In good taste!

Though our week-long trip to Sikkim in North Eastern India was unique in many ways, what stuck me most was the organic vegetables and fruits produced in the state. Sikkim, which was until 1975 an independent nation, will soon be declared a 100 per cent organic state and the use of chemical fertiliser and other…

Cheerey Tomatoes

We went to buy fish at the local Farmer’s Market on Saturday and came back with a load that we had to clean ourselves in the process leaving the kitchen in a mess and the apartment smelling for several hours. But we also got back some lovely red fresh cherry tomatoes – which made our…

Bargain Bonanza

This is what the streets of a particular quarter in Old Manama look like on the weekend. The well-known “Bangali Gali” (lane of the Bengalis) is a favourite haunt for workers of all hues as well as families eager to strike a bargain – be it to buy vegetables and other fresh produce, or sundry…

Bahrain’s Greens

We visited the local Central Vegetable Market this morning. Normally, we would do the grocery shopping from one of the supermarkets but looked towards Bahrain’s local winter produce this time round – at least for the vegetables. What we got was very fresh and ‘life-like’, particularly the celery, the tomatoes and the baby tomatoes. Though…

Going Green

Last night I accompanied a friend to the old Manama Suq where he had to run an errand, and ended up buying a lot of fish – something that I relish but am never confident enough to cook. Also came across this impressive array of vegetables in one of the lanes in the ancient part…

Raw politics

Onion prices have skyrocketed in India, just before several states go to the polls in the next few weeks. This has happened just as Indians also prepare themselves for perhaps the most hotly contested elections to Parliament in the next few months. And while people suffer and literally cry themselves hoarse, politicians are doing what…

Tea Time Tales

Traders, workers and shoppers take a break from their schedule over cups of tea, Arabic coffee and gossip in Bahrain’s bustling Central Market. The country’s only facility where fruits and vegetables from all over the region and beyond first arrive is a must-visit for anyone looking for the freshest-possible produce at affordable cost.