Shrewsbury

SHREWSBURY BISCUIT FROM KAYANI BAKERY(My Favourite Midnight Treat)ByVIKRAM KARVE   It’s almost midnight and I’m sitting in glorious solitude on my favourite sofa in the living room watching a film on TV. Wife and kids are fast asleep inside; only my pet dog Sherry lies curled up fast asleep on her “bed” near the door. I tiptoe to the kitchen, pull out a tin from its secret hiding place, open it, take out my favourite midnight snack, and walk back to my sofa. I have in front of me a Shrewsbury Biscuit from Kayani Bakery. I look at it. Embossed is the emblem of Kayani Bakery with the words Shrewsbury Kayani Bakery written all around. I smell it. Yes, I discern that unique aroma – the first test of a genuine Shrewsbury. I take a bite. Crunchy, crisp, scrumptious – words cannot describe the tempting taste, delectable lively flavor and delightful sensation as the Shrewsbury Biscuit dissolves in my mouth. A Shrewsbury Biscuit entices you, perks you up and leaves a superb ambrosial aftertaste, which tantalizingly lingers on your tongue for a long long time. That is why you should never have tea, coffee, or anything else with Shrewsbury Biscuits. It will spoil the heavenly experience. I’ve seen people hurriedly washing it down with tea, even dipping the revered biscuit in their tea – sacrilege! Sit quietly in solitude, focus your attention, stimulate your tastebuds, and mindfully savor the Shrewsbury. Absorb all its distinctive characteristics – the taste, the flavour, the fragrance – in their entirety, till you experience sheer bliss. Relishing a Shrewsbury is similar to enjoying a good wine – you lovingly admire it, caress it, air it a bit, imbibe its fruity aroma, lovingly nurture it in your mouth, then thoroughly relish it, and, finally, rejoice in the glorious aftertaste, and you will feel stimulated to a higher plane of inner joy. As compared to Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkatta, Lucknow, and many other places, Pune is way behind as a Foodie destination. But there are some delights for which Pune is famous, and which you don’t get anywhere else. Like Kayani Bakery’s Shrewsbury Biscuit – it’s superb, unique, matchless, delicious – I don’t think you get anything like it anywhere else in India, or, maybe, in the world! There are many imitators, claiming to be Shrewsbury, but genuine Kayani’s is truly supreme. No doubt about it. If you’re dying for an authentic Shrewsbury Biscuit, you’ll have to come to Pune!  Dear fellow Foodie. The next time you’re in Pune, after you treat yourself to Shrewsbury from Kayani on East Street, don’t forget Chitale’s Amba Barfi and Bakarwadi, Laxminarayan Chiwda, Budhani’s Wafers, Dorabjee’s Biryani, Kayani’s Chocolate Walnut Cake, Marzorin’s Rolls and Sandwiches, Hindustan Bakery’s Patties, Shreyas Maharashtrian Thali, Kawre’s Mastani, and genuine authentic Bhel (not the imitation pseudo bhel they concoct at Chowpatty!). Ironic, isn’t it? The way Bhel is associated with Chowpatty! But then, you get the best “Puneri” Misal in Mumbai, don’t you?

   VIKRAM KARVE 

vikramkarve@sify.com 

vikramkarve@hotmail.com 

http://vikramkarve.sulekha.com   

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