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Mad House Grill Pune- A Legacy

These days it’s quite a task figuring out where to dine. For those of you who are new here, long story short, I have now moved over to the dark side. This dark side boasts of heavy weights, HIITs, 10km runs and a lot of healthy eating. I am consciously making diet plans, trying my best to follow them, and of course minimizing all the eating out. Before you assume we gym folks  do not know how to have fun, I’ll have you know that we have our lovely cheat days, 1:00am nights and parties every other day. Balance is the key, and once you get the hang of it life gets easy. With restaurants introducing healthy food in their menus, trying to get this balance has got easier lately. Joining the list of brands that the #fitfam will always be thankful to is Mad House Grill, an establishment critical…

Cheat Day With Smart Food- A TJ’s Brew Works & Nudo collaboration

There has been a sudden influx of health brands, with each one claiming to be healthier than the previous one. The time is right, seeing how everyone is taking up the fitness journey. But wait a minute, how healthy is your mayo and cheese loaded salad? How healthy is that multi grain bread? I’m not pointing fingers at anyone, but I feel there’s a lot that the customer today needs to know. Did you know the highly processed wheat grain today is not recommended in your diets? Did you know salad sauces end up making your salads unhealthy?All that I’m saying is, “healthy” is easy to fall for; there’s a lot that one needs to know. Nudo is a new entrant in the ‘health food’ market, and we recently went over to TJs Brew Works to see what this brand duo has in store for us. Was it really health food?…

Mocha Is Back In A Brand New Avatar & We Love It!

Once upon a time Mocha, with it’s quirky walls, dim lit interiors and sheesha (and those Oreo Shakes) was a popular haunt for youth in Pune. You can only imagine how sad it made us to see one of our beloved cafes shutting shop. Four years later, on 5 May 2017, Mocha gave Pune a reason to celebrate once again as it opened its doors to public in a completely new avatar. The menu and ambiance might be completely different (definitely not what the old Mocha was like) but that never stopped Puneites from celebrating the comeback of this brand. Has it lived up to it’s expectations? Let’s find out: Ambiance There are no dark purple or deep pink walls anymore. Everything is brightly lit, modern, sleek and super stylish. The seating indoors is spacious and well ventilated. The outer area comes as a pleasant surprise with its swings, pebbles,…

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…

I Got My Christmas Hampers Ready With Forennte

December is here, bringing along with it a chilly breeze, low temperatures and loads of hot chocolate. If this wasn’t enough reason to celebrate, Christmas will be upon us in 2 weeks, and this can only mean 2 things : loads of Christmas cakes and goodies, and fine wine at Xmas feasts. It’s really difficult for me to ignore the festive spirit when gifts start pouring in, and if there’s one thing that you must know about me, it’s that I love spoiling my loved ones with goodies. Since Christmas is here and I’m frantically searching for a new cupboard to stock the goodies that have started pouring in, I’m also getting my gift hampers ready for my clan. And I couldn’t have been more excited because I AM CURATING MY OWN GIFT HAMPERS AT FORENNTE! Those of you who have been following me on social media know my love…

Mineority Cafe and Bar

I have lost count of the number of places that have opened up in Koregaon Park-Kalyani Nagar in the last year. By the time I get down to trying out one place, there is another one begging for attention. In fact I visited Callow only this weekend, and I still haven’t eaten the deep dish pizza at Baked & Wired! It all gets overwhelming at times. Mineority is a new entrant in the area, and this time I made sure I checked out the place before it was too late (I also tend to lose interest in a place once it gets too old :/ ) And this is why I think you should totally spend a Sunday night with your favorite cocktail on the rooftop bar at Mineority- Ambiance PINTEREST BOARD GOALS! 5 minutes in this place and I wanted to kick off my heels and lay back and…

Ramen Menu at Shizusan

We have some good news for Ramen lovers here in Pune- Shizusan, the friendly neighbourhood fusion restaurant has introduced a new Ramen menu last July, and from what I’ve seen, heard and experienced, people have a lot to thank Shizusan for. Shizusan, the hipster mascot, is back from his tour of East Asia, and he’s got with him 10 new versions of Ramen. Okay maybe 2 new ramen varieties and 8 totally off-beat variations, but hey, we are loving it! Here’s what’s in store for you Pune. At Rs. 445/- for a veg bowl and Rs. 495/- for a non veg bowl, there’s an entire experience that’s calling out to you. An experience I’d suggest you didn’t miss. My favorites? Difficult to pick one. Though I could definitely recommend the Peking Duck Bowl. I’m going back here. And I’d strongly nominate a bowl of hot soupy noodles for comfort…

The Sunday Brunch at Conrad, Pune

There’s a regular brunch buffet, and then you have the brunch buffet at Conrad. You eat 2, ok maybe 3 rounds of food at a regular buffet, and then you struggle to taste everything that’s on the menu even after 5 servings at the Conrad buffet. But you eat anyway. True story. I was invited by Conrad, Pune to check out the Sunday Brunch that they had to offer. I love brunches, there was no way I was declining this invitation. And so we dressed up on a slightly hungover Sunday morning and headed to their massive property in Pune. And what we saw at the spread blew our minds. Desserts. It starts with desserts. You walk in and see desserts. Cakes. Ice Creams. Strudels. Mousse. Pound Cakes. Muffins. Donuts. Waffles. Crepes. It felt like heaven. The spread then moves on to some of the most exotic items one could…

Punjab Grill & a 100 Bucks Chakhna Menu

I am sure everyone’s heard of Punjab Grill, and I am sure everyone is aware of the fine dining experience that comes along with the gourmet restaurant. Now here’s the good news- you don’t really have to wait for that special occasion to enjoy a sophisticated culinary experience at Punjab Grill; they are out with a new, fun menu, and I think most of you are going to like what they have to offer. What’s New? An outdoor seating, a chakhna menu for 100 bucks, a (limited) bar menu for 100 bucks and some insane desi cocktails. I’d say come for the cocktails if nothing else, it’s quite a fun deal. Here’s a look at the menu that’s been introduced – We sampled a bit of everything, and here’s what we loved – Masala Ande – the good old egg bhurji, complete with the desi ghee tadka. Tandoori Pineapple with…

Kobe Sizzlers, Pune

It’s probably the first time we’ve done this, and we have returned with good memories. Date nights are fun, but date nights with a lot of food are better. This time around we did things the traditional way- we decided to visit a restaurant with minimum frills, known for great food. An eatery popular with families and locals for a long, long time, Kobe Sizzlers has been synonymous with group bondings over beer and super delish sizzlers. The last time I visited the outlet was in 2012, and it was quite a warm, overwhelming feeling that I went back with. Was it worth driving down to Aundh for sizzlers? TOTALLY. AMBIANCE Do not expect much out of the ambiance – this is a basic sizzler joint with seating meant for families and large groups, with a couple of two-seater tables. The place is huge (upper and lower sitting areas, BOTH full)…

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