New Badges – Loving It !

Got two new badges and I am absolutely in love with them. Thanks IndiBlogger !

Earth Is Calling - Winner!

This one is for Save Tree : Go 100 % Paperless At Workplace

McCain IndiBlogger Contest Winner

This one is for Origin Of A Beautiful Smile 🙂

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SKYHY – A rooftop restaurant

First of all thanks to Zomato for the complimentary pass. 🙂

Situated on 5th floor of the building this is a new entry in the list of rooftop restaurants. The restaurant occupies two floors of the building (4th and 5th ) and can be called a full time entertainment zone for both kids and adults. They have a bowling area, two huge screens showing matches on 4th and 5th floor, music and ample seating area to enjoy the fresh breeze.

We went for Sunday dinner and chose to sit on the top most place which gave a nice view of the city lights. I had read on Zomato about the live music but yesterday there was none instead some really loud music playing on speakers.

Now the food! The menu has a variety of Chinese, Indian and Continental cuisine. We ordered for a Ginger Ale and a Mint Melon with Mushroom Tacos for starters. Mushroom Tacos were basically cheese stuffed mushroom with a crispy layer outside served with fries and mayonnaise. I liked the dish however wished it could have been served hot. For main course we ordered a veg cutlet sizzler and penne pasta in arrabiata sauce. The veg cutlet for the sizzler was nice, it had spicy Indian flavours. The pasta was good. Overall enjoyed the food. The bill was around Rs 1200  including taxes for two people.

With good ambiance and food the only thing this place lacks is service. The service was too slow and had almost killed our appetite. We had to ask twice for water as well. If the service quality is improved this can be a regular chill out place in Gachibowli.

SKYHY Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Jewel of Nizam – The Golconda Hotel

This restaurant was on my list from a long time and finally today we made it here for lunch.

The restaurant truly lives upto its name – Jewel of Nizam. The ambiance of the restaurant is absolutely royal. The navy blue arm chairs and the fine silver bone china cutlery sets the mood that we are dinning inside some palace. I was in love with the glasses and the specially crafted dinner plates they had.

We chose for a set lunch menu . It was designed to give a glimpse of Hyderabadi cusine at one go. There were three set menus to choose from : Non-vegetarian with prawan, non-vegetarian and a vegetarian menu. We chose one vegetarian and other non-vegetarian menu. The set menu primarily have a welcome drink, assorted melons, shorba, three types of starters, five types of main course dishes, choice of bread, biryani, haleem and two desserts.

I personally loved the starters part, the malai kebab was awesome. The shorba and biryani was ok not that great. Kewati dal was nice. For desserts we had kaddu ka halwa and sevai kheer – both were nice.

Finally the price for two was :Rs 3000 approximately. Although bit expensive place but we enjoyed our visit.

Jewel of Nizam - The Golkonda Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Change Begins At Home

This advertisement by Ariel is surely a great initiative of telling the society that a man and a woman are equal in every respect and household responsibilities for both are equal too. When I read the statistics of how our country thinks a women or a girl should behave, its horrific but unfortunately true till today.

Thank god my childhood and now my married life both are different ! Or I say we as children have learnt from our parents that how a beautiful home works. Both my parents were working , so there always used to be paucity of time of how to manage the job , the kids and household work. I must say my parents were super humans. How beautifully they had divided the household work and taken care of me and my younger brother is a wonderful example of how couples should be.

I am lucky to have a husband like my father. I have not known cooking till I got married and I don’t know laundry till now. The urge to learn new dishes have made me a better cook than my husband but he is still better in managing laundry. So just like my parents, both of us are working too and we too have very limited time in finishing this household work. So to finish up quickly and spend quality time with each other , I cook and he does the home laundry. He knows how to sort the cloths, which cloths to be washed together and what not to be washed together and bla bla bla everything related to laundry. Sometimes I feel may be washing machine is his first love ;-). Well I love the fact that he takes care of my cloths so well but the only disappointment comes when he takes such a good care of my cloths that I do not get a reason to shop more often. A shopaholic girl like me will understand this feeling better. Jokes apart ! Whenever I tell our story of how we save on time to my friends or relatives, most of them are in a state ofshock ! They don’t believe me or say I am making up stuff.

People should understand that gone are those days when women used to be at home doing all household chores . They work too.  Then it surely becomes a man’s responsibility to share the household chores with her. It’s not non-manly to do laundry, it about an understanding husband who helps his wife with her work. So my only advice to the married men will be : help your wife, show some love and extra love will come your way for sure !  It’s time to change and not let the prejudices pass on to our next generation.

I am joining the Ariel #ShareTheLoad campaign at BlogAdda and blogging about the prejudice related to household chores being passed on to the next generation.

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Soups and Salads – A Healthy Affair

Initially I was  reluctant  to visit this place. My doubt was how can I fill my stomach with just soups and salads. That’s not me. I prefer all three meals like a king !

So one day when I decided to follow a strict diet regime but a hunger pang had hit on me, I decided to visit Soups and Salads and satisfy my appetite. To feel less guilty of fact that I am going to breach the diet , I just ordered for a Tandoori Chicken Salad and a Green Tea.

A big bowl of salad came to me with a cup of green tea! I started with my fork and spoon and lifted my head only when the bowl of salad was over. A salad , so tasty !

So now on with or without any diet regime on my mind, I love visiting this place. On my next visit I tried the brown rice with vegetables. It was yummy! The brown rice was cooked perfectly.

The dishes they serve are healthy, tasty and obviously stomach filling. There are many options beside salads and soups like wraps, pastas etc.

The restaurant is compact but nice.  You can see some cooking books placed at one corner of the restaurant. I have seen people enjoying their food and working on laptop simultaneously. It’s a nice place to chill out and avoid extra calories. One more plus will be the price, the restaurant is very economical.  The staff is friendly.

Soups n Salads Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Little Italy – Restaurant Review

Little Italy is a fine dining Italian restaurant in Hyderabad having several outlets in Hyderabad. Although it is a vegetarian restaurant but I can bet that non-vegetarians will also have a great time here. I recently visited their Hitech City outlet  for lunch and opted for lunch buffet. They have a ala-carte menu too.

First of all, the ambiance of the restaurant is simple yet classy and comfortable. I preferred to get my seat near the huge glass windows which ensure privacy and gave a great view of the high -rise handsome buildings of hitech city and the busy traffic flow.

Now coming to the most essential, the food ! One word to summarise  the entire buffet will be “FANTASTIC”. Little Italy’s lunch buffet was basically a pre-set menu where one get to choose a soup,a starter, a thin crust mini pizza, a pasta / risotto / lasagna. They serve unlimited quantity of fresh juice on table , there is a live counter for salads of your choice and my favourite counter was of various dips, breads and nachos. Oh! a counter for unlimited awesome desserts too !

So for my lunch buffet I took  Creamy Tomato soup and Tomato Bruschetta which was crispy and perfectly oregano flavoured. I tasted both the fresh juices – watermelon and the other was mint flavoured. Then I chose Nawabi Pizza which was a blend of Italian cusine with Indian spices and Risotto. In between I took a round of nachos and breads with different dips like salsa , hummus , mint etc. Finally the dessert and my favourite on that day was mango cheese cake and eggless caramel custard. The dessert was amazing and I could not stop myself from taking the second serving.

The lunch at Little Italy was surely a delight and I am going to visit this place again. The staff was very prompt and courteous. The service was wonderful and beyond expectation. The lunch buffet is around Rs 500 on weekdays and Rs 700 for sunday brunch which makes the whole affair a more worthy deal. The restaurant is surely not overpriced for the quality of food it serves.

I will recommend this place who wants to savour some Italian dishes at an affordable price in Hyderabad.

Little Italy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Things I Did In Mumbai !

Dreams do come true! That’s what I have always believe in and this is what happens with me. Not boasting my luck just sharing a spirit of mini happiness. Happiness of a childhood dream coming true although partially true.

Oh yes! Finally been to Mumbai and saw my favourite SRK’s home: “Mannat”. Mission accomplished halfway. Now the target is meeting him in person and I will soon achieve this too.

I was in Mumbai for a day only. It’s too short time to visit this wonderful city. People like me who are visiting Mumbai for first time, do remember the travelling time is too long and you have to cover a long roads to explore the city. So my suggestion will be start as early as you can. I started my day with Siddhivinayak Temple, then Mahalakshmi Temple and thereafter Haji Ali Dargah.

After my visit to Haji Ali Dargah, it was almost noon and the sun was shining bright. So I decided to sit inside the car and take a tour of our favourite flimstar bunglows in Mumbai. Obviously I started with Mannat. I wish I could enter any one of those huge mansions or get a glimpse of anyone. But unfortunately neither happened.

Thereafter, I moved towards the famous Juhu Beach which was crowded more than my expectations. I clicked few pictures and had some vada pav from street vendors. I will tell my fellow travelers please check the spice level. I had one ice cream and a bottle of water to control the hotness of a single vada pav! Thereafter I moved to Colaba Street. A must visit for the shopaholics. I just bought and bought till I felt hungry and then went on to enjoy a pasta and a drink at Leopold Café.

After regaining myself, I moved to visit the iconic Gateway of India and a spectacular view of Taj Mahal hotel from there. The glamour and aura with which the Taj stands there is spectacular. The night view with glittering lights is amazing. There are many horse driven caravans on the roads for those who want to enjoy it differently. But I preferred to move towards Nariman Point and Marine Drive. When I reached at Marine drive the only wish was to hold those cold breeze from the sea and the passing time. Unfortunately none of them waits for anyone! From there it was almost 11 pm in the night and thank god it’s Mumbai so I did not worry about my dinner and went to Trishna – another gem in restaurant category. I will suggest to try the prawn biryani there. I was staying near airport and thus while cruising the city entire day, I had crossed the recent Bandra Worli Sea link. It’s a testimony of manmade wonders. Finally, I ended my marathon of Mumbai darshan with a hope to visit this city again and meet SRK.

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