May 2013 archive

Gourmand Of The Week – Rhea Anklesaria

Rhea Anklesaria

Follow Rhea on twitter : @rheality__bites

Follow Rhea’s blog :
http://www.thoughtforfoodinbombay.com/
http://www.facebook.com/thoughtforfoodinbombay

 

How and when did you discover GourmetItUp?

When I first saw a Facebook ad for GourmetItUp about 8 months ago, it sounded exactly like something I’d like.
Which is your favourite GourmetItUp experience? Why?

I won a wine flight for two at Vinoteca for being the “highest billed customer” which I have to admit made me feel a bit guilty but there’s a certain special joy in winning anything. *Hint Hint*

What cuisines do you prefer? What’s the craziest food you’ve ever eaten?

I’m a juicy rare steak kind of girl. I was in Cape Town a couple of weeks ago where we tried a game meat grilled platter of crocodile, ostrich and three types of deer. It’s actually quite delicious and not nearly as intimidating as it sounds.

Tell us your pet peeves about dining out in Mumbai.

Waiters who don’t understand what’s on the menu and children who run around breaking crockery

Who’s your favourite celebrity chef?

Heston Blumenthal. He’s completely wild and bizarre with signature dishes like snail porridge and bacon ice cream. It’s on my bucket list to eat at the Fat Duck, his restaurant in England. But be warned, the tasting menu will leave you Rs. 16,000 lighter.

If you were stuck on an island and could only eat one dish for the rest of your life (or until you are rescued, :P), which dish would it be and from which restaurant?

There are some animals that can eat their own body weight in food. I’m like that at buffets. So ideally, I’d like to be stuck on an island with a chef who can cook up a buffet with all the fresh fish and seafood we’d be surrounded by.

What is your favourite midnight snack?

Leftovers!  It’s embarrassing the number of times I’ve eaten dhansak or prawn curry-rice straight out of the fridge.

Where was your first date? 

Probably at a dirt-cheap non AC Indian Chinese hole in the wall which was all we could afford on pocket money.

If you could be the chef for a day at any restaurant, which one would you choose?

To me, a meal isn’t complete without dessert. It could be anything: cheesecake, tiramisu, baklava, gulab jamun or bibinca. I’d love to be a dessert chef at a patisserie and learn how to temper chocolate and bake the perfect soufflé.

Create your own ice cream scoop with any ingredients.

Baileys Irish Cream ice cream (because everything’s better with alcohol) with swirls of raspberry for a touch of sophistication, cookie dough for a touch of whimsy and pecans for a crunch.

What are your plans for this weekend?

This weekend is the Taste of Mumbai festival at Marine Drive, featuring 20 pop-up restaurants. That’s where I’m hoping to be.

Now that you are a minor internet celebrity (you will be after this article is published), what advice would you give to your foodie fans?

Go wild. Go to the oddest sounding restaurants and order the oddest sounding dish on the menu.

Check out GourmetItUp’s experience at Vinoteca.

Gourmand Of The Week – Dushinka Malhotra

Dushinka Malhotra

Every week we at GourmetItUp feature a Gourmand Of The Week and ask them questions about eating out in their city, how they use GourmetItUp and other fun stuff. This week we have Dushinka Malhotra, Business Development and occupational hogger at GourmetItUp.

Follow Dushinka on Twitter: @MissDeeCurls

How and when did you discover GourmetItUp?

My discovery of GourmetItUp happened when Deepa called me. It’s been a great association ever since.

Which is your favourite GourmetItUp experience? Why?

As much as I enjoyed the Hakkasan experience, I’d have to say Salt Water Café, purely for the awesome memories of the night and the semi drunkenness from all the sangria!

What cuisines do you prefer? What’s the craziest food you’ve ever eaten?

Barring the rare Indian food cravings (my VERY Punjabi mom’s rajma chawal), what don’t I prefer! Give me Mexican, Japanese, Italian any day!

Craziest food would be the spider I accidentally ate in my preteens. Trust me when I say I bellowed my lungs out.

Tell us your pet peeves about dining out in Mumbai.

Being a vegetarian, I’m almost always skeptical of the “veg-ness” of my meal, especially after certain incidents at Subway and an Indian food place. Oh, and my father conning me into eating a Chicken Cheese Kiev.

Who’s your favourite celebrity chef?

There are two things yum about Arola at JW Marriott: delicious patatas bravas and the delectable Chef Manuel Oliviera whom I met at the GourmetItUp Masterclass at Arola. *blush* Other than him, Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumental. *sigh*

If you were stuck on an island and could only eat one dish for the rest of your life (or until you are rescued :P), which dish would it be and from which restaurant?

My mom’s rajma chawal!! But if it HAD to be from a restaurant, it would probably be the Lebanese Salad from Paninaro if I’m being healthy or the Penne Porcini Cream at Café Mangii/ Le Mangii. But let’s face it; it’s probably going to be the creamy cheesy pasta.

What is your favourite midnight snack?

I’m a junk food kinda person. I pretend like tortilla chips and grilled cheese sandwiches are healthy. Don’t break my bubble.

Where was your first date?

Shatraj Napoli in Versova. College pocket money budget and secret sneaking out without telling parents. : )

If you could be the chef for a day at any restaurant, which one would you choose?

Oh, Indigo! Those mouth watering dishes and the fantastic presentations. On second thought, the customers might not be served the food. *slurp*

Create your own ice cream scoop with any ingredients.

Ooooh! It would be plain vanilla with brownies and gummy bears and chocolate chips and snickers and waffle wafers… you get the drift?

What are your plans for this weekend?

Let’s see, wine tasting at LPQ (yes, thank you GourmetItUp for improving my social calendar), binge drinking at Mondegar or The Big Bang, attempted jet setting off to Delhi for the day, Sunday brunch. Hopefully baking a mushroom quiche and chocolate fudge cake.

Now that you are a minor internet celebrity (you will be after this article is published), what advice would you give to your foodie fans?

Live and let eat, people! I love cheese, and I’m not afraid to eat it!

Check out the GourmetItUp experience at Salt Water Cafe.