11 November 2017

Mama Kane's Swatcha Upahar Griha, Dadar - Happy Homely Food

We discovered Mama Kane's Swatchha Upahar Griha while walking around Dadar station aimlessly and famished one Sunday afternoon. This tiny eatery stood out like an oasis in a desert, and called out to the two starving ladies burdened with shopping bags in their hands. The constant sea of people flowing in and out of the restaurant was a positive indicator that we'd end up getting a decent meal here, compared to the neighboring Udipi restaurants. We walked out of Mama Kane, tummies full and hearts content. Here are three reasons why I'd happily return to dine here, the next time I'm in the area - 


1 November 2017

The Best of Magical Mahabalipuram

It is hard to imagine that just a 90 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Chennai, lies an ancient city filled to the brim with history and culture. Well that's the magic of Mahabalipuram. I felt like I had entered a time machine and travelled back in time, to the 7th century to be precise. Mahabalipuram, in addition to the ancient temples and tradition, has now slowly gained importance as a leisure destination owing to the spectacular beaches and luxurious resorts it houses. 

Considering Mahabalipuram for your next getaway? Then read on for must visits while you're there. 


1. Shore Temple


At first ,the towering stone temple intimidates you with it's grandeur, but as you get closer she gets warm and inviting, embracing you into her bosom. This temple dates back to the 8th century, built by the rulers of the Pallava dynasty in a traditional Oriental pagoda style. The Shore Temple complex was also known as 'Seven Pagodas' but currently only one remains standing on land, the other six are submerged. If the seas permit, it is possible to take a catamaran out into the ocean and try and spot the submerged tips of the other temples. Once a busy port, now a world famous UNESCO heritage site, the Shore Temple now stands as a mark of a forgotten dynasty.




13 October 2017

There's a Holiday for Everyone at Chariot Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram

'Tans and tides will fade. But memories will last forever.'


Why do you travel? And what sort of a traveller are you? Do you love setting off on romantic escapades with your better half, in an attempt to discover each other in addition to the destination you're visiting? Or are you an adrenaline junkie and enjoy participating in  thrilling, adventurous activities on your vacation? Or you're a luxury traveller - a vacation for you implies swanky rooms, best of food and wine, and relaxing spa sessions? Or like me, you're a foodie and believe the best way to explore a new destination is via it's culinary route? Whatever be your rationale to travel, a good hotel or resort should be able to cater to every sort of traveller and be able to fulfill your every desire while on vacation.


This was my first visit to Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram  an ancient city of yore in South India that dates back to the 7th century. And just like all ancient cities, Mahabalipuram is a treasure trove of culture, history and art that attracts tourists all year round. But what makes Mahabalipuram special is the fact that it is a coastal town, situated between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake. And the Chariot Beach Resort in Mahabalipuram is the perfect holiday spot if you're looking at enjoying the cultural aspects as well as the pristine beach that Mahabalipuram has to offer. 




Unlike other 'beach' resorts, Chariot is situated right on the beach. The far off horizon and their Olympic sized swimming pool is what your eyes are drawn to first thing as you enter the reception lobby. The resort is situated across 42 acres of land which means a buggy is your best friend to transport you to your far off cottage. Or rely on good ol' Bus No. 11 (our nickname for legs). As I settled down into my spacious cottage and spent three days here exploring the property and experiencing what the resort has to offer, I realized that there's something here for everybody.



29 September 2017

My August and September Food Favourites

The past few months have been flying by, and before we know it 2018 would have dawned upon us. Inspite of a crazy work schedule and an even crazier wedding planning schedule (Ohh yes, I'm getting married!) lots of food was consumed. Bridal diets be damned! This included attending new restaurant launches, ordering in from delivery joints on the days we were flooded in, and a mild attempt at making healthier choices while eating out. Read on to know which restaurants and dishes made the cut - 

1. Your favourite Andheri diner now in Bandra - Jamjar Diner, Bandra
The new Jam Jar outlet on Hill Road surpasses its predecessor in the prettiness quotient with it's detailed ambiance. I spent the first ten minutes walking around aimlessly in the restaurant appreciating the decor and admiring the little knick knacks that are placed around. Plenty of colour, a sun roof that streams in tons of light makes this the perfect brunch place. And let's not forget the trademark Jam Jar Jukebox! 
Their menu is not only exhaustive with plenty of diner food options, but also such a visual treat to go through. Colourful and filled with illustrations, you feel you're going through a comic book.
Among their breakfast menu we tried their Eggs Benedict that came seated on a base of BBQ pulled pork atop a brioche. Their Brioche French Toasts are really exceptional as well. For the mains I'd recommend you try their Slow Braised Pork Pappardelle  especially if you're a porkaholic. Everything we tried was top notch, including the ambiance and music. Can't wait to return! 
Jam Jar Diner, 133, 1st Floor, Gazebo House, Sayed Wadi, Hill Road, Bandra West.

14 September 2017

Brunch Diaries - NRI X Lima

I had reviewed Michelin starred chef Atul Kocchar's restaurants, NRI and Lima back in early 2016 when both were freshers on the Mumbai restaurant scene. Since then they've tried to constantly reinvent themselves by introducing high tea menus, updating and innovating the existing menu and now with an exhaustive Sunday brunch that features the best from both the restaurants, which are as different as chalk and cheese. While the former serves up global Indian fare, the other emphasizes on cocktails and small plates from the South American region. Win win, I'd say!


Anyone who knows me remotely well, knows that I adore Sunday brunches. (I'd marry Sunday brunch if I could.) This extreme affection is the inspiration behind the Brunch Diaries series on the blog. Having become a Sunday Brunch maestro by now, I can assuredly say the NRI X Lima Sunday brunch has all the ingredients a good brunch should have, albeit being a bit unconventional.