Perfect Food Is Something Which Brings Joy to Your Mind and Makes You Eat More - Anirban Biswas

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

Myself Anirban Biswas, I am from Kolkata, West Bengal. From the time of my Engineering college I used to visit and try dishes from many street food vendors, restaurants across Kolkata. Often, I visit restaurants with my friends and try to share the news (photos, info) via my face-book profile. 

But it was not organized. After some years later around 2017 October, while browsing food images on Google, I came across a photo and that led me to Instagram. There, I found lots of food content creators posting photos along with some description in it. 

That raises my interest about that and started my page on Instagram (Instagram ID - @mr.foodie_official). At first I used to follow many Kolkata based food bloggers and try to learn their style of blogging. The day passes and I start posting pictures of my food journey. 

In my starting days I had to face a lot of confusions about how to do food blogging and how to create a good food content. But after trying again and again, and devoting a little bit more time into this, it started to grow slowly. 

Starting with Instagram, I started my own blog and pages in other social media platforms too. My love for food was always present in my heart, but didn't know how to express it. Now I try my level best to express it via my food contents.

2. Which is your favorite cuisine and dish?

Being a foodie, it is really hard to choose one. But my love for homemade Bengali cuisines will be always in my heart. My favorite dishes are - Basanti Pulao and Chicken/ Mutton Kosha. Whenever I have this combo, I feel true happiness.

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

Food blogging can also be a passion or a regular career. Depends on how much time someone is spending on this. Sometimes people start this as their passion, later they get interested and make that their regular career. 

It could be a source of income for many, but then again the current scenario is too competitive and one should have love for food and patience of growth simultaneously in this field. 

There are many times even I had thought of making it my regular career. But as I said, it is not that easy. But again if you love food and have an extreme affection towards food, then this career is for you. It could be a regular career option too. 

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

I have been to many restaurants and food joints in Kolkata. So sorry if I missed some names. But here is my small list -
  • Bengali Cuisine (Bengali Thali) - aami bangali restaurant, kolkata
  • For Biryani - Dada Boudi, Behrouz , kabuliwala (kolkata)
  • South Indian Cuisine - Tanngo Chutney (kolkata)
  • For chinese - Chowman, Yuan, momo i am, hatari, mainland china (kolkata)
  • For continental - Cafe Mezzuna (kolkata)
  • For Buffet - Barbeque Nation (kolkata)
  • For Waffles - krazzy for waffles (kolkata) 
And the list goes on...

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

The main thing I look for in any restaurant is their service and cleanliness. Yes, ambiance attracts me too. But while having food my concern is more about hygiene and service. For food, it's always the first impression that I feel about that food. 

Obviously taste is a fact that I mention in my blog. There are other factors too ( quality of the ingredients used, price, quantity). Presentation is also a factor, then again taste is all matters for a food. For me a perfect food is something which brings joy to your mind and makes you eat more portions of that dish.

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

I can definitely associate myself with Biryani, like many it is like oxygen to me. To change my mood it is the best medicine. I like my biryani to be a little bit less oily with more spices, and mandatory potato. Though I have a special connection with bengali cuisines. But biryani has a special place in my heart and my life.

7. Which is your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is - The "Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" by Robin Sharma .
It is not just an ordinary book with stories, this is a life changing book about Fulfilling your dreams & reaching your destiny.

With the help of this book one can learn a simple yet profound way to live life. This book will give some thought to your life, your goals, your dreams and how your daily habits help you reach those dreams. A must read book for all.

- Anirban Biswas

- Interview by - Suhitha Mahendran

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