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Little Black Book: Discover the Pink City – Jaipur

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By Cosmo BrockwayThe fabled city of Jaipur, rose-pink capital of Rajasthan, has been busy captivating travellers to the subcontinent for centuries, not least for its unrivalled collection of shopping and dining destinations. The bazaars and many boutique palace hotels hum with both established names and exciting new openings to suit every taste and budget. Well known as a hub of creativity and the arts, Jaipur has a loyal coterie of famous visitors, including designer Matthew Williamson and…

Dining with the Nawabs: A Culinary Tale of two Countries

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‘Dining with the Nawabs’ reveals a glimpse into the present-day lives of the rulers of India. An exquisitely produced book which profiles several Muslim royal families across India and Pakistan through their culinary traditions. Author Meera Ali, is herself married to the Raja of Kotwara, and uses her insider access to give us a rare seat at the tables of princely families of the subcontinent…

Foodie Hotspot: Mumbai

Whether it be the scent of turmeric and cardamom slowly frying in ghee, or the sight of a bulky hessian sack in the bazaar topped with a precarious pyramid of precious saffron: India is all about food. Or, more precisely, about countless blends of exotic flavours that quickly captivated the taste buds of Europe centuries ago and has never ceased doing so.  The numerous regions and peoples of India each have their unique and distinct styles and flavours. However, the Maharashtrians in West…

14 Fabulous Foods You Have to Try on a Tour of Asia

Food in Asia is both exotic and exciting; if you’ve travelled through Asia before, you’ll have experienced an explosion of flavours and the ying and yang of fresh aromas which tease the nose before they even hit your taste buds. It’s all about inciting the senses; and that’s what we love so much about Asian cooking. Famed for its focus on flavour and freshness, Asian cuisine is amongst the finest. And here are 14 fabulous foods you have to try on your next tour of Asia! 1| Thali Similar to…

14 Fabulous Foods You Have to Try on a Tour of Asia

Food in Asia is both exotic and exciting; if you’ve travelled through Asia before, you’ll have experienced an explosion of flavours and the ying and yang of fresh aromas which tease the nose before they even hit your taste buds. It’s all about inciting the senses; and that’s what we love so much about Asian cooking. Famed for its focus on flavour and freshness, Asian cuisine is amongst the finest. And here are 14 fabulous foods you have to try on your next tour of Asia! 1| Thali Similar to…

Bangalore on a Plate

Our favourite Bangalore-based foodie, Nirja Raju, reveals what she thinks would make the ideal 2-day tour of this burgeoning city's epicurean hotspots. ©Paul Fernandez When planning a trip to India, it can be easy to overlook Bangalore when compared to the towering temples of Tamil Nadu, or the decadent palaces of Rajasthan, but do spare time for a culinary affair to remember. Before the city got its tagline as the ‘Silicon Valley’ of India, Bangalore was titled the ‘Garden City’ with…

Insider Q&A: Indian food historian Jonty Rajagopolan shares her top Hyderabad travel tips

Welcome back to Ampersand’s Insider Q&A series where we pick the brains of our special suppliers and ask them to share their tips and local perspective on some of our favourite destinations. Sharing her insights with us this time is Jonty Rajagopolan, a great friend of ours and, we think, the best guide in all of India. She is extremely bright and cultured, with several libraries-worth of knowledge about India’s history (particularly its food history). Her skills go far beyond historical…

Just back from... Hoi An, Vietnam

“Xin chào” and hello from Ampersand’s marketing manager, Sacha Smith-Laing, who recently returned from Vietnam where she caught some rays, ate many a phở and strolled the fairytale lanes of Hoi An. Here, she picks out the top 3 highlights of her trip… The phenomenal food… There are many things that tempted me to Vietnam this year: winter sun, the crumbly colonial charm, the moped chaos and the weird and wonderful idiosyncrasies that are unique to Vietnam. The number one reason, though, was…