I have a weird hobby to randomly search for food videos on youtube. I do not usually search about Indian street food as I am already familiar to Indian street food. But last week something made me search about Indian Street food and it turned out to be pretty lucky for me. The first link was a video of Hyderabad street food and it looked interesting, so I opened it to realize that this youtuber has a great sense of humour. I checked the date of upload, and it was literally uploaded three hours back. Then I explored more of his videos. I loved the way he makes them. His commentary is like hilariously awesome. His youtube channel is ‘SoloTravelBlog’. I realized that there are chances that he might still be in Hyderabad and dropped a message on his facebook page. Excited as I was, I didn’t want to take the risk him missing my message so I commented on his video too. I woke up next morning, praying that he had replied. And yes, he did indeed reply with exactly the answer that I wanted. I asked him that I really wanted to meet him and I also wish to make food videos in future and I would love to show him some of Hyderabad for a day. He agreed to that and we decided to meet on thursday. The whole 3 days passed in excitement in planning for the day and I saw almost all of the videos on his youtube channel :D.
Finally, the day arrived. I made sure that I make him try Hyderabadi food. First, we started with Udipi’s Upahar, Gachibowli. He was in Hyderabad from past a week and I saw his recent videos too. So , I knew what type of dishes he had already tired and made sure to make him try something different. He already tried masala dosa, so I ordered rawa dosa, poori with veg kurma and uttapam. Then we ordered lemon tea which was really soothing.
After eating all this food, I thought it would be better to take a break before going to the next food joint. So, I took him to Karachi bakery, best bakery in Hyderabad. When we were looking at Indian sweets, he pointed at kaju katli and said I have seen this a lot here. So, I asked the shopkeeper to let him try one piece of it. He happily gave one piece to try and he loved it as it wasn’t too sweet and apt amount of sweet. He looked at gulab jamun and said that he tried that the day before and he loved it, although it was too sweet for him, as he is not that much of sweet tooth. The biscuits of Karachi Bakery are very famous, so I really wanted him to try them. I gifted him an assorted pack of biscuits which had mixed variety of biscuits.Beside Karachi Bakery was CreamStone. He can get chocolate icecreams anywhere. India is all about mangos. So, I ordered one mango icecream. Dustin saw paan ice cream option on the menu, and said that we have to eat this one, because he had paan before when he was in Mumbai, and he just loved paan flavour a lot. He loved both mango and paan icecreams.
Then I took him to Norfest dhaba, inside SLN terminus mall. I love the mutton galouti kebabs there, so we ordered a plate of mutton galouti kebabs. With that we ordered a non-veg thali in which they had the delicious Dal makhani, Dhaba chicken, Mixed vegetable dish and Mixed raita, with a bowl of rice and 2 pudina parantha. Everything tasted great. In drinks we had refreshing shikanji (jeera lemon water).
After this we went to Mehdipatnam, which was approximately 45 minutes ride with a cab. We went to za’atar shawarma shop. I wanted him to try best shawarma, so I discussed with my friends and most of them told me to go to the same place za’atar. There we ordered chicken cheese shawarma in rumali roti and chicken cheese za’atar pizza. Although we were already full by that time, but the shawarma was so so yummm… that in every bite we were like I can’t eat anymore and we still finished whole of that big heavy woww shawarma. By that time we were actually about to burst. So, we couldn’t finish the pizza and to be true we were so full that we didn’t feel like eating it, so judging a food in that condition is not a good idea.
In total it was a great experience with Dustin. He told me a lot of interesting stuff about solo travelling. Some of the interesting stories and incidents happened with him in all these years, how he started, how he maintains his blogging, how many countries he has covered and what are his future plans etc. I hope he makes more and more of such amazing videos. He is as amazing in person as he sounds in his videos. I really thank him for giving me the opportunity to show him around Hyderabad. Meeting him has definitely given me an inspiration to start my blogs and youtube videos too. Hoping to start my food journey from Hyderabad soon.