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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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.