A Visual Food Guide

The 10 Best Clicked Foodlets

Comments (2) | Saturday, August 20, 2011

Shradha Shahapurkar (Dark_Gal) is an engineer, an educator, a published writer and now an intern with Foodlets. She picks the following 10 as her choices for the 'The 10 Best Clicked Foodlets'

In commemoration of The World Photography Day, observed on 19th August, we bring to you the finest clicked Foodlets. Many thanks to all the photographers who strive to get us that perfect click and help our starving.
The list is not exhaustive:
Sharafat Khan, Ashu Dhond, Kartik Naik, Saurav Dalvi, Nitesh Shet, Rohan Reddy; a big thank you!

As I say, we’ve kept it delicious.

Have mighty fun.

By Counter Culture

By Aroy Restaurant

By Nitesh Shet

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Foodlets at Startup Saturday

Comments (6) | Thursday, August 4, 2011

We presented Foodlets at Startup Saturday on 9th July. The venue this time was Christ College, Koramangala.

It was our time to meet other startup founders, enterprising people and the Startup Saturday team. It was heartening to see the audience appreciate what we built and all hands went up when asked whether they believed that Foodlets will succeed :)

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F for Food, M for Memories

Comments (1) | Sunday, June 26, 2011

Taste, smell, texture, color and presentation are the 5 qualities often associated with food. What about memories? Don't some dishes, the places where we ate them and the people with whom we shared them make strong memories?

A mention of Chicken Cafreal reminds me of my boyhood days in Goa when my father used to take me to Florentine, Saligao specially for this dish. The bad thing - we had to wait in a queue. The good thing - the queue was just opposite to the kitchen where the air was full of the Cafreal gravy aroma. I remember telling my sister once that I could eat a bead just sniffing the air.

A trip to Panjim was never complete without a visit to Cafe Bhosle or Cafe Real - may it be with friends or family.
Tamato Bhaji with bread, Bun and Mirchi was a regular order and ofcourse the Chai to finish with.

Another dish that has strong memories is the Shiv Poori on the road side stalls at Calangute beach. After taking my school lessons my cousin used to take me there as a reward. Hot smashed patato, hot chana, tamarind chutney, nylon shiv and the spices. All in crispy golgappas - I could never resist making the 2nd order.

Omlette Bhaji - this is one of the dishes I crave for in Bangalore. A freshly fried omlette with hot tava bhaji and tava toasted bread. All this while the cool Calangute beach breeze hit the face. What an experience!

Now I make it a point to take my little cousins to these stalls, it’s their time to build memories.

Which are your best memories with food?

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Peace, Love, Cupcakes

Comments (15) | Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"Never eat more than you can lift. " -- Miss Piggy

There is so much to write about when it comes to food in Mumbai. With my recent job switch I’m now smack in the middle of what can easily qualify as the food capital of Mumbai - Bandra!

Lunch break everyday is an opportunity to go out and explore and try different outlets and cuisines. Moving to the social sector however has meant that I need to watch my lunch budget everyday. Bandra never ceases to offer options though and there are easily a hundred places you could go to!

One of my favourite places to go to would have to be Candies at Pali Naka. Now some complain of long and winding queues of regulars at Candies, but I have to say its well worth the wait. The place boasts of a beautiful decor with lots of mosaic work on its simple white walls, and even a hall of lamps. The food is great value for money, especially for the hordes of college-goers on a tight budget. There’s lots of private spaces and multi-level seating, perfect for that first teeny-bopper date. Stepping into the little dessert section makes you feel like a child in a chocolate factory! It is terribly inviting with pretty pink tiled walls and little mosaic cupcake motifs, an attractive display of cheesecakes, tarts and so much more.
My favourite at Candies is the red velvet cupcake! It wins, hands down! Now the cupcakes at Candies come in all shapes, sizes, flavours and colors! The red velvet one is delightful little work of art and is deliciously soft and abundantly topped with copious amounts of buttercream frosting and sprinkles and a signature marzipan heart. The carrot cupcake is a close second.

In some strange way, life is easier to deal with when you know there is the possibility to savour one of these during those rushed lunch breaks. I enjoy meal time! And it’s incredible how people bond over food. I’ve spent many afternoons taking a breather with colleagues and friends from all over the world, talking about everything from life to relationships and politics and music and books.

I’m signing out for now, but I’ll be back with more snippets from my food adventures. Until then, spread peace, love and cupcakes!

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Introducing Karen Braganza | Guest Writer

Comments (2) | Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I am glad to announce that Karen Braganza is joining The Foodlets Blog as a guest writer. Karen is a long time friend and a serious food lover. She will be writing about her experiences with food in Mumbai.

QnA with Karen...

What's your 1st impression about Foodlets?
Foodlets hits the nail on the head without any long drawn out and pretentious food reviews. For those that appreciate great food, it directs you to the best, without the fuss of having to read endless pages. Simply put, it's a place where you can connect with food lovers and share your experiences.

Describe your food habits in 1 line.
I love to experiment! I'll try most foods without a fuss. We prefer having a balanced diet of meats and veggies though.

Do you cook? Which dishes you like cooking?
Yes. I thoroughly enjoy working with seafood (blame it on my coastal heritage). I like keeping my food simple and bringing out the natural flavors of the ingredients I use.

What is most impressive about Mumbai's food culture?
Mumbai's food culture is an amalgamation of influences from all parts of the country and the world. People embrace new flavors and cuisines and bond over food! Mumbaikars love eating out and most eateries are packed to the rafters on weekends!

If there is 1 dish you are suppose to eat every day for the rest of your life. Which dish will it be?
Don't think I'll be able to do that! I have very diverse tastes. A true Gemini, I love trying different things everyday. Although, if I had to pick a comfort food it would be Fish curry and Rice.

Keep a watch on the blog, Karen's 1st post is coming out soon.

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Foodlets Food Sampling Drive 1

Comments (2) | Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Foodlets is about food and people, so we decided to put the two together in an exciting new way - a weekend event where people come together and sample some great food at nice places.

We had the first Foodlets Food Sampling Drive on Sunday 5th June 2011 at Koramangala, Bangalore. Besides the Foodlets team (Sagar, Rohit and Govind), we had 10 more food lovers. We visited 2 restaurants and sampled around 20 food dishes.

We started out with The French Loaf located at 80 Feet Road, Koramangala 4th Block. Sagar and I started out with some awesome breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs and sunny side up eggs with sausages and toasted bread. We were soon joined by Rohit, Abhijeet and Pradeep who ordered some omelettes and coffee. Ronita was a late entrant at the brunch site and proudly announced that she would carry forward her appetite to the lunch table.

After the awesome breakfast at The French Loaf, we headed to Ping - Restaurant & Dessert Bay for some Chinese, Malaysian and Thai lunch. By then 7 more foodies had joined us - Ravi, Divya, Santoshi, Raghu and his family. It was a congregation of some delightful people and the conversations mostly centered around food - people's favorite restaurants in Bangalore, the cuisine at one's home town etc.
The food was different from the fare available at other Chinese restaurants - we had Dimsum, Threaded Jumbo Prawns, Chicken Dragon Noodles, Great Wall Chicken Rice followed by Mango Pudding and Fried Ice-cream for dessert. Post lunch, we had a quick feedback session which gave us some valuable pointers for the next Food Sampling Drive.

The first Foodlets Food Sampling drive was indeed a memorable experience with great food and interesting people.

We would like to know your thoughts on how we can make this more fun and fulfilling. What would you like to see in the next Food Sampling Drive? How about one in your city? Do let us know.

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Foodlets officially begins Bangalore Operations

Comments (7) | Friday, May 27, 2011

Here come the monsoons lashing around in frail spells down the coastal lines as I prepare to head-out and map the culinary depths of India’s own Silicon valley – Bangalore

Having meted out a brief spell covering the cuisines diffused into the beautiful topography of Goa – an experience I privilege and wish to re-start in a more free flowing manner upon the dawn of the new tourist season – I hope to use this experience in a much more definite strategy as we descend upon the IT capital.

Born of the land of Goa & having lived here a major part of my life my taste-buds mostly dwelled in the delicacies of the traditional Goan cuisine, quite oblivious to the spectrum of cuisines Goa had to offer. However the Foodlet coverage stint in Goa, has not only left my appetite enlightened but has also given us a deeper insight into the passion and dedication of these amazing people that cook these delicious potions, and their expectations from the multitude they serve. An additive that has strengthened our drive to be the best food centric site online.

Thru Foodlets we strive to capture and present to you visually, the essence of the entire operation and effort undertaken by these cookery wizards in a manner that will not only tease your tongue but will also culminate in a more interactive and fulfilling experience; an experience that may be shared, discussed and relished thru a virtual world.

In conclusion I sincerely appeal to each one of you to help us in building a foodlet friendly world.

Peace & Love
Rohit Barreto

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The most intriguing food on Foodlets - Part 1

Comments (3) | Monday, May 23, 2011

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
- Voltaire

Foodlets is based on the concept that the pleasure in food is not just in eating but also in looking at it. Just browsing through the food at Foodlets is bound to give you immense joy and boost your mood. And of course, there’s the occasional foodlet that intrigues you, makes you exclaim in wonder - “How did they do that?” or “I wonder how it tastes” or “They put that along with that! I can’t wait to try it out!”.

This is the first part in a series where I’ll be trying to list out the most intriguing food at Foodlets.

#1 Gulab Jamun Cheesecake

   Created By:  

    Available at:
   ECC Road, Whitefield, Bangalore

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This is one of my favorites and it has an extraordinary taste! I always try to imagine how they must have made it!
  1. Prepare the cheesecake mixture.
  2. Add a layer for the base
  3. Add a layer of Gulab Jamuns
  4. Add a layer of of cheesecake mixture
  5. Sprinkle another layer of Gulab jamuns on the top
  6. Bake
  7. Cut the cake into pieces in such a way that there are half-cut jamuns at the sides. :)

#2 Kaalimeeri (Black Pepper) Ice cream

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    Available at:
   Zaika (Spice Cream)
   Karishma Society, Off Karve Road, Kothrud, Pune

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Spicy ice cream? Who would have thought of that? I wonder if they have one with chili flakes in it!

#3 Crab Gratin

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    Available at:
   Majorda Beach Road, Majorda, Salcette, Goa

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Gratin is a widely used fench culinary technique in food preparation in which an ingredient is topped with a browned crust, often using breadcrumbs, grated cheese, egg and/or butter1. Sounds appetizing!

#4 Neer Dosa

   Created By:  

    Available at:
   Coastal Junction
   11th Main, 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore

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Neer means water in Kannada. The batter used for preparing this dosa is very watery and thin, hence the name.

#5 Apple Pie Latte

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    Available at:
   Costa Coffee
   1 A Cross Rd, Koramangala, Bangalore

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Of course they put Apple Pie Syrup in the latte, but I like to think of it as crushed apple pie added to the latte! Anyways the taste is awesome!

#6 Prawns in Blanket

   Created By:  

    Available at:
   Terracotta Coconut Creek
   Near Dabolim Airport(Goa Airport), Bogmalo Beach, Goa

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What is the blanket made of? How does it taste? What did they marinate the prawns in? Whats that accompanying sauce? Do they serve it in a Pyramid? Are some of the questions that come to the mind!

#7 Prawn Cocktail

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    Available at:
   Stone House
   Fort Aguada Road, Candolim, Goa

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Now this is a cocktail which our teetotaller friends can enjoy! Looks like ice-cream at first glance till you spot the egg slice on the top! I wonder whether its actually a cocktail of various types of prawns!

#8 Kingfish Peri Peri

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    Available at:
   Fisherman's Wharf
   Near Holiday Inn, Cavelossim - Salcette, Goa

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Like Crime master Gogo, I ask - “Ye Peri Peri Kya hai? Yeh Peri Peri?” (What the hell is this Peri Peri?)

Peri Peri is a piquant sauce made of red masala, red wine vinegar, parsley, fermented pepper paste and is a favourite in Goan cuisine2. I like the idea very very much!

#9 Mirchi Batata Wada

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    Available at:
   Forum Value Mall, Whitefield, Bangalore

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I like the 'get 2 for the price of one' kind of foodlets! In Goa, I was mostly used to having Mirchi Pakoda and of course Batata Wada, that is why I was pleasantly surprised when I came across Mirchi Batata Wada - the taste still lingers in my mouth! Yum! Yum!

#10 Chocolate Kahlua Mousse

   Created By:  

    Available at:
   Forum Value Mall, Whitefield, Bangalore

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It’s a feast for the eyes as well and quite yummy! Tastes best with white chocolate.

#11 Prawns Ball Fry

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    Available at:
   Near Gande's Grill, Chowgm Road, Sangaldo , Goa

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Chopped prawns rolled into balls and deep fried. Ingenious!

#12 Chicken Steak in Whiskey Marinade

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    Available at:
   Stone House
   Fort Aguada Road, Candolim, Goa

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Now why did the drunk Chicken cross the road? To get marinated in more whiskey, of course! The liquor does impart it a unique taste. Hic!

Of course this list is entirely based on my tastes and what cuisines I have been acquainted with so far. However, the reader is welcome to give his suggestions and I can include it in the next part.

1 - Information on Gratin  taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gratin
2 - Information on Peri Peri taken from http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/Food/article397070.ece

Govind Naroji

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Beta Release - Foodlets gets Bigger, Better and Faster

Comments (1) | Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Foodlets Beta version was released online on 17th April 2011.

Before the beta we hosted a prototype version. The prototype was up for specific reasons
  • To introduce the concept of a visual food guide to food lovers
  • To understand which features/solutions engage users best
  • To show restaurants the product we were building and make them realize how it helps

In short the prototype helped us build a product users wanted instead of us building what we thought they wanted.

The major changes in the beta version are
  • New logo and icons
  • New page layouts and colors
  • New foodlet Polaroids and larger (600*600) images on product pages
  • Easy Navigation. ‘Quick Links’ panel on the right side. Huge footer listing the important links
  • ‘Affirm’ feature. Affirm = I ate this dish and I loved it
  • Auto disappearing Flash Popups for feedback to user actions
  • Faster page downloads through use of Ajax components, compact JS + CSS
  • Plenty of new food from new restaurants :)

Do check the exciting new beta here http://foodlets.in and write to us (feedback) about what you liked and disliked the most. If you are on FB you could answer this question.

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Guess the Fake - An April Fools Day Game from foodlets!

Comments (0) | Thursday, March 31, 2011

The April Fools Day challenge from Foodlets! Are you among those people who never get fooled on April Fools Day? Do you think there's nothing that can deceive you? Well then you need to take our Guess the Fake challenge!

You'll be presented with a list of 10 foodlets, some of them are real but don't seem to be real and some of them are fake but it's difficult to tell how. Of course there are hints and if you look closely and apply some of Sherlock Holmes' methods then you won't have any problem!

Get 10/10 and prove that you are not the one to be fooled today!! Play now at http://www.foodlets.in/gtf.

Of course there's a cheat sheet - browse through all foodlets and you'll eventually come across all 10 but then I hope you'd be a good girl/boy and won't cheat.

Here's wishing you luck!

Govind Naroji

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The Foodlets Business Plan Released

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We have been asked by 100s of users, restaurants and media personnel about how we function and how we earn revenue.

Well! Our motivation was clear - to connect food lovers to good food around them. The big question was "What do we sell and how do we make money?".

Following on our tradition of sharing and gaining we decided to release our business plan to the public. Yes! We are actually doing it.

This article was Posted as the April Fool Day's prank.

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Foodlets on Rails

Comments (2) | Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Foodlets engineering team (Govind and I) have been open source enthusiasts since the time we learnt about it. The philosophy of co-creation and sharing has fascinated us and it’s our dream to give back knowledge and working code to the community someday.

We built the Foodlets software entirely using Open Source tools. Ruby on Rails (RoR) has been the most impressive of them all. It keeps surprising us in pleasant ways every now and then, we have fallen in love with the framework. The least we can do for RoR and its community is to share our knowledge and help new users adopt RoR.

This month’s Linux For You (the leading open source magazine in India) published our article titled ‘Rails Plugins’. In this article Govind and I discussed the plugins (Authlogic, Omniauth, Paparclip, Will Paginate and jRails) which made our life easy while building Foodlets.

We have been going around evangelizing for RoR - on 12th Feb we held a workshop at Goa University during their annual techfest Innofest. At the workshop we addressed undergraduate students from about 6 colleges in Goa. We introduced them to the Rails fundamentals and showed them how to build a simple Event Management application using RoR plugins. The working code for the app and a cheetsheet has been shared.

Foodlets itself is based on co-created content and we shall continue our support to co-creation, freedom and knowledge sharing.

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Foodlets Team's Goa Week | 8-13 Feb

Comments (0) | Monday, February 7, 2011

The Foodlets team will be in Goa from 8th to 13th Feb.

This is our schedule
8th - We reach Goa, a day to spend with family and friends.
9th - Meetup with students at SVS College of Management Studies
<Update : Slides >
10th - (Let this be a suspense for now, but this is big :) )
<Update : We had a media interview with Navhind Times. >
11th - Team meeting at the Foodlets office in Calangute
12th - Ruby on Rails workshop at INFOFEST2011, Goa University campus
<Update : The working code  and the cheat-sheet. >
13th - Return Journey

You all will get to see more food from Goa, keep a watch on Foodlets.in.

Wish you guys have a nice week ahead, keep eating good food :)

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Happy New Year from Foodlets!

Comments (1) | Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Foodlets team wishes all food lovers a happy and healthy new year!

We are all set to roll out a host of exciting feature updates that will improve your experience and let you do more at Foodlets.in.

  1. Foodlet v/s Foodlet game A knockout game where 2 foodlets are pitted against each other, you choose your favorite and ultimately zero-in on your favorite foodlet from the set.
  2. Map interface See foodlets on a Map. Zoom, pan and locate food in your locality, around your office or your favorite hangout place.
  3. Anywhere foodlets You can create restaurants and foodlets anywhere in India.
  4. Affirms We are introducing a new concept - Affirms.  An affirm certifies that you have eaten the food and liked it. You will be able to affirm your favorite food dishes and will help other users discover good food.
This year, it would be our constant endeavor to help you eat better, waste lesser and discover new exciting food around!
So keep eating good food and and keep creating foodlets!

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