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Netherlands isn’t just about Tulips, Erotica & Smoking Up ! πŸ˜„ Plan a day trip to Domplein, Utrecht – Netherlands.


​The historic Dom District – #utrecht diaries. 

There’s so much to see in and around #netherlands

This place is much more than just Tulips, Redlight streets, sex shops & Smoking up ! πŸ˜€ 

If you travel an hour out of Amsterdam, & visit #utrechtcity , you can easily spend the entire day walking along the canals, taking in the lovely sights and sounds of this beautiful city. Visit some quaint & quirky shops, eateries, & visit old monuments. 

At DOMunder you can descend below Dom Square (Domplein) and see a large collection of archaeological finds. It’s also fun to climb the Dom Tower’s 465 steps since there’s such a fantastic view of the city from the top.


Around Domplein, you’ll find numerous centuries-old monuments, convent gardens and historic shopping streets. Make sure you walk through the Zadelstraat and have a look inside the unique home fashion stores and stylish boutiques. 

And where better to finish off a day in Utrecht than in the city’s beating heart? 

On the Domplein, there are plenty of charming restaurants where the locals themselves like to gather for a bite and a drink. 

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Hello 2018Β 

There are all kinds of foodstuffs on my wishlist. I may not like all of them, but I will try them out anyway. 

Good food, good eating, is all about risk. It’s my favourite thing in the whole world. Nothing is more blissful. 

So is Travel. It isn’t always pretty, it isn’t always comfortable. 

Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it breaks your heart. 

The journey changes you, and it should. It leaves marks on your memory, on your heart. You take something back with you, hopefully you leave something good behind.

This year is going to be all about exploring new places, cuisines, learning more about different cooking styles, food habits and culture, meeting new people and making memories. 

Join me in this exciting journey…. stay tuned for all the yummy updates, travel experiences, and much more that I’ll be dishing out with a ‘Ladlefuloflove’ πŸ˜‰ 

Happy New Year ya’ll ❀ 

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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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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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I tossed up a delish salad in 5 mins ! πŸ˜ƒ

​I’m just a girl, standing in front of a #salad , asking it to be a #doughnut πŸ˜’

Anyway, this quick 5 min salad I made for #lunch today was quite good ! 

Grilled #mushrooms & #cottagecheese tossed with some #rocketleaves with a generous sprinkling of Keya all purpose seasoning. That’s it ! (all purpose seasoning was a mix of garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, salt , oregano) 

Mushrooms added a meaty texture to the salad, while the creamy sweetness of #paneer (indian cottage cheese) balanced the peppery flavour of the #arugulasalad ….& it literally took 5 mins to prepare this dish 

(I still want a doughnut though πŸ˜‚) 

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One of the healthiest ways to Gamble is with a Spade and a pack of Garden Seeds ! 🌾 

I like growing my own vegetables & herbs. 🌾 I like being able to tell people that the food I’m serving started out as a seed in my yard. 😊

And you know what guys, it really doesn’t require a lot of space. You can grow these beautiful plants in pots, on your terrace, balcony, or a windowsill even ! 

I’ve been growing Lemon grass, curry leaves, chillies, basil, lemon, mulberries, coriander, tomato, capsicum, garlic chives, mint, etc besides a lot of flowering plants & climbers on my small terrace (and 1 pot is dedicated to the small wild birds that love to feast on the fresh Millet that I plant for them 😊)

I haven’t used a single drop of chemical fertilizer or pesticides till date. Just a good mix of soil, coco-peat, vermicompost, & kitchen waste like crushed egg shells, vegetable trimmings, tea leaves, etc. Its such a joy to be able to just go to the balcony & pluck a handful of mint & coriander leaves to make green chutney or for a garnish. Some fresh fragrant Curry Leaves & spicy chillies for a nice Tadka to a simple dal. The evening tea or a nice piping hot bowl of Pho on a rainy evening is made with the freshest most fragrant lemon grass ! Salad made with freshly plucked tomatoes & capsicum. Simple pleasures !

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Evening Strolls & Window Shopping around Sacre Coeur, Paris – Travel Diaries.Β 

​Evening strolls around #sacrecoeur were more like ‘window shopping strolls’. 

These quaint shops dotted along the cobbled streets leading up to Sacre Coeur offer a huge variety of delicate hand crafted home decor articles, knick knacks like mugs, coasters, planters and other souvenirs. You can buy some beautiful pottery articles, aprons, wall decor pieces to take back home, or simply spend a couple of hours admiring them and just window shopping.

I spent an entire evening just walking up n down the street, enjoying the weather & stopping by the little street cafes for a crepe or coffee, in between strolls. 

And then, as it starts getting dark, there’s a special ‘sight’ in store for you. Stay tuned to the next pic, for more on that πŸ˜‰ 

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