About Me

Hi I’m a 20-something true NY’er and recent Philadelphian (but always will be a NY’er at heart) with a passion for good food! Through this site I hope to share with you my favorite recipes and the stories behind them! What I truly hope to do is broaden people’s views on Indian food, specifically by sharing the stories and recipes around the Gujarati food I grew up eating. Often times I’ll go to an Indian restaurant and the menu is not reflective of the Indian food I knew and loved as a child.  However, I am a true foodie at heart and therefore will not be centering this blog around Indian food – j’adore French cuisine as well as Mediterranean and of course Italian (my thighs, well they may have their own opinion)!

I wholeheartedly believe you can touch people in the most special way through food! I guess it’s no joke when they say “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!” Definitely used this approach with The Suitor, and ladies it was a home run from the very beginning! I think it’s best exemplified by the French where they use food as a communicative tool. And from my personal experience, the biggest difference between Americans and Europeans is that we as Americans eat for quantity and Europeans they eat because of quality. As best said in French Women Don’t Sleep Alone, French women will choose one tiny bite of the finest chocolate over a mediocre bar of chocolate. I suppose that’s why we are a nation of overweight while Europeans are voluptuous, dare not mistaken for overweight.

I spent the first 17 years of my life as a strict vegetarian, occasional eggs but no fish or anything with a “head”.  I think it was more so a cultural decision versus personal. I grew up in a traditional Hindu household, where previous generations didn’t even touch eggs. My mother refused to buy or cook meat in the house. Therefore I grew up on a diet primarily composed on vegetables and lentils.  What people do not realize and I hope to get across through this blog is there is so much more to Indian cooking than paalak paneer (often known as saag paneer) and chicken tikka masala.  There is an astonishing amount of cultural variation in India. Think of Europe, and how each country differs (French, Italian, Irish, Turkish etc.) has its own culinary style and condense that into one country. South Indians have different techniques than Punjabis. Punjabi dishes vastly differ from Gujarati dishes, etc. Through this blog I hope to share some of personal cooking experiences of growing up in a Gujarati household. However, I would be doing myself a great injustice if I solely focused on Gujarati cooking. My extensive travel and pastime hobbies have truly shaped who I am in the kitchen and like they say New York is a melting pot of cultures, my cooking style is a melting pot of my experiences. My goal is to eventually write a personal memoir with recipes, sharing those special moments one treasures in life.

Bon Appetit!


  1. This is such an special and snailish site! I love you, BFF!

  2. Hey I'm a Philadelphian blogger as well. Would love to chat!