Ira Sone: I love trying new cuisine especially local delicacy when I’m travelling but the one particular cuisine I fell in love with while travelling to McLeod gunj is thupka and another egg dish called shakushka.
Q. Your favourite place for relishing monsoon chaat?
Ira Sone: Monsoon is not my favourite season especially in a city like Mumbai but what makes it special is chai and pakoda on a day off. I prefer avoiding street food during rainy season.
Q. Describe the foodie in you?
Ira Sone: I’m a moody foodie. I mostly eat clean but on a bad day my rescue is junk food, pizza is bae when I’m down and feeling low but otherwise I stick to eating clean. I love fruits over big meals and thanks to mom for teaching me the importance of healthy diet.
Q. Have you ever travelled to a far off place for eating a particular delicacy?
Ira Sone: I mostly crave mom made food and yes I did travel to my home town once just for the food, the love and affection was a bonus.
Q. What is your regular comfort meal?
Ira Sone: My comfort food use to be khichadi but since I cut out rice from my life it’s now boiled down to daal soup or a salad bowl.
Q. What is your favourite travel snack?
Ira Sone: I don’t eat when I’m travelling because that’s the time for uninterrupted sleep.
Q. What would the traveller in you pick from street side local cuisine and an authentic premium restaurant?
Ira Sone: Always an authentic premium restaurant over street food.
Q. What is your fondest travel and food memory?
The best travel experience was at the himilayan village resort. It was the first time that I stayed in a tree house which is not just about comfort and luxury but they served the authentic pahadi food and also made the sweet delicacy I.e beet root halwa at odd hours.
Q. Worst food you ever tasted?
Ira Sone: Pork. Never eating that again!
Q. Any guilty food pleasure?
Ira Sone: Pizza and pancake is so hard to resist for me.
Q. What do you cook the best yourself?
Ira Sone: I’ve been told I’m a very good cook although I only cook vegetarian food and one of the best dish I prepare is Palak paneer.
Q. Maa key haath ka khaana for you?
Ira Sone: Moms food is love love and more love in a plate.
Q. Your all time favourite delecacy prepared by your mother?
Ira Sone: I love a local delicacy my mom prepares called sambhariya which is basically an Indian vegetable main dish made of brinjals and potatoes and onions filled with a special secret dry masala. I also love daal dhokli, It’s scrumptious.
Q. Do you believe in beating blues with food?