Tasty Khana...Healthy and tasty food! My Doodle!

All of us will agree that eating sprouts and beans (even though we know they are healthy) is not something we look forward to! But staying at home with MOM, you have to eat them sometimes. So, I figured out a way to make both of us happy! Intake of nutrition as well as taste of the food!

Ingredients :
Sweet Chilly Sauce
Baked Beans
Cheese (if you want )

Recipe :

1) Finely chop down onions, tomatoes and capsicum.
2) Put them in a bowl along with beans/sprouts and add sweet chilly sauce and oregano to flavor.
3) Mix them well and taste (add salt if reqd! )
4) Lay down Cheese Cracker Biscuits or Nachos or Indian Namkeen Mathri on the plate.
5) Add them on the top of each biscuit and grate cheese on it!

Your yummy recipe for beans is ready! Not only you gonna love the taste, but you gonna enjoy eating beans as well! :)

My Doodle recipe is a part of Easy Doodle Recipe contest at BlogAdda.com in association with TastyKhana.com

Brittos, Goa...Cheesecakes and Peace at Goa

Brittos at Baga Beach, Goa

Brittos, Goa for some cocktails, cheesecakes and relaxation! Mind Blowing view of the Baga beach from Brittos. Very relaxing indeed! Even though they don't have a lot of options in veg, the non-veg platter is awesome(very filling) ! Food is a little overpriced, but given the name and fame of Brittos, its justifiable. The service is average (read : poor). Cheesecakes are very reasonably priced! Blueberry Cheesecake, apple cinnamon pie and tiramisu, worth every penny! 

Detailed review coming up soon! :)

Gupta Sandwiches, Vashi....Fav hangout for all!

Gupta Sandwiches & Snacks

Cost for 2 - Rs.200/-
Open Since-1994

#Love Scale- 8/10

#Home Delivery : Option Available

#Ambiance Meter :
The place has improved a lot since its earlier days, when it was a messy shop with loadsa customers crowding to get their orders. They have made it more organized and more sanitized. Its still a little shop, in a gully of Sector-17, Vashi. You can stand and eat outside the shop, as there's very little space in the shop (can barely contain 5-10 people).

#Buzz :
Favourite among all! You'll become a patron yourself, once you have had a sandwich here. Always buzzing with students (teens mostly, who have classes nearby) and office crowd at evening hours!

#Oomph factor :
Gupta sandwiches famous for their excellent sandwiches enjoy a great reputation among the Navi Mumbaikars. Grab a quick filling snack or chit-chat with a group of friends with loadsa sandwiches, this place will never fail to satisfy you!They offer good variety of pizzas and sandwiches.

My fav in the appetizers is definitely garlic bread with cheese. In sandwiches, veg grill with cheese is best of all. The mayo sandwich has too much mayo :p (Initially you love it, but as the sandwic is big, its difficult to eat as you get bored of the too much mayo!) Paneer Grill is also good, but gets boring to eat too much paneer after a point of time (Sandwich being so big!) Their Cheese Chilli Toast and Choco bites toast is good too! In the pizza menu, you can try exotic pizza or the veggie lover chat kara pizza, but I dint find the pizzas that good.

You can try the butterscotch milkshake (nothing extraordinary, too sweet) or the chocolate milkshake, if you need something to gulp along with your sandwich.

Ice cream : kulfi falooda...Yum Yum!

#Cost Factor :
Cost for 2 is around 200-250 bucks, which is very reasonable given the huge portions which can fill even a hungry foodie!

#Infomaniac facts :
1) They are veg only shop!
2) Open from 9am to 10pm
3) They are planning on opening a new branch at Ghatkopar

Visit to know more : http://www.guptasandwich.com/

Vinoteca By Sula, Worli

Won a voucher worth Rs.800 from burrp! in association with Deutsche Bank , All Things Nice and Vinoteca By Sula. Enjoyed a hearty meal in just 1000 bucks.

Follow them on twitter : @VinotecaBySula

To win such prizes follow : @deutsche_news @Allthingsnice @burrp @burrp_mumbai

Hidden Place...A not so hidden gem in the nightlife of Pune

KP & DP Road,Pune

Cost for two-1000/-
Decor- 9/10

#Love Scale : Coz of the enormous coolness quotient and soaring popularity this quaint gem is one of the best places in Pune. Infinite Love for them!

It would be a tall task to capture the awesomeness of this place in a blog...But I will give it my best try...

#Ambiance Meter:
It's a jungle out there, but this unique hangout is dancing to the beat of its own drum, leaving all the others behind in the race for popularity! With two branches, one at KP and other at DP Road, this attractively unusual place is in simple words, just AWESOME!

Every corner at Hidden Place tells a story and draws you toward it.

The Hidden Place at KP has two levels of seating. The lower one definitely more rocking ;) ! The upper level has a graffiti depicting the best of music bands, with their pics n names. You'd find an interesting collection of framed paintings on the wall, my favorite being monalisa smokin a joint! :p

Newly opened Hidden Place, DP Road is as interesting as the previous one. The innovative art installations! Art work blending and brewing up everything! All is as cool as the KP Hidden Place. It is one of the best place to linger after work and chill out with friends.

#Service Factor :
Impeccable!The service is fantastic! Ever smiling and friendly waiters are always happy to offer suggestions with efficient service.

#Buzz :
Bring friends together, will all kinda stories to share over a mug of beer. This place neva lacks the buzz, no matter what time of the day it is! Cheer for your

favorite team and drink to its victory or defeat. At the end of the evening, all who leave the place, go home feeling like they're on the top of the world.

#Oomph factor :
Reminiscing about my sinful indulgences...Let me tell you, that food at Hidden Place, never disappoints! They have food to match your 'spirits'. The food does justice to the epicurean ingredients used. Try out some quick bites like mushroom in butter garlic, ceaser salad, corn fritters or if you're in a snacky mood, choose from the more filling options like sphagetti with mushroom and onion or fresh baked vegetables and I guarantee you quality of food!

#Drinks Menu :
Here, beer is guzzled by pitcher. They mix and throw their ingredients from one shaker to another with utmost precision, and prepare uniquely delectable cocktails n mocktails. Try out their LIT and Tequila Sunrise...Perfectly prepared!

#Surprise Surprise :
They have plenty of offers that keep rotating. Enjoy full day happy hours on Tuesdays and Thirsty Thursdays or tank up on unlimited alcohol on karaoke nights on Mondays. Surprises continue with rare lunch buffet offer with unlimited beer in just Rs.385/- .

#Dress Code :
You don't want to dress up all glamorous for Hidden Place, its a sports bar and not a club...Cool and smart works here!

#Acoustics :
Mix of music keeps the energy pumping. They have awesome tracks playing all through the night, which makes it the favorite for everyone who comes here!

#Cost factor :
Fits all pockets...With best offers, they will never rob you of your money...Trust me on that! ;)

#Special Thanks
Sunil Chandani, the owner of Hidden Place for being so generous to us the other day, when we seemed to have misplaced a friends wallet. He helped us find it out and also chatted with us over a few drinks (on the house). It is a pleasure knowin him! Cheers!

#Final verdict :
I am the fondest patron of HP. Great food priced aptly with amazing offers on all days makes it a great place to spend an evening of fun with friends and colleagues.

#Follow them : @hiddenplace2 on twitter for updates!

#WEBSITE : Visit http://www.hiddenplace.in/ for extensive list of events and offers.

Good Working Habits

Good Working Habits are essential for everyone. Adopting a few good working habits, change the whole style of working, and the output becomes two-fold.

I am sharing a few most important working habits, that anyone and everyone can adopt, and you yourself can see the difference !

People fail to prioritize their work. You should make a list of jobs, in order of decreasing importance and then work accordingly. It will help complete your work on time, and with more success, as the most important jobs will be completed well on time.


People try to manage so many tasks together, and fail to give anytime, to keep their desks organized. Keeping a desk organized, and not putting off the work for another day, will help complete all your work on time, and with increased efficiency. Clean your desk of all papers except those relating to the immediate problem at hand. You will see, you feel stress-free when you see more organised table. You will feel more energetic, and will be able to concentrate on work in hand rather than on all jobs here n there (failing to complete any of them properly! ).

When you face a problem, solve it then and there if you have facts necessary to make a decision. Don't keep putting off decisions, because it will lead to unnecessary accumulation of work. Also, be responsible, and complete your work on time!

You should know what work to keep for yourself, and what work to share with others. You should know how to supervise, and divide the work among your staff, according to their abilities. Organize your work well, and you will see better results!

ZOMATO : To love or not to love?

What is Zomato? 
I am sure, the ones reading this would laugh, saying this is not a question to be asked, because everyone in the world knows about Zomato. I am sure, its true, with the wonders Zomato has done in less than 5 years. But let me tell you a little about Zomato, for those living in cities where Zomato is still a new concept.

From the Start :
Zomato started as FoodieBay.com  by Deepinder Goyal along with a few of his colleagues to sort out the problems of finding a good restaurant to eat. Officially started in July, 2008 with a database for approx 1200 restaurants in Delhi, Zomato has expanded its database to more than 1,20,000. Zomato has expanded its reach outside India recently to places like Brazil, New Zealand, Phillipines, Qatar, UAE, UK, Sri Lanka, London and many more...

What does it do :
Zomato's guide allows you to search for information related to restaurants, bars, pubs, and clubs. The information includes the establishment's name, contact info, hours of operation, happy hours (where valid), menu cards, photos, user reviews, location on map, user ratings and recommendations for the restaurant, types of cuisines served, presence or absence of AC, smoking area availability, WiFi services, approx prices, availability of home delivery, and much more!

My Experience :
I myself started out sharing a few experiences on Zomato. When I earned a position on the leaderboard for the first time, I couldn't control my excitement. I was filled with joy! From then on, I have never missed a chance to try out a new restaurant, or a newly opened club, (just to review more on Zomato, and go higher on the foodie leaderboard). 

My eyes light up, when one of my friends sees my name on the Zomato leaderboard while surfing and texts me to say that they feel proud of me! I have gained huge popularity among my friends, and they all ask for my recommendations whenever they go out, which makes me nothing less than proud! ;) 

Now, I aspire to be recognized as a foodie, and be known to my fellow Zomen as a connoisseur, a gourmand. Zomato served as an inspiration...

What We love :

1) Zomato provides us with accurate, up-to-date and detailed information for each establishment in the city.

2) User Recommendations, help you decide if the restaurant/club/pub is worth going or not.

3) Availability of Menu for each restaurant which helps us decide if we can really afford it or not, and if the cuisine and the dishes available matches our taste or not.

4) The interface is easy-to-use and user friendly.Also, it is updated frequently, which keeps us hooked to the website, and makes us more enthusiastic about food we eat outside!

5) Zomato has made eating outside a trend, an experience worth having! People want to go out more, and discover new places to eat, so that they can review more on Zomato and earn points and respectable status in the foodie committee. 

6) Zomato recently introduced an option to thank someone if you liked their review, which is a superb move to let people know, their reviews are appreciated!

7) The leaderboard system on Zomato helps you maintain the competitive spirit, and keeps alive the spirit of discovering new places and restaurants in your city.

8) Zomato has launched an app for the mobile phones, which makes it easy to discover new places through mobile.

9) Zomato also lists the budget for 2 for each restaurant, which helps you decide if it is within your price range or not.

10) The happy hours availability on Zomato is great for all!

11) Finding nearby metro, and posting pics and commenting on the reviews is easy through the Zomato app...Which we absolutely love!

12) Book a table option availability at a few restaurants, which helps you to avoid the waiting line at the restaurants.

What we want to change or be added to our fav Website :

1) Zomato can introduce their own offers for each restaurant for people come to ZOMATO almost everyday, and availing offers by writing reviews would be very helpful!

2) We should be able to recommend a dish for each restaurant, and availability of voting system for each dish (special to each restaurant) would help us try out the best dishes of each restaurant.

3) I want to be able to divide the places I favourite, into groups like #Party Favourites, #Buffet Favourites, #Brunch Favorites etc. so that its easy to find the place when I need to!

4) I should be able to find out the restaurants open at a particular time, especially night time and breakfast time, when searching for a food joint is pretty difficult.

5) Include the Chef's names if possible. People would love to know about them. Also, if there was a lil section devoted to the chefs, it would be great!

6) People writing small insignificant reviews should be warned, as such reviews are in no way helpful, and quite irritating. We should be allowed to report and moderate such users.

7) Zomato rewards its foodies, but not too well. Foodies should be offered special discounts once in a while. It would be nice, refreshing and rewarding.

8) While planning for my party, it became very difficult for me to go to each restaurant and gather details to organize a private party. Such options should be made available on Zomato.

9) We need a better Rating system! We should be able to rate food, music, ambiance, etc individually, so it becomes easy for people to judge a place better!

11) Lack of ambiance photos is quite frustrating. We need to check out the ambiance, and food photos aren't that important! We need more ambiance photos for each restaurant!

12) A coming soon section is much required on Zomato. Coming Soon or newly launched restaurants should be listed separately for users to be able to discover more!

13) There should be an option available, for those, who dont have a lot of time to write a review, to choose few of the given words in each section of food, ambiance, service, etc to describe a place fast and easy, without any hassles.

14) More criteria to sort out the restaurant of choice can be added to the website. 

I hope Zomato implements these points in their next update, and help enhance the experience of fellow Zomen.

Chinese in Pune

Want to eat good Chinese in #Pune?
I am gonna share some of the small Chinese joints which serve good Chinese in Pune. Do not look for hygiene or presentation, but only taste.

1) Golden Dragon
    Karve Nagar, Pune

Cost for two - Rs.300 to 400

#Ambiance - Its a small eatery, which can seat around 20-30 people at a time.

#Oomph Factor- The food is authentic and awesomely delicious! Perfect mix of spices. Noodle and Fried Rice have varieties to choose from. Most of them are good! The food is freshly made and served hot. Generous Portions.

#Service - The service is good.

#Recommended : Hot n sour soup, Thai Curry (only if you like it)

 #WARNING : Closed from 3 to 7pm.

2) Mini Wok Oriental Kitchen
Near coffee Stop, Pune

Cost for 2- Rs. 600 to 700

#Ambiance- Small place, with not too much space to sit. Mostly a stall, with chairs placed crammed with each other.

#Oomph Factor- They serve authentic Chinese. The food is great, and delicious to its core! Try out the combos to save money.

#Cost factor- Too costly for a small joint that it is. The prices are high, but with good food, its bearable.  You do not expect a road side joint to keep such high prices.

#Service- Most awful ever. No decency. No manners. Worst of all!

#My Verdict : Can try this place, if you want good Chinese food, but be prepared for high prices. Do not expect even basic courtesy from the waiters, but if you can get past all those things, food is considerably good!

3) Hot Sip
Kothrud, Near M.I.T. College, Pune

Cost for 2- Rs. 400/-

#Ambiance - Good for a road side joint. 2 levels for seating. Too less space to sit, but the space above is a little more private.

#Oomph Factor- Decent food. They serve good Indian food as well!

#Cost Factor- reasonably prices with decent quantity of food.

#Service- Okayish. Nothing to complain about.

#My Verdict - Can go, if low on cash, and want to have Chinese.

4) Kok Pa
F.C. Road, Pune

Cost for 2- Rs 500/-

#Ambiance- A joint which can seat around 40-50 people at a time. A small hut kinda place.

#Oomph factor- Good food. The chicken Wings are good!

#Cost Factor- Reasonably Priced

#Service- Okayish. Nothing Great. Serve hot food, but take a little too much time to prepare food.

#Final Verdict- Good to save money when roaming around F.C. Road on a Sunday and when you are not able to find a table at any other restaurant.

Spiritual Feed of the Day

Each prayer is answered as soon as it is heard & each prayer is heard as soon as it is said. The effort that we do need to make, however, is in ensuring that all our thoughts are positive so that our prayers do not keep cancelling each others effects!

Every Moment We are on the Crossroads

We stand at the crossroads, each minute, each hour, each day making choices. We choose the thoughts we allow ourselves to think, the passions we allow ourselves to feel & the actions we allow ourselves to perform. Each choice is made in the context of whatever value system we've selected to govern our lives. In selecting, that value system, we are, in a very real way, making the most important choice we will ever make.

-Benjamin Franklin

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