Chef’s Log 56: The Route to Happiness

The burger is a beautiful and complex thing. Never before have I encountered a single dish that can be so many different things and serve so many different purposes all at once: it satisfies a meat craving as well as any steak does, it’s the ultimate sandwich (if you stretch the definition of sandwich a bit), it’s a balanced meal (at least my version of a balanced meal) with various elements, it’s fast food. What’s truly fascinating is that a meal which was born out of necessity and poverty has evolved over time to become something truly iconic and even indulgent. But this post is not about the history of the burger. It is about the best (and by the best, I mean the BEST) burger that I have ever tasted. Continue reading

Chef’s Log 55: Konkan Impressed

Humans are such strange creatures. They pierce themselves and make lasting holes in their bodies. They create permanent wounds using ink. And they have the gall to call it ‘art’! Luckily, these puzzling tendencies do not reflect on their food. If this ever-perplexing race has anything that represents a saving grace, it is what they eat. A good example of this is the restaurant ‘Konkan Express.’ First and foremost, it is exactly what the name promises. The food is authentic; the service, quick. I tried the Bhangda Fry and the Mutton Kolhapuri with Jawar Bhakari. The fish was fresh, beautifully seasoned, and crisped to perfection. Continue reading

Chef’s Log 52: YogurtYay


Waffle sticks. So good. Sigh.

A good dessert, like a good book, stays with you forever. You might be surprised to learn that we have books on my planet. Well, except, they are much more sophisticated than the paltry fare available here. I use the word fare because like most things on Gastronomica, books are consumed. Ingested. Gulped down. Whatever definition works best for you. Continue reading

Chef’s Log 47: It’s All Greek to Me

Like others of my race, I too firmly believe that the occasional indulgence is not just a luxury, but a necessity. And what better indulgence is there really, than food? I am slowly discovering that money, like so many other things on this rather depressing planet, is transient- one minute it’s here, the next it’s gone. Continue reading