If you’re a foodie and you haven’t yet been to Eastern Europe, you are seriously missing out. I had the pleasure of taking a long girls trip to Croatia, Austria and Hungary recently, and realized just how much I had been missing out on in my food explorationRead More
Mon, my foodie adventure could not have ended 2018 on a better note. After all, it involved the Caribbean island of Jamaica with my best friends and delicious seafood.
While I knew that my tastebuds were in for a treat, I didn’t realize how unique the experience would be. While we dined mostly at the resort, there was no dearth of authentic restaurants and dishes that gave us a well rounded flavor of Jamaican cuisine. Of course, I was limited with my pescetarian diet, so Jamaicans, it’s time to add Jerk Shrimp to your cuisine! Pretty please.
My two favorite things I ate were the Rasta Pasta and the Seafood Trio. The color on the pasta would’ve been enough to get me to devour it but the Ackee sauce with strong hints of garlic was pure vegetarian delight.
The Seafood Trio came with grilled salmon, coconut shrimp and scallops. The crispy fried shrimp was delicious. I’m not sure what kind of coating it had, but it was thicker and less saltier than what were used to here. The scallops came ‘escovitched,’ lightly fried and then cooked in a tart and sweet sauce. The green chard it was served on was amazing also. And the salmon was fresh and juicy.
I also did not realize how integral pumpkin was to Jamaican cuisine. If you visit, you cannot leave without trying their pumpkin rice and pumpkin mash. Its got crack!
I will definitely be seeking Jamaican delicacies in Chicago! What a treat!
Last month, an impromptu trip to Iceland opened up a whole new horizon of ‘seafooding’ for me. It all started with an invitation from Sjavargrillio Seafood Grill restaurant located in the heart of downtown Reykjavik, known and meant for its seafoodRead More
There is only one way to describe seafood in Hawaii-Read More
I’ve been blessed this year with several travel opportunities, the most recent one being Colombia. I literally returned yesterday and sat down to write my blog, because of how excited I have been about my visit to this beautiful countryRead More
You know how they say that travel changes your soul one trip at a time. Well it certainly did for me with my most recent visit to Cuba. In addition to it being my very first time in a communist country, I also had one of the most real and grounding trips of my life. I have a lot to say about Cuba, Havana in particular, where my friend and I stayed the entire time. But since this is a food blog, I will cut right to the foodRead More
Portugal will always be one of my favorite countries anomy recent family trip there one of the best vacations ever. Everything from the people, culture and food there is unpredictable with a pure, raw energy that can be best experienced by visiting. The food scene I’d say is a hodge-podge, given all the various immigrant influences throughout its history, but there are still a few of those traditional items that manage to blow you away. And for pescetarians, it’s heaven. The Portuguese love their fish and they know how to cook it wellRead More
We all use food for different expressions in our lives. For me, food is often comfort and sometimes a reminder of my heritage. Which is why a visit to my hometown, Mumbai, usually means a visit to some of my favorite restaurants growing up & a trip down memory lane. But there is one on that list, that is non-negotiable and if I might dare declare it my favorite seafood restaurant in Mumbai, that restaurant is Gajalee.
Located in the Vile Parle area of Bombay, Gajalee has now expanded to several other locations domestically and international. A seafood-dedicated restaurant specializing in a specific Maharashtrian cuisine, the restaurant strives to give you an experience along with the food. Having grown up in a Maharashtrian household, this solidifies that bond for me even more.
So as usual, I paid Gajalee a visit on my last vacation there. I walked in to a newly renovated space, and excitedly sat down ready to indulge in my favorite dish at the restaurant, the Tandoori Crabs. What is that you might ask- well allow me to explain the following: It is succulent, mouth-watering pieces of crab marinated in a spicy chili sauce. Tandoor is defined as a clay over used for specific types of grilling or baking. In addition to the crabs, my other staples at the restaurant are the fried basa and the kokum kadi. The former is a and the latter a A fare that will have your nose running, your tears flowing but will keep you going. The Tandoor Crabs are usually accompanied with the Neer Dosa, a paper thin light rice crepe that can be eaten as a side bread or with their famous coconut fish curry.
Not only did it take me back to my days in Mumbai but also left me with a full stomach and a very happy heart. A meal at Gajalee, never fails to lift my spirits so I am ready to take on the rest of my day.
I recently traveled to Greece with a good friend, and the trip was a result of a whimsical Groupon purchase. Given the price we paid for our travel package, I had very little expectations of our vacation, and although we were excited, all we really desired was a change of scene. Well, we got that and moreRead More