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‘Smaaash’ing the weekend away

My brother and I had been looking for a chance to sneak away from too many friends and spend a brothers’ day out. The weekend before Christmas while he prepared to head back to his home town on Sunday, we decided to head to Smaaash on Saturday.

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Before visiting Smaaash, the only reason why it brought a smile on to my face was that it is co-owned by none other than the Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar. Smaaash is located at four locations in Delhi and NCR region. The one in Sector 29 Gurgaon also boasts of a Go-Karting track which is next on my list after this visit. We visited the one in Cyber Hub.

Personally, I am not someone who jumps out of the seat on the name of a visit to a gaming arcade. However, this visit might change my opinion about such places.

Smaaash offers so many types of entertainment options that no one from the family can get bored. The kids can have a lot of fun at the Arcade Zone with so much to choose from. The youngsters can enjoy the bowling, the pool table, the cricket nets and gulp down a few beers along with the oldies of the family.

Smaaash has a lot of the virtual reality games which eventually turned out to be my favourite. We started with the roller coaster ride. What fun it was and yes for the first few seconds, I was wishing if someone could press the stop button. Guess what, this was one experience which we came back to at the end after trying many other games. Among other virtual reality options, I would recommend the Jurassic Park and Vertigo. The latter is sure to give you a lot of funny experiences to laugh about later. My only wish, if only haunted hospital really felt scary. While playing the virtual reality games we did have a few beers from the bar. Just added to the real feel. 😊

 

Done with the virtual reality, we headed for a game of bowling. No prizes for guessing, I lost. I enjoy bowling a lot but I always feel that it ends too soon. Especially for someone like me who hardly gets a strike and gets no extra chances at the end. Nonetheless a great experience. Love the atmosphere at the bowling alleys with those radiating carpets and neon lit alleys.

One of the most popular experience at Smaaash is the cricket. You can experience a very enjoyable cricket net session with different bowlers from around the world. Believe you me, it will not be as easy as you think. There is one very interesting story that I heard and even witnessed. One fine gentleman visits Smaaash every Saturday and plays cricket in these nets for 3-4 hours. Now that is called passion.

Smaaash also has many other games such as the very popular Air Hockey, basketball, crashing cars, car and bike racing and much much more. We tried many more and I do recommend this place to you for a good family day out.

Smaaash also has two restaurants by the name of Unforked Bar and Café. One side of the restaurant is more of a pub with good music and big screens to catch up on all the sporting action live. The second restaurant offers a more silent ambiance for those family conversations, gossips and loud jokes. We ordered a Deconstructed Chicken Chaat and a Mezze platter to start with. Both these went well with the beer. I just wish the Chicken inside the nachos was served a little warm to make it more delicious. Post this, we also tried the Paneer Kathi Wrap. The presentation of the wrap was a pleasant surprise. The taste was a little extra spicy so make sure you highlight your preference to the chef in advance. We ended our meal with the Chicken nuggets and The Smaaash Lovers Pizza. The expectation was very high from the pizza since it is named after Smaaash. Fresh veggies but the crust could have been better.

While all the excitement of the games took over our minds, we forgot to order desserts. Now that clearly explains the good time we had at Smaaash. I think going forward I might just jump out of the seat if someone offers me a visit to Smaaash. The excitement will be higher when I visit the Go Karting in Sector 29 Gurgaon.

 

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Delhi Chronicles of Chai and Coffee

Good evening, everyone! I know it’s been long since I blogged but life is catching up on me. How have you been?? It’s an autumn/winter-ish weather in Delhi and I thought of sharing with you my rounds of chai/coffee. Have a great day wherever you are!

Fri-YAY is definitely with a cappuccino ☕

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And it's time for another trip to Roots 😋

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#HomeBliss evening tea at home 👐

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Aaj road trip karte hain 😁 📷: @italophilia

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Joy has many forms and an early morning coffee is one for me ☕☕

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Unfinished Business 😎😎

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If you are on Instagram, you know what to do 🙂

Food Tales from Bunta Bar, Janpath

I had the chance to visit Bunta Bar at Janpath, Delhi on a blistering afternoon last week. The place was exceptionally quiet except for the light music in the background. The interiors were pretty and there is a huge space divided in two floors.

I started with “Banta”- a popular carbonated drink of India that is usually served in lemon flavor. It contains salt and spices along with crushed ice and is quite popular as a quick go to option.

At Bunta Bar (Bunta is spelled differently here), it was available in different flavors here and that is their USP, hence the name. The staff is very polite and recommends you to try new dishes.

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My Bunta is here!

With my Banta, I ordered paneer tikka and arnacini as starters-both delicious and fresh. I especially enjoyed the arancini which were given a little Indian twist as they were stuffed with kidney beans made in local style.

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Paneer tikka

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Arancini with kidney beans (rajma)

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Pretty plating

I ended the afternoon with a margherita pizza- simple and classic with tons of cheese.

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WANT! NEED!

Are you hungry yet??

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All About Pizza: An Insta Story

Sometimes I am amazed at Delhi, the city that I have now been calling home since 2010.

Why am I amazed??

Simply because of the number of options it gives me for food! And for PIZZA!

If you search for pizza in Delhi, a whole new world that opens up! You will get a variety of pizzas in every size, shape and errr color. And let me tell you, no two pizzas are ever alike. You will agree with me at the end of the post 🙂

Mid week happiness😍🍕

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I love my veggies… Especially when they are on a pizza 🍕🍕

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When in Rome….What?? . . Just go and eat Pizza 😊😊

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Say Cheese!!! 😁😁

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Tag a fellow pizza lover you would love to share this pizza with 🍕👇

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That's kinda loaded 🤗🤗

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"Joey doesn't share food!!!!" Yes!!! You leave it there 😈😈👻👻

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Summing up the sumptuousness 🤗🤗 @italiano_restaurants

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Love comes in all shapes and sizes 😍😍

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Do you agree with me??

A Taste of Awadhi Cuisine at Namak Mandi

The name Chef Imtiaz Qureshi will pique your interest and open your culinary buds instantly. I went with the same expectations when I heard about Namak Mandi opening in Vasant Kunj, Delhi. Namak Mandi serves Awadhi cuisine and is known to be famous for its dining experience.

What is Awadhi Cuisine??

Awadhi cuisine is the food that belongs to the land of Newabs i.e. the city of Lucknow. Most of the awadhi cooking is inspired from the Mughals and so the food is rich in texture and taste. After having some of the kebabs and mouthwatering mutton you yourself will feel like a king. The team at Namak Mandi is well versed with the food and suggest you dishes at the drop of a hat. The dining experience itself is one of the best with the exquisite brass ware and glasses.

How was the food??

I started with a plate of Galawati kebabs because Awadhi! No regrets there, they were probably one of the best I’ve had in all of Delhi and therefore belong to the must try category.

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Jaljeera

Along with the kebab came the Murgh Balai kebabs and Peshawari paneer tikka. Both the dishes were well made and flavorful and the best part was the way they were presented with good chunks of salads and chutneys.

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Peshawari Paneer

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Galawati Kebabs

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Mrugh Balai kebabs

I ordered a Jaljeera with my starters but it wasn’t really to my liking so I would suggest you to skip it. For the main course, the Gosht nihari was my top dish after gelawati kebabs. Along with it were accompaniments of roti and mandi ki dal. Another favorite in the house was the Rampur Biryani that came in a cute wok and was opened with a knife to reveal the inside. The presentation and the drama of it added to the fun dining element.

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Rampur biryani

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Ghost Nihari

To satiate my sweet tooth I ordered Narangi Kulfi and Khubani ka meetha in the end. Again both the dishes outsmarted in presentation and were equally delicious.

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Narangi Kulfi

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Khubani ka meetha

Would I go back??

Yes. I would love to try a few other sumptuous dishes on the menu such as Chingri Curry and Burrah Kebab.

Damage to the pocket??

INR 1200-1500 for 2 people.

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Three of My Favorite Food Blogs

Ever since the time I have taken to instagramming food and initiating this blog, I have also started to understand food better. The more I eat, the more I realize how much I love it and how much I want to cook. Whenever possible, I try for my own benefit.

Thanks to the amount of information available these days, it is very easy to google a recipe and cook. But it also gets confusing because there is a lot out there. So how to narrow??

I have a few blogs that I seriously read when it comes to easy recipes and inspirational content. Sharing with you all, three favorite food blogs that I love for their inspiring content and recipes. Hope you like them too!

Conifères & feuillus: A fellow Indian who is passionate about all types of food, Annika’s blog will make your mouth water! Her dark photography and simple vibrant pictures of delicious recipes are a treat to the eyes. I always learn more than a thing or two from her posts. I love the way she has categorized her blog section to make it easier for the reader. Keep up the great work Annika and inspire more people with your cooking!

Chez Moi: Chez’s blog has everything under the sun but the food section stands out for me. I love everything about her cooking from her simple breakfast ideas to unique drinks. Chez’s USP is in her write up and you will know as you head to her page. I hope you keep trying more family recipes, Chez.

Ministry of Curry: Another wonderful blog on food, Archana is a super talented cook with an eye for detail. Her inviting and simple recipes of vegetables found in our day to day lives will make you try the dish in your kitchen very soon! Archana also does cooking classes for us learners. Cheers to her!

What are some of your favorite blogs??

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An Ode to Summer

I love the summer season. There is so much variety in food and drinks. Whether it is a glass of chilled beer or an ice cream cone, a large piece of watermelon or thick chocolate shake, summer bring an amazing variety. Although I am not a big fan of the seasonal vegetables that come with it, I love the fruits in the summer season. Plums, cherries, apricots, peaches, berries and mangoes. As I write this line, I think of the delicious juicy summer fruits and how I have another 9-10 months before I get to taste them again. At least the fresh ones!

In a memory of this summer, enjoy some shots of summer in my city:

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Fresh mangoes for you

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Let’s have the almost new beer in town

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Chocolate shake in the over rated mason jars

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Anyone??

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Watermelon juice galore!

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Home is where mangoes are like this

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Needless to say..!

All being said about summer, I am now waiting for the colder season to arrive. Can’t wait to have some piping hot tikkis with tea and a cup of cappuccino or soup at my favorite cafe. I love the way food rules our world. What do you think??