About the Foodie
Elyse Pasquale is a food and travel writer on the culinary adventure of a lifetime. The initial objective: to fly 100,000 miles for 100 of the world’s best local meals in one year. One year turned into three – and more than 100 food-filled journeys. She still flies for food and is working on her upcoming book, “Off the Beaten Plate.” All food and travel expenses paid for by Foodie International. Keeping it real for the foodies
Filming “Off the Beaten Plate,” a new WEB SERIES in New Zealand, Australia, Singpore, Cambodia and Japan
I feel as though I’ve stepped into the fantasy world of Pandora from the film “Avatar.” The lush, landscaped gardens of Bangalore’s Taj West End hotel dazzle with tiny white lights, some dripping from trees like willow branches. Sitar music fills the air. As I move down the lit walkway, I’m handed a glass of strawberry lassi, a sweet, refreshing yogurt drink. Read more
To attend a wedding in India is a once-in-a-lifetime, bucket list kind of experience. Whether Hindu or Muslim, Indian matrimonial traditions are steeped in rich culture. The celebration of two people coming together isn’t just between families and friends, it extends to an entire community. Today, Farakh and Qurrath are getting married. Though weddings take place over several days, this is the official religious service and my first time attending a Muslim wedding.
It’s Farakh’s wedding day and I’ve been invited to share in his final feast as a single man. The meal is breakfast, but this is no ordinary egg and toast affair. Farakh’s parents are throwing him a traditional groom’s breakfast, featuring his most favorite Southern Indian dishes. Knowing Farakh and his outspoken affinity for sheep offal, this was going to be good. Read more
The first public festivities of my friend Farakh’s wedding are called the shukrana, which literally means “thanksgiving.” We gather in a room at Bangalore’s chic St. Mark’s Hotel, where the wedding gifts are on display. These are the jewels and clothing that the bride, Qurrath, will receive from Farakh’s family. They are presented alongside an incredible, colorful spread of fresh fruit. Shukrana is a night of giving, being thankful and sharing the joy of two families coming together. Read more