati Master

Shortly after our morning encounter, our breakfast pal Vikram checked out our website and gave us a call. He hoped to facilitate our India experience by adding a bit of refinement to it.A few phone calls and a couple of hours later, we were scheduled to meet with Rajan Sharma, the head chef at the Taj Hotel Chandigarh’s Dera Restaurant. … [Read more...]

Lunch with Friends in Chandigarh: Methi Muttar Malai and Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi and Mutter Methi Malai

Not long after breakfast, we were sitting with Sharan and his business partner Rajiv, our previously virtual friends. They were the reason we had come to Chandigarh. Sharan had completed a small software project for me (to help put the finishing touches on our photo gallery) the year before. After the project, Sharan and I continued to stay in touch.When he … [Read more...]

Breakfast in Chandigarh: Samosas at Sai Sweets

Chandigarh Breakfast

"Chandigarh??" Travelers often squawk in confusion when we share our India itinerary with them. While places like Rajasthan, Kerala, and Varanasi register as usual suspects for visits to India, Chandigarh – a planned and rather atypical city in the northern Indian state of Punjab - rarely finds itself on travelers’ must-see checklists. … [Read more...]

It’s the Little Things

A Maternal Monkey Moment

Obstacle-removing turtles, cavorting monkeys, remarkable chana masala and free shoe repair. We didn’t find entries for these in our guidebooks, but we did find them on the streets and in the hills of Penang, Malaysia.Guidebooks certainly give us places to go. But the most memorable moments of cultural experience, introspection and human kindness often pass … [Read more...]