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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.

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,...

A recent visit to Bangalore proved to be an enjoyable one what with a fabulous stay at the Ritz-Carlton. This is the country’s first Ritz Carlton and one that has raised the bar for luxury hotels all...

Located within the 4.5 million square feet Prestige Cessna Business Park which houses IT companies, Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park’s ideal location and buzzing social scene make it a distinctive...

Recently I checked in to the new airport hotel Taj Bangalore. It was a pleasant surprise to note that this hotel is just five minutes away from the airport. Even though I enjoy being in Bengaluru each...

Located at Whitefield, the IT hub of Bengaluru, Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield is a vibrant, energetic and yet a business centered hotel. I was recently invited to this popular hotel and came away...

Recently I was invited to the ITC Gardenia, one of Bangalore’s most beautiful hotels. Overlooking the century old Bangalore Club, the hotel is located in the midst of Bengaluru’s most elite neighbourhood....