5 Nation Lunchex in Mumbai

Lunchex.co has come a long way in the past months growing to a network of over 100 users from over 15 different countries. The dream of connecting incoming travellers to locals over a meal date is growing.

It’s from personal experience that I say; one good thing leads to another. My Vietnamese friend Dang especially altered his route to meet me in Mumbai as he travels across India for a month. We had planned to meet post lunch and I promised to show him around Bombay, my city.

Dang had brought along Marina from Germany & Nadya from Indonesia, who he met at the hostel. Two is company and three is a party I thought and we marched off to explore the city.

The Lunchex Gang
L to R: Nadya, Marina, Stan, Dang

A few steps into the march, we took a pit stop at the nearest general store where Stan from Slovakia, the final member of the gang joined in for what turned out to be an epic evening of talks, good food and drinks.

Afghan-Church, Bombay
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Even if you are from Mumbai, there’s a good chance you may have not visited the Defense Colony and the Afghan Church. I decided to take the lot there to experience a little known side of Mumbai. The pace of life is a bit different there and the cleanliness is an amazing contrast to rest of the city. They had a bit of luck and got to try their hand at the game of cricket, which is arguably one of the most popular games in India.

We hopped on to a bus again and got off near Regal Cinema. It was time to get down and messy with street food. The first thing we chowed down was Pani-Puri. I have to say these guys had built up some good resistance to chilies and spicy food. Stan’s insatiable appetite lead him to try out the typical Bombay Toasted sandwich.

Kayani Mumbai
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It was about 4pm and that was the perfect time for some ‘Bun maska chai’ at Kayani. I think they really found the Kayani environment interesting, especially the ‘house rules’ of not lingering around over the food once the order has been delivered.

Bellies full, we headed to the Chowpatty Beach in Girgaon. The beaches in Mumbai aren’t the sort of beaches you’ll find in Goa. It’s not a place to sunbath in swimming trunks, instead it is a place to sit, relax, breath in the city and soak in the day that passed by.

After spending some quality time by the beach, we headed back to Colaba for a delicious South Indian & Indo –Chinese feast at the Sahakari Bhandar Restaurant. Nadya tried some Medu Wada while Marina, Stan and Dang hogged on some spicy Indian Chinese food!

We ended the day with some warmth inducing Old Monk. In India, if you ever plan on having good local rum it’s got to be Old Monk.

Salvation Army, the hostel Dang was staying at, has a 12 a.m. deadline, which sadly forced all of us to rush back in a hurry. It was a wonderful experience spending time with these guys and listening to their stories.

On my way back home, I almost felt as if I had taken a tour around Germany, Slovakia, Indonesia and Vietnam through their stories. This was indeed an amazing #Lunchex experience.

Would you share a meal with an incoming traveller to your city? Try it out at www.lunchex.co, I’m sure you wont be disappointed.

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P.S: Thank you so much for this AMAZING diary Dang!

6 russian foods

6 Delicious Russian Foods

Travelling to amazing new places is surely great thing and I really love, but there’s something that I love even more: food. I don’t think I can ever travel to a new place and not try out local food. I come from the city of Bombay and we say that if you can stomach Bombay street food, you can eat anything, anywhere in the world. I can proudly say that I am a living testament to that belief.

When I was in Russia, I was pigging out every meal and by the end of my trip I swear I could eat Russian portions of meat. They are huge. Really huge.

Of all the delicious Russian foods I had, these are the ones I absolutely recommend:



Shashlik is the Russian word for barbeque! Picture delicious meat roasted on a coal fire. The meat sweats out some of the fat and the aroma of coal is infused beautifully in the tender meat when it is ready.  You’ve got to try this stuff. Shashliks are a perfect chow-down with some classic Russian vodka.



Pancake fans this one is for you! Russian pancakes are called ‘Blini’. They are everything you expect from a pancake. Light, fluffy and delicious, Blini are usually had with honey. Consider this as something you’d have to get your jaws moving at a Russian breakfast table.



Cold soup what? I never had a cold soup before. Okroshka was the perfect introduction to the whole cold soup range for me. This soup is a mixture of raw vegetables and cooked meat (usually beef) with ‘Kvaas’ a mildly alcoholic beverage made from rye bread!

Do try this out because it has a very unique taste!

Note: Kvaas is a mildly bitter drink that is very refreshing and unique in taste. You should try it for sure.

Manti/ Pelmeni


Do you like dumplings? If yes, then Manti or Pelmeni is just the thing for you. Filled with beef meat, these dumplings come with a healthy sprinkle of rosemary.  They plate the dumplings with a big dollop of sour cream which goes really well with the Pelmeni.



Fish eggs. Those words made me squirm a little bit, but the idiot that I am, I decided to try it anyway. They say you have to develop a taste for caviar and I agree with them. My tryst with caviar was really eventful. You should read the complete story: (My Tryst with Caviar)



You may not know much about Russia, but you surely know ‘Borshch’.  It is the famous beetroot soup that is served on dinner tables across Eastern Europe. This soup is originally an Ukrainian preparation, but as they say delicious food has no boundaries.

Give these dishes try and tell me what you think.  Also, if you have already tried any of these, which one of these is your favourite?

Lastly, I’d love to know about other Russian dishes that you absolutely love in the comments!



Travel Tips for Thailand by Dang H. Huynh

I am Dang H. Huynh from Ho Chi Minh city but I am currently based in Bangkok, Thailand.

One and half year ago, I left home to seek an adventure for my life across South East Asia. Now I am working for a travel company as a tour leader around India  & China. Now I am kind of living in Bangkok but I rarely spend over a month in each countries. My job required me need to travel all the time. Each of places I passed have its own feature. It’s hard to compare and say which is the best. Thailand is the country where I had lots of experience and fun the most.


Here are my travel tips for Thailand, I recommend that you should add these to your bucket list:

1. Don’t miss a chance to try street food, it’s a good way to experience Thai cuisine.
It’s also a pocket friendly way to enjoy the local cuisine and culture.

2. Go to Khaosan road to see how the Thai’s nightlife is.

3. Check it out the red light street in Patpong, here is not only about strip club but also has night market

4. Go to Thailand, particular Chiang Mai or Bangkok in April and get absolutely soaked in Songkran festival

5. Get on the boat and cruise along the river to watch the stunning sunset

6. The best way to go around the city is using bus
The ‘Tuk-Tuk’ could make for an entertaining way to travel the city, but use it as a one of experience.

While Thailand offers great scenes for young travellers, it is also an ideal location for people seeking a cheap vacation with peace of mind. Thailand has a host of untouched islands which many local hotels that let you leave behind all your worries.

How to approach the country?

Thailand is predominantly Buddhist, so travellers should respect and obey the dos and don’ts of Thai culture.