Smita Tripathi

Smita Tripathi has been a journalist for over two decades and writes primarily on travel, hospitality and F&B. Her passion for travel and love for new experiences has resulted in a steadily growing bucket list, but with too little time at hand to tick off stuff she wants to do.

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TD Conversations: Srinivas Venkatesan, Executive Chef, ITC Windsor

The Executive Chef of ITC Windsor talks to Traveldine about his career path, ITC’s initiatives under ‘Responsible Luxury’ and his food philosophy Having worked with a diverse range of hospitality establishments across…

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Vegetarian craft by Street Storyss

Chefs Tarun Sibal and Nishant Chouhan bring street food from across the world to restaurant-style dining with innovative twists making for a unique experience.


Comorin: Taking classic Indian dishes to the next level

Gurgaon-based Comorin from Old World Hospitality is a celebration of the diversity of Indian flavours. If you are looking for comfort Indian dishes and unusual food combinations from across the country, Comorin…

Kwality restaurant

Kwality’s quality: Going strong even after eight decades

The iconic Kwality restaurant in Delhi’s Connaught Place offers old-world charm, Anglo-Indian cuisine, and the city’s favourite – channa bhatura. For 70-yer-old Arun Kapoor and his wife Priya, New Delhi’s Kwality restaurant…

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The AnnaMaya Artisan Brunch: For a perfect Sunday afternoon

AnnaMaya, the European food hall at Andaz Delhi offers a Sunday brunch that focuses on healthy and local ingredients. Sundays for me are truly special. They are all about lazy mornings, catching…

Labneh balls

One chef, one recipe: Spiced Labneh balls by Chef Saby

Homemade labneh is a healthy fresh cheese that’s beloved all over the Middle East, from Iraq to Israel. Referred to as the chef with the Midas touch, chef Saby is the recipient…

Mediterranean cuisine

A guide to Mediterranean cuisine

The Mediterranean region comprises 21 countries and they all bring their influence to what we call Mediterranean cuisine. What is the first thing that comes to mind, when you think of Mediterranean…

Butter chicken

The Indian Classic: Butter Chicken

The heritage of butter chicken is steeped in India’s partition history. But the delicious chicken dish, which began as a simple working-class meal, has evolved to straddle exciting new avatars. Ask any…

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The Taj Mahal has reopened but tourism is suffering in Agra

Last month, the government reopened the Taj Mahal for tourists but weekend lockdowns and the city metro project is impacting tourism. The Taj Mahal is on everyone’s bucket list world-over. The 16th-century…

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Mango: There is nothing ‘aam’ about the king of fruits

From the Nawabs of Lucknow to Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib, everyone had a favourite mango variety. India has over 1500 varieties of mangoes, which also means that most of us are perpetually…