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DimSum Affair At Baan Tao, Hyatt

The baby sister has been a huge fan of momos all her life (I fail to get the obsession, I mean steamed white flour dumplings stuffed with vegetables/meat served with sauce fail to get me as excited as say a butter chicken would, you know what I mean?) But well, when Baan Tao at Hyatt Pune reached out to me for a Momo Festival, I decided to take the baby sister out on a momo date to have the night of her life. I’ve always considered momos as snack food, and now in hindsight I think we should have gone a little more prepared (read hungry) for the festival. Don’t get me wrong here, it all went good. But eating 20 momos is not as easy as it sounds, a fact that we realized that night as we enjoyed a delicious dumpling dinner, not in the mood to miss out…

Hey Pune, Zora Has GOT TO Be Your Next Dining Destination

It’s been a long time since I fell for food the way a naïve young lady falls for her tall, dark, handsome knight in shining armour in all those romance novels. I remember it like it was just yesterday; my eyes lit up as I saw the exotic curried mixture of spices and herbs glistening in the candle light as the serving platter made its way towards me, the voluptuous bubble filled buttermilk waffles made my heart race, and one bite of this gorgeous creation had me smiling, with silent tears of joy rolling down my cheeks ( I’ve got alibi, in case you wish to confirm this) “It’s a perfect first date / anniversary place” “I love the music” “Woah, this place is huge!” were things you could hear us saying before the Masala Whiskey and Blue-Red Wine Mojito were served to us. These magical concoctions had us quiet…

The Little Next Door Is A Good Idea For Some Weekend Debauchery

Had a rough week and looking out for a place to get wasted because….weekend? I’m pretty certain you know what I’m talking about. Unfortunately this comes at a price, and this price gets too much to handle, especially at the end of the month. We only have a handful of bars and pubs serving booze and food at an affordable rate, and while this might work in our favour, the crowd spoils the vibe. Or we might love the crowd but the prices seem way OTT. I’m sure you know what I mean. So where does one go? I think I might have a solution for you. Head over to The Little Next Door on a Friday night and knock yourselves out with unlimited beer/sangria and barbecue starters….only for 850 bucks! I went over last weekend, and here is what my night looked like – If there’s one thing I need to…

Arogya Spa : Hyatt Regency Pune

Massages are under-rated. After all that working out, your body NEEDS a massage, a fact that people tend to equate to a luxurious life only. How you get the massage is completely up to you, but make sure you do. Why? Read carefully. Did you know massages can help you workout better too? Before you think it’s all just a waste of money, here’s a little something about massages and spas that might interest you.- A massage helps loosen up your muscles after an intense workout, which allows you to recover from the impact better and faster than you normally would. It improves blood circulation and helps soothe sore muscles. A massage helps you stay flexible. Massage therapy promotes improved sleep patterns. A massage stimulates the lymphatic system  Deep tissue massages are great stress-relievers for muscle tension and cramps These are just some of the benefits of a good spa.…

5 Ways To Eat Smart With Gaia Good Health

Well, I’ve been trying to eat healthy. While I do work out almost every day (30 minutes a day)I am keeping a strict check on what I consume. Being a total foodie I’ve found it extremely to control my cravings for carbs and sugar. Over the years I’ve learnt how to set aside 1 day a month for pizza, 1 cheat meal a week and I also time my snacks as per my workout (eg : sugar is digested till 2 hours after a workout, proteins are great for post-workout, etc etc) Plus you know how they say it’s 40% gym and 60% diet? Yeah, so that’s true. Avoid junk for a week and you’ll see the difference in your body. In this post I’m going to share a few examples of what I eat, and hopefully I’ll be able to inspire some of you to make healthy lifestyle changes.…

212 All Day Cafe & Bar – My Take On The Healthy Menu

Y’all know how I’ve been trying to eat healthy and seriously concentrate on getting some definition for my summer body (those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, why aren’t you following me o IG/Twitter/SC? ID- @dumbbellsndrama. Hitting that follow button now would be a great idea) It is difficult for a dessert and food lover like me to be logical about what I eat (I OD’ed on some ice cream yesterday, but that was well timed too cos I ended up loading after a workout, so muscle building :)) Anyhoo, I honestly don’t expect myself to start getting excited about chia seeds and kale, but I know I’ve come a long way since those pizza and whiskey loaded nights. I take time to decide what healthy things on the menu can be ordered, and even on cheat days I don’t go all out (wheat base pizza,…

Vh1 Supersonic,Pune

Over three straight days with temperatures flirting around 35 degrees,VH1 Supersonic gave their sweaty fans the chance to dance themselves clean. Vh1 Supersonic this year was blessed with beautiful summer days; it was 3 days of the sun shining brightly in a clear blue sky, 3 green lawns packed with festival goers, interactive exhibits, a brew garden for thirst quenchers and great music. Laxmi Lawns was one big carnival last weekend as the festival attenders danced, lounged around, ate and drank over 3 days. Merchandise stalls, LED see-saws, swings, jenga blocks and art installations completed this happy picture. One of the highlights of this festival was the payment system- no chaos over money, you could simply load your microchip with the desired amount & swipe it at the bar & food counters. This cashless payment system was executed flawlessly. Larger Than Life  The Gionee Stage was dedicated to drum &…

Oriental Fine Dining : Baan Tao, Hyatt Pune

Fine dining is not unique to Pune. In fact it’s easy to walk into a fine dining establishment at almost any locality now.  Be it grand hotels with intimidating décor or romantic spots hidden away from the buzzing city life, the opportunities to devour a gourmet dish are aplenty. One of the names that comes up while we think of fine dining is Baan Tao in Hyatt Pune.  Baan Tao, a fine dining restaurant serving oriental cuisine whips up some of the most delectable prawns in the city.  Inspired by the fresh  produce  of Japan, China & the Orient, you’ll love the authentic menu of traditional dimsums and sea food soups that this place has to offer. Baan Tao is set in the plush Hyatt Pune, located in one of the most luxurious localities in town. The restaurant sits on the second floor of the property and creates a modern, luxurious and…

Things I Learnt On My Solo Trip

In a surprising chain of events I landed up booking a week long vacation all by myself.  I wish I could explain a little more about what made me take this impulsive decision, but I genuinely don’t know what made me do it. I woke up one morning, decided I wanted to do something, and went ahead and booked my tickets. I guess somewhere in my subconscious mind it had to do with the fact that not many would be excited about travel plans, plus coordinating with time and plans was taking a toll on my mental peace. So here I was, making my way to another city all by myself. All that I knew was that I had a hostel to stay at, and I was sure I’d make friends along the way. Something about this was exciting. While I’ll soon share some stories with you from the trip,…

House of Medici, Pune

One of the recent additions to the culinary circuit in Pune is House of Medici, a fine dining institution that celebrates good food, music, glamour, and all things associated with the lifestyle of the rich and the famous. It’s one of those places you can imagine the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor clinking their glasses of champagne in a glamorous celebration of their lives. An interesting thing to note here is that the bar at House of Medici is the tallest and longest bar in the country, beating the famous Escobar in Mumbai. The bar here is long enough to have a fashion show on it, and New Year’s Eve saw that a few weeks ago. So what is House of Medici, a name that has appeared out of the blue in the high flying circles of Pune? Many of you who’ve been regulars of the Pune night…

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