I tasted the best baguette in Vietnam: Rasika Dugal

Tuscany is the perfect place to unwind — read that book that has been on your bedside table for months, laze through the day, and gorge on the fresh food and outstanding wine”

When not delivering some power packed performances as an actor, Rasika Dugal loves to travel. Her Instagram is testament to her life as an explorer. She tells us, “The best holiday I have had was in Italy. I don’t think one can ever get tired of a city like Rome. Every corner has a story to tell and each time there is more to discover. Tuscany is the perfect place to unwind — read that book that has been on your bedside table for months, laze through the day, and gorge on the fresh food and outstanding wine.”
Within India, Rasika loves the hills. She reveals, “I don’t think I have visited a more beautiful place in the world than Kashmir and trekking in Ladakh has been one of the most calming experiences of my life. The Nilgiris is also one of my favourite places in the country. And, in my opinion, very underrated. Anywhere you look, there’s a breathtaking frame and no pressure to do anything.”
The actress loves to explore new cities on foot. She says, “I enjoy exploring cities which are new to me by walking through them for hours. I might pre-decide on a few places before walking, but I also leave enough room for improvisation. And mostly it’s the unplanned parts that lead you to discover these little gems — the cozy coffee shop which wasn’t on any list, the street food that no one had recommended, and the quaint store which lured you in with its intimacy. I enjoy a mix of a quiet place combined with the madness of a city. That’s my ideal holiday. Also, a mix of history, an adventure and some time to just be and not do anything. Of course, all of these activities have to be accompanied with the right food. What I want to eat often prompts most of my decisions on a holiday.”
Speaking of her favourite activities on a vacation, she says, “If I were to choose my most memorable activities on the holidays, it will be trekking in Ladakh, bungee jumping in Australia, and scuba diving in the Maldives. Most recently I went to Vietnam. It was an overcast afternoon in Hoi An, drizzling at times, and we had been walking through the Old Town for a few hours. And just when my hunger pangs were growing, we found ourselves in front of Banh Mi Phuong — an unassuming takeaway joint recommended by the late Anthony Bourdain. I cannot forget the feeling of the first bite of that absolutely fresh baguette filled with many wonders…. I felt like I discovered some new senses. The time was right, the hunger was right, the flavours were right. Ah those rare moments when everything was perfect.” Source

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