New to London, from Manic Mumbai and a job that always took up space in my life 24*7 and more, it was difficult to sit down all day in my tiny flat in a very quiet area in London and watch TV or surf the net or go shopping on a shoestring budget in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Of course much of this free time was spent exploring my new surroundings and even two years on, London never ceases to amaze me, so true then are the words by Samuel Johnson:

“Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
— Samuel Johnson

When I wasn’t exploring, I was in the kitchen cooking up fusion food alongside traditional Maharashtrian fare especially coastal cuisine.

Having worked for five years in the retail industry in India and managed 9 yes 9 supermarkets , I simply love browsing through supermarket aisles and exploring the myriad new products and exotic world cuisine and ingredients. Fresh food markets and local produce fascinate me.

I come from a family which celebrates cooking and there’s always something new being conjured in aai’s kitchen. As far back as I can remember I have been snipping recipes from the back of cartons, packs and out of magazines much to aai’s chagrin. On my recent trip to India,I found a dusty old diary with a huge collection of recipes from various TV shows and cut outs, some stapled and others stuck with various colours of sticky tapes to the yellowing pages.

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My food picture album on Facebook always had my friend’s oh-ing and aah-ing and asking me for recipes so I decided to create something of an online foodie scrapbook of sorts, a central depository of what I cook in my tiny urban kitchen.

I also love writing about my experiences when I travel and love experimenting with my new Cannon D-SLR gifted by a very doting hubster.

I love meeting new people and especially chatting up food entrepreneurs who have taken the plunge and are living their dream, it always inspires me to do better and go-get what I want in life. I guess 12 years of working in Sales and Marketing has had its effect and how! You will find interviews with various entrepreneurs – food and otherwise, who have been kind enough to share their journey with me featured on my blog.

Born and bred in Bombay,now Mumbai, I love my maximum city and moving from Bombay to London left me very homesick for a long time. There are endless moments when I am walking around on the cobbled streets in London when I get this weird feeling and realise how alike and yet how different these two cities are.I was lucky to spend a few years in Pune which is popularly known as Mumbai’s twin city and which slowly but surely grew on me. I found new wings literally in Pune where I loved zipping across the streets and markets on a fast two-wheeler,  a scooter,black beauty she was, it broke my heart selling her off amongst many other things before we moved to England.A lot of what I  write about has various shades from time spent in these three beautiful,crazy,busy cities ,each a cultural melting pot in its own right and rich in culture ,tradition and of course its food!

A Digital Marketer  by day and a blogger in my spare time, I hope to end up someday writing fiction for young adults.

I do hope you enjoy browsing through this online ‘’scrapbook’’ and I would be most delighted to read your comments!


P.S: The work in this blog including the photographs which bear the watermarks  ©sliceoffme and  ©travelsfortaste are original material and should not be reproduced for personal,commercial or any other purpose. If you would like to reproduce any particular writing or photographs you wold need my written permission and it will may or may not incur a fee, do feel free to get in touch with me at : manjiri{dot}chitnis{@}gmail{dot}com.All work on this blog and the associated social media channels is protected by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License as well. IPR is something I take seriously,please do not copy.

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  1. Manjiri…………………its amazing to read your blog!its as if you have put yourself right there!!!!! Love your enthusiatic and “right form heart” writining!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………….vishakha

    • Hello there ! Oh it was lovely meeting you too, yes we didn’t have much time to chat up unfortunately…
      Why wait for next time? Hope you visit London sometime soon, or maybe we can meet in Greece !

  2. I dont even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I do not know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!


    • Hi Jaya! Thank you so much for all your kind compliments! Oh Its just the other way around for me , childhood in Bombay and spent few years in Pune but yes I love both the cities equally if not one more than the other! And I LOVE-UH Bandra! sighhhh Very Happy New Year to you too! Lots of love from London coming your way 🙂 xx

    • Thank you sooo much Tasha , am happy to hear that you enjoy the ”slices” as they fall 🙂 Am so happy at being nominated for the Liebster award, will try and do a blog post about it today!Cheers!

  4. Hi Manjiri,
    Found you via Migreat.Lovely blog! Look forward to reading more of your articles.
    I am currently writing stuff about Germany for Migreat and hope to be more regular at blogging this year:)

  5. Hi Manjiri, I came across your blog by chance and I am so surprised to see we have so much in common! I am from Pune and I lived in Munbai for a few years. Now in London trying to mix food styles in my kitchen. Your blog is fantastic! It is giving me the exact inspiration I need for a Maharashtrian in London because you cover so many foods I make myself. Cheers 🙂

    • Hi Amruta, how lovely to hear from you and I feel so happy to hear that my posts inspire you. Do stay connected with my blog as it is moving very soon to a brand new website called ‘Travelsfortaste’ with lots more exciting content on the cards. Great to know we both share a common love for Pune and Maharashtrian food!

  6. Hi Manjiri, It was lovely to meet you last night and put a real face to your blog. Hopefully we’ll bump into each other again at more foodie events! I’ve also remembered the name of the pub I lived next door to. It was the Leather Bottle on Kingston Road, although I didn’t go into it very often!

    • Hey Corina, it was great meeting you and chatting you up too, yes always fun to put a face to a blog, that’s why I like these events, a real chance to meet wonderful bloggers. Ah yes I know exactly where that is! If you ever do come around here we MUST catch up!!!

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