Favorites List (9.14.12) Recipe

A quick favorites list for the weekend!

Favorites List (9.14.12)

Before we jump into this favorites list, a quick question for you all. I'm planning a trip to India(!), specifically New Delhi and Rajasthan. If you've been (or live there), and know of spots/shops/eats that we absolutely can't miss, please please give a shout in the comments. Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra, Udaipur...so far, all are in the cards and I'm out-of-my-mind excited. A couple of my favorite experiences in Japan came from you all, so, thanks in advance. Enjoy the favorites list and I'll be back in a few days with a new recipe. xo -h

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New Delhi drove me nuts, I'll never go back! However, I loved Rajasthan. If you're staying in Udaipur, you should choose this place. We stayed in one of the cheap standard rooms, and it was so charming. Gets you away from what feels like typical tourists. http://www.rangniwaspalace.com/index.htm

Dawn

Maybe not for your upcoming trip, but just to let you know for future trips: Bengali cuisine is amazing, and by far the best cuisine I've had in India. Many Indians would agree with me. There's a complexity to the spices and flavors that I've not experienced in other Indian cuisines. It's more about layers of flavors than heat. Also, try to find the book "Tasting India" by Christine Manfield. It's a new and beautiful coffee table book about travelling and eating in India. I saw it in Crosswords on my last trip to India. This book is an encyclopedia of Indian food experiences, and a good place to do research before departing.

FNB

Hi Heidi- when i Rajastan you MUST also go to Jaisalmer, a fort city growing out of the desert dust. Simply Amazing.

Siri

Hey Heidi I noticed you already received a big list of to go places. So I will keep mine short and sweet. I am born and raised in India and went to college in Delhi but moved to USA in jan'12 with my husband. So here we go : 1) KAREEMS in delhi for mughlai food 2)Must visit JANPATH in delhi for shopping Indian silks,artifacts and gift items.MUST MUST go. 3)HANDI in Jaipur.Amazing mughlai food. Try egg curry. Happy and safe journey!

ami

In JAIPUR stay at Hotel Diggi palace, lovely ,central, not expensive and heritage. Try and visit Brigitte Singh in Amber fort (you probably know her textiles) her workshop is amazing. Phone 91 141 2530229 Have lassi at the lassiwalla at 312 M.I.Road and drink out of a lovely handmade disposable clay pot! Check SATAYAM for textiles (expensive, bengali, the finest) ph 91 1412601432 ( Laxman Dwara,right outside the City palace) In Jodphur stay at Karni Bawan. If you decide to stop in Shakawati while in Rajasthan (the region of the painted Havelis) PLEASE try and stay at Apani Dhani in nawalgar www.apanidhani.com. You'll love it. Many more suggestions, but I'll stop here..

francesca

If you need a place to stay in Jaipur, you must check out the Royal Heritage Haveli. It's outstanding.

Jillian

In Jaipur you must try Chowki Dhani..Its a fun experience and good food..Also try the food at Rambagh Palace Taj. In Udaipur you must try the thali at Oberoi Uday villas or Taj hotel one. Delhi is famous for its chaats so that is a must try and their tandoori kebabs too. Have fun!! and great shopping in Delhi

Kashish S

go to pushkar! bundi too perhaps. and yes like someone else wrote, if you have the time; varanasi! (Blue Lassi in old town, Varanasi - best lassis i've had.) have fun and do enjoy the amazing country of india!

amanda

My cousin runs the Jaipur Kitchen, a cooking school in Jaipur. She is originally from New Dehli, and knows a lot of the best places to eat in the area. Check her out on http://www.facebook.com/jaipurkitchen and let me know if you want her contact info. Her name is Vasudha Sanghi.

neha

Oh how wonderful. We spent five weeks in India last summer - mainly in Rajasthan, and then south near Kerala. It was incredible. Jodhpur and Jaipur were probably my favourite cities. We stayed at Shanti Home in Delhi - it is a really lovely boutique hotel. Jami Masjid a mosque on the road between Delhi and Jaipur was incredible. The Amber Fort in Jaipur is beautiful - well worth a visit, as is the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. Oh and in Udaipur is Ganesh Handicraft Emporium - it's tucked down a back alley, but is the most amazing Aladdin's cave of textiles. Likewise Maharani Art Exporters in Jodhpur - looks basic from the street, but get them to take you downstairs and it just keeps going and going - treasures everywhere. I hope you have a wonderful trip, and look forward to seeing your posts when you return. Annie x

Annie

I traveled to India three years ago. If you can get to Bandhavgarh Park to see the tigers you should. Also, my son went last year and stayed here: http://www.villaloshegani.com/ He said it was one of the most beautiful places he has ever been.

Heidi

So happy to hear you are venturing to India! It will change perspective on things and word of advice just go with the flow and be prepared for all your senses to be assaulted at one. I love India and both have lived there and returned as a tourist. Be sure to visit the open air market which always have spice vendors you will be amazed by the color, variety of textures available. And I second the idea of going to the restaurant Bukhara in the hotel Bukhara ITC Maurya. Amazing dal and naan made in an open kitchen with an authentic tandoori oven.

stacey

hi heidi! i'm so excited you are finally going to india! you uploaded my images to your discussion board from india way back in 2005 when i had gone :). you are going to have an AMAZING time. sadly, i can't remember particular places and names, but i know you will absolutely fall in love with being there. safe travels to you when you go and can't wait to read about it here, best, nina

nina

hi heidi! i'm so excited you are finally going to india! you uploaded my images to your discussion board from india way back in 2005 when i had gone :). you are going to have an AMAZING time. sadly, i can't remember particular places and names, but i know you will absolutely fall in love with being there. safe travels to you when you go and can't wait to read about it here, best, nina

nina

Hi Heidi, Have been to india many times. Favorite delhi places: Anokhi and Tulsi at santushti shopping complex. Lodi park for morning strolls. Khan market more shopping. Dining at the Dhaba in the claridges hotel, esp. good paneer tikka and dal makhani! Safe travels.

Debra Stevens

Hi Heidi, Please visit ' Anokhi ' shop in Jaipur. It has beautiful block printed dresses as well as linens, bags, etc. Also visit ' Anokhi ' museum. There is a restaurant called 'chowkidani ' just outside of Jaipur. You must try the traditional food there. Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan Palace and the fort is a must see for the history. In Jodhpur

Rupal

NAMASTE, Heidi! I've been a follower of yours for years, but this is my first time commenting. I just returned from most of the places you mentioned, and I am so excited that you are going to India! I agree with Emma...it's a love/hate experience, but when you return a part of your heart will be left there. Apparently, 75% of Indian spices come from Rajasthan (or at least that is what they told me :-). Please listen to the other posts about Pushkar! It is one of my favorite places. We found a little hostel there called White House. The owner has an ORGANIC GARDEN at his house and is one of the best cooks I've ever met! He gave us a cooking lesson in his humble kitchen, and we had the best MANGO TEA on the planet!! We did a camel safari there as well! So FUN! You must visit Amber Fort in Jaipur. There is a unique jewelry store in Jodhpur (it was good enough for Angelina Jolie to visit) called Gems and Art Plaza. In New Delhi I liked Delhi Haat, an open air food plaza and craft bazaar. I'm so excited for you! Please let us know every detail of your trip! Also, have you thought of heading up to Nepal? It's worth it and you can get there from Delhi by plane in a few hours. You can get a tourist visa in the airport for $25. Hmmm...what else? Remember, Rajasthan = semi-precious jewels, silver, spices, tie tied fabrics, miniature paintings, block printed textiles, hand made rugs, puppets, and peacocks...don't forget to drink lots of CHAI!

Kari

get last month's issue of food and wine...they had quite a few places in India in cities that you are going to visit...

charles lang

I've just returned from traveling in the same area that you plan to visit. I agree with the suggestions that have been posted and want to share that Anokhi in Jaipur is a must; textiles are made with organic dyes and are beautiful. I purchased most of my souvenirs there...tableclothes and dinner napkins, shopping bags and robes! Taj Mahal at sunrise is an absolute must. At the last minute I decided to go to Varanasi for two days and purchased an airline ticket departing from Delhi and am thankful that I did because it was a profound experience. Have fun!

Sherrie

I'm so excited that you're going to be traveling to India. It's an experience you'll never forget. I'm from Mumbai, but love Delhi for its history and of course, the food. Places to try: Bukhara at the ITC is a splurge, but serves incomparable northwestern food - the kaali dal and melt-in-your-mouth malai tikkas are fabulous. Bukhara, ITC Maurya, Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi; +91 (0)11 2611 2233 Bengali Sweets at the Bengali Market is one of my favorites for vegetarian snacks and sweets. Bengali Sweets, G-19, South Extension Part 1, New Delhi; +91 (0)11 2462 1022 The north Indian food at the original Moti Mahal at Daryaganj is on most people's must-eat list. Moti Mahal, 3703, Netaji Subhash Marg, Daryaganj The old city streets near Chandni Chowk have some of the best street food in Delhi - embrace the chaos, and you'll have a great time. The stuffed, fried breads at Paranthe-wali-galli, chaat and lassi are a must-try. And then there are the sweets: Jalebis (a fried squiggly sugary sweet) at 'Old and Famous Jalebi-wala', Kheer (like an Indian rice pudding) at Bade Mia, and Daulat ki Chaat (an airy milky confection) at various stalls around Kinari Bazaar and Chandni Chowk. Old and Famous Jalebi Wala, corner of Chandni Chowk and Dariba Kalan Bade Mia, Lal Kuan, near Chawri Bazaar metro, Old Delhi If you are interested, this is a blog post I wrote a while back on Delhi: http://www.tiffintales.com/2010/04/21/delhi-6/ Link to article on restaurants in Delhi: http://www.cnngo.com/mumbai/visit/ultimate-guide-best-of-new-delhi-741480?page=0,3 And here is a very good article I came across recently: http://eatanddust.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/feast-feature3.pdf Happy and safe travels!

Heena

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