Hi! I’m so glad you stopped by.

My name is Heena and this blog is my playground for everything related to – you guessed it – food, travel and photography.

I grew up in Bombay, India – a veritable melting pot of cultures and my job as a software engineer/analyst (yes, you are allowed to yawn) gave me a unique opportunity to travel, which in turn opened my eyes to new experiences. This blog was my way of sharing those stories until it became a lot more.

I took a good hard look at my life one day and realized that this is not where I want to be. While I sat in front of the computer analyzing business flows, all I really wanted to do was bake and cook and travel. Someone told me once that life is a matter of choices. If you want to live, choose. So I did. I spent the next year in Paris learning the art of pastry and bread baking at ESCF Ferrandi following which I honed my skills at French pâtisserie Carette.

Back in Mumbai, I created innovative and playful plated desserts as the head pastry chef at Ellipsis for a year and a half. These days I’m planning my next adventure and can be found running experiments in the quest for the most delectable eclairs, tender madeleines and other French pâtisserie in my own test kitchen. On the rare days that I’m not baking, I can be found with my nose in a book or on a travel path that will almost invariably lead to food.

You can find out more about the story of this blog, why I started it, and answers to questions like – what on earth is a tiffin? – here…

You can also follow my adventures on Instagram or Twitter (@tiffintales)..

Happy Reading!


44 Responses to About

  1. naazish says:

    Loved it girl! Looking forward to more words, food, photos..

  2. Seema says:

    This is awesome!!

    But am sad :(

    Except ur cake have not eaten any of your fabulous cooking and reading about it makes me want it even more!

    Love you!

  3. Lynn says:

    I just discoevered your blog via tastespotting.com – you have officially arrived! :) Good luck and I will be checking back often.

  4. tiffintales says:

    Thanks Lynn. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit. Drop in anytime.

  5. Gaurav Hemrajani says:

    Heena, this is Gaurav, not sure if you’d recognize me, I came across your blog while writing a message on Jyoti’s wall on Facebook. This is an amazing blog you have here! Loved the photos & your recipes look great, Keep it up & keep in touch!

  6. Monali says:

    Hi there! Just came across your blog thru Tastespotting. I love your simple recipe for Rajma Chawal…I’m going to try it soon. Keep up the good work and hope to see more delicious ideas soon!

  7. charliebanks says:

    so happy I stumbled across your lovely blog. can’t wait to read more…

  8. Michael Toa says:

    Hello there,

    I came across your blog whilst reading another blog. How do you do?

    I enjoy reading your stories and the pictures are just beautiful.
    Anyway, have a great one.


  9. Saurabh Pandey says:

    Hi Heena,

    I liked your recipe for “Chez La Vieille’s Stuffed Tomatoes”.
    My wife was looking for a recipe for something like this and i guess i finally found it.
    Can’t wait to sample it !!

    :) .

    Thanks !

  10. almond says:

    Such an interesting blog!! love the food and photography, congratulations. For sure I will be visiting often.

  11. Sasa says:

    Hi Heena, you’ve done a beautiful job with your blog; the design and photography are wonderful. I look forward to seeing more ^_^

    • tiffintales says:

      Thank you so much Sasa. It’s always lovely to have your work appreciated. Come back anytime – looking forward to seeing you here :)

  12. Jessica says:

    Hey! It is a pleasure to meet a local friend in Waterloo.
    I will look forward to following your blog!

  13. Beverley says:

    Love your writing style. From one fellow Bombayite (now Mississuaga-based) to another, I hope you win PFB!

  14. Hi Heena,
    Found your beautiful blog via twitter suggestion.What great posts and lovely recipes.You ll find me quite often here :)

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  17. Mary says:

    Finally made it to your blog and there are no updates. I gather we will have to wait until you are settled in :)))


    PS – the China trip was awesome!!!

  18. Welcome back – and very best of luck with your new direction. I hope you’ll be blogging about it.

  19. Ad says:

    Love reading you. See ya soon.

  20. Harmeet says:

    And the amazing ‘YOU’ is back! Leaving the analyst job will not be regretted..because i know the love that you have for food and travelling! All the best for all your future goals. I hope that i get a chance to eat the awesome food that you prepare sometime again!

  21. Andrea says:

    This is so awesome!!! it takes a lot of courage to follow your heart :)….Im glad you did….
    All i ever wanna say is “i am so proud of u and even more happier that i known you for so long”
    All the best :D

  22. Sally van der Aa says:

    Hi Heena
    I am just cooking your red bean curry now as i type, looking forward to the outcome. Lovely blog by the way, keep up the good work, maybe you should drop by Belgium sometime to test out the waffles and chocolates. I am british but have lived here and the Netherlands for the last six years. Good luck in Paris.

    Kind regards

    • tiffintales says:

      Thank you! I hope the curry turns out well – it’s one of my comfort foods :)

      I would love to come to Belgium one day and I probably will since it’s not so far away AND belgian waffles are my absolute favorite! There used to be a place in Toronto that had divine ones, but I’m sure they’ll taste even better in Belgium.

  23. Anuja says:

    Hi Heena,
    Gorgeous blog dear. Accidentally found your blog via “cookblog”. Guess this is one HAPPY accident :). Totally going to follow your blog and m glad you are thinking of opening a shop in Mumbai. I’ll be your regular and thats a promise :).

  24. Shubha says:

    Hi,Just found your blog.I just envy you.What a life.Amazing.Make the most of it and do share the stories with us.God Bless.

    • tiffintales says:

      Thanks! It’s a lot of work as well, but yes, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Keep reading! :)

  25. Anita Menon says:

    Beautiful spirit. So contagious. You had the guts to follow your heart. My best to you and your dream. You cannot do anything but succeed in life.
    My best,

    • tiffintales says:

      Thank you for the good wishes – it’s really heartening to be sent such positive thoughts. My best to you as well!

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