A few weeks ago, we learned how to cook a few authentic Indian dishes in Mukti’s (actual) Kitchen in Kensington, Brooklyn.
Starting off with a cup of home-made Masala tea, our cooking experience slowly unraveled as we prepared a special meal consisting of Butter Chicken, Pakora (fritters), Aloo Paratha (Indian bread with potato stuffing), Saag Paneer (spinach in Indian cheese) and Raita (cucumbers in yoghurt). It’s all about the Masala, we quickly learned, and Mukti’s “secret” recipe for it makes its way into most dishes in sparse or generous quantities, adding a hint of spice and flavor right where she needs it to.
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A short ATV ride out of Chora (the central town in Folegandros) and you’ll come across Mimis Taverna in the quaint village of Ano Meria. Run by a local family and highly recommended on several travel sites, we came hungry for their famed matsata and cheese pies.
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Folegandros is a charming Greek Island in the Cyclades that we spent a few days exploring during our honeymoon. It’s one of those islands where everyone literally knows everyone, including all the tourists who you bump into quite regularly on the beaches or restaurants.
That’s precisely what drew us to the island: you get the beauty of untouched beaches and a small village warmth with a tranquility you can’t get on other more touristy (or commercial) islands. It was a perfect escape!
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I curiously stumbled into the 1905 Restaurant‘s Farmer’s Market on accident one day while strolling through the outer roads of Thamel.
The market was buzzing with both foreigners and locals selling home-made, organic food in little booths organized neatly around a tranquil outdoor garden. The prices are a bit more expensive there than elsewhere in the city but you can find higher quality items to add to your dishes or to take home as souvenirs, like yak cheese, candles and homemade chap-sticks.
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The best place to try out a Lassi in Kathmandu is at this little shop within the popular Ason Tole shopping district in Thamel. The first time I had a Lassi in Nepal was actually at this place, following a friend’s recommendation to try it there.
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We spotted this street vendor by Lakeside in Pokara preparing ice cream for some local children surrounding his cart. We watched as he twisted, turned and tapped on the silver aluminum containers housing this yellow popsicle-like treat.
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Saila Dai (which means “third brother” in Nepali) learned how to cook when he was a young man working in Kathmandu. It was a necessary skill that he developed to make some money working in local restaurants. Saila Dai has not had an easy life, but that’s not what this post is about. Rather, it’s about the by-product of this hard youth that actually led him to become an excellent chef today.
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