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Hi, I am Wasim, a wellness physician from Chennai and a foodie who loves to experiment with flavours. My passion for food and the inevitable travel that came along the way has given me a wide perspective of food - both eating out and cooking. This blog is my way to sharing my food experiences with the world. What started off as being a blog on eating out in Chennai has evolved to include eating from around the world, but mostly Chennai and Bangalore for now, with the odd international ones, but more importantly has evolved to include cooking and my experiments in the kitchen.

This journey has also taken me to some fantastic chefs and cooks and talking to them about their passions and their journey has had an impact on me. Whenever I have the option, I have included a perspective or two from them and at times, I have spent a lot of time, trying to understand flavours and techniques that are not native to us.

Also, like most bloggers who started out blogging about eating out, I also started off sort of 'reviewing' restaurants. However, I would like to mention that I no longer 'review' restaurants. I've learnt that palettes can be very different and that reviewing no longer has meaning for me as a writer. There are enough websites for that. So I believe I am a food writer. I write about food and that happens via my experiences with food, be it eating out or cooking or traveling.

The blog has also brought me in close contact with chefs and restaurants. If you visit a place often, you are bound to be taken care of by them. Its called 'regulars', so fortunately or unfortunately I also have that tag and that makes it very difficult to objectively write about service. So in places where I am recognised, I try to keep the blog post to the food and what it is, while in places where I am not recognised and I love the food, it is an objective view. I've tried to not write about bad experiences as I want to try to keep this blog as much about positivity as is possible.

Good food and good health have been considered, mutually exclusive, but this journey has also taught me that nothing could be farther from the truth. Wellness and good food are very much interlinked and it is make-believe stuff like sugar free dessert and health drinks that play more havoc than good food. And no, what you eat out once a week is not killing you, but what you eat the whole week in the guise of 'health foods', might! OK, enough of gyan!

Thank you for making this a widely read blog and I hope you keep dropping by often!

If you ever need to contact me for anything, I can be reached at wasim@chennaifoody.com.

21 comments:

  1. I'm an American on a two month work trip in Chennai. Thanks for suggesting so many places! they are awesome!

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  2. Hi,

    I am glad you like the blog. Do keep reading!!!! Thanks a million for your patronage!

    Wasim

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  3. Hey wasim.

    Contact you via email. Look forward to your reply.

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  4. Great blog..... very inspirational to eat out...

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  5. Hey, thanks. Always nice to hear good things about the blog

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  6. Hey, Your Blog has been very helpful, I hope u go try this place named Ram's Farm in Neelankari .... They have really good pizzas..!

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rams-Farm/440392929373600?fref=ts

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  7. Thank you. I will try it out sometime!!!

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  8. Hey, have you visited "Just A Dream" a cake boutique in Express Avenue? if not, it is a cake shop worth visiting, because of its artistic, beautiful, delicious and excellently presented cakes and other unique desserts. Do Visit :)

    here is a link to their website:
    http://www.justadream.in

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  9. Hi,
    Can you tell abt the eating out options at Madhavaram & also abt the supermarkets,home delivery options for food ?

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  10. Will update when I eat someplace there. Thanks for stopping by the blog. :-)

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  12. This blog is just brilliant! Please travel to Mumbai too...

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    1. Thanks a ton. There are a few from Mumbai, but yes, I'd like to explore Mumbai a lot more! I have a one night out in Mumbai post that may interest you.

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  13. Vedika, sorry, I just saw your comment. I did get a cake done from there and it was good, yes. Forgot to write about it.

    NK - Thanks a lot. It means a lot!

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  14. hey
    found u on zomato and u were number 2 in the rankings , so thought u were the best person to contact to
    my school bhavans is organising interschool culturals called the "ASTRA" so wanted to know names of some restaurants or food outlets that set stalls at such events

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  15. Doc. First of all thanks for the wonderful blog. You know me, we've met a couple of times, but lets keep this anonymous. I been your reader right before your blogging days when you used to write reviews at Chennai Food Guide on Orkut. You and the lawyer Vinay Arvind used to be very good writers and I've been a silent participant, but enjoyed your writing. I wish Vinay also continued writing in a blog. Well, I think I have grown with you guys. I remember most of your blogs and how the first time you were invited, you were gracious about it unlike most of these new age kids writing blogs who are now entitled and I have no idea why they are writing about 5 star hotels on invites when they don't seem to go there on their own. Now I can afford to eat in those 5 star hotels and you can too and that is why your blog is so much more enjoyable. I love the way you write scathing reviews even when invited, but you are always objective. In all your bad reviews, you have always mentioned the positives and let us decide about the place. I particularly liked the one a few years back about your bad experience at Spectra in the Leela Palace.

    Anyway coming to the point. As I've grown with food, I've been trying to understand food from a chef's perspective. I don't have may chef friends and I am pretty sure you do. I think you are in a great position to present food from the chef's perspective too. Not just from the hotels or the restaurants but the chefs view. That and I think you have always avoided putting up a list. I know there is a biriyani list and a crab list, but nothing beyond that. Please put a list of the best or at least a few dosas, some pizzas etc.

    So there you go! Two requests from a reader who has been following you for a long time!

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  16. Thank you for your very very kind words. It means a lot to me. And thank you for your wonderful ideas for blog posts. I will start working on them and hopefully you should start to see a few such posts soon!

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  17. Salaams!!!!!

    Just came across your website Chennai Foody....

    Really interesting hotel reviews and yummy recipes to follow. Please add my email ID: monicahus@gmail.com for any future updates.

    Thanking you in advance,

    Monica Joseph

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Monica. Will add you to the mailing list.

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  18. Hello, i would like to know if this site reviews and grades food items from anonymous people as well. Your prompt reply would be of great help. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Charan, Sorry, I didn't understand you question. You can email me with details.

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