Food Photography – Olive Bar & Kitchen

A friend from across the globe had a rushed weekend visit scheduled to my city. With his return flight taking off from here in a few hours time, we had planned an early dinner last Friday. Olive Bar & Kitchen in the Western suburbs opens at 8 pm, but they were more than ready to accommodate us at 7:30 pm when we mentioned about our friend’s flight at 1:30 am. We opted for the outdoor seating section – with white sand spread on the ground, cane chairs, low tables, string lights and glass bottles filled with lights hanging from trees in the compound, the outdoor section has a more casual and friendly vibe. Here’s a glimpse of what we ate:

The bread platter with an assortment of butters.
Hummus and falafel platter with grilled veggies and vegetable nuggets.
Smoked tuna with prawn paste.
Roast chicken with pickled oyster mushrooms and almond purée, and a sprinkling of almonds on top.
Pepperoni pizza.
Orange crème brûlée.

A pleasant evening spent discussing books, food, running, hiking, with engaging conversations accompanying the delectable meal in a wonderful ambience.


Photography – Making Time Stand Still

Photography is one of my hobbies, and I love clicking pictures and preserving memories. When I am not creating images myself, I admire the works of other photographers and their interpretations of a subject. This is a picture I came across online – featuring the Gateway of India in Mumbai, by photographer Rahul Vangani. With the monsoons in full swing and the Arabian sea in the backdrop splashing water onto the roads during high tide, the reflection of such architectural delights can be beautifully captured.

Some trivia about the arch monument – It was erected in the early 20th century to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder in 1911. The Gateway is located on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai, and overlooks the Arabian Sea. Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, the foundation stone for the Gateway of India was laid on 30th March 1911. The final design of George Wittet was sanctioned in 1914, and the construction of the monument was completed in 1924. The Gateway was used as a symbolic ceremonial entrance to India for Viceroys and Governors of (then) Bombay (now Mumbai).

Such a photographer’s delight to capture the reflection of this historic structure in it’s entirety.