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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.

Zeera located at Conrad Pune is an authentic Indian restaurant with a show kitchen. The elegantly designed space impresses as one steps in what with plush seating, stylish interiors and a regal look. Located...

As one enters the trendy and elegant Rika at the Park Hyatt Hyderabad, it’s impossible to not feel mesmerized by it’s unique design. The art and décor of Rika transports you into an elusive and imaginative...

In the month of October I was invited to stay and experience the sixth ‘Aloft’ Hotel in India which is located in Aerocity, one of New Delhi’s busiest and most cosmopolitan business destinations....

I was invited to stay at The Westin Pune Koregaon Park which is located at the best locality in Pune and I had a super time while I was there! My terrace suite was spacious and stylishly designed; the...

I was absolutely delighted when I received an invite from Saurabh Bharara- Director of Sales & Marketing-The Ritz-Carlton Bangalore to visit The Ritz-Carlton Bangalore for a two night stay on the occasion...

I visited the iconic Goa Marriott Resort and Spa in the month of October on invite by the affable General manager Gaurav Apte. It was really delightful to note that the hotel car which came to pick me...

Situated between the verdant jungle and the stunning coastline of Vagator Beach, W Goa features 160 vibrant guestrooms, including Villas, Chalets, a Marvelous Suite and an Extreme WOW Villa (the brand’s...

I was recently invited to Spice Kitchen at the JW Marriott Hotel Pune to experience authentic Malaysian cuisine with visiting Chef Khairul Nizam from Putrajaya. Rich in spices such as kaffir lime, turmeric,...

Located along the scenic East Coast Road of Tamil Nadu, overlooking the gorgeous Bay of Bengal, the Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort & Spa is spread over 10 acres of land with beautiful, landscaped...

I was invited to experience the popular Sunday brunch at Coriander Kitchen- Conrad Pune’s sprawling multi-cuisine restaurant by the hotel’s Executive Chef Pavan Kumar Chennam. With multiple live cooking...

In the month of August I was invited by Sanjay Sharma, Market Vice President, North India, Bhutan & Nepal, Marriott Hotels to visit and write about the two Le Meridien hotels in Bhutan. My first visit...

In the month of August I was invited by Sanjay Sharma, Market Vice President, North India, Bhutan & Nepal, Marriott Hotels to visit and write about the two Le Meridien hotels in Bhutan. The first...

My recent visit to the city of joy Kolkata proved to be a fabulous one owing to the JW Marriott Kolkata. The first hotel in Kolkata & East India by Marriott International, JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata...

My recent trip to Delhi on invite by Nitesh Gandhi-General Manager of the popular hotel JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity was a memorable one in many ways. This beautifully designed property is strategically...

Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital is popular with locals and tourists alike for its charm and royal palaces, and is an ideal destination for weddings. I had heard a lot about the beauty of the brand new JW...

Recently I was invited to the 100th Marriott hotel in the country – the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center in the multinational information technology hub of Bengaluru....

Bangalore is one of my favourite cities in India and one that I travel to often for work and pleasure both. Even though I have stayed in most of the better hotels in Bangalore, recently I enjoyed a delightfully...

Apart from several other attractive things, what really sets Mumbai apart from other cities in India is it’s beautifully pristine beaches. Waves lashing across the sands are a sight that makes you believe...

On Valentine’s Day I decided to spend a fun day at Imagica, India’s first and largest family holiday and entertainment destination of international standards. Imagica is spread over 138 acres just...

In the month of December, I was invited to the Hilton Bangalore Embassy GolfLinks. It was a really good time to be in hotels as Christmas was just around the corner and most hotels all over the country...

Recently I visited Bangalore, one of my favorite cities in India and stayed at the Grand Mercure Bangalore on invitation. The city of Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is one of India’s most diverse...

The Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa houses probably the world’s largest spa, ecologically designed luxurious villas, a restaurant that serves Ayurvedic food, all of which is focused towards environment...

I was recently hosted by The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences and came back with an incredible experience. One of the most popular hotels in Delhi, it is also frequented by locals and tourists...

The recent opening of Andaz Delhi in Aerocity in January this year created a lot of excitement in the hotel industry in India this being the Andaz brand’s first hotel in India and 16th worldwide. So...

In the month of October I visited the Westin Pushkar Resort and Spa on invitation and was pleasantly surprised to see a luxurious resort in an area which is known as the pilgrim destination of Rajasthan....

Mumbai city boasts of some of the biggest brands in the hotel industry. Recently I had the pleasure of being hosted by the Hilton Mumbai International Airport, a 19th century palace themed luxury boutique...

Last week I was invited to visit The Source at Sula Vineyards, the beautiful Tuscan-style boutique resort situated at the site of Sula’s historic first winery which heralded the birth of Nashik as India’s...

The sprawling Corinthians Resort and Club which has dotted the skyline of Pune for more than a decade is a 116-room property located on a picturesque hillock in South Pune and is owned by Nyati Group,...

Well presented, wholesome with a variety of preparations to satiate ones appetite, the thali (Indian platter of food consisting of a variety of dishes) has always been a very important part of Pune city’s...

Conrad Pune threw open its doors last year but it was only recently that I was invited for a stay to experience this swanky hotel which has been the talk of the town for the past one year. Located in the...