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Easy peasy no cook Chocolate Fudge 

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 😂) 

● Cocoa Powder 

● Walnuts 

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

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

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

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

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

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3 Spices – Double Tree by Hilton, Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Located in the heart of Pune’s Industrial belt, Double Tree by Hilton is an ideal venue for a lunch meeting, corporate event, or even to stay on a business trip.
I was recently invited to their restaurant ‘3 Spices’ for the launch of their new menu.

A warm inviting ambiance with a lively vibe, this place isn’t just for mundane meetings, but also a good venue for an evening out with family and friends.
We started the tasting session with an assortment of wines from Sula Vineyards, and some delectable starters to go with it.

Keeping in mind the preferences of the guests, the newly designed menu is a mix of cuisines, to cater to all palates.

There’s a wide variety to choose from Indian, Oriental, & Continental cuisine.

A special mention has to be made about the Desserts though. Everything on the dessert counter looked so attractive, that we started our meal with a couple of desserts !

We were quite literally alternating between the sweet and savoury courses.
I particularly enjoyed the Continental cuisine and preferred to stick with that, over the Indian mains. And then some more desserts ofcourse !

The place felt a little crowded and noisy later, as the restaurant was almost packed to capacity by late evening…but then again, that’s a good sign…right?
Everything from the food, to the plating, presentation and the service was upto the mark & definitely worth another visit.

* Bloggers table was hosted by 3 Spices *

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Farm to Table Sunday Brunch at Hyatt Regency, Pune.

​Sundays are meant to be enjoyed lazying around, catching up with friends and family, and ofcourse enjoying a laid back brunch.

That’s exactly what I did last Sunday at the Farm to Table Sunday Brunch at Hyatt Regency.
This brunch offers you an assortment of cuisines that use fresh, organic seasonal produce, seafood, meats, all procured from local farmers markets and suppliers.
The freshest and most tempting fruits, & veggies welcome you, as you walk into the The Cafe for brunch.

The spread is large indeed, with something to please every palate.
They serve everything from Salads, Chaat , to Lebanese (read Hummus, pita , fattoush, tabouleh, babaganoush) to Japanese (read Sushi – Ok ….the vegetarian ones with Tomato, Bell Pepper and Okra wasn’t impressive at all….but the standard ones like Crab, Prawn, and Tuna more than make up for it.)
There’s a Salad and Pasta station where you can get your dishes customised as per your choice.
The Grill counter offers an array of Chicken, Shellfish and other Seafood, Beef (buff) etc)
For mains, you can choose from a plethora of dishes, whether it’s a spicy, rustic Chicken Rassa, Thecha, Zhunka and Bhakri you’re craving, or a perfectly cooked Dum Biryani or Murgh Makhni.
The vegetarians have a choice of the freshest seasonal produce cooked right in front of them, be it Indian Curries, Thai delicacies or Salads.
The enticing aroma of Thai curry and steamed fish wafting from a corner of the restaurant is sure to lead you there, and try out the delicious Curry and Rice. You can choose from the variety of seafood, chicken or vegetables and get your curry made as per your preference.
If you’re more a ‘wine and cheese’ kinda person, then you’re in luck. The restaurant offers a huge selection of Cheeses and Cold Cuts to enjoy with your favourite wines.
I’m sure no matter how much you eat, there’s always a little corner in the tummy reserved for Dessert !

Those with a sweet tooth will have a tough time choosing from the countless options on offer.

Everything looks so good, and tastes equally good, that you wish you spent all day there !

End your meal with a lovely cup of cappuccino (if that’s even possible, after eating so much !)
I really wish they extend their brunch hours though.

Atleast 12:00 – 16:00….(instead of 12:30 – 15:30)
*Review conducted on Invite*

‘Farm To Table Sunday Brunch’ will be on till February end

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‘Bubble Bee’ – Aundh, Pune 

​So…all those instagram pics & posts, all that hype Everywhere on social media dragged me to this place, ‘Bubble Bee’ at Aundh.
My experience in one word..? ” Meh ”
I really didn’t understand what all the hype was about. It’s just (below) average waffle with (below) average toppings and hardly any choice.

They were serving only 2 types of waffle base (atleast that evening when I visited) – Chocolate & Red Velvet.

I chose Red Velvet… so was obviously looking for Cream Cheese to go with it.

But all they have is Whipped Cream and Coffee Cream.
And top it off with either ferrerorocher , kitkat or fruits .
So I had an underwhelming combination of Red Velvet (?) Waffle with whipped cream and 1 Ferrero Rocher cut in half, which basically does NOTHING to enhance the falvour.

Had it been crumbled on top, or mixed with the cream, there would have been a textural and flavour twist to the otherwise boring whipped cream.

At roughly 150….170/- something, for that waffle, I have better options in town.
As for the bubbletea , I’ve had toooo much of it while in southeastasia … and this one does not match up at all !

So if you go there expecting that taste and quality, then I’m afraid it’s going to be disappointing.
Tried the Green Apple flavour with Passion Fruit flavoured Pearls. (Juicy ‘Boba’….not the chewy starchy tapioca pearls I was looking for)
At 120/- for a small glass of overly sweet (premix) drink, it was some more disappointment for the evening.

The flavoured tapiocapearls , are not even close to the real slightly ‘chewy’ pearls you would expect in a bubbletea.

These are like juicy, liquid filled globules (boba) that instantly burst in your mouth.
They do have a ‘jelly’ variation instead of the boba pearls, but will I go there again just to try that out ? ummm… I doubt.
Ohh btw… Waffles and Bubbletea are the only 2 things served at Bubble Bee. 

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Culinary Collection Fest at JW Marriott Pune

Food festivals featuring different cuisines and guest chefs from all over the country and abroad is a common thing now.
But what a fabulous concept it is to have a festival showcasing and celebrating works of so many chefs and their specialities all at the same time.
J W Marriott Pune which has a mix od restaurants specializing in different cuisines, is hosting the Culinary Collection fest at all its different restaurants – Spice Kitchen, Paasha, Alto Vino, Shakahari, and PBC.
The bloggers table was hosted by JW Marriott at their swanky 24th floor restaurant Paasha which gives you a brilliant view of the city by night.
‘Paasha’ is serving authentic Arabian cuisine by Chef Nicola of JW Marriott Dubai.

The mezze platter was my pick of the evening.
While ‘Shakahari’ is serving a twist on some classic Indian vegetarian dishes and ‘Spice Kitchen’ is serving Srilankan delicacies.
‘Alto Vino’ has Chef Christian Huber who is joined by his twin, Chef Andreas, to dish out cuisine from their native place in North Italy.
And our very own stellar Pastry Chef Vikas Bagul, whom I very religiously follow (read – ‘stalk’…! ) on Instagram, is heading the ‘Chocolate on Canvas’ collection at PBC.
He has created some beautiful edible art on canvas, using single origin chocolates from all over the world. This one is definitely worth a look.

All the festivals are on till 15th Oct 2016.
So make that dinner plan ASAP and dont miss out on this Culinary Collection.





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Syrakko , Mundhwa

Looking for a lovely fine dine, with a beautiful ambiance, delicious food and excellent cocktails, to impress that special someone? ‘Syrakko’ is The place.
Perfect for a quiet cozy date night, or even for a meal with your family.
They have a long list of cocktails and I strongly recommend, you try some of them.
My pick for a light refreshing summer drink is the ‘Fresh Mowed Lawn’
A refreshing blend of chilled cucumber juice and Vodka.
But if you are a coffee lover like me, then the Espresso Martini is a must have !
I twisted mine with Bourbon instead of Vodka…and boyyy the combination of that strong espresso with bourbon was an absolute delight !
Moving on to Soups- I tried Chicken and Almond Shorba.
Its one of those subtle, creamy soups that you could just go on having on a cold rainy night. So warm and comforting. The garlic melba served on the side deserves a special mention. I loved it.
I chose Malai Prawn Tartlets for starters. True to its name, the prawns were indeed very creamy and delicately flavoured. The flaky, buttery shortcrust base was done nicely and the garnish of microgreens gave the dish a fresh crisp edge.
I was keen on trying the Prawn and Chorizo Risotto from the mains.
I love the strong, almost pungent aroma of spicy chorizo sausages. But it can be overpowering if used excessively.
Happy to say, the rissotto was flavourful with just the right quantity of chorizo used in it. The chef was careful enough not to overpower the dish with too much chorizo, while still infusing the perfect amount of flavour required.
The tender, succulent prawns added the delicate balance to this dish. Quite impressive!

In a fine dining restaurant we are generally used to seeing tiny portions on the plate, which leave you wanting more. (or maybe I’m just the greedy one…lol)
But at Syrakko the portions are pretty generous…so much, that I found it difficult to finish my rissotto!

There’s always room for a little dessert no matter how full you are…and at Syrakko, you definetly have so much to choose from !

‘Paan’ pannacota….Yes you read it correctly. Paan infused panacota is definitely worth a try. A bit too sweet for my liking, but a nice dessert for all those with a sweet tooth.

But my pick is definitely the ‘Espresso Phirni with Tiramisu Granita and Chocolate Soil.’ Honestly, the idea of ‘Espresso Phirni’ didn’t quite appeal to me when I first read it on the menu.
But it was so flavourful, and the tiramisu granita with the crunchy chocolate soil was a medley of different tastes and textures on my tongue.

The massive coffee lover that I am, having coffee in my drinks, and in my dessert was like being in coffee heaven !

Syrakko opens this week, so next time you want to plan a family dinner, or want to impress that special someone, you know where to go !

Bon Appetit 🙂