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Anniversary Gift Ideas

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Wow! I have been married a year:) How was it? I think we should ask my husband this question. A typical question for your first anniversary is what gifts are you getting/giving. I love giving gifts! I had thought long and hard about what to gift my husband. A thing that I did trouble him for is us having more time together, with work and family, we both tended to loose our time together.

So what could I do to change this? My husband and I started a travel list two years ago, places we wanted to visit, etc. With our limited budget and work committments, getting to all these places could take us the next 60 years. So, it got me thinking, could there be anything that could combine our love for travel on a friendly budget. I searched blogs and Pinterest, and by mixing and matching ideas, decided to make him a travel itinerary for a year.

Basically, I picked out different events/restaurants we could explore in Pune over the next year. I set a “date night” for each month with a new country theme. Just to add some fun to it, I even printed out boarding passes and a fake Indian passport, where we could store our memories. The aim was that we can travel the world together in the next year.

The gift :)

The gift 🙂

Some of the restaurants selected:

1) Margarita Deck (Mexico)
2) Trios (France)
3) Euriska (Greece)
4) Gokul (Domestic Travel) 😉

Let me know what you think of the idea. If you like it, feel free to steal it 😉

You can make your own boarding passes here: http://omatic.musicairport.com

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Bangkok Recap

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I meant to do this post almost two weeks back, but having a baby really takes up a whole lot of time. And I have had even less time since my husband, bro and sis in law were in Thailand for a few days before we flew back.

I was at home for a good five months, as I chose to have my delivery in Thailand. The last week was spent settling in back in India, unpacking (of which there is still a long way to go), and making sure my baby was adjusting well to a new place, people and climate. We came from hot and humid where you need air conditioning to survive to non-stop drizzling and a chill that requires you to put on a warm cardigan.

My time back home was spent eating a lot of Thai food, spending time with cousins who had flown down and taking them around, meeting old friends and simply enjoying such a long stay at home. I ended up going to all the places covered in my previous post, and some more.

The malls are decorated with sculptures and installations throughout the year so they make for great photo taking opportunity, of which we did quite a bit.

Here are just a few photos from my long summer in Bangkok. Oh how I miss it and my family already.

Us at Spring Summer

Us at Spring Summer

My brother and I at Terminal 21

My brother and I at Terminal 21

Ocean World at Paragon

Ocean World at Paragon

Siam Center

Siam Center

Some of the food along the way

Some of the food along the way

Asiatique

Asiatique

My dad and I-shopping time

My dad and I-shopping time

Mommy and I

Mommy and I

 

Oh! Calcutta – Food Diaries

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Taking a completely different route for hump Wednesday, I had a chance to visit a restaurant in my new hometown of Pune. My husband had booked a table at Oh! Calcutta. He had mentioned the place as one he wanted to try for quite a while but never got to it. We both are foodies and will pretty much try anything. I have never ever had Bengali food and therefore didn’t even know what to expect. Utilizing Yelp in the US had made me accustomed to looking at reviews and even menus of new restaurants-therefore if I am starving I don’t waste any time in ordering my dish. The reviews on Zomato for Oh! Calcutta were quite positive and this made me even more excited for our mid week breakaway.

So what was the experience like? OMG!! It was amazing; everything from the ambiance, service, to mouth watering dishes. We hogged and hogged and came home feeling super stuffed and happy. We ordered 3 appetizers, one entree, and couldn’t pass up on dessert either. Our starters consisted of Mochar Chop (Banana Flower Croquettes), Calcutta Fish Fry, and Murshidabadi Murgi Fry (Pan Grilled Chicken with herbs). The starters appeared on our table in may be 2-3 minutes and this was great as we both were quite famished. The banana flower croquettes was probably the most interesting to taste. The croquettes reminded me of mini vegetable kebabs, but the mustard dip sauce made it a completely new dish altogether.

We had quite a funny experience while we waited for our entree of Chingri Malai Curry (Prawns in Coconut Cream Sauce). We were talking about day and how this was actually the first time we had gone out for dinner as husband and wife, and out of the blue, our waiter served a shot glass full of green chillies. We asked the waiter how spicy the chillies were and he said extremely spicy. Oddly, this made us want to try them even more! We both had the tiniest bite possible and it was enough to burn our tongues. What was our saving grace from the spicy was the entree. I think the waiter had probably planned to serve our dishes in this order. The coconut curry with light, went extremely well with our steamed rice, and made us forget the whole mouth burning sensation. The entree was so wonderful, that I helped myself to two serving, throwing my whole eating no carbs in the night mantra out the door.

Even though we were stuffed, we couldn’t pass up on dessert. After debating between the famous Bengali Rosgullas or Misti Doi,we settled for Gur ka ice cream. Not to be kidding, but we finished this delicacy up in may be 2 minutes. I am horrible at describing the taste, but I think it is sorta similar to Dolce De Leche.

Like I said, we returned home stuffed and happy. Overall, what a fabulous meal!!! I can’t wait to go back to Oh! Calcutta and try more of their interesting flavours. Also, what better way to get over hump days 🙂

Our Entree of Prawns in Creamy Coconut Curry

Our Entree of Prawns in Creamy Coconut Curry

Super Duper Hot Chillies

Super Duper Hot Chillies

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