Not your ordinary food blog…
Some people eat to live and some live to eat…I’m definitely the latter. Growing up in India (where food was the prime topic of conversation at most social gatherings and mommy kitty parties), I started appreciating the value of well cooked meals at home as well as the fabulous restaurants that Mumbai has to offer. My father…a big foodie himself was always on the hunt for the newest restaurant in town or the coolest lounges to hang out with his friends. Most of the time my sister and I were dragged to these “boring” dinners and were made to try EVERYTHING on the table, thus opening up our palettes to a variety of flavors and cuisines at a very young age.
Most of my young adult life I spent traveling for work to places like Italy, Hong Kong, Turkey, Thailand and China. My motivation on these pretty lonely travels was food. From the street food in Bangkok to fancy Chinese dinners to some very fun nights out in Turkey, I loved every bit of the experience. Most of the time I brought these flavors home by trying out simple recipes at home in my own kitchen. That triggered my love for cooking. I loved how it made me feel calm – peaceful – satisfied.
After marriage, moving to New York was probably the best thing that happened to me. Although being a wife, mom of two boys and working at the same time consumed me, I never failed to go out on the weekends to try a new restaurant in the city or even go back to the traditional ones that my husband introduced me to. Living in the food capital of the world has been the thrill of my journey in search of good vegetarian food.
At first I thought it would be quite hard being a vegetarian and enjoying the “most talked about” restaurants in town. But I was proved wrong very quickly. Contrary to what most people believe, eating vegetarian does not necessarily mean finding vegan or vegetarian restaurants only. It means finding vegetarian food WHEREVER you go. I never want my dietary choices to ever be a restriction on the people who go out with me. Keeping that in mind, I started searching for restaurants with a decent amount of veggie options or ones that would be flexible enough to work with me and my dietary needs. Here, I want to share with you my experiences while I visit these amazing food spots in New York city and during my travels around the globe. Hope it inspires each one of you to try them as well as try out some of the fun veggie choices they serve!