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Appenzeller Cheese: a taste of Swiss tradition

Just like its majestic Alps and lip-smacking chocolates, cows and cheese are yet other symbols associated with Switzerland. The latter reflects the age-old traditions and culture of the Swiss.  Cows grazing on the lush green alpine meadows, their wholesome milk enriched by the rich variety of flora and the flavoursome cheese wheels that are dished out from dairies are a slice of the vibrant gastronomical culture of the country.  Legacy of cheese making Cheesemaking in Switzerland is believed to have existed

Alluring Amber in Poland

Ever since Jurassic Park made it famous (the dinos were created using blood from a mosquito trapped in an ancient piece of Amber), Amber has intrigued people. Strictly speaking, it is not a stone at all but is a fossilised resin - exuded from an unnamed pine tree millions of years ago. Though Baltic ones are thought to be fossil resins from sciadopityaceae family trees that were abundant in north Europe. And as I recently learnt, from a trip to

Ambassador of Turkey to India hosted high tea

The Ambassador of Turkey to India, H.E. Mr Şakir Özkan Torunlar, hosted a High Tea for members of the Indian tourism and economy media at his official residence in New Delhi recently. The informal meet and greet session was organised to acknowledge the media for their ongoing support to Turkey and apprise them on current tourism statistics and trends between both the countries. The High Tea at the ambassador’s residence was an extravagant occasion giving a peek of Turkish culture,

The One Trip To Thailand That Changed It All

When it comes to a holiday, let’s be honest, we want everything to be perfect. We plan out every little detail with meticulous care, especially for international vacations. Whether it is hotel stays, eating joints you want to try out, the places you want to visit or the things you want to buy, you would always want to build an itinerary for everything and make sure they are all perfect to the ‘T’. Unfortunately, however, many of us forget to include

Sweet and Spicy Memories from South Korea

It's better to see something once than to hear about it thousand times. "Go and See" is what I believe in. Travelling and exploring different places is something I always loved doing. Miss Asia Awards gave me an opportunity to explore Seoul- one of Asia's major centres for culture, entertainment, and research, with additional strengths in the arts, commerce, and education. I had a memorable time in South Korea. From people to museums, food and culture, I made some wonderful memories

Thailand Not a Land of Flesh But Also a Family Destination

Before travelling to Thailand, I have heard so much about the country, that I was in double mind. It was damn embarrassing, the moment you tell someone you are travelling to Thailand, people used to give those meaningful looks. My condition was even worse as I was travelling with a small kid and husband. I was in a deep dilemma, whether exposing younger one to such place, is a wise thing. But thankfully, I was proven wrong. Thailand is beautiful, friendly

Wandering gourmand in Dubai

Dubai is one of the world’s most breathtaking dining destinations, a sprawling city with unmatched multicultural cuisine. The regular influx of people from across the globe ensures that the Arab city gets the best cuisine, be it continental, European, Asian or more. In the midst of all this, one should not forget that the local Emirati food, better known as Levantine food, is also there to savour. There are numerous options to indulge in such as hummus, a famous dip made

Georgian food – a supra for Gods

It’s often called the alchemy of cultures and influences, but that is just one of the many facets that make Georgian food such an incurable fascination – especially its bread. Contemplate Georgia. It is this little sliver of a kingdom lying in the crossroads of Europe and Asia, and sandwiched between the Black and Caspian Seas with Russia on the north and Turkey and Iran to the south. And yet, when it comes to food, it’s a showcase of the multiple

Turkey and its unbeatable hospitality

There are some destinations which you want to explore once in life, and there are some which you always want to go back to....and Turkey is certainly one of them! Turkey is a blend of vibrant Mediterranean cultures and the enchantment of the East; a combination of the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the international cities and the delighting simplicity of village life. A land of legendary wealth and generosity, the home of Midas - who turned everything he touched to gold, the birthplace

Three reasons to visit Wonderfood Museum, Penang

The best part of my profession is that I get to go places and enjoy culinary delights from all over the world, in the garb of 'opening my eyes'. But my recent trip to Penang in Malaysia (where I was judging the Asian Pastry Competition) made my eyes pop out in wonder. Wonderfood Museum in Penang, that opened in November last year, is a speciality museum that celebrates Penang's huge variety cooking in particular and Malaysia's culinary smorgasbord in general. The