One of the most interesting things said by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche — a man who had a lot of interesting things to say – was this: “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” WoNoBo’s expert tour guides welcome you to take a walk down India’s many colourful, crowded streets. Keep your eyes wide open and let our fabulous cities surprise you at every turn.
a walk down agra's past
5 stops, Easy
There is a secret lurking in every lane in Agra. The city may no longer be at the centre of Indian politics, but its past glory is for everyone to see. If you can look beyond that iconic structure
the tombs of sikandra
4 stops, Medium
Founded by Sikandar Lodi, the principality of Sikandra has several tombs that swirl with mysterious stories, none more magnificent than the tomb of Akbar the Great. It was during his time that Agra
a walk around the taj
4 stops, Easy
It is clear why Akbar chose Agra as his capital. It is filled with beauty, art and a thousand stories at every corner, if you know where to look. It speaks to visitors in voices as ancient and pure as
the taj mahal walking tour
8 stops, Medium
Rabindranath Tagore called it a ‘teardrop on the cheek of time'. He probably meant it as an understatement. Never before or since have art, engineering and human will combined to
the ahmedabad heritage walk
6 stops, Medium
It's easy to ignore Ahmedabad's glorious past when confronted with its colourful, vibrant present. All you have to do, to get that seemingly elusive peek at what it used to be,
the ahmedabad shining walk
6 stops, Medium
Why should anyone consider a walking tour about educational institutions, you ask? For a couple of reasons, starting with the fact that no other Indian city can claim to host such globally renowned
the chandni chowk trail
7 stops, Medium
Shahjahanabad. That’s the name Old Delhi went by in the 17th Century when the man who helped create it — Mughal emperor Shah Jahan — once walked these tree-lined streets.
the arts walking tour
9 stops, Medium
All major cities have fascinating hidden sides that they choose to reveal at random. If you’re lucky, Mumbai will allow you a couple of those picture-perfect moments when you least expect it
the british in mumbai walking tour
4 stops, Medium
They came, they conquered, they left a lasting influence. If it weren’t for the presence of the British on these seven islands, it’s hard to say what the face of Mumbai would be
March 8, International Women's Day, shouldn’t be just about indulging yourself at the spa or treating yourself to a great meal. We suggest you try one of these things for a change:
He claims to be a hard-core non-vegetarian, but can tell you where to find the best vegetarian thali in most Indian cities. Lounging in the peaceful lobby at the Trident, food critic and dog lover Antoine Lewis talks to us about wine and his all-consuming love for great food.
When did you realise you wanted to be a food critic? Is it something you always wanted to do?
Antoine Lewis: I was always interested in food, right from the time I was in school. I thought I’d join the hotel industry because, 20 years ago, that was the only option. I studied hotel management and left within the first year, because I realised I knew a lot more than what they had to offer. I went on to do my industrial training at The Taj, which is when I realised that wasn’t the life for me either. I had a whole bunch of one year careers, working with NGOs, getting my Masters degree. I also travelled, worked in television for a while and had a food show. I also ran my own Indian-Chinese home delivery service.
At the same time, I had also been writing occasionally for the magazine Femina. I approached a couple of publications, showed them some of my pieces and asked if they would like to commission stuff. Some of them were interested. I then approached the Sunday Observer and met the food editor there, who asked me a couple of questions about my background, why I was writing about food and what I knew about it. She then asked me to come back a couple of days later to meet the editor. She took me to the editor’s cabin and said ‘I’m leaving next month, and I think this guy is the perfect replacement for me.’ That’s how I got into food writing full time.
What would you be doing if not writing about food today?
AL: Something with dogs. I have two dogs now, and have had dogs for the last 30 years, so I’m really fond of them.
What is the one local dish you would not recommend to someone visiting Mumbai?
AL: Nothing Mumbai specific, I think you should try everything, I don’t think we do anything badly. But Chinese bhel comes to mind as one dish you could really avoid.
You have travelled a lot, which city would you call the food capital of the country?
AL: Delhi, without a doubt. I don’t know about the one dish I would recommend there, but there is this Korean restaurant called Gung Palace, I think they do the most fabulous Korean food. They have an outlet at Green Park and a bigger one at Gurgaon.
What is the weirdest thing you have eaten?
Last year, I ate fried locusts or fried grasshoppers in a fish sauce, in Bangkok. I thought they were quite tasty. It was no big deal, it tasted like prawn legs really. I don’t know why people are so bothered about insects.
Have you ever eaten anything live?
AL: Alive? Not intentionally.
What has been your best food experience till date?
AL: I think that would have to be my first experience of Ethiopian food, eating injera at the Queen of Sheba in Toronto.
What’s the one food you can eat at any time of the day?
AL: Sandwiches. There are a couple of variations, but my favourite is either ham, cheese, iceberg lettuce, mayo, American mustard and sliced apple or bacon, cheese and fried egg.
You invent a lot of recipes while you cook. What has been your best creation so far?
AL: I kind of adapted a recipe for a Cajun-style sausage rice, using Goa sausages. So far, I think that has been my biggest hit.
What is your favourite Indian wine?
AL: I used to like the Reveilo Cabernet Sauvignon, but that has gone down a bit over the years. I really like the Chandon sparkling wines that were released in 2013. Zampa has done a very good limited release Tempranillo reserve called Chene. I also like the Charosa Sauvignon Blanc and the new Sula sparkling blend that was re-configured in 2013.
Wine has become a huge fad in India over the past few years, What do you think made that happen?
AL: I’d love to say it’s the fault of the hipsters, but that's not really true. One is that a lot more wine has become accessible. I think a lot of women prefer wine to spirits or a beer. I also think it’s because a lot of places have taken to serving wines by the glass, which has helped as well.
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