• Europe.,  Italy.,  Travel

    Toss a Coin into the Trevi Fountain

    Everyone who has gone to Rome would have probably tossed a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Everyday thousands of people visit the fountain just so that they can throw a coin into the fountain and wish that they will return to Rome! There are many legends around the coin throwing practise and one of it says you should stand with…

  • Europe.,  Italy.,  Travel

    Modern Hotel in Historical Bologna

    I stayed in the I Portici Hotel in Bologna. This hotel certainly gave a pleasant break from the rest of the historical buildings in Bologna. Some parts of the hotel are undergoing some renovation but this did not affect my pleasant stay. Set in a restored late 19th-century building, this hotel is a 15-minute walk from the medieval structures at…

  • Europe.,  Italy.,  Travel

    Fountain of the Old Boat

    The beautiful Scalina Spagna or Spanish Steps is certainly one of the must see places in Rome. The irregular butterfly design is a good example of the Roman Boroque style. The place is always crowded with people just sitting around and soaking in the vies of the Eternal City. There are about 138 steps in the form of terraces, curves…

  • Europe.,  Italy.,  Travel

    Vatican City

    A visit to the Vatican City is a must if you are in Rome. You need to spend at least a full day there to see the whole place. I spent only a few hours here as I went at the peak time and it was unbearably crowded!! Apart from the thousands of tourists who flock there daily, the Vatican…

  • Denmark.,  Travel

    Beer Culture

    Denmark is a country with the most breweries per resident!! The Danes don’t really have pub culture and drinking at home with friends and family is very popular. Standard bars generally stock only a small range of beers, but the resurgence in beer culture as well as a focus on good food has led to a number of interesting places…

  • Denmark.,  Travel

    Singapore Chefs in Denmark

    For the first time, the Singapore Street Food Festival was introduced as an event under the annual gourmet event, Copenhagen Cooking, to allow European food aficionados to sample the tastes and flavors of Singapore right at their doorstep. In cooperation with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Wonderful Copenhagen (WoCo), the Meyer Group (Restaurant Namnam) invited traditional street food chefs…

  • Denmark.,  Europe.

    Copenhagen Gay Pride Parade

    Gays, lesbians, drags, transsexuals, heterosexuals -all of them gathered for this occasion. It was a day of fun as speakers blast Madonna’s 'Material Girl' and the bubble machine gets into full gear and I saw a sea of grinning faces. The floats were heavy with people in bright outrageous clothes and the onlookers like me were either dancing or raising…

  • Europe.,  Uzbekistan.

    Horse Meat Plovs and Hast Imam Mosque

    Tashkent is also known as the ancient city on the great Silk road from China to Europe. The Telyashayakh Mosque (Hast Imam Mosque) is one of the most beautiful mosques I have been till now. It is the religious center of Tashkent and located in the old town. The national dish of Uzbekistan is Plov and it is served at…

  • Europe.,  Travel,  Uzbekistan.

    In the Uzbekistan Airways Catering Kitchen

    I conducted three master classes and developed a few recipes for the State Enterprise "Catering" of National Air Company of Uzbekistan. It was an unforgettable experience. The Kitchen staff of the airlines were so warm and full of hospitality. I helped out in the preparation of flight meals in the best traditions of Asian cuisine and gave tips to improve…

  • Europe.,  Travel,  Uzbekistan.

    Fruits and Food Galore

    The open air markets in Tashkent are a great place to stock up on dried fruits, fresh fruits and fresh breads. Bread is respected and relished like if it is holy. My guide and interpreter told me that in traditional homes, a piece of the Uzbek non is placed under the head of a newborn baby. This is to wish…

  • Europe.,  Travel,  Uzbekistan.

    Chorsu Bazaar in Tashkent

    Eski Juva bazaar is the biggest and oldest, not only in Uzbekistan but in the whole of Central Asia. Located in the heart of the Old Town of the capital and next to Chorsu square, Eski Juva has been operating on the same spot for over two thousand years. It is built near the majestic Friday Jami Mosque and the…

  • Condiments. Basics.,  Europe.,  Uzbekistan.

    Master Classes in Tashkent

    My trip to Uzbekistan was sponsored by the World Association of Chefs and the Association of Cooks of Uzbekistan and International Centre of Uzbek Culinary Art. I was here to teach the best of Asian dishes and to deliver talks to couple of culinary schools. The chefs here have not been exposed to many of the Asian cuisine like Thai,…