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🍻 To New Beginnings ! 

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It’s the last day of this year, time for ‘Thank you’ & ‘goodbyes’…

Time to step into the new year, which would hopefully bring with it better days. 

I don’t know how this year has been for each one of you, but I hope & pray the next one would be much better in every way. 

For me, this year has been a disaster in many many ways. Cruel, to say the least. One hell of a roller coaster ride, with few ups, & the lowest of lows. 

A sincere Thank You, to all those people who chose to stay ; & a big Thank You to those who decided to leave. 

Hoping to make way for new experiences and new people in the coming year. 

In this age of social media where everyone of us is competing with each other, to post only the best & ‘happiest’ moments of our life for everyone to see, we forget that we’ve become way too pretentious & unapproachable. 

Truth is, we all need someone, not just to hang out & party with, but to have Real meaningful conversations with ; a true friend, a confidant, someone with whom we can be totally at ease, without the fear of being judged. 

I wish I had more people like that in my life when I needed, but I promise to be that person to whoever might need it. 

I mean this sincerely ! My house is a safe zone. Coffee or tea can be made in minutes and the kitchen table or counter is a place of peace and non-judgment. I have loads of comfy blankets where you can just curl up & sleep without anyone disturbing you. Anyone who needs to chat is welcome anytime. We can talk, share a laugh or two or just sit in silence. It’s no good suffering in silence. I have food, or I will cook on demand , or we can always order in, eat, drink, cry…whatever. 

I will always do my best to be available…You are always welcome !! 😊 

As I say goodbye to this year of lessons, and look forward to #2018 , I wish each one of you a very Happy New Year , which is kinder, easier, full of love, peace, & good health. Cheers 🍻 ❀

#happynewyear

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Never underestimate the power of Bread & a jar of Chutney in the fridge ! πŸ˜‰

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Never underestimate the power of #bread a jar of #chutney in the fridge ! πŸ˜ƒ 

The other day during a long tiring work discussion at home (yeah I just realised that work from home can be just as tiring as going to office, especially when that work involves loads of costing & planning πŸ˜₯) So anyway, my colleague & I took a break for #chai. 

Feeling a little peckish, we were wondering what to make for our tea time snack, as we had to get back to work real quick. 

Now…Instant noodles is something I’d eat only if that’s the last edible stuff remaining on earth…seriously!  So the other option was Bread. 

Hmm….how about a cheese sandwich ? Looking at my friend’s face, I knew cheese sandwich was out..! 

I usually have a jar of green chutney ready in my fridge, at all times. 

So while I mixed a thick chickpea flour- salt- turmeric- red chilli & ajwain batter, I asked my friend to slather some green chutney & ketchup on alternate slices of bread & stack them up. 

While this was being done simultaneously a wok full of oil was heating up on the burner. 

The chutney & ketchup stacks were then cut into bite sized cubes, dunked in the chickpea batter, fried till it golden & crisp….& voila ! 

We had our impromptu chai-pakoda session within minutes ! πŸ˜‰ 

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Good News Dhaba – Ishanya Mall PuneΒ 

There’s good news for all Punekars…yeah… quite literally ‘Good News’, coz that’s the name of this Modern-Desi Dhaba at Ishanya !

Going to keep this review pretty short and simple.

So why is it good news…You ask ?

Coz this :

Great Ambiance – βœ”

Interesting (& Potent!) Cocktails – βœ”

Good Food – βœ”

Friendly & Efficient Service – βœ”

This place just ticks all the right boxes.

A special mention to the OTT decor ! All that kitsch, all that bling, the quirky wall art, massive light fittings made with chai kullad & cutting chai glasses, a full size bathtub to chill beer bottles (yeah, you read that correctly, they have placed a bathtub with overhead showers that work, bang in the middle of the bar !)

And as garish as all this sounds, all these elements come together and totally work somehow, giving this place a very fun and lively vibe !

Over to the food and drinks –

They serve some interesting (read- potent) cocktails with equally interesting names. 

The bar bites are not your usual chips and peanuts, but a rather interesting concept where they serve a basket of Khichiya Papads and along with that a tray full of ingredients to make your own chutney.

So you get small bowls of mint, coriander, yogurt, ginger, garlic, chillies, etc along with a small mortar & pestle. Mix and grind ingredients to your liking and enjoy your chutney with those rather addictive papads.


Though not a big fan of soup or shorba,  the Murgh Galliana Shorba was quite the bomb ! I could literally just have that instead of dinner on a lovely breezy winter evening. 

Paneer de sholay , Jhinga Kalimiri, Highway Mutton Seekh Kabab, were my favoutires from the menu we tasted that evening.

Also, do save some appetite for that simple yet hearty and delicious Langar Dal Amritsari , which we mopped up with some hot fluffy naan. 

If you have a sweet tooth, then there’s Rabdi, matka kulfi, Paan- Choco bon bon that you can end your meal with. 

Good News indeed, right ?! 

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Work…Travel…Save…Repeat.Β 

Looks like a stillife painting…right ?! 

That was my #airbnb home in #madrid 😍 

I had always opted for a separate #airbnbhome , where the owners just hand over the house keys & then leave for a vacation, while I get to use their apartment. 

But this time in Madrid, I shared the apartment with the home owners, while they were living there, going on about, with their daily routine. 

It was truly a different experience to live with the locals. This beautiful apartment is owned by 2 amazing, hospitable guys who not only helped me out with the directions, local maps, best eateries in town & other info, but we also used to sit & chat here in this corner, share stories & experiences of our own countries, & people back home. We used to cook & exchange recipes. 

I must say, inspite of it being owned by 2 BOYS, there was absolutely no mess or clutter in the house ! πŸ˜… The place was spick n span & immaculately done up. 

Yours Truly, on the other hand, bumped into the glass door & splashed coffee all over the place early in the morning (ok, I blame that #sangria from the previous night) πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ 

Thankfully the boys were still asleep, so I quietly cleaned up everything & behaved like nothing ever happened 😎 

I often see people too rigid when it comes to travelling, food, accommodation, or planning their holidays in general. 

But these are some experiences that you miss out on, when you insist on swanky hotels, & the typical ‘touristy’ itineraries. 

If you truly want to get to know a place, you gotta be open to other cultures, cuisines, mingle with the locals. 

Yes, there are all kinds of people in the world; You might not have the best of experiences every time. But that’s the whole point of travelling & exploring new places. Getting out of your comfort zone, trusting people, & yourself, but being street smart at the same time. That’s how you make memories. It’s fun…Try it ! πŸ™‚ 


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Baali to Baan Tao – Indonesian Food Festival at Hyatt, Pune.

Get a feel of your favourite holiday destination, Bali, sitting right here in Pune ! 

Been Tao -Hyatt, Pune is hosting an Indonesian Food Festival till 5th December, where you can tuck into delicacies like Sari Segara, Lawar Kacang Panjang , Soto Ayam, Ikan Bakar, Bubur Injin to name a few. 

This a la carte menu is curated by Chef Nyoman, from Grand Hyatt Bali, who explained the nuances of each preparation as we sampled each dish in the menu at the preview of this festival. The attention to detail can be seen in the fact that Chef Nyoman brought with him, some of the essential herbs and spices that would be unavailable in India, to ensure that the dishes are as authentic as possible. 

Out of all the dishes we sampled that evening, here are few of my favourites – 

Gado Gado – A salad made with steamed vegetables, tofu, bean curd, egg,  peanut sauce. 

Lawar Kacang Panjang – Long bean salad made with minced chicken , grated coconut, & Balinese bumbu spice.

Chef also gave us a quick demo of how this salad is made. Simple ingredients with subtle flavours. Very light and refreshing. 

Next up were the Prawn, Fish, Lamb & Chicken Satay, out of which the Prawn and Fish Satay were my favourite. The lemonlemongrass stalk used as a skewer for the satay infused a great aroma into the meat as it cooked. 

Lamb satay turned out rather tough and chewy, maybe because of the way it was cut into chunks. So that was bit of a disappointment. But the fish & prawn more than made up for it. 

Sari Segara – This was easily the best dish for me, from that evening. Sari Segara means ‘everything from the Sea’.

This was a seafood soup which consisted of prawns, clams, mussels, squid & fish. The seafood was cooked in a broth flavoured with lemongrass, lemon leaves, fried shallot, potato & beans. Very subtle flavour of the aromatics which let the original seafood flavour shine through. 

Nasi Goreng – A popular fried rice dish , is served with lamb satay & chicken on the side & topped with fried egg. Except for the lamb satay which was rather tough & chewy, everything else on the plate was quite well cooked & balanced in flavour.  

Balinese Lamb Curry – This curry which is best had with steamed rice, has chunks of perfectly cooked tender lamb, braised in coconut milk, fresh turmeric, galangal, & lemon leaf. Quite a hearty dish. 

Bubur Injin – The only dessert on the menu , but definitely a good one if you like a warm rice porridge sorta end to the meal. This one is a Black Sticky Rice Pudding with Coconut Milk. Moderately sweet, with a nice creamy texture of the coconut milk, & black rice which has a nice al dente texture to it. This is one of those slightly warm comforting desserts you’d want to have on a winter evening. 

This festival is open for Lunch as well as Dinner till 5th December 2017 at Baan Tao, Hyatt Pune. 

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Panash, at Four Points by Sheraton launches new menu.Β 

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Panash, at Four Points by Sheraton which is well known for its subtle yet classy interiors, calm & relaxed vibe and excellent service, has recently launched their new menu.

Curated by Chef Tenzin, this pan Asian menu offers to the guests a wide selection of preparations, that would please all palates.

While you have a wide choice of Sushi made the authentic way, you also have a section of it curated especially for the vegetarian guests, or for those who like a bit of Indian or fusion touch to their food.

Along with this, there are various streetfood style preparations like Stir Fried veggies and meats, Pad Thai noodles, dumplings, crisp lotus stem and lotus leaf wrapped chicken, prawns in xo sauce, to name a few. The dumplings which had a chicken & mushroom filling were spot on, in terms of flavour and texture. Also a plus point to them for not adding artificial food colouring, and instead using vegetables to give a natural colour to the dumpling flour.

You would also find on the menu, some unique desserts like coconut pancakes, & lemongrass panacotta, which I really enjoyed. I would have liked to see a better garnish on the lemongrass panacota though…maybe a lemongrass leaf & a citrus garnish, instead of a regular chocolate garnish, which quite honestly had nothing to do with the core ingredients of the dessert, & looked slightly out of place.

But just that minor point aside, most of the preparations were pretty good, and definitely worth a try.

The restaurant is open for dinner service, 7 pm onwards. Do check it out !

* Bloggers table was hosted by Panash *

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Easy peasy no cook Chocolate FudgeΒ 

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Midnight treats ❀

This easy peasy no cook chocolate fudge is just perfect for those midnight dessert cravings, or for a quick snack any time of the day. Just a few simple ingredients, a quick mix, & set in the fridge, that’s it ! Swipe to see the ingredients. 

Here’s what you’ll need – 


● Condensed Milk 

● Unsweetened Biscuits (I used ‘Marie’) You can also use powdered oats, to make it healthier (but nah, I’m good with just the biscuits πŸ˜‚) 

● Cocoa Powder 

● Walnuts 

● Mixed seeds of your choice (I used Sesame, Flax, Sunflower & Pumpkin seeds ) 

β–  In a mixing bowl, Add cocoa powder, chopped walnuts, coarsely powdered/crushed biscuits, & seeds. (keep some for garnishing) 

β–  Add condensed milk as required, just enough to make a thick dough like mixture of the above ingredients. Mix well. 

β–  Tranfer the mixture to a greased (& preferably lined with butter paper) square tin, & smoothen out the surface. 

β–  Sprinkle seeds & chopped walnuts & pat down gently so they set properly. Refrigerate for 15-20 mins & then cut into squares. 

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