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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Apache Fly High



Apache, the first ever lounge bar In Pune has opened its fourth and largest outlet in Viman Nagar. This 15 year old brand is well known in the city for it value for money drinks, Music and an entire lounge experience.
The Viman Nagar branch is quite special as it packs a good punch with its quirky interiors, bar bites and a wonderful array of drinks.
The stunning interiors, retro vibe, bright colours and eccentric elements throughout is a perfect setting.
Apache located in Viman Nagar is spread over the ground, mezzanine and terrace floors.
I loved the while vibe going on the terrace with scooters used as chairs and carts used as a table. Its fun, quirky, cosy, bright and laid back. Perfect place to let your hair down and hang out with friends over their even quirkier drinks and nibbles.
They have tried to experiment a lot with their cocktails and presentation of Food. Their presentation is quirky enough to get everyone talking about it.
We were invited for a Food tasting and I sure had my bite and misses.
Firstly I loved the vibe of the place, my facorite being the terrace to chill around, the bar on the ground floor is really eye catching and the focal point of the place with the old cassette wall.


Loved these .. totally Rofl








The brightly painted walls with grafitti...









I was genuinely hooked to the place and waiting for the drinks and Food to take it to the next level.
The drinks and Food did arrive with an applomp and took us By suprise and awe But did they measure up to our expectation and passed the taste test.....

Take a look yourself ...

Starting with the drinks ... they are really experimental with the cocktails, the presentation is really nice as you can see however the cocktails were tad sweet for my liking.. give me my classic Mojitos and Martinis and the likes and I Am a happy puppy..
However the Banta Goti soda deserves a special mention. Served in the goti soda form this cocktail is a treat for your senses. I absolutely Love it. MUST TRY. Now it wasn't served to us on our this visit But I have had it at their launch and its a bomb.


Summer in a Jar 


Masala cheese fries .. 
Fries served with sweet yogurt.
I honestly don't Like my fries with sweet lassi texture.
I Like my fries crispy, Simple with cheese Dip, Mayo or Simple ketchup... all three elements were missing... so a miss for me 




I loved this cute pac man.. quirky presentation ...



The Cd kinda menu ..



Tandoori chicken chaat.. 
I know it sounds weird But the combination worked magic and this dish was bang on. The flavours just came together really well.
MUST TRY 



This darling was served in a way where you can see yourself while sipping on it.






Thai style sausage try 


Horn ok chill - Mocktail πŸ‘


The pizzas were absolute favorite perfect nibbles to go along side the drinks and endless comversation.
We had the Pepper Paneer Pizza
And the Chilli Chicken Pizza both were amazing. Perfect crust and toppings.
MUST TRY

 





Mutton Kheema Dhabeli Pav


Red Sangria πŸ‘



Perfect Chakhna - Roasted Moongphali bhel



Tandoori chicken Ceasar salad

I liked it. It was Like having your tandoori with crispy lettuce .. nice 


Finally my Margarita


Skull Banger
It looked mean and I wish it packed that punch however it was on the sweeter side.


Green Thai Chicken Curry
I loved it. The flavours were bang on, one of my favorites of the night.
MUST TRY



We tried quite some shots and sweet disposition and bloody valentine had our vote.



Rum and spice chicken skewers.
These were very bland, no taste, chewy served with a sweet yogurt. 
COMPLETE MISS 



Chilli Basa .. Average


Garlic Prawns
We all were awaiting this one But the prawns were over cooked and the dish lacked in taste. 


Raspberry Mousse Cake 
Nice and cheesy.


This soft, chocolatey Sinful indulgence is Chocolate mousse with old monk ... delectable swirls of heaven laced with some some strong Monk ... chocolate Monk at its BEST



Jagerbomb

We indeed had a fun night with fabulous company. I Love the vibe of this place and it has huge potential. Definitely must visit for lazy chilled out nights with friends, Food, drinks and good Music.
Do Check it out.

Timings: 11:30am to 1pm
Address: Shop 3, Turning point, Behind Phoenix Mall, Viman Nagar, Pune

This review was for tje invite from Carpe Diem and Apache however the views are completely mine based on my experience of the night.
Thanks for hosting me and special shout out to Sannaya Kadam from Carpe Diem for being a perfect host.

xoxo
Bhakti

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Shopping @Dorabjees, Diy Facemask, healthy eating with Green Tokri

https://youtu.be/SLkVt-k4_Kw

Let me take you with me to the best and iconic departmental store in Pune..
https://www.dorabjees.com/
 Check out what I shop and also see my healthy food haul and a local brand Green Tokri
 http://greentokri.com/
 which is really awesome and healthy.
Also check my dinner prep, unwinding with a DIY face pack and some Beautiful Green Tea from the laps of Himalayas ..

Monday, January 16, 2017

Coffee, Tea & Me ...

Winter is here with applomb. Pune is known for its awesome climate and its pretty right now in the city with temperatures dropping.
The chill in the morning with warm sunlight is my favorite thing.
I Love sunning in the winter.
Another favorite of mine in winters is Coffee and Tea.
Let me tell you I hadn't tasted tea in my entire life till couple of years back.
I still Am not a tea drinker But I just cant resist a nice cup of cutting chai from the neighbourhood kiosks.
Especially living in Pune which is a paradise for Amrut tulya. These are tea stalls which specialise in making tea some dating back to the 1940's. 
The name Amrut Tulya literally means - Like honeydew or elixir of Life 😯. Their tea is really something to rave about after all it needs to keep up to its name. Amazing slow brew of masalas, tea powder, milk, water, Sugar. Must try when you in Pune. 
The city is also dotted with age old Irani cafes and the Irani chai is well known. 
I Am a little inclined towards the Amrut tulya for my tea But I do have my favorites for Irani chai as well. 
A girl needs to have options now, does'nt she 😜
In short I definitely Love sipping on my thelewala chai. I have never ever have had tea at home. ( my answer If Anyone asks me for tea is - I don't drink tea.. now that's just weird me) I Am sure I have covered this on the blog before.. 

There are so many tea stalls dotting the city take your pick. Do try the ones in the old city By the name of amrut tulya.
Sunning and sipping in the Cold winter mornings ..


Cups of Chai as you watch the workd pass By... this one is an Irani cuppa at Good Luck


Now If you will ask me Am I a tea / coffee person. Pat comes the reply coffee. Yes I Am a complete coffee person. To be precise Cold coffee and there is something about having Cold coffee on nippy winter nights ... its bliss. 

My favorite joint to have Cold coffee is this small place Durga cafe in Kothrud. Don't get me wrong the place is just small in looks it will and has given any coffee shop or cafe run for its money. It has a huge fan following - will be an understatement. 
Just look at the glass with the creamy frothy perfectly strong and sweet coffee topped with sweet generous amount of cocoa. I have gone to heaven ... Bliss is this. Must try.
That doesn't mean I don't Love a good hot cuppa of coffee. I Am a complete Nescafe girl. I Love filter coffees too. Give me a nice strong one and I Am a happy bunny. 
Durga does some really good hot coffee as well. 


Nice hot cuppas - coffee for me and tea for Hubby after a tired day.


Nothing Like a good old cappucino with Doughnuts ( especially M.O.D double trouble πŸ˜›πŸ‘❤🍩 )

Flilter coffee Dates 😍

So that was Coffee, Tea & Me in a nutshell for you. ☕

So just summing up my favorites for you. 
Amrut tulya in the old city.
Roopali 
Coffee - Cold - Durga (kothrud), Mar-zo-rin
Hot coffee - Durga (kothrud) 

Until we meet again with some more New ramblings and stories. 

xoxo
Bhakti

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