Brunch at The Square, Novotel

 

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The Square at Novotel Hyderabad Convention Center, is especially popular for its Sunday Brunch but I decided to go for it today since i was at the hotel for a meeting. Having heard so much about the place, I have been here for dinners but never lunch. This chic and friendly restaurant and its AL fresco area has quite a welcoming vibe.  Executive Chef Gaurav Malhotra joined us for lunch talking about the new live station additions to the brunch counters and upcoming food festivals at the hotel.

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The brunch menu has a lavish spread consisting of revered regional classics to contemporary international highlights, from counters that stocked variety of reads, cheese, salad there was a special counter of grills that I loved the most.

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While most of it came on table, I always enjoy going for a quick round, around the spread picking some breads, choice of salad, maybe (definitely) a piece of dessert too.

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Being a weekday it was quite laid back and I enjoyed the relaxed ambiance of overlooking lush greenery, letting the monsoon air soothe me while I enjoyed every delicacy that came my way.

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A sinful assortment of desserts, along with a selection of wines and beverages, are the perfect complement to revered regional classics and international delights.

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Opening hours: Daily – 6:30am to 11pm
Address: Novotel Hotel Road, Near Hitec City, Kondapur, Hyderabad. Ph: 66824422

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Ikea Hyderabad – A Preview

IKEA, the world’s leading Swedish home furnishings retailer opened its doors of its Hyderabad store today for a media review, before it opens officially tomorrow for public. I was lucky to be a part of the preview and get a first-hand experience of the place.

IKEA has been sourcing from India for its global stores for more than 30 years. Its plan to open retail stores in 40+ cities across the country, reinforces its long-term commitment and deep connection with India. IKEA sets out to become a truly unique, meaningful and trusted brand in India, making every day brighter and better for the many people and this dream seems closer to reality today as we wait to see what the Hyderabad store will offer.

The store is 4,00,000 sq. ft. large and is spread over 13 acres in the heart of Hyderabad’s tech hub HITEC City and promises to be a ‘fun day out’ for the family. At present it promises to offers 7,500 affordable, good quality, value for money home furnishing products, all under one roof. The store will remain open 365 days from between 10.00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

The IKEA store in Hyderabad is full of ideas, inspiration and solutions. They have exhibit of 2 full homes that reflect life at home in Hyderabad, besides different room sets based on different parts of the home like bedroom, kitchen, children’s room and living room. It also has a market hall where you can find home kitchen utensils and accessories, textiles, rugs, lighting, decoration, stationary and even live plants.

The store also has a 1,000-seater restaurant, IKEA’s largest and possibly India’s largest restaurant, a café that offers coffee, bakes, frozen yogurt and many more for purchase, a kids’ play area named Småland where customers can leave their children safely. The IKEA restaurant will offer 50% Swedish specialities like salmon and chicken and vegetarian meatballs and 50% local delicacies like biryani, samosas, dal makhni in the case of Hyderabad. The food will be very affordable, for example a plate of samosas will cost Rs. 10/-

What is also fascinating : The IKEA store employs 950 co-workers in Hyderabad directly and 1500 indirectly in services and expects to host close to 7 million visitors each year. IKEA has a non-negotiable commitment to hire 50% women co-workers at all levels in India including forklift drivers and assembling co- workers. It will also come with a strong and affordable service offer including delivery and assembly to help customers who are not familiar with the DIY (Do it yourself) concept just yet!

Verdict: You won’t step out without shopping something, I got candles, cushions glassware, salad bowls and coffee mugs. I would definitely recommend you to put on your walking shoes, because there is a lot of walking and no mid exits. You don’t even have to wait in the billing Que, because they have option of self-billing- make life easy doesn’t it? The products are practical and so well styled, you will get an idea about what product can be styled at which part of the house. I really think the setups and representations is going to give consumers a good idea on what they can do with their space in most practical yet stylish way.

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Dark Florals – Trending this spring

Anothet season of spring has arrived abd with it has come time to let go of layers, knits and jackets (well they will be out, for one more winter holiday, watch this space for something exciting coming soon) and make way for the all new trends and colours. Spring fashion doesn’t have to burst with zesty shades — instead, look to dark florals, Victorian blouses and embroidered denim.

I am really looking forward to wear a lot of florals (obviously), lavenders, corals, embroidered denims, oversized everything and off shoulders. I think even sheer dresss and shirts are going to be huge this season. Midi length dress, dungress, and lot of prints on prints- really excited to try this on.

This dress from H&M is something that i have already worn 6 time ssince i bought it last month from tehir new store in Jubliee Hills. The print, the vinatge vibe of the dress, the ruffles and and sleevs.. what is not not to love about this dress.  From day to sexy date night, this dress is perfect for nay occasion.

Florals are something i really love investing in it, its like a timless piece of fashion and anyone can carry it off.  There is never too much of it and i can’t wait to flaunt more of this trend not just through spring but hopefully through the summer.

Dress- H&M, Boots and Shoes- Forever 21, Bag- Anqi Bags

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Skincare routine with Lotus Herbals

The hunt for good skin is fervent and one of the most sought-out side effects when looking for a good skincare product. As a teenager, Lotus was the first retail purchase for my skin care, my mom loved the products and I followed her footsteps in purchasing my first sunscreen. When Lotus came up with tinted sunscreen, nothing could get better. Sun protection with a formula that covers minute imperfections was just genius.

So when Lotus sent me over some products to try, I was more than excited. The products included a night time regime that had ‘Serum’ and ‘White Glow cream’ I decided to give it at least a month before I wrote down the review

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Sunscreen Matte Gel  Sunscreen & Safe Sun 3-In-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock
We can feel the heat and its just the beginning of march, firstly let say, summers or winter, indoors or outdoors a regular use of sunscreen is very important. With summers we are exposed to sunlight more than ever, ‘Lotus Sunscreen  Matte Gel’ is the perfect product to incorporate into your daily skincare routine. I get it- when it’s hot and humid, the last thing you want to do is add an extra layer of product on your skin. Common complaints about sunscreens are that they feel heavy and cloying. But if you want healthy, youthful, glowing skin then sun protection is non- negotiable. But this has an incredibly comfortable texture, perfect for all skin types (mine is combination and suits me perfectly). I recommend this formula because it’s thin and fluid, plus, it sits beautifully under makeup too. And when a sunblock comes with a tinted factor that promises to make your skin look smooth and helps to fix the imperfections, there is nothing more you need.

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Lotus Herbals Whiteglow, Skin Whitening and Brightening Nourishing Night Crème-  It diminishes dark pigmentation and boosts radiance and clarity.  Has benefits of mulberry, grape, saxifraga extracts, and milk enzymes.  Grape concentrate present in this night cream sheds the skin and permits it to infiltrate profound while Milk compounds square melanin pathways and Mulberry concentrate goes about as a decent tyrosinase inhibitor, counteracting hyper-pigmentation, lastly Saxifraga concentrate searches free radicals that can bring about skin harm.
All these combined, calm skin gives  a smooth surface, even tone, and whiteness, and puts a gleam all over when you get up in the morning.  It blends in well and instantly hydrates the skin, leaving it supple. It visibly reduces the sun spots, acne marks and give a very dewy finish to your skin.

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Lotus Herbals YouthRx Activating Serum + Creme – I have been using this twice a day. Just patting with my fingertips thorough out my face and neck. Lot of people forget the neck, but you need to understand it is very vital to take care of it, whatever you apply to your face just extended it to you neck. The serum by lotus protects the skin from radical damage while also helping to treat it. It contains great amount of revolutionary Ginplex Youth Compound, contains 10 times extra anti-ageing power, removes the extra oil on the skin and also controls acne, pimples and blemishes

Serums are great for your skin, they delivers the active ingredients we love deep down to the skin cells that need them in their most potent form. You can use these under makeup, night cream and even under sunscreen on a no makeup day. You only need one small pump, and unless you’re really dry, you can skip moisturizer.

Lotus Herbals Creame – The day care gel cream has cooling effect and refreshes skin on contact while the plant-based ingredients actually relax tense facial muscles (like Botox, but gentler and from nature) to diminish the appearance of lines all day long. The formula is enriched with moisturizers to smooth and plump skin. The cream, will not only make your skin feel super nourished but also produce a noticeable difference in complexion.

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Perfect skin comes with a good skin regime

Lotus Herbals has something to suit your every skin need. Their products will give you the radiant skin you’ve been missing. Lotus products are by far most hassle free and their range of products can easily be included in your daily routine within budget.

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Heavenly Spa at The Westin Hyderabad

Spa for most of us means a place where you get a massage. Which is actually not the case and at Westin Hyderabad, Heavenly Spa shows us why. The concept at Westin’s Heavenly Spa is to create a complete wellness experience.
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I was invited over the weekend to indulge and review their signature heavenly massage. My therapist for the day led me to their massage room, and once I was ready she began with soaking my feet in warm water using mineral salt to cleanse them and began with my treatment. She used apple pie oil that gave extreme moisture to my winter dry skin. I drifted into Zen mode as she began with my concentrated (focus) area with required pressure to relive stress and have a more enhanced blood circulation in my body. 

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The pressure was just perfect and exactly what I needed after a long week of work, I enjoyed every bit of it.  As the warm oil seeped into my body I could feel my aches slowly fade away and enter a state of absolute bliss. This goes over an hour and my masseuse slowly kneads on my muscles combining that with gentle strokes. The last 10-15 minutes she spent massaging my face and head. More like pressing the correct pressure points and releasing stress and it was followed by a facial.

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I opted for the ‘Illumination’ facial. It is curated to bring back glow to your face. The active ingredients and cooling gel mask brighten up the skin by treating the hyper pigmented areas. This again was an hour long treatment that was done using the ‘Comfort Zone’ products winding up with a pack followed by a serum to keep you skin glowing and hydrated.

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At Heavenly Spa you can always add-on, facilities like body scrubs, steam and Jacuzzi right in your room (on additional basis).  The post therapy part included, being escorted to a quite dim lit, waiting area where I relaxed, breathing in an amazing experience I just had while sipping a hot  cup of green tea with some dark chocolates and walnuts for a quick a boost.

Address: The Westin, Mindspace IT Park, Hi tech City, Hyderabad. Ph: 040 6767 6910

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J W Marriott Resort & Spa, Jaipur

J W Marriott is one of the most recognized hotel brands in the world, and at their all new property- J W Marriott Resort and Spa, Jaipur we experienced most energized hospitality and were treated to some incredible meals. The property has a welcoming atmosphere, right from the traditional welcome and breathtaking lobby, there is incredible attention to detail that made our stay full of utmost comfort.

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The Resort

It can be rightly said that J W Marriott Jaipur Resort & Spa is a modern day palace. I mean if i was a queen today, i would want my palace just this way, away from the hustle of the city, surrounded by the hills with all modern amenities and architecture that displays the best craftsmanship. A white tone follows throughout the property with breaks of blue and metallic at various places, well manicured paths, artistically done fountain spaces (indoor as well as outdoors), grand arches that are perfectly apt for a modern day royalty; and staying here we got treated exactly like that. When touring the property I was awestruck by the doors, the hand-painted patterns by local artisans, paintings and the architecture on the whole.

Food & Restaurants

Food at these restaurant are curated by executive chef Yogender Pal, i was delighted to meet him as i have known him for years, from when he was at The Marriott in Hyderabad. Sukh Mahal restaurant offers modern world cuisine but multi-cuisine delicacies are rustled up as adeptly as marwari meals in this all day restaurant.

On our last day we had a special surprise dinner at Mohan Mahal, just being there was a special experience, it was like dining in sheesh mehal. Mohan Mahal restaurant, is a gorgeous, tenderly-lit restaurant that serves up Rajasthani and Mughlai thali, open only for dinner. The design and beauty of the restaurant is architecturally reflective of Amer Fort’s Sheesh Mahal. Lit by candles, with Rajasthani music and gurgling fountains within the restaurant, provides a beautiful background score. Taking a notch above the meals are served in silver-plated tableware and local delicacies left us with a most found memory, one that will definitely add up to best dinner experiences i have had.

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Chai and Musical evenings by the pool at JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Jaipur

Evening tea, in khullads (they also have cup options but obviously we preferred the desi khullad and masala chai) are best enjoyed while witnessing the performance by the pool that included folk music and folk dance. They also have a lot of fun activities like henna application, puppet show, pottery, elephant rides for kids and relaxing SPA sessions (read here), J W Marriott Jaipur has something to keep everyone indulged.

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Our villa was bright, lively and equipped with amenities like cable tv, safe, coffee/tea maker, walk in closet and an attached bathroom with a tub and forest essentials toiletries, i love forest essentials; period. But our room and outdoor lounging area was not that got me excited, i mean it was beautiful but what i loved the most was our private outdoor plunge pool.

I spent an entire day and night right at the property to soak in all the beauty and luxury, i even spent a freezing few hours out in the lounging area watching the night sky and gazing the stars. If it wasn’t for January and winters, and the fact that it was more colder because it was at the outskirts, i would have spent the night out in the open.

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The landscape of this place has been done so amazingly that I absolutely enjoyed strolling around the property. The resort has a massive swimming pool by itself for all the guests.

We spent 3 days at this property, but it still felt like it wasn’t enough. The hotel is quite secluded from the city but the helpful staff had a car ready for us whenever we needed (on request), that made travelling totally hassle free for us. Finding cabs might get little tricky in the area so I suggest you book in advance. Being winters the nights were freezing, but I enjoyed my visit both to Jaipur and J W Marriott to the core.

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Staycation at Novotel Hyderabad Airport

Ah vacation.  How many of us don’t sometimes wish we could escape the hustle, bustle, & day-to-day responsibilities of our normal lives for a week of fun and relaxation somewhere far, far away? But There’s nothing better than a staycation when you don’t want to splurge on air tickets or you don’t have time for a long vacation or waste time commuting, and yet enjoy unwinding in luxury for a few days.

Between restaurants, hotels, and transportation, travel costs can add up fast especially when those costs are multiplied for a family.  But that doesn’t mean when vacation time rolls around you can’t still have a great time! This year, why not plan a vacation in your own city?  A true Staycation is more than just a week at home; it is an intentional time of fun and relaxation for your whole family.  It does take a little effort to do it right, but can ultimately be just as satisfying as going somewhere far away.

I spent my extended weekend having an amazing staycation with my mom. Between work, I hardly get time to spend with her. When Novotel invited me for an experiential review I knew my mom would be a perfect company.

Hotel: The hotel is strategically situated in Hyderabad to accommodate both business and leisure travellers. It is well connected to the International Airport and the location makes you feel like you are away from the city, amidst endless greenery and fresh air. I began my staycation from the very beginning, how? Well by giving up driving and stress of traffic, we opted to choose to travel in car by the hotel and enjoyed our long drive. The fact that it crosses the long stretch of airport road really made me feel as if I am travelling away.

Room:  Our room had a pool view with a sky that often witnessed landing and taking off of flights. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in complete relaxation. Their full menu of activities and services helped me meet my travel goals, whether its productivity, fitness, relaxation, or simply wellness of being, just lazying around in front of your TV screen, with room service pampering you endlessly. Novotel is perfectly away from the city offering a cosy abode to unwind in.


Culinary experience: Take a culinary trip around the world without leaving your hotel.  Novotel Shamshabad offers a unique dining experience that will delight even the most discriminating palettes. From traditional Indian dishes from the Northwest frontier, to the vibrant flavours of Italy, their restaurants, cafés and lounges showcase the best of global cuisine in inspiring settings.

End the day with a nightcap at the bar or by the picturesque poolside, I loved my Vietnamese coffee that was a perfect end to a long yet relaxing day.

Indulgence:  Soak yourself in a therapeutic massage or sip a cocktail in style at the bar or by the pool, where you can enjoy your beverage between laps. well i opted for both, a spa for a much needed pamper session of an Ayurvedia Indian therapy follwed by dinner and drinks by the pool.

Just a button click away lies your weekend of eternal bliss. All you have to do is pack an overnight bag and take off!

The Palace Restaurant- Baradari, Jaipur

Baradari is where the royal grandeur meets the urban present. Baradari is the latest in a series of initiatives by the Jaipur royal family for the visitors at City Palace.  An elegant bar, white and black interiors with hints or traditional red side walls this place was just what i needed after my royal tour at city palace.

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Tangy Brie Kachori at Baradari, Jaipur

After meeting the head chef, i left it on him to send us his best and i was treated well. sipping wine while i discussed all the royal encounters i just had at city palace, where every corner boasted rich heritage.  I soaked into the royalty around as they served scrumptious food that was perfect blend of Indian recipes and international combinations.

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A delicious meal at Baradari, Jaipur

We started with ‘Tangy Brie Kachori’s’ filled with caramelized onions , served with aloo chat, headed to local delicacy  ‘Lal Maas’  served with Bajre ki khichdi and blanched spinach and bhati. I really enjoyed the ‘Agli Olie Pasta’ and ‘Risotto’ was out of the world. to wind up the meal, chef customized a traditional dessert platter that had everything form, ‘Apple Jalebi’, ‘Creme Brule’, ‘Ghevar’ and ‘Gulab Jamun’.

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Lal Maas at Baradari, Jaipur
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Dessert Platter at Baradari, Jaipur

The place is a treat in evenings where the palace is lit up and vibe here is as urban as it can get. The dishes here are approved and inspired from the royal household who wishes to offer public a culinary treat through Baradari. I would definitely recommend you to visit this place when in Jaipur and get a taste of local cuisine in most fusion way.

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Baradari at City Palace, Jaipur

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Glitzy affair at Once Upon a Time, Nahargarh

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The Nahargarh Fort is situated at the height of 700-ft and was primarily built to strengthen the defense mechanism of the city of Jaipur, now just imagine dining at that height, with a view so romantic and food so brilliant you will probably never want to leave. It’s a place that offers a perfect combination of wine and view from high above!

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Once Upon a Time Restaurant at Nahargagh is an experience everyone must have. For me its going to be on my list every time i visit this pink city.  With traditional music played by local artisans, who most happily take requests and greet you with utmost warmth, you can choose to sit alfresco or indoors in a royally inspired seating. The intricate work done on the ceiling and walls, the long glass window that shows of the glittering city of Jaipur by night is a site that will leave you breathless.

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Their ‘Kheema Bhati’ is outstanding, crispy outside and filled with flavorful kheema inside that is full of flavors and just too good to resist. Their ‘Murgh Malai Kebab’ is mouth melting with rich marination and grilled to perfection, so is their ‘Gosht Seekh Kebab’, succulent and juicy paired perfectly with white wine and amazing ambiance is a delight in every bite.

Between your meals don’t forget to step up and join your loved one for a dance or just sip away your wine overlooking the view you will never forget.  Visit Nahargragh’s, Once upon a time for more of an experience than just a quick meal and make sure you have ample of time to enjoy every bit of your glittering night.

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SLY Tech Bar, Hyderabad

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A bust work space remodeled into a Speakeasy Bar by three young entrepreneurs turned risk takers/dreamers. Throbbing and thriving behind a nondescript looking reception area – a space to give that devil may care attitude and letting loose the inner sly in you. The interiors are full of urban graffiti, brick walls and unmissable God Father Movie inspired high Chair, it’s like an IT guy’s dream of turning office into bar.

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It’s a perfect place for techies (and others) who needs to let loose from their stressful workday.  A table tennis board, a section with comic books, ranging from Archie Comics, Aster-ix series, games such as Monopoly and Jenga make your waiting for food and drinks worthwhile.

Opening with ‘Mr.Miyagi’– an orange marmalade with triple sec, and shaken served in a martini glass top above a glass full if dry ice, giving bit a Smokey effect, for starters it was impressive, next came  ‘Lychee Rose Martini‘ where typical martini vodka was mixed with lychee juice and also with dash of rose petals and syrup.

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Coming to food, prices are very pocket friendly and options are endless. The menu has an array of grubs to enjoy with drinks. However our favorites were, ‘Fish pointing Fingers’ served with chili garlic mayo was a crispy delight, ‘C80s Jalapeno & Cheese peppers’ was mouthwatering cheesy,   ‘Dharamsala Chicken Momos’ with tangy chili sauce was on point with flavors.

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The ‘Trainee’s Kolkata Jhal Muri’  was close to authentic, amidst trying all the dishes, this particular dish was by my side till the very end.  ‘SF BBQ chicken Wings’ were glazed to perfection, a definite must try.  Last but not the least- ‘Chili Cheese Toast’ crisp and you just cannot go wrong on this simple yet delicious dish.

Ending on a sweet note- spoiler, they have only one dessert on the menu- ‘Sly Sundae’ which is alcohol infused’ Vodka soaked brownie served with vanilla ice cream and coffee sauce.

Location: Ground Floor, Western Pearl Building,, Kondapur, Ph: 33194183

Rock it like a Boss

Palazzo’s are stylish answer to summer heat. These airy trousers are great substitute for jeans, leggings and the overdone jeggings. They are really comfortable and when paired with a right top can look really stylish and give you a sculpted look even with loose fit of palazzo.

You can team palazzo with crop tops, kurtas, shirts, tank tops or even stylish blazers. You can choose from prints to solid colors, this style looks great on women of all sizes, just pick a top length according to your shape and carry it with panache.

I love these beige set from AND that I paired with black tank top and black stilettos. It’s a perfect look for any formal event and makes a great brunch outfit too. Paired it with my carry all bag and stilettos giving it an effortless chic look. Heels are perfect for palazzo’s because the added height makes the palazzo flow very well with your outfit.

 

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Pappa Roti India, Hyderabad

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Pappa Roti’s Signature Tea with Bun

Pappa Roti, Father of all buns, has come to our mother land and i am more than happy that the first ever Pappa Roti outlet has opened in Hyderabad.

I have been in love with Pappa Roti since the very first time i bit into its softness, in Dubai and no matter how many times i visit, i always made a quick stop at Pappa Roti. The Pappa roti in Hyderabad has a welcoming vibe, both outdoor and indoor seating havery smart dark-wood furnishings, with a chic and relaxed atmosphere.

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Mango Smoothie and Strawberry Bun, Pappa Roti India

After going through the entire menu i ordered for ‘Classic Signature Bun’ ‘Strawberry Bun’ and ‘Hazelnut With Nutella’ (well i was overexcited and yes i had company to share, not that i would mind having them all) As soon as our buns, arrived, they smelled heavenly. They had a warm sweet smell to them (kind of the freshly baked goodies). Soft, Fresh and instantly melted in my mouth. The bun itself is super light, airy and fluffy!! The inside is glazed with butter, which just makes it that much better(the classic one)! My mouth was silently screaming from each bite at how delicious it was. The strawberry one yet again flavorful with fresh strawberries topped on it. The best one was of course for the last, it has Nutella and crunchy hazelnut topping, i don’t think they have enough words to describe that yet.

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Popcorn latte and Hazelnut With Nutella Buns, Pappa Roti India

I really liked the ambiance  but you will see the place bustling with crowd (well obviously, apart from being the new thing in town i think it makes  a really good place to catch up with your Hun’s over Bun’s) Indian travel blogger, Indian food blogger, Hyderabad blogger

They have a lot more options for toppings like cheese, Toffee, caramel, honey, chocolate and you can also opt for adding on extra nuts (toppings charge extra) and they also have combos where you a bun with your choice of ice cream. Coming to drinks, they have a set menu but also season special (of course i went for it, it is only available for a limited time) ‘Popcorn Frappe topped with caramelized popcorn’ but they otherwise offer milkshakes, Tea (they have some really amazing flavors and also they have their own in house brand) coffee (both hot & cold), Hot Chocolate (i wish they open in December but maybe i will wait for monsoon to enjoy this) and Ice Tea, Slushes, Smoothie perfect for summers.

So break you mid week madness and enjoy a hot bun and cold coffee. Beware they are pretty addictive. For more instant updates follow me on Instagram @Fashioneatista on all things fashion, fun and travel. Top Indian blogger, best Hyderabad blogger, Hyderabad food blog  

Price: A classic bun will cost you 170/-  Flavor add on’s +60/- Extra Toppings +20/-
Location: Road 1, Near Jubilee Check Post, Jubilee Hills. Ph: 68888818

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Masters of Food & Wine, Park Hyatt

 

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Pizza with Trapiche red wine, Park Hyatt. Hyderabad

Park Hyatt Hotels in India created an exquisite culinary experience encompassing unique workshops, interactive brunch and fine-dining experiences in Hyderabad last weekend

Embarking on a unique journey, the three Executive Chefs – Franco Canzano – Executive Chef at Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Michele Prevedello – Executive Chef at Park Hyatt Hyderabad, Teuku Syafrulsyah – Executive Chef at Park Hyatt Chennai brought a series of events that were an absolute delight.  The unique Chefs on tour are the second season of this wonderful initiative under Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine series.

With thoughtfully curated menus at the heart of each episode, there was a Cooking Class where the Masters shared some interesting tips with guests, an exquisite dinner showcasing regional specialties by the three chefs and a family style Sunday Brunch.

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Fish and Chicken from Argentinian Grills, Park Hyatt

 Luxurious Sunday Brunch

It was like 3 kitchens and 1 Destination. It indeed was one of the most elaborate Sunday Brunch in Hyderabad. Basking at the outdoor Terrazzo with Argentinian Grills, walking indoors for completely Italian flavors (couldn’t get over the 5 types of lasagna, neither less to say I over indulged in it with my favorite red wine) my brunch was like a culinary journey of flavors. If you are thinking i stopped at 2 cuisines let me add the third, the brunch continues at the Oriental Bar & Kitchen with its specialties from Indonesia. Indian travel blogger, best Indian food blogger, top Hyderabad blogger

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Desserts at Tre Forni, Park Hyatt, Hyderabad

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Location:  Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.

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TDH Menu by Marriott Hyderabad

Marriott Hyderabad always welcomes you to some of the finest delicacies and this time i was invited to taste a 6 course- Inspire me chef ‘TDH Menu’ handcrafted by Chef Yogender Pal (fondly known as Chef Yogi) that will be available Okra, Marriott Hyderabad every Saturday.

It is a complete experiential menu by chef and his team, inspired by his journey and experiences around the world. Mixing up unusual ingredients with new techniques and recipes, every dish was a surprise to the palate and eyes!

This menu will be available every Saturday (and will have something new every week) as part of the a la carte option, that will let guests choose options in Appetizers, Soups, Pasta & Main course, but has a preset dessert, sorbet ( well trust me when i say you wont be left with space for any separate orders).

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Amuse Bouche and Soya Glazed Chicken Terrain at Marriott Hyderabad

The first thing that came to table was ‘Macaroon’ and i almost got excited (with me being such a dessert lover, i thought the meal was starting with a dessert.. but it wasn’t) it was after all an experimental menu and once i was told its ‘Amuse-Bouche’ macaroon, but with Chicken Liver Patty i was amazed, crispy outside and rich of flavor inside, it was just delightful.

Next came ‘Soya Glazed Chicken Terrain’ in appetizer, i mean just look at the dish below, what i loved the most about this dish was use of red wine jelly, this dish was burst of flavors as much as it is in colors.

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Green Pea Soup with Butter Poached Prawns  at Marriott Hyderabad

‘Green Pea Veloute with Butter Poached Prawns’ for soup was creamy and flawless.

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Lemon Chili Sorbet

Giving us a beak, we were served ‘Lemon, chili and vodka sorbet’ that acts as a palate cleanser, helping us prepare for the next dishes, because we were not even half way there yet. Hyderabad blogger, top food blogger in Hyderabad 

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Squid Ink Ravioli

Coming to Main course, we started of with ‘Squid Ink Ravioli’ with tomato and seafood butter Which also helped me tick away a Trend of the year in food- which is obviously Black Food. The first bite i took, i was a little skeptical, but then i bit into the more central part which had the filling and also the tanginess added by seafood butter just made my mind change about it, for good.

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Pan Seared Lamb Lion

In Main Course chef served us ‘Pan Seared Lamb Loin’ served with Red Cabbage Puree, Fondant Potatoes and Glazed Baby Carrots, i wasn’t very satisfied with this particular dish as it was harder and chewy. I did chew away all the little carrots  and of course swiped the wine jelly off the plate.

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The Earth, with Raspberry Curd Bar in backdrop at Okra, Marriott Hyderabad

‘Raspberry Curd Bar’ is a tiny pre-dessert that cuts through the richness of all the flavors we experienced in our main course to create a perfect balance between sweet and savory and an ideal bridge towards the sweeter finale of the meal. ‘The Earth’ a citrus Vanilla Mousseline, Sour Cherry Compote, Chocolate Soil’ is so Instagram friendly dish, its almost heartbreaking to dig in. Chocolate soil in an edible Chocolate mold, served with citrus vanilla mousseline and sour cherry compote; infused with perfume was a Grand Finale to the exceptional meal. Hyderabad blogger, Indian travel blogger, best Hyderabad blogger

Food was great every course of our meal was detailed to perfection, it was a real delight to eyes as well as my taste. Plating that could win a heart of any artist and  colors that brighten up your mood, i would definitely recommend this fine meal at Marriott.

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Taj Swarna, Amritsar

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Taj Swarna, Amritsar

My visit to Amritsar became even more special when Taj Hotels warmly welcomed me  to their all new property ‘Taj Swarna’. I have been wanting to explore the travel blogging side more, and this year you are going to a lot of travel blogs, so watch this space and do suggest in if there is anything particular you would want to read about. For now sink in the luxury of Taj. Taj carries weight of excellence and its stellar reputation for service often precedes the stay. Tucked away from the hustle bustle of city Taj Swarana reflects urban elegance with a touch of heritage in few details. The lobby is charming with a brilliantly lit chandelier and an inviting vibe, it was even more special with their traditional welcome, a flower bouquet especially for me and their welcome drink.

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Room: Our’s was a Deluxe Suit, it had ample natural light, elegant décor, especially the gallery wall with some really beautiful pictures. The room was divided in two sections, as soon as you enter you have a lounging space with study table and small dinner table that can accommodate up to 4 people, also a mini bar that has a lot of options to keep you full along with fresh fruit basket refilled everyday; it also has a  common toilet. Attached is a room spacious and comfortable with luxurious and super soft linen, a lounging sofa, walk in closet and another bathroom with both, bathtub and shower area supplemented by forest essential toiletry (i felt pampered to the core). The lovely ceiling to floor curtains perfectly blocking morning sunlight, which for a vacation is most important for me to get that extra hours of sleep. The complimentary in room service (it is charged for guests accordingly) was wonderful and hospitable, they spoilt me to the core with evening snacks and some of the best in house desserts (don’t forget to try their tiramisu)

Restaurant: Taj Swarna has two in-house restaurant – Grand Trunk which is an all-day dining experience with an à la carte menu that ranges from international classics to authentic mouth-watering Amritsar cuisine. With winter weather still in tow, we had the most scrumptious meal by chef of ‘sarso ka saag’, ‘makai ki roti’, ‘amritsari fish’ and lots more. Their buffet menu is vast and full of options The Chinese Room: Well i personally suggest you yo try the Amritsari cuisine at grand trunk, but for those who want to try something different can calm their taste buds with flavors from the Far East. They also have a Cafe that will fulfill all your sweet tooth ravings, i personally loved spending time here over there freshly baked breads and coffee along with indulging desserts.

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The Peg, Taj Swarna. Amritsar
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The Peg, Taj Swarna. Amritsar

Lounge: Well when in Punjab drink like a Punjabi, The Peg: A very classy,spacious bar and lounge serves everything from single malts to the best of wines from around the world.  Request the bar tender for their signature creations and they might surprise you with some really unique presentation that will surprise your taste and mood.

Insider Tip: They have an in-house yoga at their terrace and their Signature JIVA spa where you can make the most out of your leisure holiday, enjoy every bit of peace and calmness. Their Signature treatment offer stress relief massage, ending my holiday on a perfect note. Travel blogger, top Hyderabad blogger, top Indian travel blogger

Location: Plot No. C-3, Outer Circular Road, Opp. Basant Avenue, Amritsar, Punjab. Ph: 01836658000

Hope you have a great week ahead don’t forget to check out my ‘Trip to Amritsar’ blog for more pictures and food details from the city. Lot more Travel plans coming up, so subscribe below and follow my Instagram account @Fashioneatista for instant updates on fashion, food, travelling and lots of fun. Indian travel blogger, travel blogger India