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Warm welcome to BitesandPlaces!
My humble little blog has its own story to tell… my story… I’m gregarious being, vagabond at heart and have a monstrous appetite for food. I used to be a Human Resource professional until few years ago. To be among, with and for people was the reason I’d chosen this field.
Being in HR, I could only accomplish the ‘people’ part. I still yearned to be in those places I saw on TV and travel magazines and craved to eat all kinds of food that lulls you into coma. I didn’t want to be just a spectator anymore. I wanted to be in those pictures.
Luck smiled at me and I fell sick with an awful heart, lungs and liver disorder. Family said stay home. Rest.
Rest? Were they crazy? I grabbed this opportunity and quit my job; to pursue my passion – people, places and food.

Being on my own gave me lot of spare time for all the three.
I’m not a professional cook, but I’m mighty passionate about cooking. Although Indian, BitesandPlaces does not restrict itself to just the dishes of my country, which are toothsome beyond doubt. I’ve also tried to put together a bunch of mouth-watering and eye-pleasing recipes scattered from all parts the world. A lot of them are a tribute to my mum’s kitchen, the ones I grew up with. Few of them are a result of my experimentation and few others, borrowed from my generous friends 🙂

I religiously follow Andrew Zimmern’s favorite quote – what looks good to your eyes, EAT IT!! After all food is something that follows no boundaries, isn’t it.

Travel, I believe, is about exploring new places, meeting new people, building new relations, soaking in their culture, gorging on their cuisines, discovering their stories and of course, capturing all of these in my teeny-tiny camera.

After having been there and done that, I was inspired to share my travelogues with you, encourage you to travel and in some way find a bit of your happiness through me.
Thus BitesandPlaces was born!

Life’s a journey and people, places and food are all a part of it. So, come along with me and eat your way through this journey called Life…

I like staying connected. And it’ll be a frosting on my cake if you drop a line or two at natasha@bitesandplaces.com.

Celebrate Life!!!
Natasha Gracious

Happy World Heart Day

Grateful to have a heart that still beats. It’s been a decade long journey together, my heart and I, fighting this fatal disorder. Best part is, we never gave up on each other. We have this wonderful understanding, an unspoken language, a symbiotic relationship with each other. It tells me when to stop; and I…

World Heart Day

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Goan Paav

If Europe has so much to speak of its veritable bread, we Indians have a humble answer of our own – the versatile Paav. This was taken in the ever busy Madgaon Market of South Goa. It’s a given to lose oneself in the labyrinthine market, considering the massive shopping options, but the aroma of…

Bread of goa

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Rhythm House, Mumbai

A city that was… RHYTHM HOUSE – practically every music lover of Mumbai must have visited this iconic haven of CDs, DVDs, even when Cassettes were prevalent, at least once, before it made way for fashion. I’m glad to have captured this legend from erstwhile Mumbai, one of those architectural wonders from bygone era, that…

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