2017..phew what a year it was!
A lot changed for me in this year – both on Personal and professional front. Changing my base to London was the best thing that happened in 2017, it brought with it a lot of challenges as well. Finding a new job (Yes, I am not one of those ‘quit my corporate job to travel 365 days a year’ kind of a person :)), saying goodbyes to my family & close friends and thinking of how The Nomadic Gourmet can bring you the best in travel & food. Let me take you through The Nomadic Gourmet’s year of travel & food.
New year, new place and new memories. 2017 was one such year for me. I moved to London in January 2017. It was a big move and After setting everything up and exploring the city I was ready for a short break. Being a Game of thrones fan I already had a list of filming locations I was dying to visit but one of them won this time. And I have to admit it was another TV series that made the decision for me -The Fall. Absolutely loved this BBC drama that was filmed here. If you haven’t guessed it yet it was city of Belfast – the beautiful city in Northern Ireland.
Last month I visited Bali and truly immersed myself in a Balinese way of life. From the moment I told my friends and colleagues that its going to be a 15 day vacation, I was asked few questions – “15 days in Bali? What are you going to do for so many days?” “Isn’t that just one island? Can’t you do cover more places in 15 days than just Bali? My common response was, wait till you see it all in my blog! If you have done only the above things in Bali, I will tell you what you have missed and give you a reason to visit again. If you haven’t been to Bali, sit tight, this post is going to tell you why Bali should be your next travel destination.
Being a hard-core non-vegetarian, it is not difficult for me to get enough protein in my diet. My meals usually consist of chicken, meat or fish. After workouts I eat eggs and maybe take a protein supplement. But lately I have been getting bored of the same old egg drama – boiled/scrambled/poached, be it anything but I needed a break from my affair with egg.
Termed as a glamour island of Greece famous for its parties, Mykonos etches Ibiza-like image in our heads. Of course the parties are on throughout night and glamour quotient never runs out. But there is a side of Mykonos that is mostly unchecked, a side that is less favoured by the tourists but adds another gem to its crown. So you had a great night out, partied till morning and are now looking for fun things to do in Mykonos?
Few days back I had a chance to dine at East Asian Spice Trails known as E.A.S.T. at hotel Sahara Star in Mumbai. The dinner was hosted by Food Blogger Association of India (FBAI) and was a lavish Asian food affair.
I have always been fascinated with Sahara Star – the dome is impossible to miss if you are around the Mumbai International airport. The architecture of this hotel is quite unconventional and from the moment you step in, you begin to enjoy the starry opulence.
It’s been a while since I had visited a village, let alone stayed anywhere out of my comfort zone. I have fond memories of visiting my relatives in Konkan during summer vacation – plucking mangoes and other local fruits, playing with my siblings in the farms and devouring the food cooked on chulla (wood/charcoal fire). Those were the days!
While Mumbai monsoons continue to play hide-n-seek with us, least we can do isbe ready with our plans. So that the moment it starts raining, we are out and about!
We Mumbaikars are crazy about monsoons and rightly so. There is one thing that we all do – head to Lonavala! Watch the beautiful waterfalls & just enjoy the rains. A cup of chai in one hand and roasted bhutta in the other sums up my monsoon story.
But how about escaping the traffic madness and stay somewhere away from the hustle-bustle? How about not getting stuck with the same old get drunk-party-chaos kind of thing and doing some real adventure this monsoon?
Culinary tourism is still a novel concept for Indians but the concept has definitely set in. We are not only willing to travel for food in other countries but also eager to explore our own country to find the next best thing in food. Personally for me, be it a rural setting or an urban food-venture; I am always ready to experiment & experience what’s on offer.
Phoenix market city is my go-to place as I am sure it is for people staying in central suburbs. With lot of options for shopping and eating, it has become my favorite place to hang out on the weekends.
After exploring couple of eateries in the mall, I decided to give Craft Deli, Bistro & Bar a go. It’s now been couple of months since I have not dined anywhere else at Market City apart from Craft!