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Jyoti Balani

My journey with food started at the Institute of Hotel management and Catering technology in Pune years ago. The training that I received at the Taj flight Kitchen in Mumbai and several hotels in Pune has helped me understand food and the hotel industry. A well established food, wine and travel writer, I got my first job as a writer at the Times of India in 2003. It has been a long and soul satisfying journey so far. Contributing for well known publications such as Savvy CookBook, Khaleej Times, Sommelier India, Society world of luxury and several lifestyle magazines has only fueled my passion for food, wine and travel. So far my culinary adventures have taken me to France (Bordeaux), Germany, Spain, Thailand, Ireland, England and Australia.

Goa as a holiday destination for both Indians and foreign tourists has held an irresistible mystique, an X factor, the exact reason for which is hard to pinpoint. Everyone from celebrities to the common...

If one is looking for an oasis of luxury and nature for a peaceful getaway in Mumbai, the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel – a Marriott Luxury and Lifestyle hotel, set on the banks of the...

Recently I was invited to Le Sutra – a unique art hotel located in the buzzing Khar area in Mumbai. This hotel blends contemporary chic with traditional Indian art in its beautifully designed rooms....

My work takes me often to Mumbai, known as the Maximum City, a metropolis known for housing some of the best brands in the hospitality business. While in Mumbai, one of my most preferred hotels is The...

During my visit to Bangalore in the month of January this year, I was invited to stay at the Oakwood Premier Prestige Bangalore. Located in the heart of the city within the UB City complex, Vittal Mallya...

The Sahib Room & Kipling Bar signifies Indian food at its best and is an ode to the good ol’ times when oil lamps, ink pens and silver cutlery were a common feature on dinner tables in India! The...

Recently I was invited to Novotel Imagica Khopoli, a resort which is very close to where I live in Pune. India’s first theme park property by AccorHotels, this resort is surrounded by the lush greenery...

It’s always a relief to stay in hotels close to the airport to avoid the long hours of travel, especially in metros where the time it takes to reach the airport is quite a bit. Located close to the International...

Known for it’s refined culture, fine cuisine and sophisticated demeanor, Hyderabad is often referred to as the city of pearls or the city of the Nizams. A steady rise in the number of long staying business...

While in Bangalore recently, I was invited for a fam trip to the fairly new Fairfield by Marriott hotel in Rajajinagar. Fairfield by Marriott is known as an established leader in the moderate tier segment,...