Archive for ‘Food’

February 26, 2017

36 Hours in Melbourne

A recent business trip gave me the opportunity to visit Melbourne, Australia.
Melbourne has a serious reputation as Australia’s coffee capital, and with good reason too. A search on the internet and you’ll be snowed under an avalanche of suggestions and recommendations by serious caffeine experts, bloggers and magazine editors. So narrowing it down was not easy, but I chose The Kettle Black for my first. And it certainly did not disappoint.
Set in a gorgeous, lacy white heritage building, it serves gourmet café fare. Folks here take their coffee and their ‘brekkie’ seriously and mostly at the communal table. The hot cakes with ricotta, blueberries, maple syrup, double cream, seeds and nuts were a worthy companion to the excellent coffee.
I was on foot and in the CBD area of the city, keen on my food and coffee. So Higher ground was a natural calling. With its urban, industrial look, it had me at the entrance. The spacious, high ceiling-ed café is a warehouse converted structure. Verdant plants spill out from the first floor and add color to the monochromatic aesthetics. It boasts of a great location as well, heart of the CBD. i had a Berkshire bacon sandwich gribiche, brown sauce.
Dinner was ramen at the casual Little Raman bar. The place boasts of quick service, fuss free dining, excellent food.
Melbourne, known for its wildly popular art scene is a riot of dizzying colours in any available space in a wide variety of mediums: graffiti, paste-up posters, murals, stencils and installations. A wander along the many laneways will show you how the art form has permeated the city as it becomes a part of the identity. Touted for its unique, urban art, Hosier lane boasts of all this and more with its famous bluestone laneway setting. The street art, some psychedelic, some political, and some graphic, are in a league of their own and not to be missed.
This seriously caffeinated city is spirited, feisty and leaves you wanting for more of its artsy lanes, breezy cafés and communal vibes. With coffee holes scattered in every laneway and with a smattering of food joints serving creative and tasty food, Melbourne feels like it takes its food culture very seriously and offers it to everybody willing to partake, locals and tourists alike.
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March 5, 2016

36 Hours in London

A recent business trip to London gave me the opportunity to spend some time exploring the city.

From visiting indie book stores, drinking some of the finest coffee in London, amazing burgers, drinking lager at a pub thats been in operation since the 17th century, eating at the Borough market, taking the tube during rush hour –  I’d say it was a well spent 36 Hours in London. Here are the sights I captured.

London

My post will not be complete without mentioning CitizenM (no they are not paying me..). CitizenM was home for the 4 days I was in London. With good food, a bar thats open round the clock, free movies in the room, a quick self check in/check, a lobby that displays works of designers & artists, the place is less of a hotel and maybe more of design house.

CitizenM

April 18, 2015

Tom & Serg

There are lots of things that pleasantly surprise you when you visit Tom & Serg.

Located in Dubai’s industrial district, surrounded by warehouses and car showrooms, this is the last place you would expect to find a busy café. The moment you step in, it feels like you have stepped into a café in Los Angeles.

The setting is casual and laid back. Fine attention has been given to the industrial interiors.

We got there  at 11am on a Friday expecting a long wait. Even though the place was busy, we got a seat in 5 minutes.

We found this place while planning for the Dubai vacation. Tom & Serg is featured in lot of venues as a ‘must do’ place. One of them being the NY Times’ 36 Hours in Dubai.

This place is something different from the regular touristy –  Dubai Mall, Burj Kalifa, the dune bashing and the belly dancing ‘experiences’. We would certainly visit this place if we are in Dubai again.  It would be for everything mentioned above and most importantly because they serve good food and amazing coffee :).

I will let my pictures do the rest of the talking.

Tom & Serg

November 23, 2013

Pepper Cafe

Housed in an erstwhile spice warehouse in Fort Kochi, Pepper Café is a welcoming place that exudes an old world charm.

What was once a dilapidated warehouse, is now renovated into a beautiful café, with a grassy courtyard. The original details of the building, like the wooden roof, the stone lamps, big windows have been retained but updated tastefully. It has a minimalist feel, the white walls providing a perfect foil to the teal accents in the room. A walk around the courtyard leads you outside to an open space looking out into the waters; a lovely place for lingering on, watching the boats and ferries go by.

This café is part of the Avenue group of hotels and restaurants. The food and service is excellent – same as at all other Avenue restaurants I’ve been to. It is a delightful place to stop for a quick lunch, after you get off the ferry and set out to explore Fort Kochi.

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All pictures are shot on a Canon 5D MK II and processed on Aperture and VSCOCAM

November 12, 2012

Athirapally waterfalls

A few weeks ago, we found time for a weekend getaway to visit the Athirapally Falls in Kerala. Located just a few hours away from Kochi, it was a quick and refreshing weekend spent in a beautiful hotel surrounded by the unspoiled green forest and the thundering waterfall .

We stayed at the Rainforest Resort – a boutique hotel set on a hilltop with 180 degree views of the powerful Athirapally Falls. I was skeptical about the ‘eco’ tag they proclaimed. But it didn’t take me long to realize that everything was very thoughtfully designed, and lets nature be as it is, as much as possible.

Every morning we woke up to the beautiful sight of the misty spray from the falls set against the verdant green forest; the silence of the early morning broken only by the roar of the water. It is the perfect place to just be and do nothing.

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All pictures taken on the Canon 5D MK ii and iPhone 4S. Processed on Aperture and VSCO app.

August 11, 2012

Strawberry summer cake

Photos of a strawberry cake my wife baked the other day. The cake is placed on slate – to add some texture and I used reflectors to bounce the light.

I think I have made it look as yummy as it tasted. Enjoy!!

Strawberry summer cake

July 13, 2012

Santa Monica Farmers Market

We spent most part of 4th of July in Santa Monica. We dragged ourselves out of our cozy beds for a suprisingly cold July morning in LA and headed to our first stop – the Santa Monica Farmers Market. The market is open thrice a week – on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The produce was fresh and beautiful. We had a great time sampling the summer bounty of sweet fruits and berries. I have never seen so many different varieties of strawberries before. We finished a basket of ‘Gaviota’ strawberries while walking through the market. They were the juiciest, sweetest strawberries I have ever tasted.
We walked around for a while and then headed to Huckleberry Cafe for lunch and coffee at Cafe Luxxe.

SM Farmers Market

June 12, 2012

Abbot Kinney through the iPhone

Last Saturday we spent an afternoon in Venice. The first stop was at Gjelina for lunch. After seeing the wait time at 45 minutes, we put in our names and went exploring. We saw the Kogi truck – the very truck that started the whole food truck revolution. We had the Kogi Dog, short rib and the chicken tacos.

At Gjelina, we had beet-avocado salad, steak sandwich and mushroom pizza. Then we walked up and down Abbot Kinney, did some window shopping, ogled at some of the stuff in Jack Spade. We finished this episode of Abbot Kinney with coffee from Intelligentsia.

All pictures are taken on the iPhone and processed using Instagram and CrossProcess (not at the same time). I did not like the HDR option in the iPhone. Messes up the skin tones. I am on Instagram under mycaptureotime.

Check out my previous posts on Abbot Kinney and Gjelina here and here

iPhone AbbotKinney

May 29, 2012

Dallas

We were in Dallas two weeks back visiting friends. I didn’t take the Canon on this trip. All photographs were taken on the iPhone and processed on the Billion $ App – Instagram. Its going to look like Instagram porn :D.
I am also introducing the My Capture of Time Facebook page. Would love your support.

Enjoy!!
Dallas

May 13, 2012

A weekend in San Francisco – Day 2

I will let the pictures do the talking on this one..
SFO Day 2

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