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Stir Fried Instant Noodle with Chicken and Vegetables

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I bought a dozen of instant noodle every week. It’s been like this since I started to buy groceries by myself. Instant noodle is blood-like to me. It’s like how coffee is for some people, instant noodle is that addictive to me. Sometimes I try to think about why I like it so much. I never really find the actual answer of why I can enjoy the same food over and over again— is it because of my laziness or the simple flavor that I always find comfort in? The truth is I don’t mind living on it every day.

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Menu Tasting at WTF! Seasons Mall

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There is something inescapably funky about WTF! Whether it’s the quirky name, the concept, the air or the food, WTF! makes a fun hangout spot to chill when the sun is down. Pune has already acquainted with WTF!’s first outlet in Phoenix Market City as a pocket-friendly neighborhood bar. Now the second outlet in Seasons Mall in Magarapatta is set to please the city, and my foodie gang, Pune Foodiez, and I were invited for a menu tasting.

It’s the dim light, the peculiar graffitied walls and music that immediately led the party mood. There is an outdoor seating

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Menu Tasting at the Brooklyn Shuffle Diner

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Pune’s famous American diner, the Brooklyn Shuffle is known for its funky and eccentric ambience, chill-out vibe and the famous cheesecake. I wrote about this place before, when I first met my foodie gang, Pune Foodiez, at our first Meet-up. And now that the restaurant has introduced more dishes to the menu, we were called back for a tasting.

Along with some addictive bites, burgers, subs and sandwiches, Brooklyn Shuffle now offers some healthy salads and a new section of main course which includes the heavyweight dishes to satisfy the big appetite.

I am not a kind of

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Menu Tasting at Salt, Baner

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For fans of Asian Cuisine, many restaurants in Pune now offer delightful menus that include popular dishes from many countries in this exotic region. Salt, a restaurant in Baner road, for example, has one of the most impressive menus that wrap Asian and Indian all together. Asian is what Salt concentrates on. The restaurant has a simple décor and plain, an option if you look for a quiet place to dine.

Last Sunday, my foodie gang, Pune Foodiez, and I were invited for a menu tasting at Salt. I am always delighted to try any Asian dish. It’s not

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Noodle in Five Spice Chicken Broth

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When I’m thinking of Pho or noodle with broth, I don’t usually consider chicken in the flavorsome stock. It’s just how the texture of chicken which can be overcooked and dry easily even when it’s submerged in liquid. Red meat is the way to go when we make noodle with broth at home. Of course, there is always a way to go around when it comes to good food.

In Thailand, noodle with chicken broth is not as popular as noodle with beef or pork. I remember I only had the chicken version on the noodle trucks that kept

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Breakfast in Hampi

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Near Hampi Bazaar, the ruins of Hampi, there is a small lane made especially for tourists also called Hampi Bazaar where restaurants, souvenir shops and guesthouses lined up the street.

It felt a bit out of place with the entire ancient city at first. When we entered the market, we were in a place somewhat alienated to the whole journey. This place brought us to the colorful markets on the hills or a hippie hangout spots in Goa. It was strange, but somehow we found it quite comfortable to take a break here.

I don’t know what Hampi’s

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Hampi Part 2: Hampi Main Tower, Virupaksha Temple and Matunga Hill

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My mind wanders back to our travel story from Hampi again. I remember the clear blue sky, the perfect summery day, and the mystique ruins we have visited. They make me miss travel. They make me wish I could just go on the roads nonstop and explore the world forever.

If you missed my post on Hampi Part 1, which I wrote about Krishna Temple and Krishna Bazaar, please read it here. Our journey continued down the road when we drove to Hampi Bus Terminal, where we parked our car and walked to Virupaksha Temple.

As we approached

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Sunday Brunch at Sigree Global Grill, Pimpri

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Hot appetizers— often packed with spices, colorful spread of salad and sides, aromatic main courses and a rainbow desserts to show off for. The concept of Sunday brunch in India is a little different. It’s an extravagant lunch buffet with generous pour of drinks all day long.

I am out for brunch around the city every Sunday, and this week, my foodie gang, Pune Foodiez, and I were invited to Sigree Global Grill in Pimpri to try out their menu.

With the drizzling weather, barbeque on the table for Sunday brunch sounded appropriate immediately. The heat and the

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Satay Fish Cakes with Thai Papaya and Carrot Salad

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I miss street food in Thailand so much I can’t even begin to explain it. After school, strolling around the streets and eat on the side of the road was nothing less than a lifestyle. I loved meatballs on skewers which were drenched in sticky sweet and spicy sauce, delightful mini crepes filled with coconuts or soft meringue, banana fritters and so much more— but one dish I had to have almost every day was papaya salad. I mean it. Everyday! Spicy and pungent, papaya salad was some sort of addiction. And maybe a form of torture I may say.

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Tenderloin Strips with Cheesy Corn Mashed Potato and Sauté Vegetables

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Before I’m taking you on another travel story, we should stop and eat real quick. Some of my readers wrote to me that they’ve been missing my recipes. And yes, I have been writing a lot about travelling and didn’t have time to update the new recipes. So here goes today I’m cooking something simple and delicious.

I marinated tenderloin strips with some pureed pear, soy sauce, mirin, garlic and white pepper over night in refrigerator. I love marinating meat and storing it in the fridge or freezer. Not only this thing can come in handy when I need

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