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food + cooking

Grains of Tradition

In India, where I grew up, rice gains mystical—even mythological—proportions.
travel + culture

Tampering with Tradition

Opening an Indian restaurant in India isn’t easy. Indians are famously possessive about their food, and chefs face severe repercussions from the Authenticity Police.
travel + culture

Mangoes a Go-Go

It’s that time of year again, when the sweet scent of mangoes fills the air. Hungry Indians everywhere slice and slurp their way to ecstasy.
travel + culture

Key Notes: Our Native Village, India

This 20-room rustic hideaway bills itself as India’s "only 100 percent eco-friendly back-to-basics lifestyle resort." In plain English, that means solar power, windmills, and composting.
travel + culture

Search for the Cure

The practice of herbal medicine is alive and well in rural India.
travel + culture

Key Notes: Shreyas Yoga Retreat, India

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An Authentic, Albeit Early, Indian Lunch

travel + culture

Delhi Journal (Part IV): Riding In Style

For some reason, well-meaning Delhi-ites always try to dissuade you from visiting Chandni Chowk.
travel + culture

Delhi Journal (Part III): A Hotel With Character

The Imperial is one of those Delhi hotels that everyone loves, including my husband. But frankly, I was a little underwhelmed.