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Hungry kya? Take a walk! (Article in Times of India today)

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The Times of India featured our Matunga Food Walk in this article today in the Wine and Dine section of Crest. OK, so they got the prices wrong, but all publicity is good, right? :)

There's also a photo of me in a red saree, looking like a little blimp. I swear I am not this fat! It's the *others* who were tall and slim, dammit!

Hungry Kya? Take a Walk!
by Mahafreed Irani
Sep 25, 2010
Times of India


For tourists who want to skip the clichêd tours of Mumbai, culinary walks are an interesting alternative. "Food is one of the most interesting ways of understanding a culture, " says Deepa Krishnan of Mumbai Magic, a tour company that organises food walks in the city. "Tourists are increasingly looking for more insightful and interesting experiences than merely visiting monuments.

Bazaar walks and cuisine trails help to showcase some very rich aspects of Indian society. " The Mumbai Magic food walk starts with a guided tour around Matunga market and ends with a cooking demo and tasting of traditional food at an Indian home. While at the market, a culinary expert guides tourists around various food-speciality shops. Even though Matunga isn't a tourist area, Krishnan chose the market as it has a number of eateries and stores that sell regional ingredients. "Most foreigners have limited knowledge about Indian cuisine and may have only tasted Punjabi fare like butter chicken, " she says pointing out how they are surprised that Indian food is not as spicy as they have been led to believe. "Regional food is a pleasant discovery for them."

The package which costs Rs 1, 000 per person for a guided tour for six includes a visit to a Gujarati, Parsi, Goan or South Indian home. During the visit, tourists can choose to participate in the cooking process of a traditional meal or sip on some Indian wine and observe the cooking. The demonstrators have been flooded with queries like, "Can we peep into your fridge?" and "Please explain the use of these unfamiliar cooking gadgets", says Krishnan referring to tourists who were curious about metal tongs.

Krishnan also organises food trails in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Chennai and Kottayam. In Kerala, the walk includes visits to a private spice plantation, paddy fields and toddy shops and in Jaipur, tourists learn how Rajasthani cuisine has been influenced by the hot climate and scarcity of water.

  1. joey
    Hi Deepa
    your blog reads so good!! would like to get in touch with you with regard to writing for us. Please drop a line to me at
    deepa@mediavoicemag.com

    also you could check the magazine out at www.mediavoicemag.com
    rgds
    D
    March 7, 2011
  2. Haddock
    Congrats on that additional publicity.
    How come I missed this. Or was it not in the Pune edition of TOI ?
    October 7, 2010
  3. Mahafreed
    ok o_O
    September 28, 2010
  4. Prachi
    Hey Deepa! Delurking for the first time in 2 years. Was super excited to see your coverage in Brunch too...You look great...Is that a sambalpuri saree in this snap?
    September 28, 2010
  5. Ananva
    Congratulations! And you look great!
    September 25, 2010
  6. Bombay-ite
    Nice article. I would love to try some of these tours when I'm visiting India again.
    September 25, 2010
  7. Bombay-ite
    Nice article. I would love to try some of these tours when I'm visiting India again.
    September 25, 2010
  8. Anu
    Congrats!! saw the piece first thing in the morning... at least the pic was clear enough. We could recognise u :)
    September 25, 2010
  9. Deepa Krishnan
    The price of the bazaar walk is correct, Mahafreed, Rs 1000 per person for 4-6 persons, and it includes a knowledgeable guide, a personalised walk, and a tasting session for several different varieties of snacks and treats and filter coffee if people want
    September 25, 2010
  10. Deepa Krishnan
    The price of the bazaar walk is correct, Mahafreed, Rs 1000 per person for 4-6 persons, and it includes a knowledgeable guide, a personalised walk, and a tasting session for several different varieties of snacks and treats and filter coffee if people want
    September 25, 2010
  11. Mahafreed
    We got the prices wrong? :/
    September 25, 2010
  12. Abha Midha
    Congrats on being featured in TOI Deepa!
    September 25, 2010
  13. Aadil
    Interesting to see you are dwarfed among the tall guys but you are still standing out amongst them!!!
    September 25, 2010