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    Explore the city’s food scene with Blaffer, a website that curates walks.

    Inspired by the food walks they did in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, three B Tech final year students from IIT Madras have launched Blaffer, a website through which they organise food tours. The city-based start-up that launched late January, is the brain child of Ruturaj Bargal (from Indore), Abhishek Sharma (New Delhi) and Yash Murty (Pune).
    “We mostly target backpackers and hitchhikers. So we picked the name Blaffer, the Danish word for hitchhiking,” explains the 23-year-old, adding that they take turns to play guide. “A walk will cover five to six eateries — like the famous Kakada Ramprasad or Mylai Karpagambal Mess — letting people taste about 10-12 dishes. We read food reviews and blogs, and try out the food before shortlisting the places. We also speak with the owners to find out interesting trivia, which we then share with our guests,” he says, adding, “We have successfully organised about eight-10 walks so far and catered to more than 100 satisfied people, primarily from Germany, Iran, China and the US.”
    Currently, the walks operate in four routes, like Sowcarpet and Alwarpet (one of which is a bus tour), and there are plans to add four more, including Triplicane, Mylapore and OMR. “We reach out to the backpackers’ hostels in the city and spread the word through friends and social media,” he states. With plans of launching the Blaffer app (now in its Beta version) in May, cities like New Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Hyderabad are next on their agenda.

    Registrations open a week prior. Rs 400 onwards. Every weekend, from 5-7 pm. Details: blaffer.in

    —Lalitha Ranjani

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