Hi everyone! Welcome to Blogtober Day 10! Hope you’re all doing well.
The wedding and festive season is here and it’s time to prep up and make your special day all the more memorable. We’re all aware of changing trends in the fashion world, but do you know that even the wedding business’ runs of trends. Let’s run you through some of the most popular Indian wedding trends for 2018
So here’s presenting the top 6 Indian wedding trends for 2018.
1.Artistic and Minimalistic Mehndi
A lot of millennial brides are opting for artistic and minimalistic bridal mehndi designs instead of the traditional designs. With the balance of contemporary designs and negative space there’s enough focus on other aspects of the bridal look.
It’s a personal choice, but minimalistic designs look classy and chic. You could also get the wedding hashtag in your bridal henna and match it with all your bridesmaids.
2. Hanging Floral Ceilings
If you’ve ever dreamt of a pinterest like wedding décor, then hanging floral ceiling and hanging floral elements are two things you cannot miss this wedding season. You can have them customized as per the overall décor theme.
Highlight a specific part of the venue like – mandap, entrance, or the stage with floral ceiling and let there be other hanging floral elements all over to maintain balance.
3. Hues of Purples and Blues
Ultra violet is the Pantone Color of the year 2018. Falling in line with violets and purples, are deep burgundy and navy blue. The modern brides are opting for deeper shades for winter weddings.
This wedding season take a break from the usual reds and pinks. Adorn a pretty dark blue lehnga for your cousin’s sangeet, or a beautiful purple saree gown for the cocktail night and make a supremely stylish statement.
4. Metallic Accents
Metallic accents in dull gold and rose gold are the rocking this wedding season. Be it your wedding card with gold detailing or table décor with rose gold and white flowers, metallic when done right adds a niche to the décor.
Make sure you don’t go overboard with metallic mixed with glitter – that’s a big NO.
5. Intimate Gatherings
Be it celebs or common people, having an intimate gathering has become the hottest wedding trend for 2018. Limited people who’ll genuinely enjoy and bless you, that’s what the modern day bride and groom are interested in.
Gatherings with just family and close friends, whether that be a destination wedding or a normal wedding is one wedding trend that we should all support.
6. Bold motifs and accessories
Gone are the days when you went all matchy – matchy for weddings. Let one element of your outfit be the highlight – the color, statement jewelry piece, bold prints…the choice is yours.
Bold Mughal style motifs, geometric prints, and quirky prints are in huge vogue. They give your ethnic wear a lot more character, so flaunt them with style.
Make these trends a part of your big day and wedding festivities to add a lot more fun and glamour. Don’t forget to share this with a bride/ groom to be.
Hello there and welcome to week 2 of #blogtober! If you’ve not followed #blogtober, it is my blogging journey where I post one blog a day, all of October.
Starting this week on a delicious note!. India’s vast coastline has bestowed some great gastronomical treats. From delicious sea food to spicy curries, comforting stews and Kerala style parothas, there’s a lot to relish.
Travelling to taste these authentic recipes will be a great experience, but then for times when we’re broke and want to have a treat right in our city, coastal restaurants to the rescue.
Top 5 Coastal Restaurants in Delhi
1.The Spice Route (Hotel Imperial)
Impeccable and majesti
c, that’s what you feel at the Spice Route. An array of Malaysian, Thai, Kerala, Sri Lankan, and Vietnamese dishes in a beautiful setting! The formal dining experience reminds you of that old world charm. The rustic Oriental décor takes you on a whimsical journey and of course the delicious food!
Celebrate a special occasion or a much needed dinner date with bae and rekindle the romance over good vibes and good food.
Nearest Metro Station – Janpath
2. Coast Café at OGAAN
Delicious food, great ambiance, surreal vibe, and so Insta-worthy – Coast Café is the perfect date night or for that matter lunch date place. The menu is elaborate and has a wide array of coastal dishes. You can relish seafood, fluffly appams, Kerala style stews, and the coffee is delicious. Do try the tacos, sukka mutton, and calamari fish – they’re exceptional.
Nearest Metro Station – Hauz Khas
Situated in Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, Sanadige offers a fine dining experience with exquisite seafood and Mangalorean dishes. If you’re in the mood to try authentic flavors from the coast, Sanadige is the place to be. You can try thalis or platters for a wholesome scrumptious meal. Try delicacies from the coast of Maharashtra, Goa, and Kerala. The soothing instrumental music, courteous staff, and delectable food makes it a great choice.
Must try – Butter pepper garlic prawns, Mangalorean mutton curry, Malabar fish curry, Appam
Nearest Metro Station – Jor Bagh
4. Café Lota
Next on the list of Top 5 coastal restaurants in Delhi is Café Lota. This one is situated in National Crafts Museum and is a favorite of many. Sunshine filtering through the artsy décor and delicious food to savor, what else can you ask for in life? Café Lota has a variety of delicacies from the coast and is prepared in an authentic way to keep the flavors and taste intact.
The laidback feel and great service make the whole dining experience all the more enjoyable. Do try their Palak patta chaat, Mango prawn curry, Kathal ki Biryani, South Indian filter coffee, Warli mutton curry.
Nearest Metro Station – Pragati Maidan
5. Chateau de Pondichery
Previously known as Chateau, with a sunkissed Greek décor and amazing European dishes, the place got a desi makeover and now serves Chettinad and French cuisine. Dosai, appam, and spicy curries with crepes, French onion soup, and salads, it’s an international fusion. Have to admit that the menu is limited, but nonetheless, it’s a good option if you’re in the mood of quiet dining and drinking!
Nearest Metro Station – Hauz Khas/ Saket
If you’re tempted enough to try any of these, lemme know. And also if you have a restaurant recommendation, comments section awaits you. Happy eating!
Hi y’all. Hows it going? Today we’re going to talk about something that’s a tad bit serious, but very important!
Anxiety and stress have become constant companions in our fast paced urban lives. Being anxious once in a while or being stressed for a particular reason is acceptable, we’re all humans after all. But when things start slipping out of hand, you know it’s becoming a difficult situation.
If you’re battling alone, then making small changes can help you fight panic attacks and anxiety.
Here are 5 effective ways to manage anxiety
Take time out
A packed schedule with overwhelming deadlines forms the basis of anxiety. Try to manage your time effectively and do smart work instead of hard work sometimes. Take time out for yourself and trust me, those little breaks go a long way.Go for an evening out with your friends, gossip session with your mom, eating out at your favorite café, or just gifting yourself a small something.
Also saying ‘no’ to things around is perfectly okay when you’re feeling stressed.
2. Face your fears
Sometimes all you need is that one push to chase that dream. It’s difficult to it that first time, but then slowly things do fall in place. You have to help yourself. Falter, learn from your mistakes, and strike back harder.
3. Seek help and talk to someone
You can talk to a friend, your parents, or anyone close who you trust. Talking makes things a lot easier and you’ll get a new perspective.
Also if you’re feeling too jittery to talk to someone in person, then consider joining an online support group. Meeting people who understand what you’re going through and with similar experiences will make you feel connected.
4. Do something that you love
As cliché as it sounds, this tip works wonders. For me, when I’m anxious as hell I try to disconnect (which is rather difficult) and dive deep into my world of books. For some seeking solace in traveling is an answer while for others baking is therapeutic, you just need to find what’ll make your heart happy!
5. Lifestyle changes
Making healthy lifestyle choice is something that we all should opt for. (And guilty as charged, most of us don’t do it). But making a conscious effort in the direction is what matters.
Less caffeine, eat those greens, relax and deep breathe, meditate, exercise in whatever form you like, calm yourself with some music and light reading….and the list goes on. All these are simple ways to keep anxiety at bay, but if you think that you cannot control it, consider seeking medical help.
I know some days are glum and sad, but then other days are happier. Here’s hoping the gloom subsides and you’re blessed with positivity and sunshine. And remember, it’s just a panic attack, there are worse things in life that you’ve faced, so don’t lose hope.
Share your anxiety management tips in the comments below! And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for #blogtober journey….
For that matter a bowl of hearty Thukpa is also not a bad idea!
Have you guessed that I’m craving Asian cuisine! Chinese, Thai, or Burmese, I’m always up for them. The blend of flavors, distinct aroma of spices, and of course the variety of sea food! There is something so comforting about Asian cuisine.
Taking you through my favorite 5 Asian cuisine restaurants in Delhi. If you see a pattern of sushi, sangria, and prawns, then you know it’s my love for seafood speaking.
Top 5 Oriental Restaurants in Delhi you must try
1.The Fatty Bao
One of my recent finds, The Fatty Bao has become a favorite for all the right reasons. Delicious food, courteous service, amazing ambiance, full bar, and outdoor seating. If you want to try ramen bowls and delicious sushi, Fatty Bao is the place to be. From duck to scallops, prawns to oysters and crab, it is meat lovers paradise.
My favorites – Rose Sangria, Duck Bao, Chasu Ramen, California Roll, Spicy Chicken Salad
Location – RK Puram
The eternal favorite had to be on the list. Nothing like a happy hearty bowl of soup or the delicious Chilli chicken with fruit beer at Bercos. The good thing about Berco’s is that you get the perfect mix of dishes. You can try the evergreen classic ones, or try something new from their ‘Meal for One’ or Thai Delicacies section.
My favorites – Chicken Thukpa, Kung Pao Chicken, Rice & Noodles Shanghai Style, Khao Suey
Location – Multiple locations
Next on the list is the cool and casual, Mamagoto. I’ve been here just once and clearly it stood out from a lot of other Asian restaurants I’ve been to. The staff is friendly and courteous, helps you pick the right dishes.
It is known for its Manga inspired Asian theme. The portions are quite generous and they have an interesting mix of pan Asian dishes.
My favorites – Traditional Crispy Lamb, Mama’s Calamari, Mamagoto Goreng
Location – Multiple Locations
4. Side Wok
Side Wok is my second favorite restaurant in Khan Market after The Big Chill Café. It is extra special because Paa also loved it!You get delicious sushi, on point service, and beautiful ambiance. You can chill with friends or enjoy a cozy dinner date with bae.
My favorites – Spicy Tuna Roll, Spare Ribs (these are to die for! epic delicious), Mix Vegetables Panang style, Beijing Martini
Location – Multiple Locations
5. Chew – Pan Asian Café
Amazing place for great Chinese, Japanese, and Thai food. So much variety, you’ll sure have difficulty choosing your favorite. The food is flavorful, portions are large enough, and the ambiance is very cool and laidback. The swing chairs and graffiti all over adds a happy vibe.
For a lot of us pizza is the ultimate bae and we are in a long term relation with it. Bacon or paneer tikka, garden fresh or pineapple, priorities are set! There is no denying the superpowers of pizza.
I usually get this compliment ‘You always recommend such good places’. I thought of taking it a step further and sharing with y’all my favorite pizza places in Delhi.
Top 6 pizza places in Delhi
1.The Big Chill Café
Starting the list with my all time favorite! You can always find something amazing to relish at Big Chill, but their pizzas are my ultimate soul food. Classic pepperoni and Four Cheese pizza need a special mention. Thin crust, loaded with toppings, and oodles of cheese; what else can you ask for.
Location – Khan Market, Noida, Saket
2. Cafeteria & Co.
For days when you’re broke yet want to feel happy eating out, Cafeteria & Co. comes to the rescue. Their pizzas are called Hexizas! And boy oh boy are they good!!! Loaded with toppings, you’ll surely have a tough time selecting one.
On multiple occasions I’ve tried – Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Ultimate Chicken, and Pepperoni Overload hexizas; Ultimate Chicken being my favorite..
Can I cheat a little and give a special shoutout to their amazing burgers. Soft, moist, and full of meat, they make the perfect cheat meal.
Location – North Campus, South Campus
3. Smoke House Deli
Want to go for a swanky pizza date? Smoke House Deli makes the perfect choice. Its plush and classic décor is something that wins heart in the first look. Add to that the extensive menu that spoils you for choice.
The pepperoni and bacon pizza is my all time favorite. Juicy and tender bacon, wafer thin crust, and the flavorful pepperoni.. ahh heaven on a plate.
Location – Khan Market, CP, Saket, Vasant Kunj
4. Rose Café
A quaint little café tucked away in an alley, you wont believe how pretty Rose Café is until you visit it. A vintage British feel, succulent pizzas, and those sinful desserts, there isn’t a thing that you’ll not love about Rose Café.
Their special skinny pizzas are pure love. The Spicy Meatball, Greek Salad and Bacon pizzas are my epic favorites. Also a sneaky mention to the heavenly bacon tarts.
Location – Saidulajab (Saket)
If you know me, you’ll know how much I adore Diggin. Whimsy décor, delicious food, and happy vibes, you get it all at Diggin. And those fairy lights just make everything so much better.
My two favorites are – Classic Pepperoni and Ham & Cheese. Clearly we see a pattern of pepperoni love here.
Location – Anand Lok, Chanakyapuri
6. Café Turtle
Last but not the least is the vegetarian paradise – Café Turtle. That delicious Goat Cheese pizza still gets me drooling. The freshness from the rocket leaves, the melting goat cheese, and the crisp thin crust, all this with your favorite books and a view of Dilli from the cutesy terrace! Did I just describe your dream date?
Head to Café Turtle and enjoy this picture perfect setting. Also you might just find me hiding behind a book! #Foreverinkhanmarket
Location – Khan Market, Greater Kailash 1
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these places. And if you have a favorite pizza place, drop it in the comments below.
I’ll see you super soon with an exciting 2017 favorites series. Until then, happy eating….
I’m back from a mini getaway in Tungi (near Lonavala) and the vacay hangover lingers on.
Club Mahindra has always been such a special part of our life. Paa’s last trip was to Club Mahindra, Jaisalmer. So now after a year and a half, when we got a chance to be at Club Mahindra Tungi for their Big Shot Finale, we were more than happy.
Our Big Shot Journey
After attending a valuable and informative photography workshop by the maestro photographer Radhakrishnan Chakyat, we headed out to explore the resort and take some beautiful pictures for our Photo Essay. The theme for the Photo Essay for Big Shot Finale was to weave a story and present it with 5 pictures.
So here’s the story that I weaved with a tonne of help from supermom!
Cheers to new beginnings, but paa will always be with us.
Papa’s two loves – Mercedes and Me. No points for guessing who the first love was.
A train teaches us to go on….Mom continuing the journey of life. ‘Gaadi Bula Rahi Haai’!
Well what’s a holiday without some reading! I found my perfect reading nook and couldn’t be happier.
With or without him, we hope Club Mahindra is always a special part of our life. And we continue to cherish golden memories with their amazing vacations.
All the participants had to present the story to the jury – Gul Panag and Radhakrishnan Sir. It was rather emotional to bring those emotions to words, but I think we managed it. And to our surprise we were awarded the 3rd position.
Right from the journey to being at the resort, it was an overwhelming and heartwarming experience. Of course we missed our ‘Main Man’, but probably it was all his magic that worked and we could pull this off, just like we’re doing for life.
Thanks Paa for always looking upon us and being the magician that you are….
Festival season – time to meet, greet, and eat (not that we don’t do it otherwise, but more so during this time of the year). Who doesn’t like delicious food being served? Tempting food definitely makes everyone feel welcome and adds that festive touch. Sharing with you a few easy kitchen tips that have helped me over the years to impress my guests.
11 kitchen tips for easy cooking.
Keep your refrigerator well stocked (boiled potatoes, cottage cheese, chutneys and dips, heat and serve snacks, and ready to fry snacks).
2. Sabjiyon ka raja – potato, if boiled and stocked, will give you a number of options for quick snacks and main course.
Make cutlets, hash potatoes, add them to chat, bhel puri, use them in canapés, deep fry and sprinkle mixed herbs….. there are so many ways to use them. Use them readily for stuffed poori, poori bhaji, or simple jeera alloo.
3. Dahi vadas are a staple party recipe. Keep them ready and use them as snacks or with main course.
Want to make instant Dahi Bhalle? Cut bread in halves, dip in a thin paste of besan and deep fry. Soak in water, drain out excess water, and your vadas are ready to go in curd.
4. Unannounced visitors? Don’t worry! Make instant Rava Idlis with Eno. Serve them with coconut chutney or with gunpowder. You can even deep fry them and serve masala idlis. Trust me your guests will gobble them all up.
5. Keep marinated chicken in your fridge. You can bake it, shallow fry it, or even grill it and serve with your favorite dip.
6. How can a party be complete, if there is no Dal Makhani? Sudden need to make Dal Makhani and Urad dal not soaked? Use a mix of whole moong and masoor dals.
7. Make ice cubes with edible food colors added to water. It’s a visual treat to see these cubes melting in a drink. The kids will love you even more for this!
8. For instant Gajar ka Halwa, grate carrots and steam them in a pressure cooker for about 10 minutes. Add khoya or condensed milk, some nuts and delicious halwa is ready to serve.
9. Don’t we all enjoy traditional rasgullas and gulab jamuns? Use the leftover syrup to make Shahi Tukda. Fry some pieces of bread and dip in sugar syrup. Top it with condensed milk, garnish with nuts and serve to win hearts.
10. Simple boiled eggs become an attractive snack if served with chicken salami. Place halved boiled eggs in the middle and border the platter with salami for a different presentation.
11. Dessert with a difference – spread a layer of boondi in a bowl. Place small gulab jamuns on it and then add a layer of fresh cream. Repeat the layers. Garnish with some dry fruits and rose petals. This dessert will surely be the showstopper of your party.
Hope these tips work well for you. Do let me know if you try any of these. I’ll see you soon.
I am more of a chai person, but there are phases in life when I have strong coffee cravings. These are some of my favorite places to enjoy a great cup of coffee.
1. Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters
Location: Saidulajab, Saket
Tucked in the bylanes of Saidulajab, this quaint café is the perfect place to find solitude amidst the concrete world. Add to it the strong and delicious coffee that they serve. Choose from a range of hot brews or cold brews and spend hours fuelling thoughts of your heart with coffee elixir.
2. Ama Café
Location: Majnu ka Tila
Little Tibet of Delhi – Majnu ka Tila is my escape whenever I get sick of the city life. This dainty Tibetan refugee colony will surely remind you of McLeodganj, only the pristine mountains are missing.
Ama Café is the perfect hangout place. You can spend hours here – chit chatting, reading alone, or even working on a whimsy post. The cappuccino is amazing. But I have to say the ginger lemon honey tea is heartwarming. They have a wide selection of yummy desserts as well, I recommend Tiramisu.
Location: Multiple Locations
Theos is my new found love and this love affair is going to last long. Although Theos is known for its desserts, but their coffee is equally good. You can customize it as per your liking – strong or mild. Enjoy it with a croissant, chocolate éclair, or chicken puff!
The only thing I don’t like, the way their delicacies almost cast a spell on you and it is difficult to choose just one.
4. Ivy & Bean
Location: Shahpur Jat
Shahpur Jat is a gem waiting to be explored. Ivy & Bean is one such beautiful book café! I love the feel of the place. The little outdoor seating makes it all the more beautiful. I had Mocha Hazelnut and it was so satisfying. My friends had Mocha, and Cappuccino, and we all loved our coffee doze.
My other recommendations are – Beer battered prawns, Bacon pancakes, Shepherd’s Pie, and Salted caramel tart. Don’t forget to click a picture with the gigantic bookshelf.
5. Cha Bar
Location: N Block, Connaught Place
It is a book café, but sadly you’ll not be able to read. It is so noisy and full that you can never concentrate on reading. It is a good place to catch up with friends and enjoy a gossip session.
Cha Bar knows their tea and coffee right. Cold coffee is super, affogato is great, masala chai is mazedar, and Rose Oolong is so comforting. There are a lot of munchies as well.
Location: Khan Market
Have a big smile while I write this! Coffee and Wine, Perch makes life prettier and certainly tastier. The coffee sangria is next level! And a special mention for the outstanding cappuccino. Probably the best I’ve tasted in Delhi.
There is a lot to devour as well! And it is so Instagram worthy which is always a plus…
Location: Meherchand Market
So if you like me have always dreamt of Turkey and haven’t been there yet, Kunafa is the place to get the taste of Turkish delicacies. You get amazzzing (still drooling over it) Baklava, Turkish coffee, and various teas. The Turkish coffee has a distinct woody taste, worth a try.
It’s a great experience to try something new! Certainly revisiting it soon.
Location: Satyaniketan (South Campus)
Looking for a cute coffee date place? Espress-o-ville doesn’t disappoint. The coffee is great, hot chocolate is yummier! Also there is pizza, books, and lots of board games, and the best part – the bill won’t make you bankrupt.
I cannot guarantee if you’ll win in scrabble or not, but when you take your special someone for a date, you’ll surely win their heart and some brownie points.
9. Kunzum Travel Café
Location: Hauz Khas Village
On an overcast day when the wanderlust feels strike hard, head to Kunzum Travel Café to satiate those feelings. Walls adorned by beautiful pictures each telling a new travel tale, simple yet delicious tea and coffee (and not to forget the heavenly chocolate cookies), and the vibe – a perfect place to just sit and maybe do nothing.
Kunzum is a pay what you like café. There are no fixed prices so you pay as per your wish, which is quite a unique concept. You can also be a part of the variety of workshops that the café regularly conducts.
10. Sakley’s Mountain Café
Location: M Block Market, GK I
If you’re missing mountains in Delhi, Sakley’s is the place to be. It is ideal for a lunch date (that’s what I went for) or even a cozy dinner scene. Stuff yourself, but make sure you leave a little space in your tummy for their delicious coffee.
My heart goes out to the Wolf Chicken Sizzler and Caramel Coffee. OMG So good! And now that I am writing about them, I think it is time to go back soon. (Mumma, if you’re reading this you know where are we going next)
11. Café Turtle
Location: Multiple Locations
A book store, delectable coffee, yummy goat cheese pizza, picture perfect setting of Khan Market (that’s where I’ve been the most), what’s not to love about Café Turtle. Although it is a vegetarian café, you’ll not miss the meat here.
Pick up a new book from the bookstore, or just enjoy your current read with their signature cappuccino. And trust me when I say this, you’ll not even realize when minutes turn into hours at Café Turtle.
Do you have a favorite coffee place in Delhi/NCR? Share your love in the comments section. I’ll see you in my next one. Much love!
It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon, Romeo is sitting right beside me, mom is prepping up something yummy for lunch, there’s 90s music in the background, and I am happily writing (apparently one thing I do best).
Sharing my sweet cravings and donut love with y’all today.
I was craving donuts for a week. And with the weather being ‘mastana’ and PMS striking, sugar rush crept in full swing…and then on Friday I received a box of donuts, it was like a wish granted.
Dunkin Donuts has introduced some delicious new flavors and they were gracious enough to send them across.
The box had 6 donuts –
2 chocolate donuts (My favorite)
1 cinnamon donut
1 cinnamon spiced donut (mom’s favorite)
1 classic donut (Romeo’s favorite)
1 jam filled donut
Like always the quality of all of them was great. A special mention of the cinnamon spiced variant, the fluffy donut and the sweet scented spicy coating is delicious, making it a perfect partner for evening coffee. The chocolate donut is of course evergreen and you can never go wrong with it. The thick chocolate layer is so irresistible.
With Rakhi right around the corner, this box of goodness will indeed make a perfect accompaniment with your gifts. Share the love and sweetness with your siblings! The fights for choosing the best one isn’t my responsibility though…
Thanks Dunkin Donuts and Ketchupp for sending them! Keep the love coming 🙂