September, 2010 – A trip to cherish and remember for life.
My first trip abroad and wouldn’t have thought that it will be “United Kingdom”.
A nine hours and thirty minutes journey along with 2 hours each at both “Indira Gandhi International Airport. Delhi and Heathrow Airport, London. My longest and the most tiring travel by air. Two pecks of whiskey on the rocks and few episodes of “Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai was the only savior for me.
Reach Heathrow airport at night and from there I was suppose to take bus to Bournemouth. It was a two hours journey from the airport and the place where I was suppose to stay and my hotel [Russel Court Hotel] booking was done.
Bournemouth – It is a beautiful seaside destination with British Victorian architecture and buzzing night life along the beaches. Most beautiful beach I have seen till date. Its a place where you can get the best of both the world. Beauty of a hilly area and the sand and sea experience of a beach.
Situated at the southeast coast of England, it is famous for its never ending 7 miles long beach.
Best time to visit is from July till August. the weather is generally comprises of mild winters and long summers. However, for a person like me who comes from a place which is so humid and hot, even the summers seemed too cold.
Main Attractions –
This Castle was built by “William The Conqueror” in the early 11th century. Its on the Purbeck Hills on the way to Wareham and Swanage. No visit to Purbeck will be completed without seeing the picturesque village of Corfe Castle. Its rocky structure at the hill top and the greenery all around will surely take your breath away. The Cold wind and the bright sun surely added up to my visit. Was mesmerized to see the beauty.
Swanage Railway Station is a beautiful station in Sawnage on the Isle Of Purbeck in the county of Dorset. The station was closed by British Govt in 1972. Later it was reopened as a heritage railway station which operates only from Corfe Castle to Swanage. Although it is just another railway station but there is certain beauty about it. the classic and heritage look of it makes it valuable and surely needs to be preserved. The long bells informing you about the arrival of the classic old train made me nostalgic and reminded me of the black and white movies era, only where I saw this kind of trains.
Feel fortunate to have visited LONDON. Just had a single day to cover the city which was next to impossible. Though I made my mind to cover as much as possible and not think too much about it. Wanted to soak it all in.
The historical London Bridge over the Themes River which flows through the city of London and Southwark in central London was very fascinating. After reading in the nursery poem [London bridge is falling down] finally I was standing tall on the bridge.
It has a great history of its own. Right from various wooden bridges over the river in (AD50–1176) then to the Stone Arch in the medieval period to today’s modern concrete bridge.
London Eye – Another tourist attraction. It really does stand by its name and acts as an eye to all, giving a spectacular view of London.
I was also fortunate to visit the —
Big Ban | Saint Cathedral | Trafalgar Square | Museum Of London | Buckingham Palace
Tired and feet swollen, I came back to my hotel late night and kept cherishing the moments I got to spent. And with a hope I will be back again someday 🙂
“Phonebooth Cafe” in Vijay Nagar – Hudson Lane is a casual dining cafe with ‘Phone Booth’ themed ambiance. As it is situated in the North Campus of Delhi University so the place is mostly crowed with students.
Got to visit there recently and the first impression was quite good. Moderate space, phone booth theme was quiet attractive and the service was quick. Hudson lane is doing quiet a good job in providing various cafes and outlets with amazing food varieties.
Phonebooth Cafe offers a wide range of cuisine right from Indian, Mexican, Chinese, European etc.
I started off with a shake. My favorites were ‘Kikat Shake’ and ‘Red Velvet Shake’. The flavors were very luscious. The sweetness of the shakes were well balanced as compared to other chocolate or flavored shakes.
The starters were palatable too. Tried the following
# Makhani Chicekn Tikka Naanzza – The base was of a naam and more towards thin crushed pizza and garnished with Chicken Tikka along with cheese and other veg.
#Makhani Panner Tikka Naanzza – Naam Based with Paneer Tikka and vegetables.
# Dragon Kiss Pizza –
# Zaffrano Pasta – White sauce pasta. Too good. Comes with a piece of bread.
# Dimsums (Veg/Nonveg) – Non veg Dimsums were not too great. The outer layer of flour which cover the feelings was little too thick. Resulting in making the dimsums too dry. However, on the other hand the veg dimsums were way too tasty and mouth watering. It was juicy and succulent along with the spicy dip which was indeed properly spiced up.
Main Course –
# Dal Makhani – Perfect Indian dish to start your main course. It was little different from any other restaurents as they tried adding some extra spices to cook the Dal. [Indian Pulses]
# Mutton Curry – The mutton was really succulent and the spices were perfectly blended.
# Garlic Naam – Loved it
# Laccha Paratha – Too soft and flavorful.
Recommended Dishes –
Makhani Paneer Tikka Naanzza | Dal Makhani | Makhani Chicken Tikka Naanzza | Red Velvet Gourmet Shake | Crispy Chicken Burger | Dragon’s Kiss Pizza | Zaffrano Pasta | Nacho Salsa Chaat
Home Delivery | Wifi |Live Sports Screening
Today 11:30 AM to 11 PM
AVERAGE – ₹800 for two people (approx.)
Sector 29, Gurugram has become the hub for food and drink lovers. Perfect hangout place for anybody and everybody.
I checked into this place Boombox Brewstreet and they do stand by their name. The boombox theme can be seen all over the place with some awesome tracks by the DJ.
Beer lovers !!! This is your stop. Right from freshly crafted beers to in house signature drinks. “Wheat Beer” Premium Beer” “Dark Beer” and “Flavored Beer”
A variety of choices available. Also the yummy shakes for the “Sanskari Group” 😉 as said by them.
Lets go to the menu. Fun is in every corner of this place and I bet you would have a ball of a time ordering food. You would get nostalgic reading the menu with such Bollywood filmy names.. specially songs from 90’s and 80’s era.
Few Favorites –
Kool-Cha == Mushroom Chettinad Stuffed in mini kulchas with coconut chutney.
Punjab Se Le Ke Delhi Via Spain == Rajma Chawal Arancini on Sabudana Crisp with Anardana Raita. Tasted awesome.
PB&J (Paneer, Bread & Jam) == It was one unique dish with unique taste, crunchy & crispy from outside and soft from the inside.
Aye Mere Pyare Mutton == Mutton meat balls with sides of cucumber and basil yoghurt and Tomato Chutney.
Main Toh Raste Se Ja Raha Tha == It was not just a dahi golgappa chaat. Another molecular gastronomy genius.
Yeh Reshmi Zulfein == Pesto sauce marinated tandoori chicken pieces hanging on Beautiful ladder.
Hoton Pe Bas Tera Naam Hai == Chicken sitting on Coconut shell with “Lips” shape Tomato jelly garnishing which made this dish attracting and delicious.
Hogyi Teri Balle Balle == Thin crust veg pizza with toppings of Paneer tikka, finely chopped Bel Peppers, onions and makhani mayo. Vegetarians delight.
Khaike Paan itty Wala == Sweet, Creamy Paanmisu served with sweet chutney and had wonderful taste which filled our mouth with sweetness.
Something is Fishy == Yammy Fish dish so far I tasted. People if you don’t like fish due to the odd smell. Try this out for sure. I loved it.
Few More Recommendations –
# Chawla Chicken Kulcha, since 2016
# Udta Punjab
#Yeh Daulat Bhi Le Lo, Ye Shaurat Bhi Le Lo.
PS – *****HIGHLY RECCOMAND THIS PLACE********
Address -SCO 53, 1st Floor, Main Market, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Phone number – 011 33106095
Cuisines – North Indian, Italian, Chinese and American
Cost Average – ₹1,600 for two people (approx.) with alcohol VAT & service charges extra | ₹85 for a pint of beer (approx.)
Let me start with saying what a great place to be. Food Lovers watch out… there’s a new muse in town.
The Dockyard Cafe and Brewing Co. Sector – 29. Gurgoan
The Dockyard Cafe and Brewing Co. is multi cuisine restaurant and micro brewing place in Sector 29. Gurgaon. My first impression for the place very heart warming and welcoming. Its a new food baby in town which not only serve great cuisines but also create freshly brewed beer. In the upmarket location in Sector 29 this cafe has made its mark. Very specious and interesting Dockyard theme which perfectly sinq together. The service personal were on their toes and always ready to answer any queries regarding food. Executive Chef “Swatantra Gautam” was the highlight. His love for food and creativity shows on the plate. This man knows how to sell his ideas 😉 He was so eager to answer any queries we had. His superb energy was also reflecting on the food. Every item was so eye catchy and welcoming. Random quote “You eat with your eyes first”
Food is my all time favourite but new to the food reviewer community, I was quite fascinated to attend my first ever “Food Bloggers Meet” All thanks to Apurv Kan and Suchana Bera for the invite. I drove for 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the place and all the way long I was sceptical about the meet. Questions like how would I be treated? How will the place be like? What would be expected out of me? Would I be bored as I would not have anybody to talk to? BLa BLa Bla.. However, In the very first hour I was the most happiest person on earth. 🙂
The taste level for the dishes cannot be rated below 4star. Overall the Team Dockyard has achieved a good mark in the food community. Lets discuss few of the items which I loved it.
Wheat Beer – Dockyard is a microbrewery which crafts its own beer. Dark beer and mild ones too. I’m definitely not a beer person and never dared to try one. But Guys!! you got me. I finished a full mug :p
Wasabi Prawns – Awesome taste. The strong flavour of Wasabi is so indulging. It belongs from the same family as mustard. I belong from northeast India and we use similar flavouring to cook fish dishes.
Afghani Paneer Tikka – Yummy! Delicious! a must try.
Beer Batter Fish Fry – Fish Fish Fish I can have it in all my meals. Grown up eating fish mum cooked at home. Totally biased in rating this dish. I’m in Team Fish.
Paan Bahar Cocktail – Woo!! Strong paan flavour with Bacardi White Rum. Its was a good cocktail for people who loves strong rum flavour.
Both Veg and Non veg Pizza – Mouthwatering and delicious pizza. Really loved it. Vegetables, Chicken, Cheese and also the Bread were superbly sinq together giving an awesome flavour.
Fried Ice-cream – OMG!! I heard about it but never got a chance to taste it. Finally here it is. Loved the taste.
Few more items to to mention – Dockyard Shadow Bruschettas Salads Burgers Kebabs Tiramisu Dahi Kebabs
My Food Card –
Food Quality – 9/10|Service – 9/10|Ambiance – 8/10|Taste – 9/10|Value for Money – 8/10
**Address – Dockyard Cafe and Brewing Co. Sector 29. Gurgaon.
**Photography – My Iphone 🙂
Majnu ka Tilla
The name itself sounds very historic and old. I have been breathing in Delhi (which is not at all pure now) from past 8 years and I kept hearing about this place. Several outings were discussed but couldn’t be executed. I kept creeping about it to my friends. My curiosity went to another level when people started talking about the mouthwatering and delicious cuisine sold by the local Tibetan People.
Finally the day arrived and we planned a day out to Majnu-Ka-Tilla.
I was super excited and couldn’t wait to try the delicious food. But to my
surprise it was not just the food I was fascinated about. The
moment I reached the place my excitement began. You will feel
you have reached another world altogether.
|Majnu-Ka-Tilla – The Main Entry|
Majnu-Ka-Tilla is a Tibetan refugee colony in Delhi established in and around 1960. Officially its called New Aruna Nagar but famous as Majnu-Ka-Tilla because of its history. Its located between Yamuna river and Delhi’s outer ring road. According to history the literal meaning of Majnu-Ka-Tilla is ‘The Hillock of Majnu’ or ‘Tilla’ named after a Iranian Sufi “Abdulla” during Sikandar Lodhi era. It is said that he met the Sikh Guru Nanak during that era. He acted as ferryman and helped people cross Yamuna river for free. He regarded the act as service to God and mankind. Sikh Guru Nanak was totally mesmerized by his devotion and decided to stay at his mound for a longer period of time. Later a Sikh military leader constructed the Majnu-Ka-Tilla Gurudwara in honour of this incident.
Tibetan Settlement started way back from 1960 approx :p
Most residents from Majnu-ka-Tilla left Tibet at that time and resided at a small refugee camp near Yamuna river bank. The land was allotted to the Tibetan people by Govt. Today Majnu-Ka-Tilla can be called Mini Tibet.
Here the first language for the residents is still Tibetan. Its amazing to see monks passing by, new generation kids doing B Boying in front of the Monastery, foreigners taking pictures of the heritage buildings and handicrafts. AND THE FOOD Wow!!!
Wanna try authentic Tibetan and north east cuisine, this is the right place to hop in.
This place offer amazing authentic Tibetan, Northeastern and Chinese cuisine. You would find many restaurants by the roads and inside lanes. Street Food is a must, mainly do try “Laffing”
Inside the small locality and many small lanes there are many handcraft and souvenir shop. Also high end fashionable clothes at a cheap price.
Lets sum it up by saying if you wanna explore Delhi from a different angle and a offbeat day out then Majnu-Ka-Tilla is the perfect place. The place is very light on the pocket and easy to explore.
Place – Majnu-Ka-Tilla, North Delhi
Reference – Locals and History
Camera – My Iphone 🙂
From the crowded and chaotic city Delhi my escape to Thailand seemed to be very fruitful. The moment I landed in Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) I was skeptical and doubtful about the journey. From Bangkok to Phuket it was again 1 hour 30 minutes flight. I knew it would be a tiring journey. Anyways! I looked tired already.
As a common foreign holiday destination chosen by almost every Indian, I was no different. A budget travel with lots of fun and adventure. I was in immediate need of a vacation and things seemed to be perfectly fallen in place.
PATONG BEACH – From Phuket airport we headed straight to Patong Beach (1 hour trip) which was my destination. On the way to Patong Beach my excitement started to grow and I was fully prepared to live the moment. Somehow all my doubts vanished and I was sure it would be one of my best travel experience ever. The scenic beauty was superb. It felt like a genius photographer clicked the perfect pictures and pasted on my way.
Driver dropped me at the “Patong Beach Resort“ booked for my stay and guess what, I was awestruck by the beauty of it. It was something unexpected. I could just stay at this hotel for the rest of my tour. It had the perfect blend of calm, relaxed and untroubled space. Rested early that evening as I was in need of tremendous energy for the next full day. A lot was coming my way.
PHI PHI ISLAND – OMG!! I am falling short of words to describe the beauty of it. From Patong Beach in a small boat they would take you through the most stunning and stupendous water journey ever. I was with my mouth open and stunned in the whole journey. I kept running like a kid all over the boat so that I don’t miss a single view from each corners. The blue and green clear water. The colourful boats and private yachts can be seen become the cherry on top.
In the Island you would see a lot of nomad travellers and explorers. Along the way inside the Island, there are flee markets everywhere with beach clothing, ornaments, souvenirs and street food. After lunch the group (incase I forgot to mention that I was included in a group Island tour) headed straight towards the water activities. Under Water walking, Banana Rides, Kayaking, Jetski and lots more.
If I need to sum up my whole experience, I would say never seen such beautiful and never ending beach with lush blue water, polite and humble people and great street food. Evenings at the beach were the best time to leave every oods, regrets, bad memories and tough time in life behind and just feel the calmness. My soul was at peace. Definitely going to visit again.
Few Opps and Gerrrrr!! – Although I couldn’t stay for longer and would love to explore more Islands in Phuket and dig deep down to the culture and their roots. And yes the scorching heat. I almost turned like a burned toast.
2017 and here I’m giving my hobby little wings and my voice a platform.
Delhi and its shopping experience is a never ending journey. Right from high fashion clothing to flee markets and budget shopping. You name it you get it. As the fashion capital of India, I can announce myself as a proud shopaholic 😛
Today I’m here to share my H&M shopping experience and my favourite piece among few.
|A Cozy Winter Dress|
Fell in love with the black dress. A simple waist belt to go with it gives an extra chicness. Black can never go out of fashion and always gives you that extra edge. Perfect for a winter day look. Go out with your girlfriends or for a simple weekend brunch. This dress will do it all.
Winters and Black goes hand in hand. I can never get tired of wearing different forms of black outfits. This Black off Shoulder top does so much to complete my look. Its simple and elegant. Pair it with your favourite denim or a skirt. Put on your winter boots or a pair of converse and you are good to go.
|Lemme take a Selfie :*|
*Dress – H&M (Selectcity Mall, Saket)
*Waist Belt – H&M (Selectcity Mall, Saket)
*Off Shoulder Top – H&M (Selectcity Mall, Saket)
*Boots – Online Shopping
*Place – Selectcity Mall. Saket *Photography – Bishu (A Dear Friend)