FOOD, Travel

Titillating Tale of the Tata #FlavoursomeTuesday

Incase you are wondering what the heck are these two round , dubious looking orbs doing in my featured image, let me set things straight.

Finding TATA

On the last day of my  recent trip to New Jersey, Daughter No. took me to downtown Somerville. It was unusually hot and we were the only people about but that didn’t stop us from walking down Division Square, a quaint little area where a few people were still enjoying the last few days of ‘summer’.

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We came across a quaint chocolate shop selling some amazing handcrafted chocolate. Neither of us were really in the mood to eat chocolate, nor did we want to walk away without making a purchase. So we decided to splurge on the specialty of the shop.

“What’s your most popular chocolate? ”

Carol, the owner of the shop, proudly displayed a hemispherical chocolate which had a shiny marbled cover. “This she said, is our most popular chocolate.”

I had never seen any thing like it before – it had a sheen that looked like oil spill and its smooth roundness made it seem like a button or knob.

“What is it I asked?”

“It’s a Tata.”

“Is it like tartare in Polish?” which I knew was used to describe raw meat.

“No it’s tata like in tata.” and she gave a naughty, knowing look and actually chuckled.

“And what’s that in American ?”

“Oh it’s slang for ‘boob'”.

Now that really floored me as I’d never heard that one before. But one lives and learns and when we got home, we dug into the chocolate which was a soft chocolate filling topped with a rose jelly and covered with the shiny couverture.

I will forever associate this dreaded disease with a quirky, chocolate called TATA and the hearty chuckle of the good natured lady who invented it.

On the rise

Incidentally October  in America is designated as International Breast Cancer Awareness month. I saw a pink ribbon in  several places drawing attention to this disease that affects so many women. According to a Breast Cancer India Report, the 2012 figures cited  an alarming number of 1,45,000 new cases that were diagnosed in India alone.

Yours Truly at MumbaiOnAHigh is launching  #FlavoursomeTuesday ,a new weekly feature  along with  Shilpa at Metanoia.

We invite you to join us with a post on food memories both flavoursome and otherwise with the hashtag #FlavoursomeTuesday.

Let’s bond over food.


Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!


  1. Hahahah… I had breast cancer six years ago. My son was 15. His Scout troop was serving food at the local Relay for Life (an event to raise awareness, have some fun, and raise money for the American Cancer Society). They were selling stickers at one booth with the slogan “Save the Tatas.” And had various other SLIGHTLY suggestive things. I offered to buy him whatever he wanted, and even okayed taking it to school. He looked utterly appalled. Still makes me laugh. He’s grown up to be a very nice young man. I can still shock him. Not quite as often, but now and then, when he least expects it…

    1. Oh Holly I was quite surprised that breasts were called Tatas . In India TATA is a famous industrial house that pioneered indigenous steel manufacturing and is known for making every thing from a safety pin to high tech! I probably should have mentioned this fact to emphasise my surprise … and children so think that parents don’t do so many things they do right 😉 ?

  2. I read your post on my phone yesterday but decided to leave a comment when on the laptop, and then forgot all about it, until now! So sorry, Sunita!
    You know, when I began reading this post and came across the word, Tata, I visualised something to do with the Tata steel industries. But I just couldn’t relate that Tata to a chocolate store, until I reached the line where Carol explained about the Tata she had made into chocolates! Wow! I must say that sure was an unique way of spreading awareness about breast cancer!
    The Tata in the chocolate shop did look delicious!
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