"If You Love Something, You Can Ace It in That Field." - Harita Kakkad

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I am a 21-year-old, based in Ahmedabad. Currently, in the final years of my masters, I started @thats.how.we.eat almost 2 years back, in fact, this 21st July we celebrate our 2nd birthday.

I am from a commerce background but my love for food made me create this page. I believe if you love what you do, you can easily excel in that field and eventually earn from the same.

When I started the journey for the first year I didn't earn a single penny I invested a lot of money in creating content and sometimes even had troubles with my health because of some bad food, but that didn't stop me from creating content for my audience.

And then slowly and gradually brands and restaurants started recognizing my work and started inviting me for meets and then from promotions. I have even been invited by some of the most prestigious brands and 5 stars hotels in the city like Hyatt Ahmedabad, Hyatt Regency, Regenta Ahmedabad, Huber & Holy, to name a few.

2. Which is your favorite cuisine and dish?

Honestly, I cannot pick one but I love North Indian food and I am a die-hard fan of street food. My favorite has to be Paneer tandoori momos, pav bhaji, biryani, lasagne, cheese butter masala with garlic naan, and everyone's favorite CHAAT.

Oh, and I love Cheesecakes a bit too much!

3. Should food blogging be just a passion or can it become a regular career?

It depends on one's choices and life goals, but yes, it can become a regular career for people. As I mentioned earlier, if you love something, you can ace it in that field.

4. Which restaurants/food joints would you recommend to food lovers?

I can go on and on about recommendations and can provide minute details about a restaurant or food joints like which dish to try, ambiance, service, VFM (Value For Money) and so on, but that'd require a lot of time, so I'd like to request readers to refer to our Instagram page @thats.how.we.eat  

Feel free to DM in case you have a query and I'll reply ASAP!

However here are a few of my favorites & the dishes you can try there -
  1. Nini's Kitchen - I almost love everything from here but my most favorites are lasagna, biryani, paneer tikka, hot chocolate, and cheesecake!
  2. Amicorum - Shakes, House Special Pizza, Egg dishes, and Cheesecakes! (told ya I love cheesecake bit too much)
  3. Mocha (Gandhinagar & Ahmedabad) - Vertigo, Amritsari Chole Kulcha, Noodles, and Pizzas.
  4. TG's Oriental Grill (by Hyatt) - Sushis, dim sums, tempura, basically EVERYTHING on their menu.
  5. Delight Pav Bhaji (remember Old Khau Gali from Law Garden, it's the same now moved to Nehrunagar)
  6. Geeta Samosa Center
P.S. - The numbers in no way indicates the ranking.

5. What makes you appreciate a particular dish or a restaurant and talk about it on your blog?

Honestly, for a dish, the hero is the taste and that's the main criteria coupled with the Value for Money, I don't prefer to eat a vada pav for 100 bucks and I believe that's why my audience relates to the stuff I share.

But for a restaurant other things like hygiene and service matters.

6. Is there a dish you particularly associate yourself with?

It's my beloved Pav Bhaji! Spicy, yummy, and a little bit healthy.

7. Which is your favorite book and why?

"Becoming" by Michelle Obama is one of my favorites.

The thing that intrigued me the most was, how business opportunities are just right in front of our eyes and you can start a business without even realizing it. Like in the book Michelle mentions how she started babysitting for a mentor and before she knew she had opened child care which helped her professors too. 

My key learning is how businesses are all about fulfilling a simple need and fulfilling them on time can lead to success

- Harita Kakkad

- Interviewed By: Soumya Jain

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