Foodie&Fabulous is Rupal Bhatikar. A beach shacks & seafood loving Goan living in Dubai, UAE since 2009. A passionate home-cook with a curiosity for cuisines, cultures, documenting delicious food & travel adventures. My life revolves around my family + friends, overflowing shelf of cookbooks, extra shot lattes, early morning markets, fresh seafood & spices. The best part of my day is the time I spend in the kitchen. I pretty much live to cook, eat well & explore the world often.
Inspiration – I grew up watching my mum go about cooking our every day meals with the simplest of ingredients and making them feel like feasts. My love for early mornings & markets I have from my Dad – he taught me to appreciate buying fresh seasonal seafood & produce. More importantly, getting to know the people I buy my food from. We are the kind of family that talks about food while eating food so it is pretty much at heart of everything we do.
Recipes – Food to me is a celebration, no matter how simplistic. The magic lies in being fearless, selecting ingredients that are fresh, seasonal & local and above all creating big bold flavors that are memorable. The recipes you’ll find here are ones we cook often, taste-tested and loved. I’m hoping with this blog to give you a glimpse of the classic yet simple Goan recipes that I’ve grown up eating and that once you try, will make it a part of your home.
34 Countries & Counting – I’m lucky to be married to someone who shares my passion for food & travel in equal measure. We live to travel the world. We soak in the city, its streets, architecture and immerse ourselves completely in local culture and cuisine. From kopi luwak and pho’s street-side in Vietnam to Michelin-star fine dining, we enjoy every experience in equal measure.
Achievements: – Finalist – BBC GoodFood Middle East Awards 2016, Food Blogger category
– Runner Up Best Culinary Travel Blog at India Food Bloggers (IFBA) Awards 2016 and 2015
– nominated BBC GoodFood Middle East Awards 2015 & 2014, Food Blogger category
– nominated for Best UAE Blogs at Masala! Awards and Ahlan! Awards 2015
– Top 15 influential foodies on social media, HotelierMiddleEast.com
– Featured work on Khaleej Times, Spinneys Food Magazine, Lonely Planet, Feed Feed, Ahlan Gourmet, FoodemagDxb, Good Magazine, Good Taste magazine, BBC Good Food ME/India & more
Thank you so much for reading and keeping up with my fabulous foodie adventures.
Here’s hoping you liked what you saw & that you will return!