Tasty Madurai Treats

When in Madurai there are some culinary delights one has to try; Halwa and jalebi from the Nagapattanam Halwa shop still drawing the crowds 119 years later – Granted it’s an ideal location on the doorstep of the Meenakshi temple. The jalebi is a sweet fried spiral, tasting a little like baklava – but without […]

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Bangers in the sun

Those Portu-Geezers were canny chaps eh what ? Caravels tacking into the wind, deep sea exploration, the first great maritime empire, the spice trade, and a great eye for a beautiful colony, to wit, Brazil and Goa. The colonial buildings remain, and thought we can hear no Iberian in the streets the empire lives on […]

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Masque

Masque is the Secret Tables pick in Mumbai. It is outrageously expensive by any standard but makes one pale in India. The Times of India journalist, Rashmay Uday Singh sums it up perfectly: “We come away with our palates singing and our wallets stinging.” It is a great night, despite this, with inventive and delicious […]

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Delhi-icious

DELHI FOOD RAJINDER DA DHABA Rajinder Da Dhaba was a little street stall in Delhi that grew in fame and size – deservedly so. It now takes up a whole parking lot filled with happy takeaway (male) patrons and for the more sedate there’s a restaurant. (We had a touch of trouble finding the restaurant […]

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Viva Laos Vegas

Our eyes are glittering and our hearts are full.  Vientiane on the Mekong is full of fairy dust.  Soaring gilded Wats, an Asian Arc de Triomphe on an Asian Champs Élysées, a giant King with a sensible hat and a big sword pointing across the river half wistfully, half threateningly at the Thais just across […]

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