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Walk the food trail in Delhi

Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 20, 2011
First Published: 18:24 IST(20/12/2011) | Last Updated: 20:39 IST(23/1/2012)

Is the foodie in you craving to explore the mouth-watering food of the city? Just go for a food walk with this group.

Food aficionados, here’s your chance to have fun, explore the city, interact with other gourmets and eat to your heart’s content. You can join a group of food lovers in the city and binge out at new eating joints and also try the older and popular ones.

Called the Food Enthusiasts of Delhi (FED), the group has around 3,500 members. “I love to eat! A city like Delhi is known for its food, especially street food,” says Shashank Aggarwal, the founder of FED.

FoodThe members primarily operate through their Facebook page and mailing lists. “Suggestions, feedback, plans, and post walk pictures — everything is there on our Facebook page. We have an active mailing list, too, through which we spread information about the upcoming events,” he says.

They meet every Saturday for a food walk. In their last rendezvous, they went to Sitaram Bazar through the lanes of Chandni Chowk. “Old Delhi has its own charm of food. We had ram laddu, kachori and many other things,” says Aggarwal, who claim that it is the first and foremost community of food lovers in Delhi.

The group also has a blog, which is buzzing round the clock with the information about their latest food walks. “As a community, we eat, explore, raid, blog, talk
and share, anything and everything related to food,” he adds. People from any age group can join the community, however, children should be accompanied with their parents. “We have members as young as 19, whereas some are even in their 40s,” Aggarwal says.

The group doesn’t shy away from doing experiments— they eat at restaurants, road side stalls or anywhere they can find something edible. They are also clear about making payments. “We go dutch when we go to a restaurant. As far as food walks are concerned, each member pools in a certain amount, and a member, usually I, pay at all the eating joints,” he says.

With plans for a Christmas day brunch, the foodies are ready to cash in the festivities of Christmas. Since the venue has not been decided yet, they are welcoming suggestions on their Facebook page or via emails.

Get the facts right
What: Food Enthusiasts of Delhi
When: Every weekend
Next meeting: Christmas brunch
Number of members: About 3,500
Facebook page: facebook.com/Food Enthusiasts of Delhi
Website: www.FoodEnthusiastsOfDelhi.com
Contact: shashank@foodenthusiastsofdelhi.com

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Other popular food walks in the capital
This group, which was formed in October 2006, attempts to discover and share the hidden gems of Delhi’s food scene. The group of food connoisseurs come together and go for food walks across different popular and not-so-popular places in the Capital. They have been regularly going for food walks, recently they went for Ballimaran Nihari Walk. There is no age limit, anyone can enroll in these walks. For further information log on to www.eoid.org or post your queries on the Facebook page of the group — www.facebook.com/EOiD
Initially, this organisation was only known for the many types of heritage and flower walks that they conducted. Red Earth now conducts food walks, too. They don’t hesitate in taking to the streets of the Old Delhi nor they mind experimenting with new and different cuisine. The have conducted many walks such as walk through Khari Baoli, Chawri Bazaar, Paranthe Wali Gali, Pajharganj among many other popular eating out zones in the city. The main highlight of the walks conducted by this group is that they only gorge on vegetarian items.
For more information, log on to www.redearthindia.com or call at 011-41764054.

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