Baraza Bar & Bites – For that Date Night!!!

Ever wondered, What is the most difficult thing to choose while planning the perfect date night? Well apart from what you are going to wear to make that impression, the other important factor is the place or the restaurant that you want to hang out at or dine in.

The factors that make a good date restaurant are – dependably good food and drink. A nice vibe or a buzz. A feeling that you’ve made a bit of an attempt without going over the top. Not so much noise so that you can hear what your date is saying.

The newly opened Baraza Bar & Bites in Yerwada, Pune  ticks all those factors on that checklist

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Bellydriven’s Top Picks at Grillicious, Baner, Pune

Grillicious has been a welcome addition to the emerging restaurant scene in Baner, Pune. With its open airy feel, this neighborhood restaurant offers an array of traditional and modern grills that’s sure to appeal.  A fantastic value for money restaurant  with a service approach that dovetails seamlessly with the concept. Read on to know my top picks here… Continue reading

Apache Fluid Lounge- The Pocket Friendly Neighborhood Place

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An impromptu office get together took me to this place with a bunch of colleagues as most of us wanted to check out Apache Fluid Lounge in Viman Nagar.  As Apache Lounge has always been a popular watering hole, and pocket friendly too. (Yes that’s the key word). A bunch of us then proceeded to their roof top seating that has a central island bar and quirkily set up seating.  Apart from ordering the usual and signature Apache Beer Towers we ordered the following… Continue reading

Chuda, Kadali, Nadiya Chakata – Flattened Rice, Banana and Coconut Mash

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One of my earliest memories is of my Ai saying- Peto kana hauchi? Chuda Kadali khai de, saboo bhalo heye jiba…As I said in one of my instagram posts, this recipe is every odia mom’s peto kharab remedy and on the go breakfast as it keeps one full for a long long time. This recipe will definitely not make into cookbooks but this is a part of every odia child’s genetic constitution. I grew up with this and now when I see my little one enjoying it the same way. I give myself a pat on my back all the while wondering why I didn’t post about this before. Continue reading

I for Indigo aka Neel

Indigo Delicatessen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Indigo Deli was my usual hangout in Mumbai…I must have spent a ton of time haunting their Bandra joint, I was happy when they opened in Powai, because it was closer to home and travel time was reduced to 1/10th of the usual….And even though I moved to Pune whenever I was in Mumbai I would go back to have breakfast there before I started my day. So I was happier- read ecstatic when I heard that the opened in Pune and that too at Phoenix Market City and much much closer to home… So in a way wherever I go Indigo follows 😉

I was initially skeptical, if they would be able to give me the same experience that I used to have in Mumbai in terms of food, or whether they would treat Pune as the wicked cousin but all my inhibitions went out of the park with the experience that I had in their 92 seater, warmly lit space at Phoenix Market City Pune. Read on for my adventures here… Continue reading

Not just Lasagna, but Prawn Lasagna Roll Ups

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Savoury, Creamy and Succulent, what is it about Lasagna that always leaves us craving for more? Here is an easy dinner date idea with endless possibilities for variation. In this recipe tender lasagna rolls are filled with a ricotta-spinach-prawn mixture, and baked in a special sauce. Combine these roll ups with a classic salad and some garlic bread on the side and you have got an amazing meal that has date night written all over it. Ok Ok… if you don’t have a date… do make it for the family dinner and if you are single, just pack them in individual portions and pop them in the freezer.

Let me tell you making Lasagna is fairly easy, but making Lasagna Roll-Ups is FUN! Add your favorite meat or sea food and explore an all new dimension altogether. Let your imagination wander….

Here is my recipe for Prawn Lasagna Roll-Ups… Continue reading

Kankada Jholo- Odia Style Crab Masala Curry

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Lately I am feeling terribly homesick even though I just came back from a wonderful trip to Bhubaneswar. I miss getting spoilt and the aromas from mommy’s kitchen . Highlight of my little one’s holiday checklist this time was a visit to the zoo and a boat ride so her Aja enthusiastically planned a trip  to the Nandankanan Zoological Park and the Chilika Lake especially for her. We had a great time not only on the boat ride to the Kalijai Temple Island along with that we got to relish the local seafood preparations. That was a day well spent, hubby and daughter gorged on the famous chilika crab masala and I settled for prawns. We also carried back with us some fresh crabs that mommy cooked for us at home the next day that we tucked into  with utmost gusto. This is her recipe and now that I am back in Pune and missing home terribly I recreated mommy’s Kankada Jholo. This is one of my favorite ways to cook crab and I enjoy it with a mound of rice topped with a dollop of ghee. So, here goes the recipe for Kankada Jholo- Odia Style Crab Masala Curry… Continue reading