So, as I promised, I was there at the Monalisa Kalagram for The Flavours of My City Food Festival and Expo. Reached almost after an hour of the opening. Bright blue sky, red and white canopies and music attracts at the first site to give a kick-ass start to your gastronomical journey. At the entrance, you will be handed the list of stalls with the check box in front to mark what your preference to buy is. How good, na!? Each and every stall has a number identical to that on the list. Best part is Taste and Buy – No pressure! Also, post marking, there is a central billing counter where you can take your list, pay and carry your bag of happiness.
My culinary exploration started with the visiting of the most awaited monuments made with the edible items like Chikki, Toast, Cookies, Biscuits etc. Placed in the covered area, there are two of the monuments – Qutab Minar and Gateway of India. Wow! What a creativity and skill. Hats off!
Many of you were asking, what to buy from the expo. So, here I am listing down my top 12 personal favourites...
- Murukku and Banana Chips from Delecta Bakery (Stall no.1)
- Jam Rolls (Extra Sweet) from Kunju's Jam Rolls (Stall no.2)
- Assorted Hand-cut traditional Nuts - Roasted Almonds from Moddy's (Stall no.6)
- Chikodi, Badam Sticks and Karachi Fruit Biscuit from Hyderabad (Stall no.7)
- Dharwad Pedha (Bit extra sweet) from Babu Singh Thakur Pedha (Stall no.8)
- Maddur Wada (Spicy) from Bangalore (Stall no.10)
- Rosogollas from KC Das (Stall no.12)
- Grainless Coconut Macaroons and Rajgar Cookies (Stall no.15)
- Ratlami Sev from Jalaram Sweets (Stall no.16)
- Ratrani Kandi Pedha from Modi's Narayan Pedhewale (Stall no.21)
- Gunda and Red Chilli Pickle from Shree Jain Udyog (Stall no.23)
- Mazaana Chocolate Paan from Mapro (Stall no.30)
- Chutney Sauce Murabba
- Smokin' Joes
- Ganesh Bhel
- Annapurna Namkeens (Don't forget to try their Onion Pakora and Dhokla)
- Tea, Coffee and Drinking water facility is also available.
Enjoy few more photos...