Is food the high point of your travels? In spite of traveling a fair bit, I am almost never excited about food. I squarely blame it on the mess food of the hostels I stayed in. I mean how about a lizard in the omelette? Also, I guess being a vegetarian plays a role. In South Africa some people would joke that there was ample grass all around for us, so they were not bothered about feeding us! But there is an advantage of not being a foodie. I can eat any vegetarian stuff, plus eggs, I hardly ever get upset about food. But then this post is about food, good food, food from Thailand.
I actually like trying local food, the trouble is it is often non-veg in many parts of the world. When I found a soup counter at the Ramada Plaza, Menam Riverside in Bangkok, I did give it a try. I mixed the soup, noodles and the eggs and it worked out quite well. But such occasions when I get to experiment with local food are rare.
I could click this colorful looking sea food but I would not try it. I have liked prawns a few times I went near them. I can actually eat fish in small quantities but if I was asked to finish a dish, I would not be able to.
Most of the hotels have large dessert spreads (Ramada Plaza, Bangkok, was no exception) that usually is my undoing. There was a time when I would load my plate and think nothing about it. Sadly gone are those days. I hardly get any exercise, so I have to be careful about the desserts I eat! Not that it has made any difference to my weight!
I am really fond of cakes and pastries. Indian sweets rank even higher. But I only clicked this excellent looking cake. I stayed away from eating it. But the weighing machine tells me it really serves no purpose!
Well instead of the cake I polished off the cheese cake, I at least ate half of it, OK if not half of it, it felt like the half of it. It seems the only food I want to talk about is sweet, the desserts. Is there a name for people who are not foodies but feel that a single dessert can completely change the complexion of a day?
Remember I was talking about new year resolutions related to food a few days back! Well they took a severe beating on this trip to Pune with Novotel. I will blame that lavish dessert spread for it. Here is a glimpse of some of the Novotel Pune food. I am sure I have gained 2 kg in two and a half days!
10. As far as you can see in this picture, it is the dessert table. With my sweet tooth how could I resist taking multiple items? OK this spread had one small section of salad and one for behl, but other than that everything was sweet. I never touched the salad but I did enjoy the bhel.
9. The oranges looked really good as a partition show piece. But on this trip I really did not eat any fruit! Too bad I know. But when I had so many real desserts to choose from, why would I look at fruits?
8. I classify my desserts in two ways, Indian and foreign. I know the names of a few Indian desserts but to me all the foreign ones are cakes and pastries. I know it is bad, more so when the name tags were right next to them! In future, I will click the name tags too so that I can write about them properly. I did not try this one, tempting though it looked. There were way too many to choose from!
7. Red, yellow, green and orange and white, I have to say it was the colors that make me pause. For this pictures, I even removed a name tag to take a better one. The green one is cucumber juice. If you find yourself at Novotel, Pune do give it a try. It tasted fresh and good. Remember to stir it well as they added masala to it.
6. This was my first gajar ka halwa of the season, and any other I eat, will have to be really good. Unless of course my sister makes it! How I miss being active in sports these days. In spite of liking it a lot I restricted myself to small quantities.
5. I have lived in hostels for close to 11 years. And at one place where I spent 5 years, the daily breakfast was sliced bread. I started to hate bread with all my might. When I said this early on, someone told me I have not discovered real bread. I turned my nose and walked off! But now I know they were right, I really liked their spicy bread which had olive in it.
4. For every buffet meal Novotel Pune does a sugar free dessert. Of course I would pick it up but along with 2 to 3 full of sugar desserts. I am not a big fan of sugar free but these were seriously good!
3. These doughnuts are from the breakfast table. For once, I clicked them because they make for a good picture but I did not eat them. I have got nothing against doughnuts, it was just that there were many other things that came up higher in my priority list.
2. Novotel, Pune had a decent South Indian section for breakfast and that is where most of my stuff came from, vads, idilis and doasa! And guess what other than the chutney they also had scrunchy milagai podi.
1. I am one of those people who like pineapple to be pineapple and jalebi to be jalebi. I am fond of both actually. When I saw the fusion I was intrigued as well as a bit skeptical. But once I had it I was completely bowled over, so much so that it is my number 1 pick from the lot. I still regret that I had only one! Next time when ever I encounter them again, I will set the record right!
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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