Kerala Backwaters – Why it is a Must Do?

Kerala, a state in the south of India, often referred to as God’s Own Country is a haven for every kind of traveler. While the state offers hill stations, wild life sanctuaries and wellness holidays, there is no image more descriptive of Kerala than the backwaters. Having visited Kerala 2-3 times in the past our weekend sojourn in the backwaters in Kumarakom left us rejuvenated and recharged.

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Kerala Backwaters


It is also one of the most easily accessible places from Mumbai for you to take advantage of a long weekend. Kumarakom is only a 2 hour drive from Cochin, and there are several flights to the city from Mumbai making it a convenient destination for a quick getaway.

Almost every image you see of Kerala in the advertising and communication is not contrived but an honest depiction of day-to-day life. Whether it be the House boats, canoes, locals fishing or the Chinese Fishing Nets, you do feel you are in a Kerala Tourism ad no matter which part of Kerala you are in (except the cities of course)



A Canoe in the backwaters 

A holiday in the backwaters has to be agenda-less because there isn’t much to do but appreciate the beauty of the backwaters, relax, throw in a couple of massages and of course indulge in some great local cuisine. Following are my tips to enjoy a weekend in the backwaters.

Choose your Hotel by the backwaters

No better way to enjoy the backwaters than to step out to them. The backwaters are lined with hotels and the best part is they are not only five star properties but you can choose one within your budget and enjoy the view.


Zuri Kumarakom

We stayed at Zuri in Kumarakom and absolutely loved the property. While there are cottages that open out to the backwaters, there is also a lagoon that comes into the property and there are cottages along side that lagoon. We stayed in one of those.

Walking to the backwaters is barely 200 metres. You can enjoy early mornings when there is peace and quiet or enjoy the daily ride into the sunset. You can enjoy Local snacks and tea on the lawn before you enjoy the golden hour on lake Vembanad.


Evening snacks at Zuri Kumarakom 

Sunset on Lake Vembanad 

Watching the sunset is indeed a fabulous experience, and magical in every sense. Watching the big ball of red go down is easily the best way to devote at least one hour of your day.



Sunset on Lake Vembanad 


 A day on the Houseboat 

We did not stay on the houseboat, but that’s what people tend to do. I did want to enjoy the house boat, but honestly cannot imagine myself  being in one all day. However if you do choose to stay on one, they are pretty self sufficient.  A floating hotel room complete with a bed room, kitchen and about 2-3 staff to steer the boat as well as cook on the boat.


Cruising on the backwaters 


We did a 3-4 hour ride along with a meal, which was perfect for us. The lazy lilting boat makes you pause. You cannot do much, there aren’t any other distractions except absorbing the beauty of the lake. The waters have a silky satin sheen to them and once in a while you see another house boat pass you by or someone catching fish. All surrounded by Lush green and an odd bird sighting.


Man Fishing as we cruise 


The famous Chinese Fishing Nets 


In the midst of all this, we were served a homely kerala meal. This was easily my most authentic meal through the holiday.


Meal on board the House boat 

Appams and More

Local food is a big part of the holiday that I look forward to. Having my fill of local delicacies and finding them forms a large part of my agenda. When in Kerala enjoy the appams and the stew as much as you can. If you are non-vegetarian the options are a lot more.


Appam and Veg Curry 



Kerala Meal


I was happy getting my fill of Appam and Stew. What I really looked forward to was the dessert. The Ada Pradaman is  traditional kerala payasam and much to my delight made it to several restaurant menus too. It is prepared with Ada, Jaggery and Coconut Milk and spells Bliss in every spoon.


Ada Pradaman 


My only regret was not getting my hands on Kadala Curry and Puttu. I think I will have to make it mysel. Hmph!

A visit to the bird sanctuary. 

We made a visit to the bird sanctuary. It spells adventure and we made the mistake of going there in the afternoon. It is HOT and has many couples who find refuge in corners. It is a 2 km walk till the edge and a little bit more to the viewing tower. Since I am no bird watching expert and also the time of the year we went in was April we did not see any birds. However we did enjoy the walk in the wilderness.


Bird Sanctuary 



Watch Tower 

Also, all was fine until we saw a snake slither in the grass, and all we wanted to do after was get out of there as fast as we can. There are no warning signs but I guess it must be safe, since a lot of locals seemed fairly comfortable hanging out in the wilderness. But if you are reading this consider yourself warned.

Some Tips. 

  1. You do not need a cab. We made friends with a local auto driver, as we walked out of our hotel. He took us around and would come back when we needed to be picked up.
  2. The houseboat rides that you find online and in your hotel are ridiculously priced. We found a house boat for hire board in a local tea/ bakery for house boat rides and the guy hooked us up on a deal of 1500 per hour including lunch. The other quotes we were getting was 8500 upwards per head. So try not to get swayed by the houseboat experience.
  3. There are snakes, even cobras non chalantly slithering about, so beware. We saw a yellow cobra right ahead of our cab and we waited to let it pass.
  4. When it is hot stay hydrated, carry your bottles of water.






Food You Must Eat In Budapest

Budapest is one of those rare cities where the ancient and the modern paradoxes are visible to the naked eye in panoramic view. There are several vantage points in Buda where you can see Pest, and similarly from Pest you can see imperial Buda. Interestingly the young twin city, used to be two different cities separated by the Danube.


Buda has an air of old world charm and wealth, while Pest is flat and has a more modern vibe. The majestic chain bridge is as recent as 1853. That  however, is fodder for another blog, this one is going to concentrate on Food. Finding Local Food is high on my travel agenda, and all other activities are planned around meals and where we are going to eat them. I am an eggetarian, so I am going to tell you about my Top 5 founds in Budapest which did not involve Meat.



We found great places to eat on both the Buda and Pest sides.


Coffee Shops Fit For Kings

I visited Cafe Gerbeaud and Cafe New  York in Budapest. The latter is referred to as the most beautiful cafe in the world and the pictures down will tell you why. Cafe Gerbeaud is regarded as being touristy, but even if it was, what I did eat there was phenomenal. Let them eat cake” just my mantra for life… as I sat in the opulent Cafe Gerbeaud you totally get what the fuss is about. Greedy us, we tried their esterhazy, the gerbaud and the dobos slice with vanilla ice cream. They were all hungarian delicacies and my favorite was the Gerbaud Cake. It is a layered apricot and walnut cake, a family recipe. My second favorite was the dobos torte which was also a layered sponge cake with chocolate. These are all the best delicacies of the coffee house and all the burpees I will have to do after this are worth it! The platter was perfect and we had it all.





We went to Cafe New York for breakfast. They have a breakfast buffet as well as an a la carte menu. The food wasn’t bad at all, but I do not remember anything in particular except that the place was breathtakingly gorgeous and at some point violinists were serenading us. I would go for the ambience and little else.


You can tell that the coffee house culture was an elite pastime, and all the restored coffee houses post the war retain all the charm that you would rightly expect. It is an experience I would not miss at all, and the best part is I saw a lot of locals as well, so you may not be walking into a tourist trap.


Most restaurants do a Non-Vegetarian Paprika, however I found a restaurant in Budapest that serves vegetarian Paprika. Kantin in the Pest Side in the Andrassy Neighborhood served us Mushroom Paprika with Gnocchi.


I must warn the purist vegetarian that, it is like ordering Egg curry in Karaikudi in Chennai, I have been the lucky recipient of some chicken shreds in both places. However, I am the kind of person who will keep the meat aside and continue eating, So here’s a warning. Keep that in mind and you may want to warn the staff that you are a strict vegetarian . I did enjoy it, while I did find it fairly heavy as a dish, but after a day of walking I was happy to wolf down most of it.


 Vegetarian Food Michelin Style

Most announcements of travel are often met with a “but you are vegetarian! what will you eat” – I had me a superb meal at a Hungarian restaurant with no customizations at all. Yes, None. Nancsi Neni was our chosen restaurant for a good meal that was of Michelin standards.


Nancsi Neni is in Budapest and is a farmhouse that has been converted into a restaurant. Its is on the higway and at least 45 minutes away from the Fishermen’s Bastion. We took a tram and a bus to get to this place. It has also received a Michelin bib gourmand award


I had a delicious rice and peas, very similar to our good old pulao with grilled zucchini, a peas and carrot soup which was clear and very very tasty, and nothing like the creamy pea soup we get back home. I honestly prefer this over the pureed creamy soups we so often get back home. Of course my favorite dessert of the trip is the Palacinky with curd cheese and that is what I had here too! That by the way was my guilty indulgence even in Prague.





Chimney Cakes

Chimney Cakes, Tredlnik, kürtőskalács, Kurtos they have many names and I saw a lot of them in Prague and Budapest. This is a traditional hungarian / czech delicacy. It used to be a wedding treat, but now it is made most for tourists and has become an everyday affair.


The best ones in Budapest are made at Molnár’s Kürtőskalács Kávézó but don’t be in a hurry. They make them fresh and sometimes you have to wait 20-30 mins. I had all the time in the world, but I saw a father and little boy who seemed quite keen on one, and he kept coming back to check on it.



I saw the smallest batches being made at Molnar, and it’s best had Fresh and warm. You can choose your toppings, but the plain almond or the almond and chocolate ones are the best! Not too sweet, by themselves you can make them as evil and as sugary as you would like! I prefer the non ice cream simpler versions actually. The mass produced ones I found too sweet and sickening. Good thing is you can do a half and half too!




This was my culinary journey in Budapest. I would love to hear about yours too… And if this blog helps you make plans, won’t you leave a comment about it 🙂

Why Ubud in Bali is A Must See destination

Imagine being in a place where you can count the different hues of green and thats the most important thing in your life, all this while sipping some exquisite coffee… It was Bali for New Years.  Does it bring images of crowds and partying? Well an intimate getaway is also possible in the middle of madness, and that’s what we managed. We chose Ubud, and I will tell you why it was the best decision we made.


alila ubud

Ubud is a tropical paradise and nestled in abundant green because of the rain forests and the rice fields. The eyes easily adjust to lush green, and say thank you because on every odd day I only treat them to concrete, smog and some days we see clear blue skies. I am sharing my favorite things to do in Ubud, Bali.


I was struck by the familiarity between Bali and India. There is a temple at every corner, and the locals are constantly offering incense as well as a prasad like offering to the gods. A familiar Ganesha, Arjuna, Rama and Hanuman greet you every few steps. It is odd that while it reminded me a lot of South India it had a unique flavor of it’s own.

The Rice Fields

We chose to stay at Alila Ubud that has the rice fields on one side and the rain forests on the other. The property is pretty much bang in the middle of them both and since we had a really really short visit, staying in the middle of it gave us a great experience. Actually in Ubud you are never far from one.


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Rice Fields


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View from the Sari Organik Restaurant 

Driving through Ubud gave me a sense of deja vu, if you have driven between cities in Tamil Nadu you will be familiar with Rice fields that exist as far as the eye can see. Driving village to village evoked the same vibe.

Nung Nung Waterfall

The most popular waterfall in Bali is Tegenungan Waterfall, we however went to the Nung Nung falls. We had gone to Ulun Danu Bretan temple and these falls are a scenic 40 min drive. Several hair pin bends and tropical highways take you to the Nung Nung Falls. The charming part is the compete lack of crowd and when you reach the falls you understand why.

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NungNung Falls 


To reach Nung Nung falls you have to climb down close to 500 steps. It is a steep climb down and up. But if you like less crowds and are feeling fit then I would recommend this for sure. Our guide insisted that we go to these falls, he very innocently said that you have to go “up and down” and I did not think much of it. No HIIT session or WOD can prepare you for this. However I would not change a thing.



views while climbing back up from Nung Nung Falls


Bali temples have a very distinct structure, the entrance is ornate and like Indian temples they seem to have their own version of the gopuram. We saw rows of temples when we were being driven to our destination and we were told that most of them were family temples, which meant that they were for the family only. Temples open to the public were different.


Ulun Danu Bretan




We went to the Ulun Danu Bretan temple, because of it’s beautiful location. Located on the Bretan lake, the Shiva Parvati temple is a tourist attraction and it’s it is easy to understand why. But if tourist hubs are not your scene then it is Unlikely, that it can hold your attention for long.


Music and Dance

Music and Dance is an integral part of celebration. Balinese Dance is a sheer delight to watch. Again the concepts are very similar to Indian dance concepts that borrow from mythology or nature, and since we share the Ramayana and Mahabharata some of the sequences are completely mythological in nature.




So I went to Bali, I saw a Luwak too, but I could not bring myself to try the Luwak coffee. However two coffee places that I strongly recommend are Anomaly Coffee and Seniman coffee. The coffee was par excellence, and I was dying to go back for seconds. Unfortunately we did not have time to go back, but the perfect coffee taste is still etched in my taste buds. It was strong, full and felt absolutely smooth on the palate.




Indulging in local fare, every opportunity will leave you happy and content. While you will find the odd Nasi Goreng in a few menus in the city, you are unlikely to find too much Indonesian fare. We ate several versions of the Nasi. My personal favorite was the Nasi Bakar, which was cooked rice, spices and veggies  rolled into a banana leaf and grilled.  It is best to get your fill when you are in Ubud, because once you are back you will only have memories of great local fare.



Bali buda

Bali Buda 

Soya and soya constructs are integral parts of their diets and make for tasty fare. Some of the restaurants where we had memorable meals were Bali Buda, The Plantation restaurant in Alila Ubud, Copper and Watercress.



Copper – Ubud 



My personal favorite was also the Jamu, a local concoction of turmeric, ginger and other flavorings. I had this at every chance available.


Ubud is a place that is ideal for a calm getaway. Slow paced, easy and great food. We got around most of the town with a cab, and walking. You need to carry rupaiah with you, most places do not accept International currencies. I am told this is not the right place to use your card, so it is best to carry cash. You find a lot of exchange counters offering decent prices.

What would you add to this list?







Diwali done Right – Five Essentials

Diwali is best spent at home, with family but all festivals are as special as we make them, therefore if Mumbai is not your hometown and you still want a flavor of a thamizh Diwali, I am going to tell you how you can do it in a super easy way. We have done it a few times over the last few years, when we have not travelled back to Chennai for the festival



Buy Bakshanam

The best part of Diwali is easily all the yummy bakshanam, and the blatant license to eat it without guilt.  We also enjoy the marindhu – the spicy, magic every sin melting concoction. Frankly while we enjoy this we never seem to have the motivation or the time to make any of it.


To the rescue is A.S. Rajashekar Caterers. You can find them at the Bhajana Samaj in Matunga. All Bakshanam is made fresh, and there is a disciplined system in place. You can taste, choose what you want pay and walk away with a lot of goodies. They have even marindhu that you can buy and you do not have to slave over it.


Visit Giri Stores for essentials.

Not only will this store transport you back to Mylapore, you can also buy some really interesting festive items from there. Perfect for lamps, bells, temple jewellery and music CDs. I like visiting this place, to refresh the lamp stash during a festival and if you are calling people home they make for very interesting Tamboolam Bags too. It is the ideal place to buy Ready Made Kolams as well, if like me you do not have an artistic bone in your body.



Flowers… Flowers and more Flowers

While this city loves it’s mogras, it feels more like a celebration if you have got some mallipoo into the equation. The flower market in Matunga is the place to go to buy garlands, jasmine flowers and even vethalai’s for the pooja.


flower market

Saree Shopping

What is a festival without some saree indulgences. Matunga is a decent place for a quick fix Silk saree. Mahalakshmi Stores is an old school saree store where you can sit down on a white mattress and he will show you as many sarees as you would like to see. The saree you see below is one I bought from there about two – three years ago. Of course there is Nalli too, which is the golden standard in silk sarees.



Invite Friends Home

Now that you did all the above, it is best to call friends over to celebrate the festival. My go to Book for every festival is this book by Vimala Ramanan. It has all the details on the festival, why it is celebrated and most importantly what to make and how. Every time we bring this book out, it only spells happiness because it means that some yummy fare is being made at home.



Diwali is one of our favorite festivals, as it transforms cities, there is light, there is joy, there is happiness and some great food doing the rounds every year. Since we love far away and have fairly hectic jobs our main aim is to have the frills of celebration with minimal effort.



My List of Top fun things to do in Prague


While I did my homework on what to do in Prague, I came across the quote that “Prague is the Paris of the 90’s . It got me curious, considering it does have a mini version of the Eiffel Tower too, I delved a bit deeper. Really the comparison was to the Paris of the 1920s that was bursting with artists, inspiration, writers and much art and beauty. Well, they got that right.


Prague has a very obvious fairy tale, old world quality about it. It has something for every kind of traveler too. I have listed the top things to do in Prague that I would recommend that you do not leave without doing.

1. Charles bridge in the morning 

You will inevitably walk on a crowded Charles Bridge several times to get to one place or another if you are in Mala Strana or old town. I however, strongly recommend a visit in the morning. The bridge is empty, you have it to yourself or are sharing it with fitness and photography enthusiasts, and there are very few so it’s a total win for you there. There is no other time that you will not be jostled on the steps I am posing on.






2. John Lennon wall

It stands as a symbol of peace and love, but the history behind it is interesting. It began with a tribute to the singer post his death, and the young people of the city covered it with more graffiti and messages, as the czech regime at the time had banned lot of pop music and entertainment. The wall that is owned by the Knights of Malta was whitewashed several times, but was always found repainted with graffiti and Lennon tributes, that they gave up.


This is a visually striking wall, and makes for superb instagram pictures, which in today’s times translates to a lot of crowd. I cannot reiterate this enough – but go early to beat the crowds 🙂

3. Kafka in Prague

Whether you have read Kafka or not, you may have used the term “kafkaesque” to simply denote something dark, illogical, nightmarish or uncomfortable imagery. A visit to the museum is recommended simply because you understand the struggles of a man with a tough childhood, who was perhaps unlucky in love, bogged down by the tussle of going to work and simply wanting to pursue his passion.


The museum tour is a self guided one, but easily one of the most engaging, interesting museums I have ever been to. They played with light,  the placement, An Audio Visual element, narrow paths – the works. It took you into his world, and his mind. Whether you read Kafka or not this is a museum visit that will remain with you.


4. Prague’s own Eiffel…oops Petrin Tower 

Built as a look out tower and a transmission tower, Petrin looks very similar to the Eiffel Tower. 299 steps will take you to the top and the height it is said is similar to that of the Eiffel Tower In Paris.

petrin tower_prague

You can take the Funicular up to Petrin Hill. Find a good spot, you can see all of Prague as you go up to the foot. You land in a garden, which is landscaped beautifully. You can climb the observation tower. There are two decks. I climbed up to just one, because the height did me in. However, if you are one, who is not afraid of heights, you can climb on. And if you did, do share pictures with me. 🙂



5. The World’s most Beautiful Library

I would recommend planning a visit to the Strahov Monsatery along with Petrin tower. A short scenis walk will take you to the monastery. There are a couple of cafes where you can sit back and enjoy a meal in the outdoors or simply have a drink while you soak a different angle of Prague.

strahov library

Why you must visit? To see two of the world’s most beautiful libraries. That is not an exaggeration, but the Strahov Monastery library has made it to a few lists. Unfortunately you cannot enter the halls, but you can see both the majestic libraries. Artistic frescoes, and 1000’s of manuscripts that go back to the 12th Century.

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6. World war 2 tour

Like Most of Europe, even Prague has a World War history. It was taken over by the Nazis, with the government having fled to France and Britain. There are a few tours that take you through the history of the capture, the cruelty of the Nazi regime and the underground movement.


It is a 2 hour walking tour and takes you to through the streets of old Prague and even the Underground cellars, under the astronomical clock that served as a hospital during the war, and a hideout for the rebels.


Whether you are a history buff or not, this is a very informative tour and you surely come out knowing  a little bit more than you did earlier.


7. Sculptures around the City 

In addition to being a beautiful city, Prague has sculptures that are world famous. They are memorable and disturbing.

In the old town, only difficult to miss because there is always a crowd looking up is a statue of the hanging man, Freud debating whether to hold on to the rod or let go. This is designed by David Cerny and a representation of the psychoanalysts constant struggles



The Kafka monument, is a representation of a Mini Kafka on the shoulders of a headless suit. This is located in the Jewish Quarter where he spent most of his life.



The memorial to the victims of communism is a representation of the seven stages of living in a totalitarian state. It really represents the degeneration of man in the society and is a sad sight, especially because it hits the reality of how the generation truly believed that their life was going to change for the better and that promise simply degenerated.


We could’nt make it to see Cerny’s Babies on the Zizkov Tower, but caught three of them guarding the Kampa museum. We saw a Manolo Blahnik exhibition there, you may want to check what is up while you are there.

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8. Views For Days 

Prague has many parks, and open spaces where you can make your own little picnic. Walking is most fun, a lot of these places are a climb up but totally worth it for the view.

Letna Park has a beer garden, and if you time it right, you can get a lovely table at the edge and have a view of the city.


Vyserhad is a lovely park as well, it has a church but more importantly it has a huge park and various spots where you can set up a picnic, play with your dog or simply drink in the view.



The Prague Castle is also something that you are most likely to do whilst you are there. My favorite part about it was the View, which you see below. The castle has a lot to offer, especially the St.Vitus cathedral which is synonymous with the skyline. I also enjoyed a military exhibit they had, since over the years it also served as a base especially during the war.

prague castle

I have only covered my favorite things to do in Prague, the city of course is a culinary delight and has a plethora of options for every kind of traveler. Since, it has a rich history even in the post modern era it really is a delightful combination of modern and classic. One can choose the kind of experience they want. I firmly believe after each travel you take a bit of the city back with you for eternity and we have surely taken a large part of Prague back with us.

I would love to hear what you liked about the city, so we can compare notes. 🙂

Finding #Coffee in #CuttingChai City

It’s #InternationalCoffeeDay and I simply had to revisit this. This list hasn’t changed much, except I would add koinonia to it. That’s all!


My quest for good Coffee, in this Tea drinking city, has seen me go through several cups. More bad ones than good. I realized that there was very little of the good brew out there. Those who are addicted to Coffee, will know how disturbing a mediocre or bad cup of coffee can be, and also know the sheer bliss of the perfect Cup.

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While a lot of factors contribute to that perfect cup, ranging from the quality of beans, freshness of milk, mood of the barista and so many other variables like these. What really matters to me is how good the beans are, when they were roasted and definitely no “Low Fat” Milk. Once you have tasted coffee made from freshly ground beans, it is difficult to make peace with an instant mediocre brew.

I have put together a list of the Best 4 from my experiments with…

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How to Eat Out & Still Fit in!

If your life revolves around the next meal as mine does, or if you are planning your next meal as you are finishing your present, then you may just understand the struggle of fitting in to clothes. Some are blessed with a metabolism and skinny genes, and I realized very early on that I am not one of those. My mantra was Eat…Burn…Repeat and still continues to be.



Having said that, just burning is not enough. We have to watch what we eat. But what does one do, when social life revolves around eating out, treating oneself with food is easier than a shopping binge or a holiday so a meal out or dessert is often a pat on the back too. While I have been trying to lose 5 kgs for the last 8 years now, and I haven’t lost it, but my goal has not changed, which essentially means that I have not changed sizes drastically. I have also made peace with my body now. There are a few pointers I practice and I would like to share them with you, about how I try to balance eating out and still being healthy.

Tip 1 : Easy On Oil / Butter / Sauces and Cream.

Any restaurant that is making food fresh, will be happy to accommodate this request. No matter how fancy or regular it is. I have realised that a lot of restaurants tend to go overboard with the oil and butter, since it cooks food faster and comes across as tastier. I prefer to control the amount of ghee or oil so I always ask for it on the side. You don’t have to deprive, just control

less oil waffle

Tip 2  : WorkOut in anticipation of a Big Meal

When I am indulging in a BIG meal, I always plan activity as well. Either before to earn it, or after to redeem it. I realise it is Math, we are biting into a lot more than our body needs from our sedentary existence. In my head this is a fair trade.

Sometimes, you may not be able to make time for a workout, but it does not matter if you miss it by a day, the important point to keep in mind is that one must go back.



Tip 3: Share Dessert

Desserts are Sinful, and the tastiest ones are sheer indulgence and possibly have nothing that is nutritious, as much as we convince ourselves. There are healthier options, but the unhealthy ones are the ones we crave, the healthy ones are those we make peace with. At least, that’s what I do. It is an indulgence and best shared,. Dessert portions are fairly large and sharing them just reduces the guilt of wasting, and the burden of pants that don’t button up!




Tip 4: Meals with Friends.

I love romantic dinners for the ambience and the bonding, but I always have one regret. The variety of food that you can taste is very little. Added to this, since my husband is Non Vegetarian and I am vegetarian, when we go out we seldom share. The greedy in me loves the idea of many dishes… I love tasting a lot of food when I am going out, therefore I am always in favour of large groups going out to eat. You also do not end up eating as much and you can try a lot of food. You have the choice of portion control paired with tasting more food.


Tip 5: Plan One Big Meal

My bohemian fantasies are made up of every meal being a feast, a slothful existence in which I am skinny.  But that, is a fantasy that has no scope of being a reality anytime in future. Three mad meals in a day may be difficult for the body to take, so balance it out. If Breakfast put cheat day to shame, then Lunch and Dinner can be a bit kinder on the stomach and conservative with calories. I also try to ensure that I am not completely skewed to one food group. I would avoid 3 carb heavy meals in a day and mix it up with a meal that is protein heavy.

pasta it up



These are some things I follow, I would love to hear what you do to balance eating out and stay healthy. If any of my tips helped you I would love to hear about that too. Let’s keep the conversation going .