Presentation and Taste May Go Hand in Hand - Jigisha Padia

1. Tell us about your background and journey.

About my background, I am a graduate from SNDT University in Bachelor of Mass Media. I am a foodie of course, but also for the fact that I love photography, so why not do something which includes both, that is, Food Photography! 

Being a foodie is secondary, but being gujju comes first. Everybody knows that Gujjus are born foodies. At the start of my journey, as I was new to this, I wasn't aware of what to upload and what kind of hashtags to use. But later, as I started developing blogging skills, I started receiving immense support and love from people and we are a big family now!

2. Which is your favourite cuisine and dish?

I am already in love with this question. Being a foodie, I don't wish to be partial amongst any of the cuisines. But when asked, I am a die heart fan of North Indian cuisine. I can even differentiate between all kind of paneer dishes. 

North Indian food is just beyond everything!! Now lets come to the other part of the question... Nothing can compete with chole bhature and dal makahni with any sort of paneer sabzi and naan!

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

Actually, it can be a promising career if you are passionate about it. Because it takes a lot of effort and dedication to reach a certain level where you are known and appreciated as a Food blogger.

Not forgetting that today's social media and the internet has enough power to help you reach that level someday, just the person should be passionate enough in what he/she is doing.

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

Being based in Mumbai... I am thorough with the streets of Mumbai. Let's go cuisine by cuisine. So for North Indian, we have Delhi Highway (Marol Naka, Andheri). For Chinese, we have, Sanjhi (Dahisar). For Gujrati food we have Jalsa- by Nanumal Bhojraj (Ghatkopar). 

For South Indian, we have, South Indian Dosa Corner (Ghatkopar). For fast food, we have the best, Bhagwati (Borivali). There's a never-ending list, but these are the ones which I recommend.

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

For me... Taste comes first! Give me taste and the best rating is yours! Presentation and taste may go hand in hand. But, 'don't judge a book by its cover' is my kinda thing. Then comes the customer service followed by the ambience of the place.

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

I love to prepare food and post pictures of it on my Instagram page. Particularly, I would say that I associate myself with pav bhaji. Bhaji is incomplete without pav and similarly, I am incomplete without my food page!

7. Which is your favourite book and why?

I do have an interest in reading but still haven't found any book which can be called as a favourite. I would like to say about my favourite genre which is suspense and inspirational. But if we are talking about books, recipe books are my favourite without a doubt!

Interview by - Shamayla

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