Portico Bistro, Hiranandani Estate, Thane

The newest gem in Hiranandani Estate, Portico Bistro is located in the clubhouse and has excellent views of the pool. Our expectations for food were high as this is being set-up by Chef and Consultant K M Saif. We got started with mocktails. Blackberry Caipiroska, made with blackberry, lemon, mint, and topped with sprite and blackcurrant …

Dubai & Abu Dhabi # 6: Day 3 Part 2 – Desert Safari

Even after superlative urbanization and uncountable tourist spots, desert safari still remains one of the prime attractions of Dubai. We left at around 3 PM in a Land Cruiser which seems to be the widely used 4 * 4 for desert safari. It took an hour to reach the first designated stop. The primary purpose of the …

For a perfect romantic dinner – Skky, Ramada, Powai, Mumbai

Last year in January we planned to visit Skky, Ramada but had to literally cancel our reservation for some reason. A year went by and finally one fine Sunday morning this January we decided to fulfill our year old wish. Table booking is recommended as the place usually remains fully booked on weekends. There is …

Madeira & Mime, Powai, Mumbai

Not sure if Mirchi & Mime and Madeira & Mime are associated or related but the concept remains the same. So are the expectations for service and food. They have first come first served policy for a group of less than 10. It was 31st Dec afternoon and we had to wait for around 45 …

Dubai & Abu Dhabi # 5: Day 3 Part 1 – Deira and Dubai Museum

Exploring old Dubai and its history was the plan in the first half of the day. We took a short taxi ride to Bur Dubai station and then took Abra ride @ AED 1 per person to Deira Old Souk station. Across the road from the Deira Old Souk Station are the Spice Souk and Old …

Dubai & Abu Dhabi # 4: Day 2 – Atlantis the Palm and Dubai Marina

On day 2, our original plan was to visit Atlantis the Palm in the morning to afternoon time and then move on to visit Dubai Garden Glow and Dinosaur Park in the evening. Realising it will be a lot of walking and travelling from one corner of Dubai to another, we tweaked our plan and …

Dubai & Abu Dhabi # 3: Day 1 – Marhaba Dubai!

Excitement and anxiety brewing from the last couple of months was at its peak. Excitement for the upcoming trip and anxiety of travelling by Air India Express. Air India Express does not have web check-in facility. You must do counter check-in. You can pre-select seat by paying odd Rs. 150/- extra per seat. Anticipating a …

Dubai & Abu Dhabi # 2: How We Built The Itinerary

The most time consuming yet most enjoyed part of the trip planning is preparing the itinerary. It is almost impossible and more infeasible to pre-decide the itinerary and strictly follow it for a city like Dubai. One thing we realized that this will be an ongoing activity. We started to build the tentative itinerary by noting …

Dubai & Abu Dhabi # 1: The Preparations

Dubai or Singapore was the question during the mid of July. A little bit of discussion, some help from Google and Dubai emerged as the choice for our next family vacation, primarily for the following reasons… Singapore would be enjoyed more by a 7/8-year-old child than a 3.5-year-old that is what my son is right …

Punjab National Highway Thali @ Delhi Highway, Sakinanaka, Mumbai

Winter brings an abundance of vegetables including mustard in Punjab and Indian. Traditionally, Sarson ka saag and Makke di roti is the dish of the season and to celebrate that, Delhi Highway, Sakinaka has brought winter special thali, called Punjab National Highway Thali, to their menu. Before gorging on the Thali, we ordered a couple …