This week, we discuss pizzas, KDrama, festivals and our love for restaurants.

This week, we discuss pizzas, KDrama, festivals and our love for restaurants.

While the rest of the world gawked at Peter Lewinsky in To All The Boys I've Loved Before, it was Lara Jean's amazing baking scenes that had my heart. While watching season two of the much-raved about thriller on Netflix, You, I was less interested in the plot and more in the glasses of cold-pressed green juice that protagonist Joe Goldberg (essayed by Penn Badgley) is seen chugging through the series. And the same thing happens when I am watching Korean shows too where I find myself reaching for the nearest ramen bar. There is something about Netflixing and food. Which is why I was not surprised when our Social Media Strategist Sroojana Iyer confessed to having similar cravings, incited by KDramas ranging from It's Okay To Not Be Okay to Crash Landing On You. Our story on K-pop food trends will take you to the right spots in whichever city you are in, to help you procure everything from gochujang or Ramyeon.

Now I'm not particularly into nostalgia, and instead, look forward to the next best restaurant that opens in my city. But I was certifiably heart-eyed emoji, when our Senior Digital Writer Devika Manghnani pitched the idea of writing a love letter to her favourite cafe in Delhi – The Big Chill. After a Twitter war on whether Big Chill is worth the hype, Manghnani decided to finally say it out loud that those who love this 21-year-old spot so dearly will always be loyal to it, no matter what the double-chocolate-decadence-cake haters say.

The week that went by celebrated Navroz and so, we released our egg series. That our in-house chef Ruhashad Bhoja happens to be a thorough-bred Parsi, helped arrive at the most authentic versions of everything from Akuri to Bhaji per Eeda. Follow the recipes to the T to whip yourself up a Parsi treat like no restaurant can.

An interesting read this month is the one between two Kolkata-bred girls – our Food Editor Suman Quazi and London-based chef Asma Khan. Owner of The Darjeeling Express, Khan confides in Quazi about the racism she faces in the UK, the challenges of running an all-women kitchen, her devotion towards Indian food and how an episode on Netflix's celebrated Chef's Table changed her life.

The highlight this week was a pizza party at the office, courtesy Mag St. Toppings, that helped feed colleagues as they brainstormed on a bunch of ideas and navigated their way through Monday. Our Digital Marketing Specialist Tarvene Kaur narrates her experience in an articulate review piece.

And if you're the reel-making millennial, then take some tips from our Digital Writer Tarini Sood, who sashayed her way in and out of Silly, Khar's new hangout, complete with Pinterest-like interiors and a global menu. Sood shows you how good looking both she and the food are.

Until next time,

Sonal Ved

Sonal Ved

Sonal Ved


Sonal Ved is the editor at IFN. She is also an author of an award-winning cookbook called Tiffin. She travelled through the first five tastes to be able to tell between a brie and provolone dolce. She can make stellar undhiyu and a green smoothie.

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