Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Restaurant Review - Lord Of The Drinks Pune

Lord Of The Drinks is a Delhi based resto-lounge which opened up in Kalyani Nagar, Pune a couple of months ago. I recently dined there so here's my review of the place. Just like their other outlets in Delhi and Mumbai, the Pune LOTD also boasts of an ambiance that takes you to a medieval era with it's classy wooden interiors and elegant lighting and chandeliers. Besides the closed indoor section, you can take the curved stairwell that leads to the open air terrace level which has more of a casual vibe and offers  multi-level seating and bar of course! 

After looking at the extensive menu which offers soups, salads, starters, dimsums, tandoori tapas, square meals, pizzas, pasta, burgers, sandwiches (which they call samiches), bento boxes, full square meals and desserts, I think they should be called Lord Of Food and Drinks! Since it is a Delhi based chain, there is a lot of North Indian influence in the menu along with fusion dishes which are inspired by global and Indian cuisines. The bar menu has a wide range of unique and interesting cocktails along with the usual bar favorites like beers, IMFLs, scotches, single malts and select wines. 

I started with the Asian Cooler which was a refreshing blend of white rum, cucumber juice, basil leaves, lime juice, syrup, bitters and rose water. This was delicious and absolutely perfect to beat the  heat. 

My friend tried the Harry Potter inspired Butter beer which consisted of vanilla vodka, beer, tennessee honey, whiskey, caramel syrup, egg white and apple juice. The coolest part was the bubbling froth which actually made the drink quite interesting to look at besides it's taste! All the Potterheads out there should try this out! 

And now for the food, we started off with the Kalonji Mutton kebabs which were a lot like seekh kebabs but were different in color. 

We also had the Malabar style char grilled prawns which had a coconut cream type marinade and was absolutely heavenly. 

For those you love Bengali Mustard fish, make sure you try their version of this tikka which has sole fish marinated in coriander and mustard. 

Another interesting dish we tried were the Butter Chicken Croquettes which consisted of crispy crumbed butter chicken but this one was a tad disappointing as the butter chicken lacked the same taste as what we get in the north so I don't recommend this dish.  

I washed these down with the Cucumber Sour - an interesting variation of a whiskey sour which has rum, gin, lime juice, cucumber syrup, egg white and thyme. I loved this one too as it was really refreshing and unique. I'm not a fan of sweet stuff so this was perfect for me. 

Moving on to the main heroes of the meal, we first ordered the Bhori Keema Pav which was just pefect and the way authentic keema pav should be. We nailed it in no time. I totally recommend you to try it out. 

We also had Pepper Pistachio Mutton Korma with Malabar Parota. This rich gravy was really flavorful and the star of my meal. I am definitely going back for this.  Absolute favorite!

Last but not the least we tried the Bull Fire made of vodka, rum, gin, tequila, blue curacao, red bull, passion fruit, red wine! This was a potent LIIT and was served in a majestic manner too. 

Overall, we had a great time at Lord of the Drinks and were horribly stuffed with all that yum food! Give this place a try! 

Lord Of The Drinks Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoAddress - Fortaleza, Kalyani Nagar 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

15 Things To Do Before You Turn 30

Invest in your body
Your metabolism and skin will treat you right in your 20s but to maintain yourself make sure you watch your weight, eat right and use good skincare and hair products. You'll be grateful for it in your old age.

Learn to cook
Needless to say, food is necessary for survival and it always helps to know how to whip up a good meal for yourself or your loved ones. Cooking is a very useful skill because not only does it let you choose what's going into your body, it also gives you a way to save money rather than eating out or ordering in.

Start a side hustle
The best way to eventually become your own boss is to start a side hustle and build your self-employed income while you still have the safety and security of your day job.

Start saving
This is a good time for financial planning so set up a fixed or recurring deposit account, buy term insurance so that you have your own corpus to fall back upon when you're older. Money in the bank = confidence + independence

Knowledge is power. Need I say more?

Be selective about your company
Choose wisely with whom you spend your time.

Live by yourself
Not with roommates. Not with your parents. Not with your significant other. Go solo for a year or so and get to know who you are when no one else is around.

Travel to the unknown
Go somewhere really exotic that you’ve always dreamed of visiting. 

Fall in love with nature 

Get rid of your bad habits
Whether it's smoking or biting your nails, this is a good time to make an effort to get rid of your bad habits so that you don't carry them forward to the rest of your life.

Treat yourself 
Splurge on something expensive, that you've always desired.

Eat expensive food
Treat yourself! Try fancy foods from some real fancy restaurants! As they say, you are what you eat.

Take advantage of every weekend
Make sure to do something every weekend, whether it’s taking a new class, or having dinner with your friends, make sure to go out and do it!

Take an impulsive weekend away with your bestie
Get away and soak up some sun last minute and maybe get some cocktails in!

Do something crazy
Whether it's getting your tongue pierced or go skydiving, this is the time to go crazy and create fun and unforgettable experiences that you will cherish for the rest of your life! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sneaker Trends 2018

No matter how much you love your heels and boots, there's no denying that when it comes to comfort, nothing can beat sneakers! With sneakers being a major shoe trend for 2018, you can celebrate the fact that these snug commute shoes are now in fashion and you can leave those uncomfortable pumps at home and wear trainers all day!

In today's sneaker-obsessed culture, there exists a style of sneakers for every situation whether its  work or weekend and Metro shoes is making it easy for you to find your favorite pair (or two) by hosting a month long Summer Sneaker Festival from Apr 14th to May 14th! With a wide range of fantastic offers on men's sneakers and women's sneakers, you will surely find a pair which will find a spot in your closet no matter the passing trend. Along with amazing offers there are activities such as shoe painting that will be going on in the stores. The sneaker festival will be taking place in the following cities- Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Banglore, even if you don’t live in these cities you can still be a part of the sneakers festival just tweet a picture of you with your sneakers #SoSneakinCool to get featured by Metro Shoes. Even if you've mastered the art of pulling them off at work, you can now whip your sneakers out on weekends too! 

Sneaker Trends + Outfit Inspiration

Black/White - The safest bet with every outfit would be to team it with black or white sneakers and as you can see, they pair pretty well with dresses too!

 Go Color - Sneakers in bright and fun colors are a great way to add a pop of color to a more monochrome look. And they go especially well with denim outfits as you can see below!

Metallic - Metallic kicks are having a major moment and provide high-shine style to any outfit without looking like you're attending a cocktail party! These metallic shoes take the women’s sneakers game on the next level, combining fashion with comfort. Whether you like gold or silver or pink, metallic sneakers are perfect too add subtle bling to your outfit!

Color Block - Color blocked or “Rainbow” sneakers are going to be all the rage this Spring Summer. Whether it's red, purple or neon, this trend has been appearing in a lot of collections for upcoming seasons

Wedge - Ever since Isabel Marant introduced these over 5 years ago, they've had a special place in my heart. With numerous brands replicating this style and celebrities embracing it, there's no doubt that the most controversial sneaker out there is undeniably stylish. And when it comes to short girls like me, these are the only sneakers I would happily wear my entire life. (I still have the pair I bought in 2014 and totally love them!)

So here was my roundup of some major sneaker trends of 2018. What's your favorite?

Monday, April 02, 2018

The Best Golf Course Memberships Available in Austin Texas

Austin, Texas is home to some of the best golf courses in the US. We shall explore the details of some of the golf courses membership options below - 

At Harvey Penick Golf Campus, membership can be annual or monthly. For unlimited play (Par), an annual pass is $475 and the monthly pass $65, while the Unlimited practice (Birdie) yearly pass is $475, and $70 for the monthly pass. For the Eagle comprising both unlimited play and practice, the annual pass is $750 and $110 for a monthly pass. These rates are for adults from 18 years to 55 years. Seniors enjoy lower prices for an annual pass of $400, $400, and $600 for Par, Birdie, and eagle respectively. Juniors, 17 years and under, pay an annual pass of $250, $200, and $375 for Par, Birdie, and Eagle respectively. A family of 2 adults pays an annual pass of $650 for Par and Birdie and $1075 for Eagle. 

At Falconhead Golf Club, a Junior Membership is designed for juniors under the age of 18 or still attending high school while Signature series membership has no monthly dues. Others include senior weekday membership that is open to individuals age 60 and above, weekday membership and classic membership. 

Great Hills Country Club offers a range of membership starting with Executive Membership - Stock Owning. These members vote and hold office with privileges like full access to the Practice Range, Golf Course, Clubhouse, Swimming Pool, Tennis Courts and Fitness Studio for you and their family. The Select Membership gets full access to the Clubhouse, Fitness Studio, Swimming Pool, Tennis Courts, Practice Range and Golf Course benefits for you and your loved ones. Junior Membership is for 21 - 34 years old, and full amenity use and the same rights as an Executive Member. One is required to convert to a different membership class at the age of 35. Others include Business Membership, Tennis Membership and a Social Membership with benefits of access to the Clubhouse, Fitness Studio and Swimming Pool which is heated in the winter months. 

At Grey Rock, there are Masters Membership, Young Executive, Senior Membership and Corporate Membership. They enjoy services such as waived Green fees at City of Austin courses, exclusive members driving range, numerous club events, annual handicap service, 15% off all logoed merchandise, and 10% discount on food & beverage. 

One of the golf club memberships near me is at Avery Ranch Golf Club. It offers superb amenities, outstanding service and magnificent golf for all ages. Members enjoy but not limited to; 

· 36 Holes of premiere golf- practice areas- two driving ranges 

· JL Lewis Golf Academy - special member pricing- plus four teaching pro’s available 

· Junior camps- summer and spring break- member pricing 

· Charging privileges at every ranch 

· Seven days a week Tee-times 

· GHIN handicap system 

Other benefits include men’s and women’s golf groups; MGA and WGA events, and two outstanding bar & grills- fresh ingredients, hand battered, all homemade. Members enjoy breakfast & lunch at fabulous menu prices, member appreciation parties, member happy hours, and sponsorship rewards. 

Overall, the best golf club memberships near me is Avery Ranch Golf Club. Their signature golf packages, amenities, and their amazing customer service are some of the few outstanding features that set them above the rest. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

RESQ Charitable Trust

RESQ Charitable Trust is a non-profit organisation in Pune that works towards the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and sick animals, conducting awareness and education programs which focus on impacting society with respect to reducing human-animal conflict and conservation of the environment. 

They provide veterinary care for 500+ animals each month caring for dogs, cats, cows, buffaloes, horses, donkeys, pigs, rabbits, and several kinds of birds. 

They also offer: Animal adoption program, anti-rabies vaccination drive, halfway home for special needs animals, animal rescue ambulance, animal hospital and rehab center, onsite rescue treatment, education and outreach programs, animal rescue webline.

If you're a fellow animal lover like me, here are some ideas you can consider making an impact on behalf of RESQ -

Sponsor a Project, Sponsor an Animal or Be a Halfway Home as RESQ is not a permanent shelter and needs assistance in housing animals while they are finding them forever-homes.

Be a Supporter - If you cannot do any of the above, but believe in the cause, you can donate to RESQ through - 
1. Domestic Donation - made through PayUMoney
2. International Donation - made with Instamojo

RESQ WishlistConsider organizing a donation drive (in your workplace or school) based off their wishlist of items that they need throughout the year. Remember, if you’re hosting an event to register online so you can attract more attendees and make a larger impact! Don't forget to use social promotion to spread awareness to your wider audience!  

RESQ is a place where an animal in need of medical help is never turned away and helplessness is turned into hope for thousands of animals each year.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Navigating the Fun Challenges at Teravista Golf Course

If you’re traveling and looking for golf courses near Austin TX, make Teravista Golf Club a part of your itinerary. Located in what is known as Texas Hill Country, Teravista captures the splendor of its surroundings perfectly. This public course is located not far from Interstate-35, north of Round Rock. Golfers enjoy vistas that encompass at least 30 miles. 

While it appeals to all skill levels, it’s not a punishing course because good shots can see rewards in the form of high scoring possibilities. It is operated by Troon Golf, a company that is known for its opulent details. You can see these lavish touches all throughout the facility. This impressive experience starts in the parking lot and continues to the 22,000 square-foot putting green. The latter is situated next to the practice area. 

Teravista is known to have one of the best practice areas in central Texas. Its double-ended range comprises tee boxes that cover over 80 yards. In regard to the actual course, it requires a cart because most of the holes are far apart. The affordable green fees come with discounts for pairs, juniors, seniors and evening play.

Designed by George Clifton, the 18-hole course spans 7,200 yards among rolling terrain and has five sets of tees to accommodate players of all skill and age levels. The beginner’s tee box plays just short of 3,750 yards. Since the course is in prime condition and was designed with meticulous attention to detail, you can expect a rewarding outing anytime. 

Teravista opened in August 2002 and is characterized by tree-lined, rolling fairways. Its large greens have tactically placed bunkers and waste areas that call for strategic tee-consideration. The wide, open fairways of this 72-par course come with about 70 white bunkers situated throughout. Eight of the holes have water features. 

The National Golf Course Owners Association has named Teravista a beginner-friendly course that offers something for every player. The course emphasizes playability so that golfers can proceed with a positive outlook and walk away feeling accomplished. However, since the open layout is situated on a hill, it also challenges golfers with unpredictable winds. 

At 381 yards, the first hole is on a large green with a wide fairway and starts out as a par-4. The second is longer yet but also comes in at par-4. The third is only half as long. However, it is followed by a tough par-5 hole that has a narrow landing zone and measures over 550 yards. This undulating green makes for a challenging putt.

The backside starts with a par-5 as well, but its second shot has to go through two tough bunkers and measures over 570 yards. You can relax a bit at holes 11 and 13. The 17th hole challenges golfers the most with a length of 443 yards when playing the tips. At the end, you’ll have used every club you brought for an experience on par with the best public golfing in central Texas.

If you’ve worked up an appetite after completing a round, you can stay onsite to relax and refuel. Teravista Golf Club has a full-service restaurant with a nice assortment of golf-inspired menu items. The Caldwell CafĂ© offers breakfast, lunch and Happy Hour service.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hot Trends For Spring Summer 2018

Spring is here and summer is near. Check out our list of trends this season…

Even though Pantone may have declared "Ultra Violet" the official color of 2018, it's lavender which was seen dominating Spring 2018 runways, appearing on everything from pantsuits to romantic dresses. Romantic yet elegant, you can wear it on masculine suits and long skirts with equal ease. 

The best thing about co-ord sets is that you can wear them together and separately, giving you the option of a matching twin set that acts as a 3-in-1 outfit for whenever you feel like matching it up or just rocking a knockout piece. Co-or sets aren't easily available in stores but you will easily find them in online shopping portals. 

Yellow Everything
There's no doubt that yellow is a happy and cheerful color which is totally appropriate for spring and summer. Thus, designers took note and this sunny hue was seen all over runways for Spring 2018

The spring catwalks are cascading with ruffles and it's the perfect antidote to all the smooth silks and lean silhouettes from last year!

 If you thought your sparkly sequin embellished garments were only appropriate for holiday season, think again! At New York Fashion Week, designers went heavy on sequins for Spring 2018 in various palettes, proving that you can now wear clothes with shimmery details beyond Christmas and New Year's Eve.

So these were some of my favorite trends for Spring Summer 2018. Which one do you like the best?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

My Envy Box February 2018

On the last day of February, I bring you the review of the February edition of My Envy Box! Better late than never! I usually receive the box sometime around the 15th-18th each month, but I prefer using the products before I can write a fair review for them. This month’s box was feminine and pretty with pink and lilac roses all over. 

It came with a bunch of products for skincare, hair and fragrance!

Seer Secrets Raw Mango, Paprika & Mint Lip Plumper SPF 12

This Lip Plumper with Raw Mango, Paprika & Mint enhances the natural color and shape of the lips. It has a light reddish maroon tint and is quite tingly which I find bit annoying but that's the main purpose of a lip plumper after all as it increases blood circulation in your lips and makes them look more plump. It helps in lip tissue regeneration and lightens the tone of lips thus curing blackened lips. It soothes dry lips, calms and heals irritation leaving lips smooth and soft.

Seer Secrets Rambutan, Dates & Liquorice Lip Scrub

 It is packed with  natural ingredients like Raw Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, Beeswax which nourish your lips. It is embedded with liquorice which conditions the lips, removes tan and pigmentation resulting in a bloomed softer Lips. I really like this scrub and use it all over my face too in fact!

Tjori Treasures Virgin Coconut Milk Shampoo

This organically formulated virgin coconut milk shampoo nourishes your hair by giving natural moisture from roots to ends. This shampoo cleanses the scalp deeply without stripping the natural moisture from the scalp. I've used it a few times and think it's quite decent when it comes to cleansing and moisturizing hair. 

Tender Intense Payal Singhal For All Good Scents
This fresh and floral scent gets its dash of musk from its base of honey, vetiver and musk. My mom loves it so I gave this sample to her.

The Nature’s Co. Vanilla Vitamin E Face Cream

Enriched with vitamin E, vanilla extract this cream effectively restores your skin. It also contains natural oils and butters which helps to enhance blood circulation. I have read good reviews of this cream but haven't had the chance to use it yet. Smells lovely though!

Votre India Under Eye Cream
I am quite fond of Votre products and have used quite a few thanks to My Envy Box. This one is a pleasant refreshing cream with goodness of botanical active and herbal extracts that relax fatigued eye muscles, minimize dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. I've used it a few times and really like the non sticky and non greasy texture which gets absorbed instantly. 

Overall quite a decent box with products worth way over the Rs 850 it costs! I've been a fan of My Envy Box for over 3 years now and totally recommend it to all my friends and readers as it has helped me to discover loads of amazing beauty brands which I now swear by!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Top 5 reasons to bird watch while on vacation

There’s a saying that says, “vacations are what we make of them.” Whether we have a planned itinerary or not, we make the most of what is presented to us on our destination to enjoy everything. If you want a chill and relax type of vacation but do not want to stay in one place, the best way to make the most of it is by joining tour packages that will allow you to stroll around the place you are visiting. An activity that a lot of vacationers enjoy is bird watching. Wherever you are in the world, it is easy to find parks and sanctuaries where you can enjoy watching birds.

Here are the top five reasons to bird watch while on vacation.

1. It is educational.

Not only will you get a chance to see the beauty of different bird species, bird watching on vacation can also be an excellent educational tour for you. You get to learn a lot from the origin and daily life of the birds living in the place you are vacationing. You will also get to observe first-hand on the behaviors of different birds as well as their activities. This will also raise more awareness to you about the environment you are living. Going to places like Costa Rica or Galapagos Islands will allow you to experience this type of activity. You can find information on bird watching tours in Costa Rica at costaricafocus.com

2. It will give you something to think about.

When you get to learn a thing or two about birds and witness their behavior, you will be able to process information in your head like never before. Learning new things gives you time to think about life and eventually start a conversation with others about it.

3. It will encourage you to explore the world.

We would often wonder how it feels to live like a bird, to have that kind of freedom. Knowing that there are still far too many kinds of birds all over the world may encourage you to explore more of the world and look for different species that can pique your interest.

4. It can give you a sense of accomplishment.

When you get to identify different bird species or spot a certain bird that is known to be difficult to find, it can be a very rewarding experience. Spotting certain birds, especially rare ones, can be a little challenging for one’s eyes, so it gives us a sense of accomplishment when we get to do it. It can sharpen your eyes to see more of nature.

5. It is a great social activity.

Bird watching is something you can do all by yourself, but it is also a great opportunity to meet other people while on vacation. Most bird watching tours are arranged by a group so you get to meet people that may have the same interest as you. It’s a good way to interact with people who are also on vacation and have something interesting to talk about.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

5 Fun Ways To Wear Leggings

Leggings are fun, comfortable and trendy clothing pieces that are easy to dress and are quite comfortable and affordable. I personally prefer leggings over pants because they are more flimsy and  comfortable and hot weather friendly. You can get leggings at any store like Shop LuLaRoe and get some cool stuff according to your size and taste. Before you shop though, here are a few tips on fun ways to wear leggings.

1.    Pair them with a long shirt

It is best to pair leggings with a long shirt in order to cover up a bit. This will ensure that you are decent and that you do not show too much of your backside while walking around in the streets. You can choose various patterns for your shirt such as polka dot or stripes since they can go well with your leggings which are often in dull colours such as black or dark blue. You could also wear a bulky cardigan if it's chilly, and complete the outfit with knee-high boots. 

2.    Wear the right fit

In order to look fun, stylish and classy, ensure that you wear the right fit. Leggings can be snug and can fit any body size and shape, but that should not give you the excuse to wear too tight leggings. On the other hand, wearing leggings that are too loose will create an unflattering appearance. Therefore, ensure that you wear the right fit that is comfortable and snug.

3.    Pair them with the right shoes

In order to complete the leggings ensemble, you have to wear them with the right shoes. You can wear leggings with flats since leggings are often worn casually. If you are attending a formal event, then leggings can be paired with some classy heels as well as with a blazer to create a more official look. You can also wear leggings with ankle boots, knee high boots or flip-flops. All these will look great and stylish and most importantly, they will be comfortable.

4.    Wear your leggings with a skirt or short

One fun way to add some zest to your outfit is to pair your leggings with a fun flirty skirt or shorts. On a chilly day, you can wear your short skirt with leggings in order to keep warm while at the same time look cute and stylish. The same goes for the shorts. Pair these with a plain t-shirt and top, since you do not want to look too extra. To complete the look, pair the outfit with a pair of simple flats.

5.    Try the patterned leggings

Leggings come in all sizes, prints and materials. Get adventurous with your outfits and try out various patterns on your leggings. Stripes and polka dots are a good way to start, and you can also try animal prints such as leopard prints which create a cool, foreign look. Always make sure that you wear patterned leggings with plain tops so as to avoid creating an outfit that is too busy or that has too much going on. You could also try various materials such as leather in order to create a bold, sassy look.

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