India is a vegetarian’s personal paradise. Drive through the streets of Mumbai and every other restaurant seems to tout an “all veg” sign in the window, symbolizing everything on the menu is non-meat. The food in South India is rich, flavorful and simply delicious. Even carnivores will enjoy these signature vegetarian dishes in Mumbai.
If you like thin pancakes, you’re in for a treat. Dosas are made from a fermented batter of mostly rice and look and feel like a crepe. You can order these plain to dip in sauces or ask for a cheese dosa for a tasty, stand-alone snack.
Another pancake-looking food item, aaloo paratha is a flatbread hand-stuffed with a cumin- and turmeric-flavored mashed potato. Ask for a fresh drizzle of cream or butter for extra flavor.
Otherwise known as steamed rice cakes, this a breakfast favorite among many families in South India. The texture is light and fluffy from the lentil and rice batter. The flavor on its own is mild, so it makes a great base for chutneys.
No veggie list of Indian food would be complete without a curry. Chole is a chickpea curry simmered in a spice-ladened gravy to give it a strong flavor. The dish is often served at Indian weddings and special events.
Another dish for special occasions is malai kofta. This dish consists of veggie balls (koftas) made with a mix of potatoes, veggies, paneer cheese, heavy cream and spices. To add to the flavor, the balls are stuffed with chopped nuts and raisins and served in gravy. You may gain five pounds after eating one dish, but it’s worth it.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
As one of the more traveled islands in the South Pacific with an increasingly gay-friendly community and culture of its own, Tahiti is an easy option for your next getaway. You may already know all about the island’s beauty and attractions, but there are a couple specific destinations worth a visit.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.