The gradual opening strains of Max Carbacho’s ambient atmospheric music, nudges me from my depths of slumber each morning. I start my day with this piece, created with the express purpose of calm and relaxation. Continue reading “The first 15 minutes”
On a lazy friday afternoon, a while ago, three friends – Ameya, Dhiman and I had this urge to try out Southeast Asian food. Phobidden Fruit – a Vietnamese restaurant close by beckoned and we drove there . This Indiranagar restaurant is nestled amongst residential houses.
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In Pondicherry, after a rather productive morning of shopping at the Hidesign flagship store, Casablanca and Ma Pondy Cherie, we made our way to Rue Suffren for a rather late lunch around 2 pm. After parking the car, we entered this restaurant from its side entrance. The first thing we saw on one of the walls was a “ship’s wheel (helm)” flanked by a gigantic painted, polished replica of driftwood. A vintage road king bike also joined in to welcome us.
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I had always wanted to stay in a Neemrana property at their “non–hotel Hotels”. The very charming and picturesque heritage Hotel de L ’Orient, where we stayed during a recent trip to Pondicherry, is in actuality a converted colonial mansion by the Neemrana group.
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Whenever someone mentions ABBA, it brings up happy childhood memories. Of my brother, my cousins and me enjoying songs sung by this retro swedish pop band. I especially loved listening to “Eagle” and “Voulezvous” while “Mamma Mia” was another favorite. (yeah! all this before rock music lured us away!:)) Continue reading “Mamma Mia – the musical”
Iftar is the religious observance of breaking a fast when the azaan is called out by muezzins from mosques after sunset. This happens during the holy month of Ramadaan or Ramzaan like how it is known here in in India. About five years ago, we started going to the iftar spreads to indulge in the meaty treats at Frazer town, Bangalore. It continues even now.
I’ve had wonderful experiences of my very many trips to Goa. There was a time when we would be in Goa 4-5 times a year. That slowly waned as life and other things reigned supreme. The type of trips to Goa also changed as time passed.
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A visiting American colleague recently mentioned that she had “IndoChinese cuisine” for lunch that day. She also said that the same dishes in the US tasted much different. This made me think that it is true that most restaurants’ alter the taste of continental food a wee bit to cater to local palates. Continue reading “Gypsy Chinese”
My friend Tina and I were vegging out one afternoon at her awesome apartment located at the Dubai Marina. We were bored and were deliberating that we find a place to let our hair down and listen to some music. BB (Tina’s husband) suggested 360º, an iconic, energetic and trendy beach club for its amazing night view of the city among other things. He then proceeded to make reservations for the three of us that evening.
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