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I’m a firm believer in taking a break from the usual and mundane. Sadly not everyone has the time or luxury of hopping on an airplane and whisking off to an exotic location. Sometimes, a gorgeous car ride in the pouring rain to a nearby city and checking into a beautiful hotel does the trick. Mid July is a great time to escape so when the JW Marriott Pune graciously extended an invitation to come relax  and unwind, I just couldn’t refuse. I’ve been travelling to Pune often but this is the first time I ended up visiting the hotel.…

In my opinion, one of the best weekend getaways from Mumbai is to it’s younger sibling Pune. The city is wonderful and has much to offer despite turning into a mini Mumbai. I have friends there so it’s always fun to visit but even if I didn’t, I’d still go because there is enough to keep me occupied. This month was full of long weekends and my sister and I finally ( with grave difficulty ) managed to plan a weekend away together, something we haven’t done in a while. I was generously given a gift certificate which was basically…

I haven’t been to Pune in ages and this weekend was a breath of fresh air. I popped into the city for a quick weekend getaway with my sister and for the most part lounged around in our gorgeous hotel the Hyatt Regency Pune. You can’t blame us, it’s ferociously hot outside with the temperature crawling up to 40 degrees so besides a very successful shopping trip and the mall next door, we pretty much ate at the hotel and stayed indoors like little princesses. Since I hadn’t been to Pune in ages, a city I’m extremely familiar with and…

The past few months have been more hectic than usual. I’ve had some wonderful opportunities to travel to different countries and experience different things. In all the excitement of travelling and my work load expanding, I forget that sometimes, a little getaway in order to unwind is essential. If you ask me, the rains are the best time to slip away for a quick relaxing weekend. I manage to enjoy a blissful few days with my family at the very comfortable and slightly under rated Courtyard Chakan Hotel a little outside Pune. If you know me or have been following…

If I’m being completely honest, I would have to say that the Courtyard By Marriott City Centre in Pune is probably my favourite hotel in the city. While its sibling the J W Marriott is sprawling and everyone else’s favourite, I find a sense of comfort, top notch service and ease at this hotel for a really affordable price. I visited the hotel last year in May and found everything pleasant except maybe the food. While I found it to be good food, I didn’t think it was extraordinary or let’s just say I wasn’t blown away and my thoughts…

A few weeks ago I packed my bags and took a much needed break and headed to my favourite getaway place – Pune ! Pune is four hours away from Mumbai and the reason I got away was to meet a really good friend, attend a very special birthday party and just relax and unwind. However every time I’m in the city I come in like a hurricane and end up bouncing all over town meeting people and doing things. This trip was no different except that for the first time in I don’t know how many years of coming…

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but there was a time when I thought buffets were the best deals in town. All you can eat for a set price – Hello affordable meals !! I would go crazy, I mean just dog gone nuts and try to eat everything there was even if I didn’t particularly want to. I mean it’s a buffet, there are rules – YOU EAT IT ALL AND THEN SOME! Then I grew older, my taste buds evolved, I got exposed to different things, got a little more culinary educated and realized it’s a waste of money…

If you ask me, one of the very best things to eat are freshly made hot appams. Eat them with traditional South Indian stew, sometimes pipping hot sambhar or even just chilled tangy chutneys, it’s one of the most comforting things to eat. What I like about an appam instead of a dosa is that it’s neither just crisp or soft but a mix of both. It’s crisp on the outside and soft and cushion like in the center. I was recently at the Hyatt Pune  hotel for a couple of days and happened to catch their ongoing Appam & Stew…

A lot of times brands ask various bloggers to associate with them or be a part of their campaign in some way. This is a very popular phenomenon with fashion bloggers but not unheard of for food either. I was recently asked if I would be interested in inviting some of my blogger friends to an event where the brand wanted to do a little demo and introduce their product range to people. I usually stay away from things like this because to be very honest it’s time consuming to co ordinate with everyone and none of the people that…

Thanks to Masterchef Australia and the Star Network, a host of culinary based shows have sprung up and amassed a legion of fans. Everybody fancies themselves a master chef. Whether they can actually cook a meal or just potter about the kitchen is immaterial but over the last few years everyone has discovered their ‘ passion’ for food. Cooking shows and their audience has led to various cooking demos, exhibitions and of course competitions. Somehow none of these competitions seem to bother beyond just the one hour test and give out prizes and plug their sponsor name a dozen times…