Dottie’s True Blue Cafe is an excellent American breakfast/brunch place on 6th street in San Francisco.
We didn’t know about it until our friend Sagar spoke for hours about how legendary it is a day before.I never knew how popular this place was and after hearing that the lines go out the door and wait times are upward towards an hour on the infamous tenderloin neighborhood in SF. Thanks to our another friend from SF who stood in line for 30 mins while we were reaching there.
Mexican cuisine is primarily a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking with European, especially Spanish, elements added after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in the 16th century. The basic staples remain native foods such as corn, beans and chili peppers, but the Europeans introduced a large number of other foods, the most important of which were meat from domesticated animals (beef, pork, chicken, goat and sheep), dairy products (especially cheese) and various herbs and lots of spices.
While the Spanish initially tried to impose their own diet on the country, this was not possible and eventually the foods and cooking techniques began to be mixed, especially in colonial era convents. Mexican cuisine is closely tied to the culture, social structure and popular traditions of the country.
We had been to Mexico in May 2014 and got to taste this amazing cuisine with the warm hospitality of the natives. It’s home to both Mayan ruins and resort areas like Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen. Breathtaking blue waters, spicy/lipsmacking food, warm people, interesting mayan ruins and colorful Mexican culture were the highlights of the trip.
Paan is a betel leaf mouth fresher from India, Pakistan and neighboring countries. The Paanwala thelas are small roadside shops in which the Paanwalas make these paans on the spot for you. Being a Mumbaite, paan after a scrumptious meal was a must for me. I loved the meetha pan which is also known as Calcutta paan. There are varieties of paan sold at these paan shops. Maghai, Banarasi, Calcutta, Meetha, Saada and the types of paan are endless. Last year i visited Mumbai and had written an article about Street Food of Mumbai and Paan was definately on the list:)
Today Thanksgiving is celebrated throughout US and it’s a tradition to roast turkey on this occasion. I am not a great fan of Turkey so i decided to make an impromptu dinner consisting of grilled chicken, cheese chill dinner puff pastry, sautéed potatoes with herbs and cranberry orange muffins. I know sounds a lot but […]
Baked pinwheels made by stuffing puff pastry with green chutney and mozzarella cheese. This is a very easy to make appetizer for parties and goes awesomely well with hot tea. I made this for Crave Cook Click Thanksgiving Meetup on 23rd Nov 2014. Everyone just loved it. The best part is you can make it in advance and keep it frozen. Whenever you feel like eating just bake it and it tastes great. Crispy on the top and moist from inside this is definitely one of my favorite appetizer now
Halloween also known as Allhalloween or All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.
Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising”), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted house attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
Bhakarwadi is a delightfully crisp, irresistible crunchy snack is made with gram flour, all purpose flour, chili, cumin, coriander and other spices. Its unmatched taste will add zest to your tea time, coffee breaks, after meal munches and parties. And not to forget it’s one of the best Diwali delicacies I made so far.
Methi Mathri is a perfect Diwali Delicacy made from maida, black pepper and kauri methi. These crispy methi mathris can be stored for many days and best eaten with mango pickle and hot cup of tea or coffee. Here is a simple recipe for how to make Indian methi mathri.
A spicy, little pungent fish curry with mustard base that is best served with steamed rice. Durga Puja is approaching and I thought of making this Bengali delicacy. I had always tasted this near Durga Puja Pandaal but never made it. Thanks to my friend Piyali who shared this recipe with me. It turned out great.
Healthy & Crispy mini indian pancakes made from dosa batter, spinach, oats and onions. Absolutely delish and easy to make. This recipe was shared by my friend Lakshmi at Crave Cook Click Healthy & Tasty Meetup.
Fun and eventful meetup with Healthy Food as Theme. Attendees got healthy and delicious recipes, shared their favorite health tip and not but not the least there was a yoga demo by Varalakshmi Ganesh.
Thank you all so much for making it a success
This book documents the recipes and health tips of the attendees. Download it from below link:
Eggless and Butterless Tutti Frutti cookies which are crunchy and crispy and perfect for teatime This recipe was shared by my friend Amruta Pore on my FB food group Crave Cook Click. I modified it a bit by using coconut milk instead of butter. Turned out pretty good.
Aloo Baingan is made with brinjals/eggplant and potatoes sautéed in onion tomato gravy. It’s a simple day to day vegetable but is really yummy. I generally have it with roti or as a side with dal rice.
A Cake Pop is a form of cake styled as a lollipop. Cake crumbs are mixed with icing or chocolate, and formed into small spheres or cubes in the same way as cake balls, before being given a coating of icing, chocolate or other decorations and attached to lollipop sticks. Cake pops can be a way of using up leftover cake or cake crumbs.
The reason behind making these cake pops was to celebrate the birth of my niece in India I was very happy and had to bake something sweet to celebrate her 1st day birthday
The “cake pop” increased in popularity between 2009 and 2011. A book called “Cake Pop” by Bakerella appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. In some countries, the Starbucks coffee chain sells cake pops in various flavors.
Onam is the biggest and the most important festival of the state of Kerala. It is a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the state by people of all communities. According to a popular legend, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam.
Malai bhog is a dessert made from ricotta cheese and fresh cream. I made these as an offering to Lord Ganesha during Ganpati Celebrations this year.
Being a mumbaite, Ganesh Utsav has been always close to heart. The festive season begins from Ganesh Chaturthi. It’s the celebration of Lord Ganesha’s birth. Ganesh mandapas (pandals) in every locality, the sound of dhols and arti, all types of sweets, installation of the Ganesh statues in colorfully decorated homes, friends and relatives visiting, etc there are so many things which I miss about Ganesh Chaturthi. But no worries.. place doesn’t matter…even though I am in US, it doesn’t stop me from celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi with same zeal, belief and enthusiasm:)
On the occassion of World Photography Day I am sharing one of the cutest photo assignments which i did recently. I photographed Ayaansh..naughtiest balkrishna on the occassion of Janmashtami. I had also photographed him last year on Janmashtami and in this post I have compared his 2013 and 2014 pics.He was less than a yr old then. This year he is cuter and naughtier.Trust me you won’t stop smiling while viewing the pics.. They are so cute
Mishti Doi is a simple but delicious yoghurt based dessert. It is a fermented sweet dahi or sweet yogurt. This type of yogurt is common in the states of West Bengal and Odisha in India, and in Bangladesh. It is made with milk and sugar, while also using yogurt and curd. Janmashtami commemorates the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu’s eighth incarnation.
Tri color Rasgullas made with fresh homemade Chenna on the occasion of Independence Day.
Rasgulla is a cheese-based, syrupy dessert popular in the Indian subcontinent , particularly in the Indian states of Odisha and West Bengal. The dish originated in Odisha centuries ago, while a whitish spongy variant (“Bengali Rasgulla”) became popular in Bengal in the 19th century. Rasgulla is made from ball shaped dumplings of chenna (an Indian cottage cheese), cooked in light syrup made of sugar. This is done until the syrup permeates the dumplings.
With a heart-pumping ascent to extraordinary above-it-all vistas, Mission Peak is one of the most rewarding East Bay hikes.The trails climb about 2000 feet from the trailhead, in less than 3 miles. Fit hikers should not have problem with this 6 mile hike, and beginners in reasonable shape may find the ascent tough, but manageable, with proper pacing and plenty of water. We did a night hike and the full moon just added the icing on the cake
Kalakand is a very traditional and delicious dessert, made with whole milk, variation of burfi, and is soft and grainy in texture. Rose kalakand is a rose flavored kalakand made by adding rose essence and rose petals to the recipe.
I made this recipe on the occasion of Rakshabandhan and it was a big hit.
Gelato made from whisking together sour cream, condensed milk and vanilla essence. It is so amazingly tasty and easy. Only 2 steps: Whisk & Freeze. No ice cream maker required. It can be the base for any gelato flavor imaginable. No machine, churning, whipping cream or whatsoever!