Sunday, March 24, 2013

Fort food walk Finely chopped!

It has been over 2 weeks since I walked the fort area with Kalyan of finely chopped and yet the mere thought puts a smile on my face till date.
The charming Fort area in Mumbai is known for its various casual -style eating options and had been on my " radar" since a very long time. Yet remained elusive for various reasons. When Kalyan  announced  a food walk along the fort area, I was not going to miss it. Hubby had already walked the lanes of bohri mohallah with Kalyan and had been so happy to be a part of it.
This walk was like a journey of discoveries for me.... discovering not the new but something one had heard about.. the walk was about discovery of quaint places,  of simple yet soul satisfying food,  of engaging fellow foodies!
The day started with eager anticipation as each one of us gathered at the vibrant Bombay Swadesi Store at the fort. The warm ambience here set the tone of the day so did the friendly introductions.
We started off the walk with the first stop at the Yazdani bakery, perhaps one of the oldest bakeries functioning. Housed in a grand heritage structure, Yazdani bares much a testament to its age old existence.
Irani chai and brun maska...the breakfast of the day confirmed that this was going to be "no ordinary day" for me! True to my intution ans expectation, the day unfolded with joyous moments at Apoorva's Neer dosa and prawn gassi, Pradeep Gomantaks melt-in the mouth Bombil fry and exquisite parsi lunch of akoori, dhansak deal, caramel custard, the ubiquitous raspberry soda and the ice cream soda followed by jalebis at the ustaad! Well, that s not all...yet.. all of this was washed down with an earthy filter coffee cuppa at the end.For all those who are wondering at what may seem like gluttony, You have to take this walk to understand that is possible and how!!!
For me, the walk was also about discovery of places like the Laxmi building ( linked to Late Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose,find out how) with Laxmi statue perched atop,  the cheerful brick red building of Mumbai Samachar (asia's oldest newspaper), the cool garden environs of the Horniman circle, Philip coffee store, the khau galee!
Discovering the human element that makes the food even better. It was a lovely day spent with some lovely people, Saee of myjhola, Rhea of euphorhea, Amita Gadre of healthy feasts, Jyotika, Aanchal, Geeta.
We parted with sweet memories and goody bags. Kalyan and Kainaz, thanks so much for this one.
 As this lovely group of foodies walked along with each other this walk was more about the exchange of ideas, sharing of food experiences and merry making.

The interiors of Yazdani Bakery

Brun Maska and Irani Chai


Raspberry soda at the Ideal Corner

Waiting for the bombil fry at Pradeep


At the Yazdani Bakery

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