Adivah, Dharamsala

We have been back on travelling grid for a bit now, and only thing that becomes more and more clear is – if you want to travel, do it responsibly. The hospitality industry is welcoming guests all over India with open arms with safety protocols and making the guest experience as safe and memorable as possible. Choosing a location and property could take an extra effort now. But well here is my bit, first hand experience so all you have to do is just BOOK!

The beauty and tranquility of the Himalayas transcend all others. Situated within the mighty lofts of the Himalayas is the magnificent valley of Himachal. Nestled in the lap of this valley is Adivaha – a resort in Dharamsala. Adivaha resort is a 3 centuries old, heritage building, that has been recently restored and remodeled to serve every traveler in search of peace and tranquility. The boutique resort  is situated within just a 30 minutes drive from the nearest airport in the bustling city of Dharamsala. It is surrounded by lush green tea gardens and is spread over an area of 10 acres.  

Room – Adivah resort boasts of being an all-suite property. We stayed in their Viceroy Suite, that provides guests with a remarkable stay within the serenity of the Himalayas. The interiors of the suites are adorned with warm, elegant colour tones that exude a relaxing ambience. The suites overall are spacious, furnished with plush decor and a separate living room for the comfort of the guests. The best part however all the luxury suites open up to a spacious balcony that offers magnificent views. 

Food: The property has an all-day dining restaurant that offers a buffet spread as well as Alacarte menu. In room dining or a private setup in your garden, they do it all. From continental to Indian the food here is absolutely delicious. We also requested to try the local cuisine and chef served us with a Himachali Thali that was delight to our senses.  Handpicked from different regions of the valley, it was an amalgamation of flavors and a great end to our vacation. With outdoor as well as indoor sitting areas, the dining area serves the best in ambience and flavors. 

I was travelling with two of my friends and not once did we step out of the property. We spent our days laying on grass in our private lawns, brewing coffee, watching sunsets, ordering in room in room dining, cycling within the properties, we even had our own little yoga session in our garden. It was an experience that filled our soul with so much happiness and rejuvenation.

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SUITECASE OF MEMORIES WITH HYATT

Do you ever visit a same place twice and it only gets better with every visit? Dharamshala has become a yearly visit for me and in last 5 years, there is something about its culture, food but most importantly experiences I think, that keeps making me want to go back every year. This year however was a bold move.  I (just like everyone else) was cooped up for a really long time and my friends and I decided to go experience a safe hospitality with Hyatt Dharamshala.  

It was my second visit to the property and under all safety measures their hospitality is exactly what we needed post lockdown. The beautiful room that gave away the view of breathtaking Dhauladhars and pine trees, while in-room it was spacious enough for us 3 girls to have a spacious 3 days of stay. Getting ready in the spacious bathroom and walk-in closet reminded us of the days gone by. The rooms were well equipped with all modern amenities, special mention to the room coffee machine and bath robes that, we used the most! 

While our day introduced us to new experiences our night matched up to it as well. We spent our evenings at 2082, the bar at Hyatt that is one of the best in Dharamshala. An ideal place for an aperitif or after-dinner drink. With both indoor and outdoor seating options, and an adjacent fireplace, 2082 is a comfortable venue offering a wide selection of premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, light munches and an afternoon tea selection. What one must try are the locally infused drinks, that were refreshingly new for our taste buds. 

Food – Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort offers a variety of locally inspired cuisines which provides authentic Himachali experience as well as the comforting delight of Global cuisine.  Thym there all-day dining restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, and is an ideal setting for family dining through a combination of interactive breakfast buffets and thoughtfully curated à la carte menus for lunch and dinner.  

The resort features a ‘Home Cinema’ that can accommodate up to 15 persons at one go, delivering an intimate audio-visual experience. On our last night at the property, I enjoyed a dose of ZNMD with my friends and couldn’t have asked for a better end to the holiday.  

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Le Dupleix , Pondicherry

Situated in the heart of old French Quarter of Pondicherry,  Le Dupleix was built in the 18th century as the residence of the Mayor of Pondicherry, and stands on one of the most important corners of the French town. The beautiful experience begins right at gate that is topped with perfectly manicured vine leaves. The massive wooden door entrance lead you to heart of the restored building – the courtyard that is surrounded by modern hotel with deep French roots.

Rooms
Every room in this hotel is different! Every detail in each room has been specially thought out and chosen for that room alone, with the end result being a hotel with delightful surprises around every corner. The mix of the modern and the traditional gives much warmth, but at the same time ensures that the hotel is exceedingly comfortable.  It’s no wonder that the Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards listed Le Dupleix as among the three best boutique hotels in India. While the rooms are extraordinary i loved the courtyard the most, giving me a full view of the property, a place where i did a lot of reading in company of 200 (plus) year old mango tree, had all my meals and some great evenings catching up with friends over finest of wine and food.

Food

Le Dupleix and Pondicherry have a very complex, diverse and cosmopolitan culture and they bring it all together, in the menu at Le Dupleix. One of the main things I have noticed over my repetitive visits is that they keep upgrading their menu and are far from boring or old fashioned; so heritage and tradition of Pondicherry is modernized and becomes part of their culture that’s moving forward. Influence of Creole is clearly visible in Le Dupleix’s menu through recipes from New Orleans (which created some of the most exciting Creole dishes) like Gumbo soup and Creole Shrimps & Crab cake. The menu celebrates Japanese cuisine with Miso Glazed Fish & Soba Noodle soup, Classic French dishes like Confit de Poulet & Crêpe Suzette, and presents dishes that stand out like Wild Game Quails & Soft Shell Crabs. 

The strongest influence on modern Pondicherry cuisine has been the emphasis on being natural, organic and healthy. At Le Dupleix they are going organic all the way; their rice, wheat, dals, spices and oils are all organic. Fish is fresh from sea, caught by local fishermen and chicken is free range & organic. Also all soups, salads, appetizers and main course dishes have been presented with suggested pairings of International and Indian wines that helped me experience beyond what i knew and enjoyed it thoroughly.

I know as a matter of fact that whenever i return to Pondicherry, i will revisit the property for its lobster night or their in-house Vanilla Ice cream, which by the way is the best vanilla ice cream i have had in my life.

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AkiMi Gourmet

I love desserts, I like to stock up and have at least two or three things at home to binge on. I found AkiMi on Instagram, their images look appetizing and I had to try some. We are all spending so much time at home and ( I am done experimenting in the kitchen for this year) trying something new is the most exciting thing these days found treats that that are not only good in taste but also healthier; imagine indulging in desserts, guilt free.

Brain child of MidhilaRaavi and Akila Vankalapati, AkiMi Gourmet brings you sinfully satisfying treats that are guilt free, vegan and refined sugar free. All their desserts are made from fresh ingredients, and since they are preservative-free, the shelf-life is limited. All the treats are made to order, so you know something special is whipped for you only after an order is placed.


The desserts are packed in minimalistic cardboard boxes, that can be reused. My top favourites are ‘Almond Flour Cake which is moist and flavorful ‘Pecan Pie Bars’ , ‘Banana Walnut Cake’ and ‘Chocolate Cookies’ arrive like a gift box. I totally forgot about their vegan brownies that are extremely lightweight, healthy and satiate your cravings for chocolate (never thought, I could put these two in same line)


They also offer things like Energy Bites that include flavours like cocoa pistachio, dark chocolate and peanut butter, black sesame bites and even postpartum bites made with nuts and edible gum, range of Tea Cakes. Their ‘cheat eats’ menu offers carrot, pistachio and strawberry cakes, along with brownies.


While you may find the prices on heavier side than the usual desserts, the quality too is better since they use. Gourmet food is a premium, especially because of the quality of ingredients used and the elaborate process that ensures nutrition is intact. This is why we might be a bit expensive compared to the other processed and packed equivalents in the market.”


They are delivering via Swiggy, Dunzo
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Zuci, Hyderabad

Zuci (SHU-CHI) is the brainchild of Aparna Gorrepati   she is trained from the finest institute s of France and Belgium and has been a chocolatier connoisseur for almost 12 years.  While the place specializes in exquisite handmade chocolates, it is not limited to just those.

This new Chocolaterie and Boulangerie in Hyderabad offers products that are result of a decade of experience.  Zuci offers an exquisite range of artisanal chocolates, cakes, pastries and baked treats.

My visit to Zuci was an extremely special one, it was the first place I had visited post 96 days of lock-down. The safety measures were being followed, the staff was limited and the dine in was controlled making sure the seating is limited, to maintain social distancing

Italian Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows at Zuci, Hyderabad

Hot Chocolate  
If you have been following my page you know how I love my share of Hot chocolates, Hyderabad offers a fair share of incredible Hot Chocolates and I am happy that I can add Zuci’s gooey and sinfully delicious Italian Hot Chocolate to my top 3 favorites, add some marshmallows and it will move over to top two. In this monsoon, I have already had this decadent drink thrice and it’s a must try.  

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Assorted chocolates with Cappuccino at Zuci, Hyderabad

Chocolates  
My first experience of Zuci was biting in 70% Dark chocolate ball and it was so fine that I immediately requested for a box of assorted chocolates packed.  Their range of chocolate include Soft Centered, rich creamy filled ones to cocoa rolled Truffles, cream and nut infused Pralines to hand molded nutty Chocolate Bars hand molded nutty Chocolate Bars.  
My top recommendations: 70% Dark Chocolate, Rose Truffle, Roasted Almond, Milk Chocolate Truffle, Maple Pecan and Mango Chili.  

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Deconstructed Tiramisu with Chocolates and Espresso at Zuci, Hyderabad
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Strawberry Vanilla Cake & Citrus Rind Berry Cheesecake at Zuci, Hyderabad

Desserts 
Luscious (fresh) Chocolate Éclair, Citrus Rind Berry (creamy) Cheesecake, Strawberry Vanilla Cake and Tiramisu. The four desserts we tried came with burst of absolutely different flavors and felt like a well deserved treat of not being able to have desserts for so long, every bite I took, I relished it, letting my taste buds savor the taste and my mind register the experience. I cant pick a favorite because all four them are quite different and absolutely worth digging in (more than once)  

Avocado Toast with Iced Americano at Zuci, Hyderabad
Chicken Steak in Mushroom Sauce, Lasgane, Mushroom Soup (L- R) at Zuci, Hyderabad

Food 

Iced Americano with Avocado Toast was incredible, they source their coffee from Roastery coffee house, which is already a favorite and this healthy option is a burst of flavor and refreshing choice.  I absolutely relished the chicken steak with creamy mushroom sauce, i gorged on to every bite with an absolute delight. I also tried Gnooci (they prepare it house) and Lasagna, it was surprisingly wonderful to know that most of their sauce just like their breads and chocolates are made in house. 

Breads  
My time in Pondicherry has introduced and educated me to some of the finest breads, I may not be an expert yet but I can say I have developed a sense of what I like and have a better understanding of a bread should be, like they say, if you had the best you can never settle for anything less.  
I really liked their cheese and caramelized onion Sourdough bread, crusty on outside and chewy inside; I highly suggest you consume it within a day or two. The other highly recommend bread is their garlic herb Baguette which I tasted fresh out of oven and it blew my mind on how perfect it was.  
Must try:  They highly recommend (and so do I) their in house Babka, the cake whose origins are like Central Europe and is quite popular in Poland. It combines the richness of hazelnut and chocolate, and when warmed slightly melts in your mouth and keeps you coming back for more. 

Where Zuci Chocolates – Cafe, Desserts

Plot no: 1359, Road No:45, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.

*** I do not in any way endorse stepping out until necessary, In case you do step out please wear you mask, sanitize and maintain social distance, if you do plan to dine out, please understand the staff is as concerned for their health as you are, so follow safety measures for yourself and people around you.Love
Satpreet Kaur

Prego, The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace


Prego has been one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Hyderabad since the very beginning, the pool side dining on special occasion or just craving for the cheesy thin crust pizza, it has always satisfied my Italian cravings. Prego at the Westin Hyderabad has always kept things interesting, food festivals, guest chefs who sing as well as they cook, live cooking sessions, hosting events where guests turned to chefs and now with their all new menu, giving yet another reason to dine here.


The basics of pizza, risotto, pasta stay same but it’s the twist in them that makes the new menu at Prego interesting. Over a quite Monday we visited the restaurant to enjoy some of the new dishes.


We started off with choosing some wine to accompany our meal while enjoying the prego garlic bread the signature accompaniment. The first dish presented to us was ‘Ages of Cheese with Parmesan Crackers’, four types of cheese melted together leaving with a captivating taste, I it was blast to show the best of Italian course coming my way.

Next came a miniature of ‘Pizza Ortholana and Pizza Polo Picante’ the thin crust pizza , Fried Ravioli made from pizza dough and filled with Caponata, Sautéed Prawns which was served with thin layers of bouget that complimented the buttery garlic flavor (I love anything that has garlic and this very dish is something I am coming back for very soon) very basic but buttery and perfectly.


In main course we tried the Spinach Ricotta Ravioli which is the twist to the old one, Chicken Parmigiana, Baked and Marinated Sea-bass that was sweet and sour, two types of Gnocchi in a bowl and the best of the lot Black Rise Risotto with Mascarpone, creamy texture that will bind your taste buds for a quick sojourn to food heaven.

There is so much more on the menu, including desserts, while we were stuffed to soul chef got us a not so small portion of Chocolate Stones with Parmesan Ice Cream and I sinfully dug into it without any guilt.

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Calcutta Bungalow

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Kolkata, the first capital of British India is a place where you can still breathe the bygone era vividly. The architecture, people, street food and cabins (now known as cafes), museums and Bazaars clearly show how you can find beauty even amidst chaos

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Calcutta Bungalow, a 90-year-old Majumdar bari (townhouse) restored and tucked in a quiet neighborhood. It is a heritage bed & breakfast with six rooms. Every corner of this three storied building boasts a mix of colonial and local architecture.  Away from the maddening chaos of the city, this is a perfect place to stay, that offers an old-world charm along with urban amenities to make your stay a comfortable one.

The intimate property has a small open courtyard and rooms that are named after old neighborhoods like Sahibpara, Darzipara, Mochipara, Potuapara (artists’ colony), Boipara (about books and publishing), Dorjipara (tailors’ hub), Jatrapara (famous for traditional theatre). The rooms dedicate a tale about the places they are named after.  Just like the rest of the bungalow the rooms too are a perfect amalgamation of vintage and modern and equipped with modern day luxuries like air conditioning, television with Netflix, WiFi an attached bathroom and comfortable bed. The place also boasts a reception, recreation room, terrace and a dining hall.

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The dining room, called Notunbazar (named after new market), a common meal space for guests has loudspeakers as ceiling lamps and books that any intellect would like to borrow. While the breakfast is included in the stay, you will have to inform them in advance for dinner or order in, the staff is warm and helpful and lay down your meal for you if you wish to have it in common room, instead of your room.

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Top 10 places that serve best hot chocolate in Hyderabad

It’s always a good time to indulge in oh-so delightful hot chocolate. Some come topped with marshmallows or whipped come, others with a twist of spice or flavor of mint. While winters and the festive season make it a seasonal favorite, this decadent beverage is always welcome. So, I decided to bring you the tried and tasted list of my top favorite places in Hyderabad that serve some incredible hot chocolate, there is something to please all palettes. So, go ahead take a pick and relish your favorite hand warmer: a piping hot cup of cocoa.

Hyderabad Baking Company- Spice Mix Hot Chocolate
For a bit of added fire to your chocolatey mug, try this spicy blend at HBC in Marriott while admiring the life size ginger bread wonderland this festive season. One of the very few places in Hyderabad that serves boozy hot chocolate, that has Cointreau and Baileys as its ingredients. In its nonalcoholic counterpart, the spiced hot chocolate really stands out. Their hot chocolate is definitely the most Instagram-able cup in town. Rich in thickness, rimmed with Nutella and cookie crunch, topped with marshmallows and frozen spoon of chocolate…and like that was not enough they have also added a miniature gingerbread house as season special. The options of flavors at their special hot chocolate counter include maple syrup, caramel, peanut butter, Nutella, Choco chips, cookie and cinnamon sugar.
Sweet note on 5- 4
Price Rs 250/-
Alcoholic- Rs 1650/-

Fabelle – Milk Cocoa
The grandeur of the place doesn’t cease to amaze you, located in ITC Kohenur the brand sparks luxury in every sense. Those with a weakness for chocolate will find Fabelle hard to resist. The Milk Cocoa with Pistachio – Almond ‘torrone’ nougat chunks, is incredibly decadent. For people craving a twist, the ‘Spiced Hot Chocolate’ is yet another stellar options. The drink is filled with chocolate nibs, has a batter-like texture and infused with Indian spice, 67% single origin dark Madagascar chocolate and served with truffles French Chantilly cream.
Price- Milk Cocoa Rs 450/- Sweet not on 5- 3
Spiced Hot Chocolate Rs 450/- Sweet note on 5- 3

Churrolto – Irish hot Chocolate
They have a scrumptious seasonal menu, but what we are totally loving the creamy cup of Irish hot chocolate. Two types of chocolate and baileys topped with Irish cream, this is purely soul satisfying. They also serve Spanish hot chocolate, Nutella and something I am looking forward to try on my next visit-Brownie hot chocolate.
Sweet note on 5- 4
Price Rs 215/-

Feu – Dessert Bar – Mint Hot Chocolate
The new place in town whips up a silky, smooth, creamy hot chocolate. Go off beat and try the one infused with mint, that gives you tasty and entirely luxurious experience. Make sure to accompany your warm drink with something delicious—tarts, cakes, pastries, I choose the madeleines in flavor of lavender and lemon!
Sweet note on 5 – 4

Sante Spa Cuisine- Tall Dark Hot chocolate
Known for its healthy offerings Sante Spa, I love this place for their beetroot hummus, and visited the places on occasions where I was just particularly for this specific one. Sante’s version of hot chocolate is a no-frills, whipped-cream-free cup. It has soy milk in it and is slightly thick which makes you enjoy the flavor with every sip. I really like the consistency of it, it is just about right.
Sweet note on 5 – 4
Price- Rs 220/-

Papa Roti- Classic Hot Chocolate
Can it get better when a hot chocolate is served with the softest and freshest bun in town? I guess not. The hot chocolate here is foamy and great in taste, the bun that comes in combo is delightful.
Sweet note on 5- 4
Price- Rs 345/-

Concu– Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow
Concu has been always been a treasure of delicious treats! From their tiramisu to strawberries dipped in chocolate, eclairs to Tres leches every dessert lover is loyalist here. But did you know they also serve hot chocolate with a mountain of tiny marshmallow just as good? Rich, thick, and chocolaty, this tiny cup of happiness brings great joy.
Sweet note on 5- 4
Price Rs 200/-

Kaficko– Belgian Hot Chocolate
Some people prefer variety in life, but sometimes you just gotta stick to the simple stuff. Kaficko crafts coziness in a cup with their Belgian hot chocolate—perfect for when you want something that’s juuuust right. The Peanut butter, Salted caramel and Nutella hot chocolate are also something you can indulge irrespective of what season it is.
Sweet note on 5- 3.5
Price Rs 250/-

Starbucks- Signature Hot Chocolate
The commercial chain is favorite for a lot of coffee lovers. Starbucks offer a mug (not a cup) that is light, frothy, creamy blend topped with whipped cream. Pair it with a muffin and have a chatty time.
Sweet note on 5- 3.5
Price- Short 190/- Tall 215/-

The Gallery Cafe – Nutella Hot chocolate
You didn’t think I would close out this list without including something Nutella-related, did you? Just like the name suggest, art is everywhere at this place, including the table my hot chocolate was served and the chair I sat in. By the time I took my first sip, the tip of marshmallow melted and formed a fascinating flower like design, after having two of those I took my first sip. This particular one proves that sometimes the simplest things are the best. They also offer flavors like Nutella, cinnamon, hazelnut and mint.
Sweet note on 5 – 4.5
Price – Rs 200/-

Additional Surprise: Iced Chocolate
Well for those who like to try something more, here is a bonus option. Try the ‘Iced Chocolaye’ at Fabelle, ITC Kohenur, a beverage topped with a scoop of ice cream. The drink has single origin 67% dark Madagascar chocolate with citrus, berry notes juxtaposed with creamy coconut, served chilled topped with ice-cream is absolutely rich and delicious.
Price Rs 450/-
Sweet note on 5 – 3

***All prices are excluding taxes

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Sailana food festival, The Park

Royal cuisines are always a treat, they are extravagant, flavorful and a taste of food that has been passed on by generations of zaikedaz. Just as such is a royal cuisine of ‘Sailana’, a food festival curated by the park this December. Being hosted in ‘Aish’ the specialty Indian restaurant at The Park Hyderabad adds further charm and feel to the experience.

The food festival included delicious kebabs and aroma-filled gravies. According to what I read and heard, Sailana, a princely state located in Malwa of Madhya Pradesh, was famous for its hospitality and cuisine that included dishes laced with exotic spices, rose petals and sandalwood powder. The recipes as part of the culinary world of Sailana are over a century old. Influenced by Maharaja Digvijay Singh’s book, The Park, Hyderabad offers this well curated menu for the two-week festival.

From the array of dishes, I tried over the bloggers table, they were few that really stood. ‘Be Masale ka Gosht’ it was great way to start the meal and instantly won my heart, the dish is mutton slow cooked in yogurt and ghee without any spices,‘Luft-e-Dariya’ a prawn appetizer was spicy and crispy and Gosht Asafjahi a bhunna mutton enriched with nuts and spices paired with crisp naan.

In mains Machhi Ki Biryani, the one served in a big deg with a fish right in between is one you should definitely try. Murgh Irani, Gosht Asafjahi, paired with naan or kulcha made for flavorsome options

There are more options, a lot of which include vegetarian options like Harey channe ke kebab, Karela Nafees (even bitter guard haters will like it) Gooler kebab made of wild fiigs, Aloo La-Jawab, Zarda Pulao, Sailana Daal and its non-vegetarian counterpart offered Raan Mussalam, Maans ka Soola yet another mutton dish tempered with cloves, Murgh Kebab Gorkhar – whole chicken roasted in whole spices and Machhi Kebab Sailana that has a tangy twist.

Desserts were something I was really looking forward to, with names like Laisun Ki Kheer, Gosht Ka Halwa and Hare Chane Ka Halwa i was intrigued and well it was met with complete satisfaction. The kheer was delicious, but I loved the halwa, unlike its name, the flavor of meat was very subtle and it was very unique.

Till December 9th
Price for two: Rs.2,000.

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Fab Cafe,  Hyderabad

The new trend on rise is where good old retail therapy ends with a cup of coffee and good food. Just few months after Masaba Gupta opened her first store and cafe- Good Cow cafe, that meets retail and food under one roof, India’s yet another favorite brand known for its quality ‘Fab India’ as come up with their own cafe- Fab Cafe. With immense response in other cities, Hyderabad has seen the launch of its first outlet as part of the Fab India experience center.

The place offers a wholesome experience, you can shop, have a delicious meal and a plus is the kids’ area with staff supervision. You can enjoy your meal while kids are busy playing right in next room. I don’t see how catching up with friends and family can get much easier than this for a lot of women.

The café boasts quaint interiors, with full focus on menu. Just a look at it made me happy, it had familiar options with refreshing combinations. Fab Cafe

I began with the cold brew, with almond milk and loved how I have a healthier option, as I can’t help reduce my caffeine intake, this at least will be guilt free. Everything on the menu, I noticed as I ordered was a healthier combination of familiar food. Fab cafe focuses on offering gluten free and health friendly options of quick snacks and beverages.

The ‘Almond Fig smoothie bowl’ along with the ‘Berry Blast Shake’, came first from the all-day breakfast options. The crunchy topping of muesli, layered with fruits followed by gooey smoothie was outrageously delicious. I have always been a fan of smoothie bowls, they are eye pleasing and surprisingly nutritious bowls of goodness! This in particular was satisfying and it’s something you can have any time of the day to keep those hunger pangs away. They have flavors like Mango Mint, Peach Cinnamon, Chunky Monkey and lot more you can choose from. We also tried the veg option of ‘Ajwain Croissant Breakfast Sandwich’ which also has a non-veg variant with egg and bacon. A little to try in taste for me. They also offer options like Pao with Veggie Bhaji, Red Rice Uttapam Trio, Matter Paneer Stuffed Paratha with Cashew Cheese and Idli with Tamato Naryal Chutney and Sambar.

In appetizers we tried the ‘Spicy Sprout Filled Pani Puri’ simple yet innovatively done and comes with three flavors of water- Pomegranate, Pineapple and mint, ‘Tandoori Tofu Rumali Tokri’ another outstanding dish that is crispy shell stuffed with spicy tofu, served with mint chutney and cashew cheese. It was flavorful and I loved the whole crispy and soft combination in each bite. In Non-Vegetarian we opted for ‘Chicken Momos’ that are gluten free, made with jack fruit flour and root starch, served with garlic chive dip and chill chutney that nicely brings out a scrumptious flavor. The showstopper for me was however the ‘Kaleji Masala Dip with Chips’ it is spicy liver paste seasoned with south Indian spices and served with sweet potato chips. Every bit was a winner and I highly recommend this one.

Of course, I wasn’t leaving without trying out the desserts, especially when it comes with guilt free tag. I ordered for a ‘Baked Strawberry Nolen Gur Cheesecake’ that has a crumbly almond flour crust, sweetened with nolen gur, and topped with a scrumptious strawberry compote, ‘Himalayan Organic Honey and Walnut Tart’ another favorite dish for the day is made of almond flour, drizzled with honeyand gur, and tastes heavenly (especially with a cup of cappuccino). it was relaxing, intimate and the food.

While focusing on nutrition, the menu brings delicious, unique and creative recipes to the table at moderate pricing. They also have a range of slow-pressed juices, tea, coffee and coolers. The place is aesthetically pleasing ambiance, basic dishes with a healthy spin, that’s what the new ‘Fab Cafe’ is all about.

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La Villa, Pondicherry

La Villa, Pondicherry

La Villa, the sister property of Villa Shanti was my second stay on the trip to Puducherry. A beautiful street in French quarter leads to this 19th century French house, turned into a luxury boutique hotel.

Lobby at La Villa, Pondicherry

La Villa is much calmer, intimate and offers six tastefully done suits, each offering a completely unique experience. The property houses a restaurant, swimming pool, bicycles for rent, Wi-Fi and staff that is available throughout your stay to assist and guide you on anything.

Staircase to (bridge to) heaven- my room at La Villa

A cobbled way leads to it an open lounge area, connected to lobby that is my most favorite part of the property. The seating area is comfortable with walls adorning map of the city and shelves with well stacked books you can borrow throughout your stay.

The suite at La Villa, Pondicherry

Spacious and relaxed outdoors that comes with the penthouse suite at La Villa

I was offered one of their best rooms, pent house suite indeed ‘Bridge to Heaven’. The room surprisingly had no walls and only wooden sliding doors. So private, so close to being in an open-air environment, easy view of sunsets and sunrise. The staff informs you before they visit the floor, keeping your privacy intact, every evening they spray for mosquito (to avoid any, not that I encountered any) and light up candles for you to enjoy outdoors as much as indoors during evenings. The room has contemporary furniture designed in reclaimed old wood, a signature style bed, lounging areas, private bar, study table and a dining option and a fancy bathroom. All of it come together to offer you luxury through minimalism.

Everything about the room stands out, including the bed at La Villa 

You have the luxury to order in, just like I did as most of my time was spent exploring the city, I preferred to have a hot shower followed by dinner in room. Or enjoy a relaxing and cozy early dinner in the garden, order while you breathe in the pleasant air and notice the freshly bloomed flowers and wide spread branches.

In room breakfast in calm with only chirping birds around

Both the properties, Villa Shanti and La Villa have a very elegant amalgamation of tropical vibe and influence of bygone era in terms of architecture and surroundings. Even in term of food, they give importance to best quality of fresh and local products, the menu is limited though rich in flavor’s, colors and textures that will change with the seasons. The choice of fine porcelain, period silver cutlery, crystal and other natural materials will enhance your experience of sharing and relaxing around a delicious meal.

Long touristy day that ends with a delicious meal in comfort of my room 

The open air restaurant at La Villa, Pondicherry

My visit to Pondicherry will always be special, as it was my first ever solo trip and Villa Shanti and La Villa played perfect hosts, welcoming me with warmest of hospitality, finest food and memories I will cherish forever.

Its luxury when spa comes to your room

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Clarks Amer, Jaipur

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Jaipur is one of my favorite cities in India, it is a perfect mix of heritage, modern royalty and some of the best hotels. I can keep coming back to city and still have so much to look forward for. This time my stay was extended by ‘The Clarks Amer’ that represents exactly the same. The grandeur perfectly in sync with contemporary architecture, hosting leisure travelers and business delegates alike.

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Room with a view at Clarks Amer, Jaipur

I experienced the warmth of their hospitality right when I reached Jaipur. Chauffeur along with a hotel staff member came to pick me up, as I reached way early in the morning, they pleasantly stopped for a quick cup of tea at Tapri on request, and i finally felt i was in Jaipur.

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Scrumptious breakfast in room at Clarks Amer, Jaipur

On welcome I was swiftly checked in to my suite, very tastefully-furnished and spacious with a living area, dining table that can easily accommodate 4 to 5 people and a separate area leading to washroom and bedroom that has glass a window giving a slight peek of Hawa mahal amidst trees and also overlooking pool, with all necessary amenities of a star hotel. While I dozed off catching up on my sleep from all the hectic travel, the chef was kind enough to send in a late breakfast right to my room and I was so delighted to see hot kachoris, kadi and jalebi. I savored every bit of it, and this is exactly what a first breakfast in Jaipur should be like.

Clark Amer is equipped with some of the finest restaurant in town, staying or not, these are must visit when in Jaipur. Each is special in its own way and I was glad I was staying here for three days, and got ample of time do devour at each restaurant and also explore the city.

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Rajasthani Thali at Durbar, Clarks Amer, Jaipur

Durbar- The all day dining restaurant serving North Indian and Continental cuisines, i had my very first meal here and it was an elaborate Rajasthani thali, it included laal maans, dal baati and even ker sangri among other dishes. The venue is designed for enjoying a delicious feast with friends and family.

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Some Asian food at taBLU, Clarks Amer, Jaipur

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Coffee Martini, at rooftop taBLU, Clarks Amer, Jaipur

taBLU- The most happening place in Clarks Amer (apart from Lobby during the day, which is always buzzing with exited guests), is a rooftop restaurant that offers breathtaking views accompanied with great drinks and good music. Their LIT is something I would definitely recommend apart from the coffee martins. The place often sees live performance and keep hosting famous bands. It is a perfect place to visit for drinks and if you are staying inhouse, then there is nothing better than this, post a long touristy day, the mere fact that your room is right below is relaxing.

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Mughlai Thali with a view at Dhola Maru, Clarks Amer, Jaipur

Dhola Maru- Is the specialty restaurant that serves Mughlai, Rajasthani and North Indian located on top floor this restaurant too has perks of twinkling city lights, a view that adds to the royal and romantic ambiance. The hospitality throughout my stay has been incredibly warm, but it was this place that brought out the best of it. They have some of the most experienced, humblest and welcoming staff. The thali I had was a gastronomical treat, it included Nihari Gosht, Nargisi Kofta, Paneer Makhni, Tava Veg Lazeez, Lassuni Dal, Kache Gosht ki Biryani, Purani Raita an Malpua for dessert.

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Half n Half Pizza at Zolocrust, Clarks Amer, Jaipur

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Pasta with home grown veggies at Zolocrust, Clarks Amer, Jaipur

Zolocrust – Probably the first restaurant you will spot when you enter the hotel, the place is filled with light aromas of coffee and freshly baked breads during the day. It is a 24×7 live bakery and pizzeria, but what makes it special is that every service here, even beyond cooking is all take care by the chefs themselves. From serving to clearing tables, not using plastic to offering vegan options, the place definitely has set its standard very high. They offer some really good desserts, apart from pizzas, pasta and shakes that I highly recommended.

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Post spa lounging at Clarks Amer, Jaipur

‘Clarks Amer’ happens to the first 5-star hotel in Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan, and while you may be busy exploring heritage outside, they also happen to have the oldest working lift in the city. They have a beautiful pool, take a dip or just lounge around, or even better take a spa treatment just like I did. While I had a lot to explore, I went for a quick foot massage but they do offer full body massages, because what’s a holiday without a quick spa treatment.

Located on the prestigious JLN Marg, Clarks Amer is just a 5-minute drive from the Jaipur International Airport and a 15-minute drive from major city attractions such as City Palace, Birla Mandir, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. They are perfectly equipped for large events, conferences and weddings, but with my experience I will suggest you to make your booking way in advance, so it’s not sold out, which it tends to most of the times.

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NH 2 Food Trail by Marriott Hyderabad

Get on highway of taste with ‘NH 2 Trail’ a food festival curated by Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre. The food festival showcases food from streets of Delhi to cafes of Kolkata.

The effort that went behind the conceptualization is commendable. The team lead by Chef Aungshuman Chakraborty traveled 10 days on National Highway 2, stopping at most famous places, tasting food, even trying their hand on recipes, to get the best sense of flavors and what goes in process of it. They covered places like Delhi, Mathura, Agra, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Bihar, Dhanbad, and finally Kolkata, savoring the best each city has to offer.

I was glad to be invited and be part of this food trail, that brought to life the outdoors of Mariott, not only were the dishes an inspiration but the setup, presentation was all given a hint of relatability to where they hail. There were 28 live counters and it took me first 45 mins to just go around, from a foodie point you will definitely need to visit twice before you taste it all, and trust me you will want to have a bit of everything. Apart from special counters outdoors, the buffet indoors will also be a part of the food festival.

From what I tasted I really liked the Chur Chur Thali, Butter Chicken, Malai Kofta, Lamb Chops and other Tandoor Kebabs that included Chicken Mutton and Fish all of which came from Delhi counter. Sattu ka partha with almost five types of chokha sets in perfectly with the weather, also the Litti Chokha that’s made right in front of you is proper winter food that’s so hard to find in Hyderabad.

Even when i wanted to take a break, i went for Puchka and Jhal Muri begging them to give me smaller portions. Inspired from streets of Kokata, they got the flavors just right. More from the state were steamed and baked Momos, Hakka noodles and Egg and Chicken Rolls.

Sweets were delightfully from the world famous Mathura, it has everything from Petha, Peda, Imarti, Jalebis and my favorite Malpua that comes topped with rabri, just thinking of it right now makes my mouth water.

Choose to have cocktails from special drinks menu, masala chai with Nankhatais or lassi because it’s not just food that will leave you spoilt for choice but beverages too.

They had so much more that I still wish to try, Parthas, Chole Bhature, Dahi Bhalle,Samosa Chat, Chaap both veg and non veg. Undoubtedly Delhi counter stood my favorite and also most recommended to begin with, but make sure you have ample of time and a good appetite for it is going to be one big feast.

It is one of the best food festivals of 2018 in Hyderabad and i would recommend you to take your family and friends along, as there is no better way to experience an array of dishes form different parts of the country, all at one place. I for one, am sure many travel memories are going to resurface and nostalgia will accompany throughout the evening of good food and ambiance.

Where: Okra, Hyderabad Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre
When: 14th Nov to 1st Dec for Dinners Only & Sunday Brunch
Price: 1800/- plus taxes for Dinner
2300/- plus taxes for Sunday Brunch (with alcohol)

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The Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa

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Pushkar, “the rose garden of Rajasthan” is where traditional meets travel in the desert state. Because Pushkar is a spiritual place for so many, you can’t help but feel it’s calming, colorful, tranquil, and timeless ambiance. You can get lost in the winding alleyways while you shop endlessly for souvenirs and even bump into a stray camel or two. 

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With a driving distance of less than 3 hours from Jaipur, Pushkar is coming up as a preferred destination for weekend getaway, corporate events and social gathering. Pushkar is the extension of the popular domestic and international tourist route of Golden Triange; that connects 3 historic cities – Delhi, Jaipur & Agra.

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Place to stay: The Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa is ideally located to experience the various cultural and historical offerings of the Holy City of Pushkar.  It is one of the first internationally branded upscale resort in the city. An oasis of rejuvenating & revitalising comfort in the ancient and vibrant city of Pushkar, Westin Pushkar surrounded by the picturesque Aravallis, is an immaculate wellness and leisure gateway that offers everything from serene natural elements and beautiful sunsets to rejuvenating therapies and food for the soul. With spacious guestrooms featuring private pools, innovative dining options and state-of-the-art wellness facilities, leave feeling better than when you first arrive. 

 

The Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa is ideally located to experience the various cultural and historical offerings of this vibrant city, including the annual Camel Fair, which attracts thousands of visitors from across the globe. The resort is a short drive from the Holy Lake as well as the famous Brahma Temple which dates back to the 14th Century. You can experience uplifting downtime in a picturesque setting, within a driving distance from Jaipur. Indulge in a rejuvenating break surrounded by Frangipani trees, water features and sprawling gardens. Careful attention is paid to ensure each visit leaves you exceptionally well rested, well-nourished and well cared for. With spacious guestrooms featuring private pools, innovative dining options and state-of-the-art wellness facilities, leave feeling better than when you first arrive. 

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Accommodation: Each of the 98 guest rooms and villas are thoughtfully designed to leave you feeling cared for by providing revitalizing comfort, with 44 villas / suites featuring private pool and each room having a 4-fixture bathroom. The signature Westin Heavenly Bed ensures restful nights and blissful mornings while other amenities like Heavenly Bath and White Tea by Westin scented amenities ensure you have a rejuvenating stay.  

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Eat & Drink Well: The dining options are designed to offer a diverse, gourmet experience. With four food and beverage outlets at the resort don’t worry about the calories. PANORAMA, the specialty restaurant and rooftop lounge serve barbecues and grills. SEASONAL TASTES, the signature all day dining restaurant offers an innovative combination of Indian and international cuisine with live kitchens creating an interactive dining experience. Nourish yourself with the season’s fresh ingredients and herbs from the kitchen garden of the hotel.

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MIX, the Bar with a wide range of tempting cocktails, offers ample choices to suit your mood. For those who prefer to settle down in their Heavenly Bed and order in, in-room dining menu that offers delectable selections around the clock. You can also relish a refreshing menu of light bites and drinks served at SPLASH, the poolside bar. 


Fitness & Free Time: With over 1,000 square meters of dedicated wellness space, re-energize and rejuvenate during your stay with the Westin WORKOUT fitness studio or the signature Heavenly Spa by Westin that has selection of treatment rooms and a spa menu featuring the best of international and local therapies all designed to relax and replenish body and spirit. At ‘Splash’ take refreshing laps in the scenic pool while enjoying a wide selection of food & beverage offerings 

Thoughtful Extras: They offer services like Concierge, Kids Club that let you rejuvenate while the children enjoy themselves under constant supervision of the inhouse staff. Recreation center including a mini theatre with reclining seats that allows to unwind and have leisure time. Replay, a recreation center with indoor games that can be enjoyed by both adults and teenagers alike.  A Gift Shop, Business Centre and parking facilities are also on offer.  

How to reach: Pushkar is 158 kms from the Jaipur International Airport, 53 kms from the Kishangarh Airport and is also connected by rail to Ajmer Junction. 

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Coco Shambhala, Goa

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Ariel view of Coco Shambhala, Goa

Coco Shambhala, Goa is sister property of the one in Sindhudurg and a collection of 4 luxury vacation villas in Goa, for exclusive holidays. Set in a tropical garden with a free form jungle swimming pool in their midst, the villas are a blend of architecture, design and service to excite your senses. Their villas in Goa sit in complete harmony with the local landscape. Each luxury villa has a stunning tree top living pavilion, a private plunge jet pool, 2 large bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a kitchen and a complimentary car and driver.

Lounge area in the villa at coco shambhala, Goa

Jet pool at coco shambhala, Goa

In the jet pool area, the architect has used his penchant for relaxing and sensual spaces. By day, this tranquil space is a shady haven cooled by a ceiling fan whirring softly overhead and by night, a richly cloistered space with artistically lit pillars, flickering candles and dappled reflected light on the walls.

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Work space with a view at coco shambhala, Goa

The bedrooms at Coco Shambhala, Goa are designed to provide natural light and boast of vintage Indo-Portuguese furniture, sitting alongside the modern amenities of a television set, Wi-Fi and an i-pod docking station. Some of these come with open air shower area.

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Breakfast at Coco Shambhala, Goa

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Food: I was amazed with the most with Malvani meal i was served here, apart from which they bring to you the tastiest breakfast, lunches, and dinners right to the villa and set it all up for you. A lot of evo friendly cutlery has been used and all their food ingredients are sourced locally.

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Relax: I spent most of my time within the property until late evenings, relaxing in my villa, spending day by the beautiful free form pool, surrounded by so much natural beauty, what is even more special about this resort is that that both properties offer a range of Balinese and western massages in collaboration with Forest Essentials.

Free form pool at Coco Shambhala, Goa

Coco Shambhala has a bespoke tropical vibe that help you leave the stresses of modern life behind. This is a hidden slice of paradise and a perfect getaway for those who want to enjoy Goa, for its natural

For more visit- http://www.cocoshambhala.com

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