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Fairmont Jaipur : Hotel Review

April 16, 2015
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Ever thought of living in a palace, dining Persian style gourmet and be enchanted by the beauty of folklores and its significant architecture? I know, it sounds more like a fantasy than reality. Well, Fairmont Hotels actually took the token of turning this fantasy into a giant reality. Well I first heard about Fairmont Jaipur, the initial thing I did was to check out the look of the property. Boy! What a magnificent palace it looked like. Couldn’t believe that such a property too exist in the desert area of our Rajasthani region. Surprised and equally curious to experience living in this beautiful hotel palace, Fairmont Jaipur warmly invited me to their property for a one of its kind experience. For the entire experience, check out my video : About Fairmont Jaipur Jaipur, the “Pink City” and the stunning capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, is a hub for tourists and visitors from all over the world, looking to explore and discover a history that is rich and vibrant even today, evident in the city’s breathtaking forts and palaces. Tranquil gardens and broad avenues, which were painted pink in 1876 to welcome the Prince of Wales, add to the historic charm and rich culture of this unforgettable city. Fairmont Jaipur is an ode to the pink city through awe inspiring architecture and decor, inspired by the Mughal dynasty and Royal Rajputs of yore. This luxury Jaipur hotel is nestled amongst the majestic Aravalli hills, all 199 rooms and suites are elegantly appointed, to reflect a perfect blend of traditional Rajasthani décor and modern amenities. Explore and Discover Fairmont Jaipur offers a multitude of outdoor activities and excursions ranging from exhilarating hot air ballooning, adventurous mountaineering at the Aravalli hills, unforgettable elephant picnics, antique shopping in the bustling markets, tours …

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Vivo Restaurant : Alila Diwa Goa

December 5, 2014
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Sit by the pool side, as the humble staff will serve you some piping hot fish – fillet. Sip some coolers as the moist breeze of Goa will mesmerize you. Want to dine-in for some a-la-carte? Sure, all day long! That’s Vivo Restaurant by Alila Diwa Goa, folks. From picturesque location, traditional Goan architecture to a lip-smacking menu; this place is one stop for the foodies in Goa.  About Vivo Restaurant  Overlooking the resort pool and surrounding paddy fields, VIVO offers a relaxed ambiance for all-day dining within its indoor or shaded open-air spaces. On the menu is a delicious mix of Oriental, Indian and Continental favorites with plenty of healthy choices to suit every palate. An elaborate breakfast selection of Western and Indian dishes are complemented by delicacies brought fresh from the bakery, fresh fruits and Alila’s special blend of coffee.  Vivo offers an a la carte menu during lunch and dinner presenting light, healthy meal choices. At Dinner, ‘live’ interactive buffet counters engage and excite your taste buds with varying themes during the week.  The Food   Lunch Spread   Breakfast Spread   The Ambiance   Amit Pathania – Executive Chef – Alila Diwa Goa  Alila Diwa Goa recently appointed Amit Pathania as Executive Chef. Amit brings with him around 15 years of experience with leading luxury and business hotels as well as restaurants in India and internationally. In his current role, he will direct and oversee Alila Diwa Goa’s culinary offerings across all its Food and Beverage outlets. With his varied experience and well rounded specialities spanning Indian, Western, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, Chef Amit’s core expertise lies in managing Food and Beverage Production’s operations.   Personal Favorites  The Fish-fillet, Waffles & Dumplings and Fresh Juices.  Verdict  Ambiance : 5/5 Food : 4.5/5 Service : 4/5 Value for Money : 3.5/5  Check it Out!  Vivo Restaurant Alila Diwa Goa 48/10, Village …

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Spice Studio : Alila Diwa Goa

November 24, 2014
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Their are two types of people. The type who ‘Eats to Live’ & the type who ‘Lives to Eat’.  I believe that latter is what defines my life perfectly. Food is one grand affair that I can’t get enough of. So every time a travel is on my cards, I make sure that I come back with some memorable taste buds that I get to try in the local suburbs. If you are in Goa and would like to experience the authentic Goan delicacies, then make your way to the lush land of Alila Diwa Goa. The food fairy (insane chuckles) blessed me with a chance to try out some great Goan authentics at one of Alila Diwa Goa’s restaurants, The Spice Studio.  About Spice Studio  Spice Studio is an elegant, contemporary setting for a dining experience centred on the authenticity of Indian spices, their varying flavours and cooking techniques. Located on an elevated platform that spreads naturally around a banyan tree and surrounded by a water body, it features a menu celebrating regional fare from across India and an extensive array of seafood. You can choose from cuisine from the Northern region of the country (Punjab, Rajasthan, Kashmir and Awadhi style), South India (Kerala,Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh), Eastern influences (Assam, Bengal, Orissa), cuisine from Western India (Maharashtra, Gujarat) and our very own Goa. From fresh produce and spices to the serving styles unique to these regions, every meal immerses you in a rich experience of India’s culinary traditions and spice history. You can also opt for a master class with the chef to learn about signature Indian delicacies, cooking techniques and age-old culinary secrets.  The Food  Tamatar Tulsi Ka Shorba Jaitooni Malai Paneer  Non Veg Platter – Prawn Balchao, Kozhi Varjha Curry, Goan Fish Curry, Dum Murgh Biryani, Laccha Paratha, Aloo Kulcha, …

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Goa – Travel Diaries courtesy Tata Zest

August 29, 2014

A couple of days back I was invited by Tata Motors and Blogadda.com for the experience of a lifetime. Tata Motor’s introduced us to their latest launch – ZEST. Not just that, they even gave us the opportunity of going for a test drive, taking over the streets of GOA. Check out this travel video that I made of my experience there. For rest of the details about the car, check out my previous post HERE. Follow http://www.blogadda.com/ Follow https://www.facebook.com/ZestfromTataMotors

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Reason To Live Up The Adrenaline Rush – TATA Zest Experience

July 27, 2014
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I remember the time when I first sat on a tricycle (for kids). The experience gave me, maybe, my first adrenaline rush. But what I wasn’t aware about was the #Speed that one gets to experience in their lives as they grow old. From the first scooter ride to the unreal aircraft ride, the andreline rush just keeps getting intense. And that feeling of flying, racing with the wind gets so intense that you crave for ‘some more’ moments. As a child, I had seen my dad ride a fiat. Even if that meant sitting on the back seat, with no airconditioner or no music on, the ride was no less than a trip to the amusement park. I used to make excuses (get late for school) and plead my dad to give me a Fiat ride…. just to live up the experienc again. Looking at him I used to look forward to turning 18, the legal age (in India) to ride a car. On my 18th birthday, I only wished to grab my dad’s car keys and enroll in a driving school. And I did! The first time I sat on the driver’s seat, that was the moment when I felt that I am no more a school kiddo. And that, I can finally be incharge of somethings in life. But… the experience was not that I had expected. The clutch-break-accelerator experience was confusing and disappointing. Unwanted breakdowns, sudden breaks, a scratch-worth of accident and some more low points drew my driving experience to a complete hault. With a broken heart I stepped back and returned to the backseat drama. THE ZEST CALL A few days back I saw my social media feed buzzing with #ZestUpYourExperience. My cousin Ila (The Flea Market Queen) buzzed me asking if I’m gonna be a …

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Closeup Diamond Attraction – {Mumbai Travel Diaries}

July 14, 2014
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Brushing your teeth twice, weekly floss routines and what not. So much to keep our teeth healthy and munch strong (talk about a non-vegetarian foodie, eh!). Even after taking care of these basic routines, many of us still lack those shiny bright teeth that commercials usually show. I keep annoying my dentist friend to tell me a home remedie for those sparkle white teeth and all he has to say is ‘Visit a dentist!’. Not that I am afraid of visiting a dentist, but such appointments don’t buzz in so easily in our overloaded busy lives. Now it shouldn’t bother me much to have white teeth, but at times pulling up a smile with pale teeth does come in as a disappointment. Don’t forget the creepy close up shots. Yikes! Well, many ‘toothpastes’ have come (and gone) in the market that came to give you white teeth with regular usage. Closeup too has come up with a whitening toothpaste. But what’s so special about this toothpaste?  Well, it too gives you white teeth with regular usage instantly. Yep! You heard me right. Instant whitening toothpaste. So when I was invited to experience the first of it’s kind (In India) instant whitening toothpaste in Mumbai, I had to give in my weekend to live it all up. I along with my fellow bloggers Komal, Nitika, Ritu, Lisha, Bharti & Supriya were flown down to Mumbai for a weekend full of fun and smiles. The launch party was held at Bunglow 9, Bandra. Special Vodka shots were prepared, keeping in mind the color of the evening – Blue The toothpaste was launched in a much groovy and ‘electric’ way.. sans the hoo-la-hoo of boring speeches. To prove the authenticity of this product, the organizers had arranged testing tables for us to try …

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Dove Play Date – IndiBlogger Meet, Mumbai

May 25, 2014
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The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters. –Audrey Hepburn Sitting at work and trying to crack up the mundane life that we all live now, I was just day-dreaming about the days gone by. The days when fun was all that mattered. When we were kids who just liked to have fun and stay HAPPY! Feeling high and nostalgic, I resumed my work..when an email poped up with the subject ‘Dove invites you to play with your hair on 11th May 2014′. The #DOVEPLAY Invite De ja vu? Well, everything about this invite seemed exciting except for the part that it was happening in Mumbai; while I put up in Delhi. With disappointment I replied back to the mail saying : And I told my self “I so wish to have a mini holiday right now.Sigh!” When I got a reply back saying : Was I dreaming or what? One simple wish…. and it was granted? I happily agreed to be a part of this playful meet. At night, I sat down and went through the invite details. One thing that crossed my mind was that this event will be organized in association with Indiblogger. Now Indiblogger meets have always been so much fun. Which is why I was pretty sure that this one is going to be awesome as well. But this event was going to be different. Being a regional meet so far, this one was inviting few female bloggers from other major cities of India as well! The next level of Indiblogger meets eh? Image Source Since my Mumbai itinery was taken care of, my big concern was the dress code: white. I do have a lot of white apparels in my closet, but something absolutely white? …

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Travel Diaries – BeBeautiful Workshop, Mumbai

October 29, 2013
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Who said that ‘Great conversations start over great coffee’?? Hell no! Great conversations can start over anywhere, even when it’s 5a.m. outside the city airport. Well, atleast I wasn’t keeping any hopes on that. To give you a broader perspective, here is the summary…. While Delhi was buzzing over the recently concluded Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week, amidst the crazy schedules, I got an invitation, which usually might piss anyone off. Reason? Well, the invite was for a workshop to be held in Mumbai, while I reside in Delhi. Like always, I had to politely decline the invite, stating my current location. To which, they replied, with an equally polite smile, that this trip will be fully sponsored. YAY! (Dil mai ladoo phoota? Yesss!) As the days closed by, I learnt that few more bloggers will be flown down from Delhii, among which I got in touch with Ritu from The Indian Beauty , who introduced me to Deeptima from Beauty Unleash with Deeptima . I started my trip with anxiety and a hope that I will *meet* new people, only if I knew that much more is what I will get out of this mini trip. Let me take you through a ‘Picture Diary’, like I always do, to share the fun, friendship and love I felt in these two days. DEL – BOM The early morning flight plan. BEBEAUTIFUL WORKSHOP  The google team member, happily addressing queries. Bumpy from 120mediacollective team   120mediacollective team explaining the right videography skills.  Hello! Video testing 1-2-3.  The insights of a youtube channel.  Ambika Anand  Clint Fernandes  The always cheerful Dolon from PoutPretty  Our setup for an instant youtube shoot.  Beauties at work. THE NOM NOMS Desserts for lunch, during Bebeautiful workshop.  The dinner desserts.  Diwali already?  Cuteness eh? Did I just own a Louis Vuitton myself? …

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