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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Why I Like Only A Closed Few Around

I am not shy neither am I introvert in fact I mingle with people in no time. When I go out to a new place or party I gel around pretty easy and then i just leave it to that. A nice time spent in that moment. Its not that I don't like people, its just that I don't want unnecessary drama in my life. I believe in the great philosophy that even if you have few closed people you can count on your fingers you are lucky and blessed. After all according to another great one you are sum of characteristics of closed people in your life. So I chose wisely rather I connect with people not that easily.
I believe in every one comes in your life for a reason and for a time so enjoy that and learn from them. Let them go without holding grudges or stretching things till they get bad. Sometimes you grow up or you just become a different person and status quo of the relationship changes - then instead of holding on, learn to live with good memories. After all decluttering is required in every aspect of your life. Don't get me wrong I don't judge, I just live life and its a short one, I want to be happy and so why complicate it with people who don't add to the beauty of it. Keep it simple na .. hence a closed few of my circle keep me sane . 







Shirt - Limeroad
Jeggings - Zara
Neckpiece - Jabong
Bracelet - Vero Moda 
Footwear - Inc 5 
Bag - Rocky S 

Photo credits - Jerlyn 

xoxo
Bhakti

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Texas Tower - Kharadi, Pune

The first thing that comes to your mind or really blows your mind when you think about this place is its location. 
Located on the 9th floor of the Stellar Spaces in Kharadi, Pune. Its a beautiful and really huge restaurant and being on such a height the views you get are awesome from all the sides. Watching the lights below and cars pass while sipping on your drink after a long days work is really relaxing. 
A perfect place to unwind with friends, family or collegues ; they have it all.
The ambience is warm with big plush cozy couches and pretty chairs. The seating is completely comfortable and relaxing. 
The bar though steals the show. I loved it and am guilty of one too many snaps over there.
This place sure is pretty.



Getting to food.
This place sure serves a storm and how. 


American Corn Cheese Balls 
Little bland to my taste but i loved that cheese sauce would have gone so well with nachos.


Fried Mozzarella 

Fried cheese... oh yessss... 


Wok Tossed Paneer 
I loved it from the word go. The flavours just kicked in and hit the jackpot. The paneer was so soft and the flavours were bang on.
Must have! 


Paneer Kerara Kebab 
Paneer stuffing inside the crispyness.
They sure were karare as hell.


Cheese Fries 
These guys are lovers of fries and how. They serve fries with so many of their dishes and this was cherry on the top. 
Bring them on we ain't complaining, the more the merrier. 
Beer and fries ..... 
Must try ! 
Their fries are really good.


The array of drinks and each one was yum.
Mine had to be the pink one.
Long island beach tea - yum.



Drums of Heaven 


Classic Fish N Chips 
As the word said .. it was classic.. Basa nicely fried to perfection with crispy fries and that yum tartar sauce. 
Must try! 
Loved it . 
The fries literally had to be pushed off as i was busy polishing them off. CALORIES 🙈



Hot and Crispy Joe's Shrimps
Fried Prawns with fries. 
I would give this a miss. It was bland and the prawns were fried too much msking them oily and chewy. May be it was one off times.


Nachos
My favorite.
The portion was huge and I was looking forward to them with all veggies and all.
I honestly love my nachos with cheese sauce and beans or salsa; both of which were missing making them a bit dry for my taste.  



Texas Hot wings
Lovely starter to enjoy your drinks. 
Wings lover wont be disappointed. 


Paneer Shashlik Sizzler 
I couldnt try it but my vegetarian friends were definitely enjoying it.


Farm Fresh Pizza 

Loaded with veggies, having this pizza will be a less of an guilty affair 😉


Raan 
This shredded Lamb Raan was so tasty and yummy. Full of flavours. Everyone loved it.
Must try!


Chicken Steak
I love my steaks and these guys sure did deliver. Another table favorite and rightly so. The chicken was tender and grilĺed to perfection. The sauce was generous and tasty like crazy. The potatoes ever so soft and creamy and buttery veggies.
I wish i had more place in my stomach. 
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Must Must Try!


Sizzling Brownie 
This one is my all time favourite.  
I just am crazy for this. 
I would give it a 6/10 over here. 
The brownie was a bit hard and not heated enough. The nuts should have been more and same with the chocolate sauce. Heat was less. 
I finished it . I love this dessert like crazy..
Call me anywhere just to have this and I will come.


Fambe Gulab Jamun
Gulab Jamun flambed with alcohol.
In case you want to get a little more tipsy after that last round of drinks.

And with that we called it a night. 
We had a lovely time with our tummies bursting and chatter never ending. 

Thanks a lot for inviting me Hatim and hosting me with such good food Team Texas Tower. 

You should give these guys a try. Definitely a place to look out for when in Kharadi. 

xoxo
Bhakti 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Easy Chicken Chilli Momos Recipe

Check out the easy recipe for chicken chilli momos right from the streets of Pune.
This momo guy sits in Pune - Koregaon park at the entrance of lane no 5 next to the juice vendor.
Street food at its best.



xoxo
Bhakti

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Where Was I Lost ?

So as I promised to you guys over here, here I am keeping my promise. Letting you all on where I was lost for such a long time.
I was busy with following my heart and dream.
Well this is no secret that I love nature and  feel one with it, I am a complete nature's child  and always wanted to have a place in nature. I am so happy to introduce you guys to a part of my dream - Rockville A Lakeside Lounge.
A quaint place in the heart of nature just beside a lake serving some delicious comfort food whilst you get mesmerized by the sunset or are serenaded by the birds here or are just lost in a book in this wonderland. Time just runs here and I am glad I am living every moment of it. This is very special to me. Its still work in progress but I so wanted to share it with you guys.
You will find me most of the time over here lost in nature and busy hogging. Do come by and say a big hi to me, I would love it.

Check out the complete video of Rockville here.



And this is just a glimpse of Rockville .









Look Details 
Top - Splash 
Jeggings - Zara 
Inner -  stŕeet fashion Mumbai 
Belles - Monsoon ones from street fashion Pune.  Fc road 

Do Spread the Word guys 😊

You can follow Rockville on Instagram.
Rockville A Lakeside Lounge 
Bhugaon, next to jal shivar, near chonde lake, Pune, Maharashtra 412115 
📲+91 70306 30110

xoxo
Bhakti






Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cafe Arabia - Journey into the Middle Eastern Cuisine

I Broke my self imposed exilè from food invites finally. ( I will let you on why i was on an exile soon - promise) Reason had to be good now and it sure was, my love for Lebanese cuisine. Middle eastern food has my heart. So here we landed on a busy crowded sunday in Phoenix city food court ( we avoid crowded places on weekends but we had to do this). We were headed for none other than Cafe Arabia.
Cafe Arabia has been there on the city food scene for a long time. Its stood it stand against the test of time and here we were to get our own taste of it. 
There was a consistent flow of clients with yummy huge platters and kebabs. 
As we waited  for ours the aroma of hummus filled my senses and no sooner our table was a battle ground for yummy platters fighting for space. 
Their menu is vast and you can have a feast fit for a king with their kebabs, biryanis, platters and more but we were there on a mission to taste their new variants and we dived head on directly into it. By the way let me tell you I am a hummus pita lover so I can never settle for something which is even a tad bit less than our expectations ( especially husband - he takes being fussy and picky to another level especially when dragged out of the house on a busy crowded weekend ).


So lets start from
Assorted Hummus Platter
Clockwise - Spicy Harissa, Basil Pesto,
 Zaatar Jalapeno and the Classic Original Hummus along with Zaatar Bread. My favorite is the spicy Harissa while husband loves the green ones. That zaatar (mix of spices ) is exceptionally awesome. Be it in any form be it hummus, salad or rub, we completely fell in love with it.
All this for Rs 220. Totally worth it.
Dont you think the presentation deserves an applaud for a food court qsr brand. I can just eat with my eyes. Love my food beautiful .. dont you ?
Must try !! .


Feasting we were!


Al Fahm Kebab 
Chicken drumsticks marinated in yellow chilli paste and cheese creamy garlic. 
These were delicious especially when they are hot. They are all creamy and melt in the mouth. Loved the taste of yellow chillies ( something i tried knowingly for the first time and loved ) definitely gonna find out what all food preps make use of yellow chillies. 
Rs 230 
Must try !! 


Zaatar Chicken Salad 
For the salad lovers, healthy eaters or just for its yummy quotient. 
This salad wins hands down. Filled with proteins, greens, fresh crunchy veggies and a lovely seasoning of zaatar spices and that mayo on top. Roasted chicken - Oh so good! 
You have to have it, its quite filling as well.
Za isnt a salad eater but he picked out all yummy juicy chicken pieces and left me with the vegetables and to find some tid bits of the chicken 🙈
Rs 190 
Must try !! 


Chicken Shwarma Platter.
Deconstructed shwarma on a plate. Its like make your own shwarma with your favorite ratio. Go on add to your hearts content. I made mine with generous amount of everything and dipped it all in with the spicy Harissa. The chicken was perfectly roasted and spiced. Zahir finished this entire thing. 
Rs 230 
Must Try !! 


Falafel
Crispy falafels, high on protein, just dip it right in the hummus and enjoy. 
Rs 120


Shish Kebab on Rice
Buttered herb rice with minced kebabs and creamy hummus with a portion of salad. 
Though I found the kebabs a bit dry ( i like mine juicy)Those delicately balanced flavours with herbs. 
Chicken Rs 240 


And last and in no way the least 
You know your Sunday was awesome when you feast on the Royal Turkish delight - Baklava ❤
Favorite Middle Eastern Dessert or
Dessert meant for Gods - we devoured it within no time at all. Filo sheets with honey and syrup with caramelised nuts ... Burst of flavour in every bite. One of the best I have had in Pune.
Rs 60
Must try! 

All in all we were very happy with our meal. 
Tasty food which they have tried to keep true to its roots. The food is all healthy and they pride themselves on not using any preservatives whatsoever and nothing is processed. 
The quality and taste of all its branches is uniform having one kitchen headquarter which supplies the premixes to everyone. 
So what you waiting for head out to Cafe Arabia closest to you and do try out the yummy stuff on offer. 
Let me know, what you try and how it was. 

xoxo
Bhakti 

Cafe Arabia is located in 
Phoenix market city - Viman Nagar 
Westend Mall - Aundh 
Seasons Mall - Magarpatta 
Mariplex Mall - Kalyani Nagar 
Royal Heritage Mall - Nibm ( coming soon ) 


Friday, September 22, 2017

Million Memories - Pallavi Kodan -Book Review

I was pleasantly surprised to recieve this cute little package from the author Pallavi Kodan.
I loved the cute little powder pink bag that it came in and the book itself appeared chic with pastel sand colour cover with the black seagulls and the female character with an umbrella. 
It gives a bit of a sad look and I thought this must be another heart breaker. 

Author–  Pallavi Kodan
Publishers– Partridge Publishing
Number Of Pages- 210
Format– Paperback
Genre - Young Adult 
Well the blurb reads - 
 Follow Ashima and her friends through their roller coaster ride from teenage to adulthood, to being actual adults. A story about growing up together, crushes...love..fights..doubting and realizing self worth...failing and standing up for one self...struggles and challenges. A story, which is an amalgamation of many experiences and emotions.


video

Review - 
This is an honest book written by Pallavi Kodan it dwelves into childhood memories of coming up of age along with your friends. One can relate with it on every aspect. Kudos to the author for getting it so right in her first book itself.
The book is about the main three characters Ashima, Siddhant and Karishma. These three are best friends since childhood. Childhood friendships are most cherished ones and hold a special place in life. This book depicts exactly that.
Right from the start when all three of them come from different families and backgrounds, upbringing and social norms. How that affects their friendship and shapes them as individuals. How the struggle is real with them to keep the friendship alive being different personalities and growing up differently with a different outlook towards life in general. You actually hate Karishma and get irked when her character arrives, wish Ashima could be less sweet and it was time she gave it back. Or for that matter you want Siddhant to enjoy and forget his love. 
You relate with them, have your favourite too. Sometimes you even go back to your childhood menories. 
From first crushes, exams, goof ups, dates, love, highs and lows and life in general - this book follows it all from their separate point of view and what effect it has on each one as well as their friendship. 
The language the author has used is simple and easy to relate however the book is a bit slow at places. It wavers in engaging the reader, material is predictable and you know what is gonna happen every time.
There are lot of errors especially towards the end which require editing. 
All in all this book is a simple fast nice read. 
Thanks again to the author for sending this pretty little package and congrats on the first book. 

My verdict - 3 / 5 

Happy Reading folks !! 

xoxo
Bhakti 



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Easy Festive look for Dandiya Nights this Navratri

Festivities are just round the corner first with Navratri and then Diwali.
You need to look amazing with comfort being the key as you got to have fun too and mingle with friends and family.
My personal favourite go to outfit is mix and match comfortable striking fashion.  So What better than lovely skirts paired up with crop tops/kurti with a pretty dupatta to adorn it if it's not that jazzed up or just go like that.
It's so flowy and beautiful and yet comfortable and completely easy to handle.
I believe in keeping the look balanced.
If the ensemble itself is too detailed or has lovely work, keep the rest of the elements simple and low key so that you don't look like a Christmas tree🎄🙈. Let any one element shine brighter. If your look is simple adorn it with bold dupatta with lovely work on it and accessories.
Chose the accessories wisely, don't go overboard with them. Have any one statement piece which will give you a lovely overall finished look with poise.
Let me show you how I like to dress up.
Btw yellow and blue both colours are on the list of  Navratri colours to be worn.
So Double whammy for my look.


Do give importance to the lip colour and eyes. I love kohl so I always go with my deep kohl eyes with winged eyeliner. I think it's perfect for Desi traditional vibes. My look and colours of the outfit were subtle so I went ahead and coloured my lips bright red. I kept rest of the make up nude. 


The simple skirt with a golden border paired with a silk kurti and a stole. 
Added some statement earrings and rings and I was ready to roll the traditional way. 




Comfortable yet smart with traditional vibes that's how I love to dress up for festivals. Cause I love to look pretty but I love to enjoy with all the hoopla with equal fervour.
That's my go to style for you for festivals.

Outfit Details.

Kurti - Thai silk ( self designed)
Skirt - boutique piece
Stole - Thailand
Earrings - Jabong

P.S. sorry I couldn't upload a single photo which was just mine. ( that's what happens on festivals when you too busy having fun you forget to take pictures 🙈)

So this festival. Let your hair down, dance all night and have too much fun.

Happy Navratri Guys !
Welcome the Goddess with fervour and tunes of Dandiya nights.

Stay Safe...

xoxo
Bhakti 

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