Table of Contents

Issue 208 | March 2019

Food for your thoughts

My love for cooking stems from a root planted when I was fifteen and I got the worst writer’s block I have ever experienced. I was feeling quite dejected and...

17 Things to Eat Now

17 Things to Eat Now

This is not a best of list. Let’s just get that right out there. There are far too many great things to eat in Nepal for that to be the...

What beer or wine goes best with daal bhat?

What beer or wine goes best with daal bhat?

Nepal’s national dish is deceivingly complex. Each successive meal may have a different vegetable, a different curry (and meat selection), lentils vary, and everything, especially spiciness, changes with the season....

The German Connection

The German Connection

Bhaat, dahl, and tarkari was fine as far as it went, but for the swarms of tourists visiting Nepal, and especially Kathmandu, in the 1970s and 1980s, they also missed...

A Landmark in its own Right

“I’ve visited most of the restaurants in and around Patan, but I like this the best,” declared my companion, a young Chinese girl who was here for the first time....

Protecting Buddha's Birds

Protecting Buddha's Birds

The slogan, “Buddha was Born in Nepal”, is proudly displayed on vehicles, stickers, and shirts throughout the country. This past October, I got the chance to visit Lumbini, birthplace of...

Cheers for Chinu!

Cheers for Chinu!

Over the years I’ve heard and read about grains that used to be widely eaten in various parts of Nepal but which have now become so uncommon as to...

Encountering A Creative Genius

Encountering A Creative Genius

While meeting Raja Ram Shilpakar, anyone is easily charmed by his gentle smile and kind demeanor. But his utter humility belies his staggering creative prowess. He has been working as...

The Connecting Pond

The Connecting Pond

This small pond, which historically has had no cultural significance as such, lies at the center of a concrete jungle, in close proximity of City Center, the Russian Center for...

On the Repatriation of Nepal's Lost Art

On the Repatriation of Nepal's Lost Art

Cultural objects in the form of art, manuscripts, coins, statues, paintings and even traditional buildings have fascinated mankind, with respect to the creativity, skill and technology of their ancestors. Throughout...

Traveling and Eating down the Silk Road

It’s just a minute or two from Patan Durbar Square, down a narrow alley, in a lovingly restored and charmingly decorated old building. Both the décor and the food draw...