Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More on the book 'India on My Platter'

The latest book - India on my Platter - by Saransh Goila is already making waves. Before you pick up a copy, here's some interesting information about this book. 

About the Book:
Backpacking through the country, young chef Saransh Goila sets off on a culinary trail through India, where in he discovers the various nuances of local cuisine. From rural villages to barren deserts to freezing mountains, he unfolds the flavour of his destination by meeting local villagers or erstwhile royalty, picking up a tip or two to use in his kitchen. Wherever he goes, he makes sure to visit the famous eateries of that place. Through him, the reader can vividly smell the spices and taste the dishes that are described. The recipes given also present ways on using locally found ingredients. From having steaming Murthal ke paranthes to savouring tasty street food in home town Delhi, from cooking on a boat in Varanasi to cooking dishes using a bamboo hollow in Assam, Goila does it all and presents his adventures in a lucid, flowing narrative peppered with humorous anecdotes.

I've already read and reviewed the book. Get your copy here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Restaurant Review: California Pizza Kitchen

I blog this much after my maiden visit to California Pizza Kitchen. I dined their outlet at Infinity Mall at Malad West on a lazy summer weekday afternoon for a quick lunch.

Known for their Tiramisu and their oven baked fresh Pizzas, my visit was indeed long overdue.

The entire restaurant was oddly deserted on a Friday afternoon, even after their menu boasted of specials for office goers. Anywhoo, I entered and sat in a booth and was promptly handed the menu.

What I ordered:
I went for the Crunchy Thai Salad as an appetizer.
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Followed by the Classic Thin Crust Margherita Pizza. I usually love toppings on my Pizza -loads of toppings!- however, I wanted to sample one of their original and authentic pizzas.

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The Verdict:
The salad was nutty, crunchy and tangy.
The Thin Crust Margharita Pizza was warm, topped with basil and Parmesan cheese slices.
I had to try their signature dish - The Tiramisu. But they were out of it.

I was in a rush, else would've waited a couple of more minutes for the Tiramisu.

All in all a good experience.
Would definately visit again, albeit will surely have the Tiramisu.