"Trying and Experimenting With New Cuisines Is My Forte." - Rishva Shah

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I am based in Ahmedabad and started my journey four months back. I officially started my blog, 'Limee & Thymee' around the end of April as a hobby and it has grown more than a hobby now. I turned Instagram into a platform where I could showcase all my pictures and give reviews regarding it. 

Being a socially active person, I was always updated with all the latest cafes in the city. In addition to that, my friends always took my suggestions regarding food and cafes seriously. Moreover, I was always fascinated by food dishes, Cuisine, and other food blogger's photography skills. 

I used to click pictures of food everywhere, so I got a good push from my closed ones to start a food blog. I have received a lot of love and support from the Instagram family. 

Having said that I am exploring, learning, and growing through suggestions and various criticisms that are helping me build up my blog with recommended content.

2. Which is your favorite cuisine and dish?

Whenever I visit any restaurants or cafes, I do get excited while reading a menu for the first time. On top of it, my eyes start sparkling when the waiter gets close, with the food. Having said this, I believe in the art of gastronome, trying and experimenting with new cuisines is my forte. 

Being a complete vegetarian, it becomes very difficult for any food gourmand to try each cuisine in depth. After trying multiple cuisines, it is very challenging to just select one dish. 

However, I have always admired fusion foods, therefore Indo Chinese tops my list, a completely different variation from authentic Chinese. Indo-Chinese food is so flavourful, infused with tangy, spicy ingredients that tantalize your taste buds. 

A perfectly mixed combination. Being a street food lover, my favorite food is Paneer Chilly, the most comforting food to make any day seem even better! This recipe can be paired up with Fried Rice, Hakka Noodles, or even can be eaten alone.

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

The blogging industry has undergone tremendous growth in recent years. Blogs are beyond question the new-age fuel for ambitious individuals who want to create something extraordinary out of their passions. 

Not only they have reorganized the mainstream media structure, but professional blogging has reached new heights every day that passes. Food Blogs are flourishing on social media, with many popular bloggers taking it on as a full-fledged career.

Well, I believe there is much room for food bloggers in the industry now to convert it into a regular career with enough content available at hand. 

It all opens up the opportunity for you to venture into the food blog industry, whether it's an eccentric meal you create or a fun way to express your experience or your critique of a famous eatery that benefited others. 

Furthermore, it can even help you expand your horizon as a food stylist, photographer, and many more to supplement it with.

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

Ahmedabad, being the food hub is known for its authenticity. People living here love to enjoy the food, flavors, and undoubtedly the aroma of the dish. Along with that, there are a plethora of options for street food lovers which will blow them away. 

There are a lot of options to recommend, However, I would like to recommend my favorite spots which I like to visit often for different cuisines:
  1. TG'S-The Oriental Grill
  2. Dakshinayan
  3. Legends of Punjab
  4. Agashiye-The house of MG
  5. Rangeen
  6. Mad by Tomato's
  7. Zen Café
  8. Mocha Cafe
  9. Good Thymes
  10. Mango

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

Walt Disney once said, "Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends." This statement very well applies to food, ambiance, and friendly staff.

Talking about a particular dish, I feel that the taste, aroma matters a lot as it's the only thing that differentiates it. Furthermore, excellently-plated and very well-presented food is more appealing, which separates a meal. 

Besides, presentation and plating will attract attention to particular ingredients of a food, whether for the aesthetic or realistic purpose.

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

This is a tricky question. I love different cuisines and would be unfair on my part to choose a particular dish to associate myself with. Each dish has its specialty and differs in taste.

- Rishva Shah

- Interviewed By: Soumya Jain

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