Blame us for giving in to the stereotypes when we say we don’t know anything about the cuisines down south. Contrary to popular belief, there is a lot more than idli, dosa and sambar that South India has to offer. Did you know the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka each had a different cuisine of their own? And that it was not all about sambars and vadas only?
I have personally grown to love South Indian cuisines over the last 4 years. I love the exotic flavours of the spices, and the coconut based curries are one of my top favourite comfort foods. So when I received an invitation to the Kerala Food Fest at Double Tree By Hilton, Chinchwad I absolutely had to accept it.
Chinchwad is literally another part of Pune. Thank God for their pick-up-and-drop service, because I don’t see myself driving down so far unless it’s for a weekend stay (remember the brilliant staycation I had fallen in love with back in September? :’) Our pick up arrived at 7:45pm, and it took us a little less than an hour to reach our destination. This distance can be covered n 30-40minutes on a weekend.
The spread at the Kerala food Fest at Double Tree By Hilton was like a warm hug on a cold winter night. With pickles and fish and prawns and beef (water buffalo) and coconut milk based gravies and appams and dosas and payasam all around while you take a tour of the dinner buffet, it does get extremely difficult to control your excitement (and hunger) While we waited to get started, I might have finished off a bowl or two of banana chips that were kept on our table *tee hee* Oh also, I might have OD’ed on meen.
My verdict? I frikking LOVED it! There was a point where I was actually considering going back to the food for my fourth round.
Double Tree By Hilton is slowly turning out to be a good option for spending an interesting weekend. From a staycation to food fests to special dates there is a lot that has come up here. For those looking out for a refreshing break, it’s time to start checking out options this side of town :)