Häagen-Dazs | Decadent Indulgence but I have never really emphasized on the ‘Eat’ part in my blog. So this time, after visiting Häagen-Dazs and loving every bit of sinful ice cream. I thought I’d do a photo blog about ’em extravagant ice-creams. Tried some of the “Signature Creations” they have.
Here we go! Shall we?
The name Häagen-Dazs means absolutely nothing.
A gorgeous plate full of macaroons, cakes, waffles, crepe slices and an assortment of mini scoops of Belgian chocolate, Cookies and Cream, Classic Vanilla and Strawberry ice-cream with melting dark chocolate & caramel sauce.This dish is delectable and you just cannot stop at one bite.
We tried European and Classic Fondues both. (Of course on different occasions)
Brooklyn Bridge – Sinful scoops of Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry ice-cream encased in a chocolate bridge. Presentation-wise this creation is impressive. What are you waiting for? Just bite into the Brooklyn Bridge!!
Paradise– Crunchy waffles topped with oozing Chocolate sauce and Caramel Biscuit with Cream<3
No I don’t believe in sharing! 😛
But there’s always room for desserts! Isn’t it! 🙂
This place is a luxury, you can afford once in a while. I was lucky enough to get treats every now and then. 😉
P.S. It is ideal if you are a group of four to five ice-cream lovers with nary a care about piling on the kilos. *Highly Preferred*
So all in all, if you are an ardent lover of chocolates and ice-creams and are willing to spend, this one is a must go to place. Häagen-Dazs is a marvel of ice-creams!!
Sorry if this post made you hungry :p because it made me.
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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do by the ones you did. So Throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover – Mark Twain
After celebrating Christmas together, while returning back Charmi asked “What’s our plan this new year”? Usual house party or clubbing? having thought about it for a while, I said “Let’s Go On A Road trip” The glee in her eyes said that her answer was surely yes. I came back to my place all pumped up, started surfing for places where we could possibly go. Amongst all the places I thought a visit to a not so nearby hill station would be perfect to bring in new year’s eve. I called her up and said lets go to “Mahabaleshwar”
Grand Canyon of Maharashtra! 😉
We started our trip at around 6:30 in the morning. Driving on the empty roads (that are usually jam packed during the peak hours) was refreshing. Mumbai mornings are just so serene. After listening to our road trip playlist twice and exhausting all the snacks we bought at the pit stop. I enjoyed driving through Western ghats we finally reached Mahabaleshwar at around 12 in afternoon.We checked in a resort named Dreamland.
We explored the property for rest of the afternoon and we found out that the place totally did justice to its name. The gardens, beautiful cottages, yellow, bright pink & purple flowers with myriad hues greeted us. A pleasant atmosphere for a cozy stay. The best way to explore dreamland is to rent bicycles which are available at the reception. The food served in dreamland is fresh and delicious at the same time.They have their own farm wherein they grow organic vegetables and fruits. After having a filling lunch we decided to explore the local market of Mahabaleshwar. Amidst all the local stores we found a shop named Nayan Arts where you get to see antiques and paintings. You can surely think of buying souvenirs from this shop or something for your home
We ended our night listening to soulful songs & ghazals along with the dinner that was being served poolside. After a long and tiring day this was pretty much needed! Next morning we woke up to an invitation card for our new years party that read..
This card had actually left us intrigued. We were both excited as well as curious and were looking forward to an amazing night. Entire staff team was busy decorating the pool side area as per the theme and were working hard to actually recreate an evening in paris. The party actually began right in the afternoon where they had organised a scavanger hunt along with other fun games. After having a fun-filled afternoon we headed back to our room for getting ready.We popped up (Champagne) Sparkling wine and celebrated last day of 2016. Then headed for the new year’s party all decked up. We were then escorted to the table by one of the staff member which was just next to the pool. We were lucky enough! Drinks and starters were served at the table and the dance floor was open. We had an open bar where we could order cocktails, mocktails and shots. After some drinks it was time for us to hit the dance floor, ready to rock and roll. It was a night to remember with the countdown for New Year.The party got mad after 12 am when the bartenders actually came on the dance floor with tequila bottles and randomly caught everyone. Literally made us drink it until our mouth was full. We danced till the wee hours. This was one of the most memorable new years’s eve party.
Next afternoon we just wanted to relax and what better way to refresh than to get yourself a spa appointment. Swedish massage came to our rescue.
Green Tea at the end.
In the evening we decided to have a little adventure as it was our last day so we went Go-Karting and also Ziplined through the hills. The Go-Kart tracks at red-button were a replica of ghats and were exciting enough for the people who are an adventure junkie. We decided to catch the sunset by the venna lake where we booked a private boat.That is the perfect time to go boating. After the sunset the gaming zone comes to life where there are old school games to keep you entertained and bring back your childhood memories. Afzal’s corn pattice and freshstrawberry cream are a speciality and are yummy!!
While returning back to Mumbai we visited mapro gardens for picking up fresh strawberries and raw honey. Wood fired pizzas at mapro are a must have. We also took a detour for our last go karting session (quick adrenaline rush) and came back with a bag full of memories. That’s about our mini vacation.
So do you want to witness cold crisp morning’s? Then Mahabaleshwar is the place to be. Old world charm plus modernity and natural beauty.
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For many people December brings their favourite time of year, including all the sweet treats and decadent gifts that come alongside this festive season, with the year coming to an end, I reminisce my trip to Dubai back in 2012. It was merry. Christmas holidays are meant for vacations, Dubai being on more than half the world’s travel bucket list. We decided we would embark upon this destination. Now that I’ve started writing about the places I’ve been to. Can’t afford to miss writing about this trip. Here we go.
We set out on our very first family trip (International) to Dubai. I was pretty pumped about visiting U.A.E. to experience the grandeur of Dubai with it’s iconic Burj Khalifa, Burj Al-Arab, Dubai Mall and the Mall of Emirates. We choose to fly with emirates 😉 thats when it all started. I decided after my graduation I’d start working with airlines and I did, changed my mind for good. Learnt a lesson, never do things which make you less happy. Keep finding yourself, never settle.I may have sounded a bit philosophical here but had to include this.
So this holiday season I’ve come up with 5 Must Do’s in Dubai. There are some stops you absolutely can’t miss, especially if you want to feel like an insider and imbibe all that Dubai originally sets out to offer.
5. Join a desert safari : Safaris begin with 4 wheel drives in the desert. Its a bumpy ride with some adrenaline pumping as you drive over dunes and slide down sandy slopes. Once you have driven through the desert you get to enjoy typical middle eastern feast at a traditional Bedouin-style camp under the stars with Shisha! Entertainment is provided in the form of falcon flying, camel riding and with a belly dancing show. Theres Tanhoura folkloric dance (Tanoura is skirt, sufi men wear the skirt and spin continuously like the dervish dancers) The long swirling colorful skirts that the men wear make spectacular patterns as they twirl around in circles. After the spinning around the performers show no signs of dizziness? Quite an Arabian adventure!
4. Visit to Dubai marina waterfront : Dubai marina is a district in dubai where you can witness the tallest buildings in the world which are stylishly eye-catching, glitzy and glamorous at the same time. You can take a long walk at the waterfront, at night the streets are beaming with lights, palm trees lit up, theres music playing, with a whole dash of arabic smell in the air. Now you’re in arabia!!
P.S. Thursday and Friday nights are one of the best here.
3. Global Village : There are a lot of exciting things in Dubai happening all around the year and one thing is for sure. The Global Village is one such cultural extravaganza packed with entertainment, shopping and lots of walking. It has more than twenty five international pavilions, each showcasing a particular country’s products and cultures. There is everything from U.A.E to Africa to India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Singapore, Afghanistan, Egypt, Malaysia, the UK, Spain and so on. Its a shoppers paradise, also you visit so many countries without spending much 😉
2. Take a road trip to Al Ain : Al Ain is one of the greenest city of UAE and its the highest point in the country. Unlike Dubai, Al Ain is a much relaxed city with no skyscrapers hovering above your head. It makes a great picnic spot with barbecue spots, you can also have a mini trek to the mountains. You can goof around and play a little. Theres a zoo located in Al Ain which focuses mainly on wildlife conservation. The hot springs here are known for their therapeutic qualities and the access is free. Rejuvenating ?
The Dubai Mall : Located in downtown Dubai is the worlds largest mall. There is a list of things you can do at the Dubai mall which does not involve shopping. Yeah thats right.
Visit the Iconic Burj Khalifa, for the bird’s eye view of the beautiful city.
Dubai Aquarium, you can just sit and gaze through the worlds largest perspex window into the aquarium. It boasts of an underwater tunnel under a huge shark & stingray filled tank, plus a creepy crawly zone with snakes. (Tried none)
Ice Rink, its an olympic sized ice rink where you can ice skate your heart out.
Cascading Water falls, these human water falls occupy the height of the mall. Its an artistic display with dramatic design.
Musical Fountain : Just located outside the tallest Burj Khalifa is a captivating water, music and light spectacle.
There are innumerable places to visit in Dubai. I was in Dubai for 12 days, some places which I visited during my stay include The Atlantis, Dubai creek park, Dubai museum, The JBR Walk, Palm Jumeirah, Mall of the emirates, Old Dubai and the list goes on 😛
Few Arabic words I learnt by travelling in metros, ‘iighlaq al’abwab – Doors closing, fath al’abwab – Doors opening. Lulu (meaning pearl) is a common name here and there are supermarkets named lulu at every corner.
In short Dubai is, you name it and we have it!!
In my next blog I’ll write about Abu-Dhabi which was our next stop after Dubai!
Hope you’ll are having an amazing Christmas!! Sending Love from Eat Travel Repeat ❤
One day trip to Adlabs Imagica extended to a stay at Novotel? Quite what i was longing for! Right next to Adlabs Imagica is Novotel Imagica. It basically serves as a base camp for everyone to rest & take a delight in both amusement (Adlabs Imagica) & water park (Aqua Imagica). For people coming from Mumbai & Pune, it can be a pleasant (atleast in december) one day trip full of adventure! Just 1-2 hours of long drive.
We were supposed to go lonavla and stay at fariyas resort, on the way we took a pit stop at khopoli, happened to see those huge banners saying “Every adventure needs a basecamp” and quickly agreed to stay at novotel *Imagica tickets being inclusive* 😉 Cherry on top! Stacking our bags and quickly perking ourselves up we headed to Imagica *eyayiyayiaa*
Imagica being India’s first adventure theme park is always seen buzzing with people even on weekdays. I was visiting imagica for the second time now, pretty excited for Nitro (that massive rollercoster) & Deep space which shoots you to crazy speed in a matter of seconds. I prefer going to these rides than those entertainment shows. In the evening, they have a grand parade wherein all the characters dance around the whole park. B boys show off their moves with unicyclists honing their skills. Unicyclists riding remind me of the video song “Paradise” by Coldplay! The parade was high spirited and it ended with Imagica’s theme song.
Back to the bay, we explored the hotel property. It was quite lit up coz christmas was nearing!!
Choose to order room service! Who doesn’t love room service?
Room service. You like me fluff pillow? – Anonymous
Next morning, we witnessed some scrumptious breakfast. Classic european breakfast with some indian breakfast varieties. The desserts were exquisite. And now this makes me hungry!! There was a grand parade in the dining area too, characters happily clicked pictures with everyone. Overall it was a good stay at The Novotel. Went there to celebrate parents 24th anniversary.
Must Go Rides!!
Nitro : After all life’s a rollercoaster ride!!
Dare to drop : Tiny shot of Adrenaline coming your way.
Deep space : Takes you into a space rollercoaster, Jaw dropping.
Scream machine : Get onto it!
Rajasauras river adventure : Beautifully made jurassic park with a twist in the end. Splash!
Try and plan going on a weekday here, they have pocket friendly discounts. Also do not forget to hydrate yourself enough.
Some pictures from the trip, its been exactly a year now. Longing for a staycation. Toodles! Hop over to eattravelrepeat for more of this!
Nestled in the rustic hills is the charming village of Kasol in Himachal Pradesh, Northern India. It is situated in Parvati valley, comes on the way between Bhuntar to Manikaran. Kasol can be a weekend getaway for people staying in Punjab and Delhi.
Manikaran Sahib is just 6 kms from ‘The Himalayan Village’. It is a huge Gurudwara well known for its hot water springs located within the premises. The devout take a dip in the hot water springs, it is believed to have healing properties. Also the ‘Langar’ (Free Communal Food) is delicious and wholesome.
So we happened to find this beauty “The Himalayan Village” alongside on our way back to Manali from Manikaran. Managed to stop over for brunch. I was quite stunned looking at the architecture of this place , fairy-tale like.
The resort has been built in the ancient Kathkunia style, dry stacking stones and wood which adds to the charm. It is eco-friendly and gives you an insight of local customs and traditions. In late evenings the Pahadi people come together and play their traditional folk music, which is quite soothing to hear, it calms you down. Its a good vibe. Himalayan village has its own deity with a temple dedicated to lord shiva.
Bonfires and barbeques go well together!
What stood out the most was the Machan! Named ‘Lahaul’ & ‘Kullu’
Machans are tree houses which can be of 50-60 feet with exquisite views. It is built around the different cultures of Himachal Pradesh. Machan style cottages are the USP of the resort. To be booked well in advance. Machans were originally used for hunting large animals and now for watching animals in wildlife reserves.
One thing i liked the most was that the resort was pet-friendly. Almost no resorts allow pets. In the backyard they had some dogs lined up. German shepherds and a labrador!
The Himalayan Village is a work of art in itself! Truly!
Kasol offers multiple exploring options. You can always ask locals for guidance.
Treks and treads around Kasol include Sar Pass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parbati Pass and Kheerganga and its a base camp. You might need to travel short distances in a jeep or cab to reach the starting point. Otherwise if treks are not your thing then you can have a walk to Chalal, which is just 30 minutes away from Kasol. A casual walk along the village.
A Mini Israel in Himachal Pradesh, visitors from Israel are common in Kasol and one can see the Hebrew language banners throughout the valley. There are plenty of cafes in Kasol where they serve Israeli food, some savouries and Turkish coffee. Local market here has hints of hippie culture. You will definitely sight hippies lazing around. Kasol has been infamous for its prevalent cannabis culture.
It is ideal for vacation if you want to chill in the lap of nature and just unwind. Just be and let go.
Places To Go In And Around Kasol?
Parvati River: Flowing through the Parvati Valley, River Parvati is one of the major attractions in Kasol. Visit to River Parvati is the most relaxing experience in Kasol.
Malana Village: Malana is a small village in Himachal that has self-isolated itself from the rest of the world. They believe that they are descendants of Greek soldiers of Alexanders army. Visitors to Malana village are not allowed to touch the walls,houses or people there. Malala is world famous for its Malana cream.
Lahaul-Spiti Valley: Long lost cousins of Leh-Ladakh.
How to reach: Nearest airport is Bhuntar airport, HRTC Buses available from Delhi and Manali (if on a shoe-string budget)
Best time to visit: Remains pleasant throughout the year.
So Wanderlusting are you?! Have you been to Kasol before?
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“The Himalayan Village” is an ideal place to rejuvenate amongst natures and it ways.
One day trips! Hard to find? We plan but never go? You know what we should just go! Planned, unplanned..
“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things”
So ofcourse by the title you know that Sula happened!
Sula Vineyards in Nashik is India’s most famous & most accessible winery. It all began in 1997, when a young, energetic Indian entrepreneur (Rajeev Samant) had a crazy idea of setting up a winery in India.
The winery is open to visitors, who can enjoy a guided tour, tasting sessions & attend Sula Fest which happens in late February. They’ve also done well to break the myth that wine is for the elitist.
We started out from Mumbai early in the morning at around 8 am & reached Nashik after 4 hours being a weekday. It was a long drive despite usual traffic. Greeted by a bright yellow logo of a sun with a twirling moustache at the entrance, we knew we had arrived at our destination.
After reaching the vineyard & clicking pictures we went through the whole property, all excited ready to get ourselves soaked in wine! Not really! We straightaway booked for a guided wine tour + tasting sessions, which took us through the whole process of wine making & the rooms were filled with huge barrels of wine stored in it. (The older the better). They charged 250 bucks for that! Pretty cheap with tasting of six wines. Also we were taught the technique of tasting a wine.
Hold the glass by the stem or base of the wine glass.
The colour reveals a lot about the age of the wine.
Now swirl it in the glass to let some air mix with it.
Smell the wine, take a sip and keep it in your mouth for a while and drink it all!
This is how wine enthusiasts have their favourite wine.
Sula Vineyards has a amphitheatre which is beautifully maintained & this transforms into a lively stage during Sula Fest. The garden area is intricately designed with widespread wooden railings, a lotus pond, bright coloured walls & the natural light does wonders with photos.
Lotus pond without lotuses!
For lunch we went to Soma which is a neighbourhood vineyard famous for its Indian Restaurant, it drizzled at that time which made it more pleasant. We tried this drink called ‘The Pink Elephant’ which was amaze. Sitting on the first deck overlooking the vineyards was immersive. Further we went to the backwaters which is along Gangapur dam, few minutes from Soma worth visiting.
For your take home memorabilia, Sula has a souvenir shop. They also have a wine shop where one can purchase Sula wines below MRP.
Unfortunately, there was no grape stomping during our visit. The season for stomping is during March. Stomping is done for fun and the grapes you stomp are table grapes & not wine grapes. February is a good time to visit, since Sula organizes their annual Sula Fest. Grape stomping is one of the many things to do at the fest with art, music, dance, food and more WINE!
Overall it was a happy day 🙂
Update : Next visit up in February. Here are some pictures we clicked. Have a look.
So have you been to any vineyards in or around nashik? Tell me your experience in the comment section below.
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It was an off beat holiday this time of the year, no prior bookings were made, Just the air tickets and here we go!
What are the most beautiful places in Kashmir? (To sum it up)
Pahalgam tops my list!!
Pahalgam is a quaint town with little villages here and there, it had a rustic charm to it. Pahalgam has two places which are worth visiting,Betaab valley & Chandanwari, the valley got its name from a hit Bollywood film ‘Betaab’. The road to chandanwari is very narrow so a local driver is preferred, you will be passing through hills and lush green forests. Sparkling waterfalls make a great sight. At the end of it there are huge ice glaciers which melt in the summer & eventually makes a great tourist spot.
Gulmarg is a traveller’s paradise with starry snow-clad peaks, famous gondola cable car which is one of the highest in the world, historic gulmarg golf club , however the main reason to come to gulmarg is to venture up towards Mt Afarwat. This can be done on foot or with ponies but is easiest using the two stage gondola cable car that takes you to the sky and back! Haha. It’s a winter wonderland yeah.
Srinagar being the capital city has a lot going on lately with surgical strikes and shut-downs for a long time now. Although indulgent houseboats, historic gardens, distinctive kashmiri wooden houses, ancient temples make it a great place to visit. The city’s greatest drawcard is mesmerisingly placid Dal lake with a bright array of houseboats which looks picture postcard perfect. Also kashmiris are very warm and welcoming, we visited one of their house which was two-storeyed and they had huge carpets all over with antiques lined up at every nook & corner. They served kashmiri kahwa every now and then, it’s a delicacy! Get a packet home!
So that’s a wrap for my first blog! Thank-you for reading! Suggestions are always welcomed.