Many consider Virginia to be the birthplace of American cuisine, with Thomas Jefferson regarded as "America's First Foodie"... so you know this American state takes its food seriously! Virginia state's signature cuisine is a reflection of its abundant agriculture. All across Virginia, its talented chefs have access to fresh ingredients and artisan products year round, to design menus that are as creative as they are comforting. But why are we talking of food when we can’t venture out of home due to lockdown? So in these Corona times, while stuck at home, why not recreate some of Virginia's signature dishes for yourself? Here are some traditional recipes for three of those famous dishes, along with some of the top chefs' interpretation of those same plates. Bring a little Virg...Read More
Morning lights at Menar – the birds village!
City of Lakes Udaipur is famous for many things but rarely for its birds. Ironically village Menar, 15 kms from Udaipur's Dabok airport is known for many things including its birds. Menar is also called as the bird village. More than couple of lakes in close surroundings of the village are known to host a huge number of migratory birds every year. Menar also has a long history which connects it closely to the Kings of Mewar. Rich in culture, this village also has an honour to produce some of India's finest chefs who have worked in kitchens of many celebrities- home and abroad. Residents of this village have been known as Menarias. But my recent trip to this village, roughly around 45 kms from my hometown Udaipur, was purely to catch some morning light. Capturing birds at sunrise (f...Read More