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October 27, 2015 , By BlabberCat

#KolkataFoodJourney 2015

#KolkataFoodJourney 2015

As I neared the meeting spot, I noticed a bunch of curious foodies, with no fixed pattern or narrow group type, scattered but yet gathered to embark on a memorable food journey. And as we had expected, there was no formal introduction required because mostly everyone recognised each other from social media or word of mouth. A home baker, whose Instagram food photography beats any restaurant in Kolkata, IIHM Young Chef India winners Garima Poddar and Simran Kapur, Kolkata Foodie girls Priyanka Gupta and Ritika Jaiswal, anonymous reporter who couldn’t disclose his portal for company’s policies were among the few who had come with big appetites and open minds.
#KolkataFoodJourney presented Entrée to Dessert and The India Diaries was in association with Uber Cabs and dessert partner was Mrs Magpie, Chocolate Partner was Chocotarian, online media partner was BlabberCat. For the first time ever in Kolkata, a journey of food of this calibre was organised which created quite the stir and now everyone wants a sequel.

Stop 1

Pucha wala at Vivekananda Park

Stop 2

Biryani and Firni at Aminia

Stop 3

Cupcakes at Mrs Magpie

The journey was full of surprises and the sweetest secret was the chocolate box given to each food wanderer Chocotarian. “This is just the beginning to legendary food journeys, I was nervous in the beginning; there were many obstacles while we were planning this journey. Will people want to have puchkas for brunch? Will the puchka wala agree to come so early? Will strangers want to eat and travel together? Turns out all the hindrances were the highlights. The most memorable moments were enjoying the thrill of having chilled sweet puchka water before noon, choosing to sit on a table you are most unfamiliar with and playing games together,” said Sukanya Saha, founder of Entrée to Dessert and partner at #KolkataFoodJourney.

The travel tales flagged within Southern Avenue focused on Kolkata’s favourite three for this festive season – Street food, biryani and cupcakes. “When I had started India travel diaries, I had started with the intention of travelling everywhere and trying out all kinds of food. But my heart always remains with the basic food staples of Kolkata. Being a bong, I live in Mumbai and its only the food craving that makes me come back. This food journey is so soul-touching because the happiness that food can generate, that also while travel and games, it’s a feeling that can’t be explained,” said Sulagna Chaterjee, founder of The India Diaries.

 

The #KolkataFoodJourney was talked about till weeks after the adventure day and all those who were a part of it and all those who missed out hoped for the second journey soon. BlabberCat wishes them a delicious journey ahead and can’t wait to cross your path during our second journey.

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