Ubud was my favourite place in Bali – it’s where the book Eat, Pray, Love was set and is like Mecca for yogis, a far cry from hedonistic Kuta just an hour and a half away. Even though I’m not into yoga, spiritualism, or anything of the sort I still loved this place and … Continue reading EATING, PRAYING AND LOVING IN UBUD
Time of year: February 2017 –snowy and cold. Purpose of trip: We were due to be in Slovakia around this time anyway, with one available night before our flight home. We’d both longed to visit Vienna, and discovered it would be a tantalisingly close 1 hour 45 minute drive away. Why we chose this place: … Continue reading Review: Hotel Altstadt, Vienna, Austria
Chili’s isn’t a new name for us. With its inception in Kolkata, this place had always been in the hype, much due to the fact that it stands undoubtedly as the best restaurant in Kolkata serving Tex-Mex food. Their tripple dipper, burgers, fajitas, baby back ribs, blackened fish and everything else had been very famous among all of us.
The first outlet of Chili’s was at Quest Mall, which is my personal favourite. So, it was double the happiness on getting an invitation for a bloggers meet for their ongoing ‘Fajita Fiesta’ at Quest Mall. Now, I’m quite sure many of haven’t tasted or even known of a fajita before. A fajita is a part of Tex-Mex cuisine, in which grilled pieces of meat are served on a tortilla bread. This is one of the popular dishes in American casual dining restaurants but in Kolkata the only restaurant that serves…
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A retreat. That sounded like just the thing I needed. The funny thing is, I’ve heard of many retreat centers scattered around Southeast Asia (and even Malaysia) that are frequented by foreigners, but seldom do I hear many Asians going off to ‘find themselves’. It is a pretty uncommon sort of holiday for us. So when my friend Abby couldn’t stop going on about a retreat that she recently went to — how it had changed her, how different it was; I decided to check it out.
The Hariharalaya Retreat was just the thing I needed. Six days of being still in one place. Six days among people I do not know. Six days of healthy living. Six days to clear my head and rediscover ‘me’. It sounded wonderful.
I was already planning a quick trip to Siem Reap with a buddy of mine for a couple of days…
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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Crown Towers Melbourne, 130/8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
3 years ago, it was an electrifying birthday lunch at the original Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London, and this time round, the restaurant is revisited for the same occasion, however, at its second outlet in the Southern Hemisphere, Melbourne. Expectedly, an extremely intriguing meal despite the presence of heavy British influences which usually has an infamous connotation to monotony, yet instead with lots of creativity abound over here. My second visit and still, the star of the day for both the buddy and I goes to the Mandarin appetiser that made Heston a wonder. Sat comfortably, overlooking the skyline of melbourne through the 2 storey-high glass facade, that lies adjacent to the buzzing “open” kitchen, yet still able to enjoy the serenity of the packed restaurant, this was I thought pretty world class.
Started off with the…
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