Chef’s Log 82: How Ramentic

Classic Fat Ramen
Classic Fat Ramen

I believe I have now been on this planet long enough to be considered an honorary human. Whether that is a title I actually desire or not is a separate question. But over the years I have grown somewhat fond of humans, their endearing flaws notwithstanding, so like everyone else remotely sensible on this planet, I have been trapped indoors as the virus runs its course. Luckily, that does not mean that I have to deprive myself of my favourite thing: eating out.

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Chef’s Log 81: Home is Where the Food is

Poor humans. These are tough times indeed. I do sympathize. Being an alien, I am of course, immune to this new virus that has reared its ugly head. But I am staying indoors in solidarity. And also because I have no choice, with nothing being open and all. It has been three whole weeks since I’ve been inside a restaurant. Three.

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Chef’s Log 79: Finnished (Welcome to Syö-mi)

Salutations homo sapiens (although I hesitate to use that term given the original meaning of the word ‘sapien’). Loyal readers, as well as casual readers who happened to glance at the blog on that particular day, will recall that I made a rather significant (some might say game-changing) announcement approximately 1 year ago, human time. I am now pleased to confirm that this event has indeed come to pass. I have spent the last few months exploring, observing and meticulously documenting the culinary habits and culture of what is now my new home—Finland. Continue reading

Chef’s Log 78: T’was Fine to Dine at Mine-Ority

Continuing my trend of celebrating some of the prettiest food I’ve eaten, my next post will highlight what I’ve sampled from Mineority by Saby. First, a word about the restaurant. Located in Kalyani Nagar, Pune, Mineority’s decor and theme captures the essence of a mine (which explains the clever wordplay in the name). The dishes are an inventive and often delightfully quirky blend of local and international cuisine. Continue reading

Chef’s Log 77: Urban Wow-ndry

There is a popular aphorism on my planet, which states “Food is consumed in 3 stages: first, by the eyes, then the nose and finally, the mouth.” I can attest to this myself, having researched food and the consumption of it for over 8 decades now. I find that the general appearance and visual aesthetics of meals are often overlooked on this planet. Continue reading

Chef’s Log 76: Always a Plaisir

I am a firm believer in self-indulgence, especially of the culinary variety. I have, in previous posts, expressed my disapproval of the disturbing human practice known as die-it. And while I do believe that moderation is essential, treating yourself to a truly luxurious meal every now and then elevates not just the body and the mind, but the soul as well. Continue reading