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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Romantiscizing in Blue

As my Instagram family must be knowing and would have seen my insta story and posts it was our wedding anniversary.
I am super Romantic and small loving gestures and little nothings sweep me off my feet.
A perfect fairy tale in everyday life is what keeps me going.
So in the same pursue we set off on our anniversary to chase my fairy tale dreams as  always.
With my prince charming by my side we embarked on our journey through mountains and valleys, through forests and trails.
We both are spontaneous people and love to go with the flow without any guidelines or time and this again like last year Wine trip was an unplanned spur of the moment decision. Which we really enjoyed.
So our Journey took us through winding roads

Straight to the magical Le Meridien Mahabaleshwar. This is such a gorgeous property. Its like an Old Victorian villa in the woods. Set in the forests you can just be mesmerised by mountains peaking from all sides and cool winds enveloping you being filtered by the tall trees carrying the fragrance of forest mist.
I could just sit here all day not doing anything but taking in the views.

For me romance means twirling in gowns, flowy drapes and rich hues.
I love maxi dresses and I think nothing is more romantic than twirling in them.
The colour royal blue is one of my favourites somehow I romanticize it - think Santorini ,,,, That's what blue dreams are made up of.
















so here am I twirling and musing in blue...

Outfit Details

Blue maxi dress- courtesy Limeroad
Earrings- H & M
Neckpiece - Lifestyle
Footwear - Footin

Don't forget to check out the video for the glimpses of us being us in the beautiful Le Meridien Mahabaleshwar.


Hope you like it....

Let me know.
Until we meet again...
xoxo
Bhakti

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

CLASSE` by THE COOKING CULTURE


From the vegetarian capital of the world ‘Gujarat’, comes the first vegetarian fine
dine, ‘Classe’ by The Cooking Culture’, serving course wise sit down meals. Aromen
Group along with partners SRK ventures brings this brand to Pune after the success
of two popular restaurants in Ahmedabad and one on the cards in Hyderabad.

Great meals and a unique experience is what defines this gorgeous place.
The concept being - to create a beautiful and
memorable dining experience showcasing cuisines from across the globe.
Western fine dine combined with warm Indian Hospitality in gorgeous sophisticated ambience.
The décor echoes this concept with dark wood panelled walls, low lighting, scalloped
lattice screens and some innovative mesh curtains that can be drawn to give each
table privacy.
The minimal cement flooring and touch of greenery lend an earthy impact to this plush place.






A plated course wise meal with
each course being a discovery of colours, flavours, textures and cuisines.
They have kept the portions small to keep the meal exciting, satisfying and yet constantly
piquing guests’ curiosity.
Formal dinners are in 10, 15 and 21 courses with a short 7
course option for business luncheons.
This is the only restaurant across the globe to
serve a 21 course vegetarian meal. (wow,,, trumpets)

The 10 course meal plan has a prescribed set
menu format comprising of the most loved dishes and also has an option of selecting
the menu from Ala carte offering whereas the 15 course meal is a chef’s tasting
menu and the 21 course meal is a grand tour menu. Meals are served on prior
booking in dining areas designed for privacy (do remember to book)

They also boast of a hygienic , glass walled show kitchen so you can have a peek and see your food being cooked.

Exclusive experience with
luxury of conversation, interaction and a relaxed meal in a luxurious ambience
without the hassle of choice, ordering, serving and decision making- Classe culture in a nutshell.

That's so true, cause all we had to do was get an appetite and just relax, sit back enjoy the ambience service and amazing food.
We were served a 10 course meal, so why don't you guys have a look at what I ate and dine with your eyes with me.


Nibbles while you wait for your food.
I loved it and couldn't stop having the hummus.

Course 1 -
Blood Orange
I really loved it, great to sip on throughout.
Lots of lime and lemon - perfect tangy and sweet.

Course 2
Smoked Cheese and Paprika soup.
I loved the soup- cheesy with a smoky effect and undertone of paprika.

Course 3
Chana Masala Wonton
Deep fried wontons on a bed of chana masala with mint and sonth.
Nice crispy wontons went so well with the spicy chana masala with a hint of sweet from the pomegranates.
Favourite chaat dish has to be their in any veg meal.

Course 4
Cottage Cheese Pinwheels
Cottage cheese stuffed with mash of cheese and tomato concussed.
I loved it, it was so rich and heavy. the rich texture of cottage cheese as well as cheese went perfectly well with the tomato flavours.

Course 5
Taro's Nest
Fresh vegetables cooked in holy sauce on crunchy noodle nest.

Course 6
Parmagiani Ravioli
Homemade tomato, ricotta and wild marjoram ravioli cooked in saffron cream sauce.
Utterly delectable - such delicate flavours and fine texture of the Raviolli- melt in the mouth with an after taste of saffron lingering on your senses.

Palate Cleaner

Course 7 and 8
                                          two Indian rotis with an international twist with two
vegetables
Clay pot roasted cottage cheese cooked tomato and bell peppers.
Mausam ki khaas tarkari - seasonal fresh vegetable sabzi.
Everything was  really delicious and well prepared.

Course 9
Hyderabadi Biryani  with boorani raita
This was one of the show stoppers.
One of the best veg biryanis I have had.
The taste was superb, the rice was filled with aroma, masalas and balance of vegetables.
I completely loved it.

Course 10
Saffron Almond Soil
It was one delightful treat made from the crumble
of saffron and almond biscuits.
Soft on every bite oozing with flavour especially when paired with the crumble and soil.

With these delicacies and huge spread we concluded the night with happy hearts and over filled stomach.
It was indeed a beautiful experience.
Definitely will make one great date night ;p
Thanks a lot for having me over Classe and Carpe Diem team.

So whenever the taste pangs crave for some utterly delicious veg fine dining with an unique ambience, warm hospitality - I know where to head to and the best thing its easy on the pocket too with fuss free dining without having to decide who is gonna order and what...- life saver :)

Cuisines : European, Asian, North Indian, Mexican and many more
Fine Dine and Vegetarian Only
Timings : Lunch: 12:00 to 15:00 & Dinner: 19:00 to 23:30
Other Detail:
 Prior Booking Mandatory
 Proper casual or formal attire
 Valet parking available

Hope you had fun reading.
Until we meet again you go and experience Classe and its awesome food.

xoxo
Bhakti

Friday, December 2, 2016

Silver Sands Holiday Village Candolim Goa - Glimpse

A small glimpse into our stay at the Silver Sands Holiday Village Candolim Goa.
They have many other properties in Goa.
We stayed for 2 nights at this property located in bustling and yet quaint candolim bylanes leading to the beach where sea sports were in full action.
This resort is hardly a minute walking distance from the beach situated amongst very pretty quaint restaurants and shopping buzz.
We booked our rooms through Oyo for around Rs 3000 per night and I suggest the cottage rooms in case you are looking at this property.
We rated this property a 3.5 on the basis of service (which was ok) rooms, cleanliness, facilities offered. We didnt try their food though.
The location is great.


Take a look at the video and get a glimpse of this property with complete review of the rooms and how it is.

Hope this was helpful.

Until we meet again.
Stay happy !!

xoxo
Bhakti

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Guardians Of Halahala - Shatrujeet Nath - Book Review



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Title: The Vikramaditya Trilogy:
Book 1 - The Guardians of the Halahala
Authors: Shatrujeet Nath
Publication Year: 2014
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Genre: Fiction, Historical, Alternative History
No. of Pages: 428
Price: Rs 350
My Rating: 4.5/5

About the Author
Shatrujeet Nath has sold ice creams, peddled computer training courses, written ad copy and reported on business as a journalist and assistant editor at The Economic Times. His first book, The Karachi Deception, was published in 2013. He divides his time between writing fiction and poetry, reading, playing with his daughter, and dreaming of buying a small castle in Scotland. Till that happens, he plans to continue living in Mumbai.

Mythology and History is loved by all. We have grown up listening to stories about our heroes, of grandeur, of demigods, Asuras, Gods, wars, palaces, princesses, magic and much more all through our childhood. I Sure am a fan of this genre.
So when I get my hands on such a book which weaves spell through all these ancient fictions, magic, power, love, Gods, humans and more I just chance on the opportunity.
Retelling stories, Filming old folk lore's, history and mythology with liberties are trending now a days and everyone loves a good story.
The Guardians Of Halahala is just that written by Shatrujeet Nath its the first book in the series of Vikramaditya Veergatha and it sure makes an impact. This book right from its cover is captivating.
The cover depicts the action, storm raging within as well as all over. The mighty Vikramaditya amidst everything standing tall with fearless stride and his hell fire swords in hands is like the entire book summarised in one picture.
As soon as you open the book, an ancient kingdom map draws you in and just after you manage to read it you are taken by the glossary of names of characters from every kingdom with their short description.
The plot is laid and you are already in it, anticipation riding high all excited ready to lose yourself in the book and find new characters. No sooner than I started reading I couldn't stop, the narration is fast, captivating and the author builds suspense and entails you in it.
I found myself also wondering on the lines of Game Of Thrones (cant help, serious fan ) but the book does that to you.
The story is set in the middle of many kingdoms and all stories or happening are interwoven in one big plot. Be it the kings, their alliance, kingdoms, wars, devas, asura, enemies, relationships, loyalty, love, plotting, ghouls, magic and more - the crux the finality of it all is but one and that is power - supreme power.
Remember this book is not facts but fiction taking in from mythological stories and all the important characters and traits, happenings that we know of.
So the story revolves round Halahala - the poison that Lord Shiva consumed which made him blue in order to save the world from annihilation. So in this book a small portion of this poison - Halahala was stolen by a demon Veeshada and stored in his dagger.
Now after ages Lord Shiva himself entrusts the responsibility of this Veeshadas dagger to King Vikramaditya to keep it safe from the demons, the Gods and any other entity to safeguard the balance of power in the universe.
What follows is assaults on Vikramaditya's Kingdom from the Gods as well as Demons led by Indra and Shukracharya respectively in every form to attain the Halahala and achieve supremacy. On the other hand the book even follows the threats from Huna and Saka tribes, the disturbance of equilibrium in the Kingdoms. The ailing wife of Vikramaditya whom he loves dearly and can do anything for her but will he pay the price for her well being and in what way. Will she ever wake up from her deep slumber and recognise and love the king ever again.
The book revolves round the mighty Vikramaditya and his council of 9 and how they deal with this mayhem and emerge victorious on all accounts or not and at what price. The characters that the author has played with right from Betaal to the devas and asuras makes me want to get myself other books on them and relive these old characters and their stories (growing up on Vikram and Betaal series and tv serial too - what do you expect).
This is one of the good traits of a successful book - makes you want to read more and more about it and the characters involved in it.
The book ends on one of the battles- with lots of questions to be answered in the second part - The conspiracy at Meru.
Why and how did the Maruts disappear? What happened to Vishakha ? What will be the next step? What about Huna and Saka attack ? What price will this war incur? So many question - 2 more books.
I can hardly wait.
The book is a perfection in every way the author has been successful in involving, sketching and bringing to life so many characters with in depth research visible. There are no lose plots. The stories are interwoven beautifully. The author leaves you wanting for more with his immaculate descriptions of every scene. The grandeur, the seriousness, love, the war fare, mayhem, loyalty- every relationship is felt by the reader and every scene depicted and imagined to the hilt - such is the writing.
Must Read - Amazing book.



I was sent this personally signed book from the aurhor himself to review it however the views are completely mine and in no way influenced.
You can buy the book on Amazon for Rs 298 over here.

Check out the book review vlog 

Thanks To Jaico Books and the Author himself Shatrujeeth Nath enjoyed the book completely.
Cant wait to read The Conspiracy at Meru.

Until we meet again.
Happy Reading!



xoxo
Bhakti

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Double Roti with a Full Bar in an all New Avatar


Our very own Double Roti has thrown its doors open to its fully stocked Bar.
Yes you heard it right, Double Roti is now serving your favourite drinks and in style with live Music and scrumptious finger food (bar snacks ) to go with. This New Avatar of our "Awesomeness between breads" - sandwiches and burgers brand is being much appreciated by the crowds.
Offering an exquisite range of cocktails, some of which are inspired from the popular TV Series “Game of Thrones” like Wildfire, Winter is Coming and Kings Landing to name a few.
Double Roti, Pune, with its new offerings will continue to serve its exciting food menu which includes signature dishes such as Area 69 burger, Illegal Burger and Double Trouble.
With a seating capacity of 70, the outlet now includes a live bar counter and feet tapping music making it a favourite neighbourhood bar & café serving delicious meals at any time of day.












Not only this, Double roti is also offering a 2 plus 1 on all drinks through the day and a special combo offer for lunch (bingo).
I have still not finished - They are also having the ‘hottest burger contest’ with three sliders going from hot, hotter, hottest and any one finishing all three in 5 minutes will be entitled to a meal for two at the restaurant (simply wow).
The restaurant will also follow a weekly calendar with engaging evenings like ladies nights, game nights, and karaoke nights (yoohoo).
I am so gonna stalk Double Roti especially with such amazing offers and entertainment I am sure excited to try more especially after I got my share of the fare(I am sharing wait ;p).

 
On the opening of the launch of the new bar, Uday Balaji, Chief Executive Officer of V.M Hospitality who own the Pune outlet said, “We are excited to introduce Double Roti in its new avatar here in Pune. At Double Roti, the team is looking to offer an irresistible range of exciting cocktails and lip smacking bar snacks along with our existing menu. Our endeavour is to offer a perfect meal to our guests for under Rs 500 including a drink. Pune has a high density of students; Viman Nagar and its vicinity has an even higher concentration of young professionals and students, making Double Roti a relaxing getaway. We with our new avatar, intend to provide a regular hang out for guests, much like their neighbourhood local”

I am already loving the entire vibe and this grungy neighbourhood all day bar.



My favourite for the evening was Cranberry and Pomegranate sangria.
It was perfection of the sweetness of cranberry and pomegranate mixing so well with the red wine.
Must have especially for the wine lovers who love their wine on the sweeter side.



Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita






I  just fell in love with the caramelised onion with Feta.
The flavours were bang on.

 These were my favourite.
Crispy filled with flavour bite of soft mushroom with cheese, you cant just stop at one .
Must try !
Perfect bar snack.

Chicken Meat Balls
Another of my favourite. These were so good, no mess no fuss only taste.
Must Have ...


For the desi heart - the flavours were bang on, the meat was really soft and tender grilled to perfection and the masalas were perfect. It was so soul satisfying kinds, perfect bar snack again. They really have some good ones - must say and must try.

Cheeselings with chaat

Veg - Tiki Tiki Bun Bun
Delhi street style Aloo tikki burger
Non veg - Chipotle chicken
Pounded chicken flavoured with chipotle mayo and grilled onions.
Oh so good and messy, I loved it. the onions gave it a nice sweet grilled effect where as the creamy mayo wrapped the chicken patty which was so well done and soft to only enhance its taste.
Must have !



For the Nacho lovers, you definitely wont regret ordering them.

 


Restaurant: Double Roti, Pune
Timings:
9 AM - 11 PM (Sunday to Thursday)
9 AM - 1 AM (Friday and Saturday)
Pricing:
₹800 for two people (approx.) with alcohol
₹160  for a pint of beer (approx.)
Address: Ground Floor, Shop 1, Lunkad Sky Max, Dutta Mandir Chowk, Viman Nagar, Pune
For Reservations Call: 020 30189237

The night was electrifying and I sure had a great time with such amazing vibes, ambience, company, awesome food and drinks.
Thanks a lot for having me Team Double Roti and Msl 2020.
Big shout out to the CEO Uday Balaji very humble, knowledgeable and an amazing host.

Double Roti is a complete VFM fun and awesome place on all accounts.
You sure will find me there on the weekend enjoying the whole ambience, food and drinks hunming to the music.
😎❤❤
Surely try it out - Great place to hang out, grab dinner with friends or family or enjoy a couple of drinks with music.
Let me know how was your experience.
Until then !
Keep smiling..
xoxo
Bhakti


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