Healing music

Today, a Hindustani musician came home and sang for us from 5 to 7. He is a student of the late great Bhimsen Joshi, originally from Pune and belongs to the Kirana Garana. His first rendition was in Raag Basant and he sang a beautiful Khayal on Lord Shiva. He voice was deep and loud– […]

Gourmet Magazine

Gourmet magazine has a page of my pieces here. SHOBA NARAYAN FOOD + COOKING GRAINS OF TRADITION In India, where I grew up, rice gains mystical—even mythological—proportions. SHOBA NARAYAN 09.11.08 TRAVEL + CULTURE: Masala Klub, Taj West End, Bangalore TAMPERING WITH TRADITION Opening an Indian restaurant in India isn’t easy. Indians are famously possessive about […]

Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie

I was involved in a wonderful TV show called Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie. It is an award-winning show aired on Public Televsion stations all across the US. My job was to find and coordinate the folks who would appear several episodes. This is the second season of the show. The first season is available […]

Grains of Tradition: Gourmet

In India, where I grew up, rice gains mystical—even mythological—proportions. It is the first food that we Indians eat and often our last. My grandfather passed away after swallowing a spool full of rice gruel, or kanji, as we call it. I honor my ancestors by offering rice balls speckled with black sesame seeds to […]

Tampering with Tradition: for Gourmet

Recently, I dined at Masala Klub, a new upscale Indian restaurant at the Taj West End hotel in Bangalore. I went with my mother, mostly because my husband refused to go. (“I wouldn’t eat at a restaurant that spells its name ‘klub’ if you paid me,” he said haughtily.) She likes to eat out, and […]

Shreyas: Bangalore: For Gourmet

KEY NOTES: SHREYAS YOGA RETREAT, INDIA Step into Shreyas Yoga Retreat and you could be anywhere. Outside the resort’s gate is the cacophony of India. Once inside however, all you hear are the humming of birds. The scent of a thousand herbs (lemongrass, basil, thyme and sage) permeates the air. The décor too follows the […]

Mozaic Restaurant, Bali. For Gourmet

We couldn’t get reservations at Mozaic during our first visit to Bali. It was the lean season and we were just two cuoples, but they were fully booked, they told us. The next time, we made reservations right after booking our airline tickets. Like most high-end restaurants today, Mozaic is both global and local. The […]

Mama Lil’s Pickles: for Gourmet

Mama Lil’s picklesShoba Narayan Ten years ago, Howard Lev, then a screenwriter, drove across the Cascade Mountains from Seattle to the Yakima Valley on a camping trip. At Kruegar Farms in Wapato, Washington, he discovered some Hungarian goathorn peppers that tasted even better than the ones his Jewish mother from Rumania had been pickling in […]