Monthly Archives: July 2014

Food Destinations: Pune

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Food Destinations: Pune

I love food, it might not seem like it but I do. It sometimes is the one and only thing that makes me wake up at 5:30 and go for a run; the thought that I will be able to devour my favorite food later. Having been in the city also known as Oxford of the East for almost two years now-I have a list of places that are my go-to favorites. This might help those who are traveling to the city or might even open up options for those who have been in the city for a while but are looking for some new places to try.

1) Little Italy La Pizzeria.

It was the first restaurant I visited with my husband, back in the days of long distance relationship. May be that’s why it holds a special place in my heart. But the food is to die for as well. One has to try the Pasta Barbeseca in pink sauce (which is a mixture of white and red) and the Mexican Pizza. I love their nachos as well. The restaurant only serves vegetarian food, but never have I even once missed my meat during my meals here.

Interior of La Pizzeria on Bund Garden Road

Interior of La Pizzeria on Bund Garden Road

2) Kareem’s Chicken Kati Roll

Well, isn’t a sit-down dinner type of place; it’s more like you have finish your dish just standing outside. But nonetheless, Kareem’s has the best chicken egg wrap in the whole world. I have tried chicken kati rolls (wraps) at other places but nothing ever comes close. Some visitors might we weary of eating at this street joint, but sometimes you just have to risk the chance of a bad stomach for an amazing meal. (The one in Camp is the best branch)

3) Independence Brewing Company

This is probably the newest addition to my list and it made its way to my list because of the beer and not food. Micro breweries are just starting in India, and fortunately Pune is becoming host to several of them. Independence Brewing Company has a rustic interior, which I love, along with amazing beer. I have only been here twice (not bad considering it only opened back in January) but have loved, loved, loved the beer. I would highly recommend this for a girls night out or a place to catch up with friends.

The rustic interior at Independence Brewing

The rustic interior at Independence Brewing

4) 1000 Oaks

Another nice hangout spot in Pune is 1000 Oaks or TOaks. My husband tells me that is one of oldest lounges in Pune, where infamous musicians used to visit. All the times I have been there, they have the same playlist, but it doesn’t take away from the charm of this hidden gem. The Bar Men’s Pitcher is one to definitely try-go for the original and not the other flavours. In terms of food, the butter chicken and garlic mushrooms are always on my to-order list.

TOaks

TOaks

I am sure this list will grow and change as I continue to explore more around this city that I am starting to call home 🙂

Mumbai Darshan

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It has been a while since I have posted-just been a bit busy with moving back to Mumbai with my baby. And going from a joint family setting to nuclear with a baby is difficult work. Then it was my brother in law’s engagement prep time. Finally, my baby is asleep for the night and I have a couple of hours to my self.

This past weekend my cousin and her husband were down in Mumbai for a short visit. And the best thing was that it did not rain, which made it possible for us to visit all the sights. And I am a little embarrassed to admit that I had actually not visited some of them myself.

On Friday, we ended up just picking them up from Powai and going for dinner before heading home. We packed Saturday with a visit to Haji Ali, Gateway of India, some street shopping at Colaba and dinner at Pizza Express.

Haji Ali

Haji Ali

Selfie time at Gateway

Selfie time at Gateway

Horse Buggy ride

Horse Buggy ride

Sunday we visited Siddhivinayak, which is considered by many as the guardian diety of the city. For anyone who is planning to visit, I highly recommend paying the additional amount for the “VIP” entrance. The line easily had a 1000 people waiting to pay their respect, and with a baby we definitely did not want to be waiting a couple of hours for our turn. Next we headed to Palladium for lunch-and I must say everyone needs to try the United Café there. All of us loved the food! And the service for excellent. The shopping however was disappointing-no sizes, messy bins, and long lines. After that it was celebrity house spotting time, followed by catching the sunset at Juhu Chowpatty albeit from the poolside comfort of the Sea Princess Hotel. Dinner was a very Mumbai style Pav Bhaji from the popular Amar Food Center where the food is brought to your car.

My cousin and her hubby headed back today evening, and I must thank them for an excellent weekend.