Thursday, April 19, 2018

Gourmet desserts at this French patisserie in Ashwem




You know the joy of finding a quaint little cafe tucked away in a distant place? Well, my find - Delicieux Goa - in Ashwem was one of those! On the way to Arambol beach, my sudden sweet cravings pulled me towards this patisserie that serves some incredible French dessert. Though I wished to grab a macaron, I ended up having a chocolate overdose with a Ferrero Rocher Praline,Vanilla Choux and Chocolate Eclair - all of which were yummy! What a perfect day! The cafe in itself is beautiful - with a little outdoor sitting space as well and a cool interior. The service is great and the food is value for money! They seem to have a nice breakfast menu too, which I am yet to try. Let me know what you think of it in the comments below.

Delicieux Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Chic and comfortable summer dressing ft. handwoven Khadi Matka ensembles by Praan:t



Recently I got the oppurtunity to wear a wonderful Pune-based designer who showcased her summer collection in Goa – Monika Chordia. Her label Praan:t, is all about customising the perfect silhouettes – may it be for the one looking for an outfit for a day out, classy office wear or chic summer ensemble. She uses age-old weaves and Indian handicrafts to create an exquisite collection of chic, elegant and in-vogue Indian and Indo-western clothing.

I wore two relatively different outfits from her latest collection that narrates a beautiful tale of modern day India through two of our country’s most remarkable, yet forgotten weaves. From the by-lanes of Bhuj and the heart of West Bengal come the purest of Indian fabrics – Kala Cotton and Khadi Matka. The collection uses the former in subtle, muted, earthen tones to create stylish day-wear; and striking, bright hues for the evening-wear made in Khadi Matka.

The range is an elegant ensemble of pure Indian fabrics, western Influences, trendy cuts and the most intricate embroideries garnered with innovative detailing and stitching techniques. Both my outfits are made of handwoven Khadi Matka – a very light and breathable fabric. I picked these because they came in bright hues as opposed to the earthy tones of the Kala Cotton. The comfort level is unbelievable, without compromising on the structure.





Say for example, the pleats on the naturally dyed maroon ensemble – how neat do they look? This outfit is perfect for someone looking for some drama and structured detailing. It fits perfectly and accentuates my body just right. It could be accessorised by adding a chunky clutch, hoops and heels for a different look.

My second outfit is this natural dyed green cropped shrug on this elegant flowy black maxi dress. I love how the horizontal embroidery detailing on the shrug makes my body look proportionate. It can be effortlessly dressed down for the evening with some sneakers or comfy booties, or dressed up for the night by adding some heels or blingy jewelry. While we always focus on trends, these outfits are a refreshingly classy take on fashion!




Modelled by: Flexcia D’souza (Facebook | Instagram |Twitter)
Outfits: Summer 2018 collection of Praan:t (Facebook | Instagram)
Photography by: Viresh Chari (Facebook | Instagram)
Shoot location: Panaji, Goa

Friday, February 16, 2018

Six latest books by Indian authors you must read ASAP (...I loved them)


#ToTheMoon How I Blogged My Way To Bollywood
Author: Malini Agarwal
Genre: Non-fiction (autobiography)
Published on: 7 January 2018
This is everything you need to read if you’ve been a Miss Malini fan. I’ve been looking forward to the book ever since it was announced and finished it within days of receiving my copy. It’s everything a young entertainment media professional would need to read at the beginning of my career.


The Perils of Being Moderately Famous
Author: Soha Ali Khan
Genre: Non-fiction (autobiography)
Published on: 12 December 2017
I finished reading this engaging book in one sitting. Kunal Kemmu used to be my teenage crush while in school. Remember his look in Kalyug? And the synopsis looked pretty enticing. A glimpse into the family that’s contributed so much to Bollywood.


Dangerous Minds
Authors: Hussain Zaidi and Brijesh Singh
Genre: Non-fiction (crime thriller)
Published on: 20 June 2017
This read was everything I’d hoped and wished it was. I totally love the author – Hussain Zaidi and have pretty much read all his books. He’s a crime journalist turned author and makes books on his experience covering hardcore crime over the decades, which includes narrating life stories of some of the most notorious gangsters India has known, and the lesser known ones too!


Seventy… And Too Hell With It
Author: Shobhaa De
Genre: Non-fiction (memoir)
Published on: 13 December 2017
Shobhaa De, in a voice that’s confident and candid recounts her relationships in the past seventy years of life as a celebrity journalist and author. Like every other book of hers, this is a well written memoir and makes a delightful read for those who love her writing.


The Kiss of Life
Author: Emraan Hashmi and Bilal Siddiqui
Genre: Non-fiction
Published on: 5 April 2016
This book, provides an insight into the life of the actor, right from the time he was a child artiste, to a lead actor to the time he shot to fame to the time his career slowed down. Everything from his relationships to his acting career becomes a part of this book, though the major chunk of it is of course, how he and his son brave the deadly cancer and bounce back.


The Boy With A Broken Heart
Author: Durjoy Datta
Genre: Romance/thriller
Published on: 15 November 2017

This is a sequel to Durjoy’s The Boy Who Loved which released earlier this year and is a gripping and enchanting tale with the desired suspense and drama as the story advances. Though I loved the chick-lits he wrote while I was younger, I love how his books have changed over the years and his writing skills have just advanced to cater to a different audience. You must read this one, also because his author pic is cute! :p  

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Styling for a day out







If you're someone looking for style and comfort at the same time - here's an poutfit inspiration for you. I styled my shirt dress with a basic v-neck white tee and comfortable cotton shorts. Threw on a pair of sneakers and accessorized with a choker to complete this easy look for a day out. Hope you liked this post!  

Monday, January 15, 2018

Perfect Sunday Indulgence at the 11:11 Brunch at Kenilworth Resort & Spa, Utorda, South Goa


Hey guys!

If you’re wondering how to spend the slightly warm and humid Sunday afternoons in Goa without getting baked in the sun, the 11:11 Brunch at The Palms, the Kenilworth Resort & Spa is your answer! What a fun day it was when I made my way down south to soak in some sun and indulge in some good food and quality drinks.

The team at the resort nestled in the white sands of Utorda Beach promises to make your Sundays full of fun, with a scrumptious culinary journey, and you guessed it right, at the stroke of 11:11 am! Their love for the number 11 manifests itself in the 11 live stations, the 11 activities for adults and kids and 11 concoctions that the bar has skilfully mixed for unlimited feasting and a delightful noon, apart from the extravagant spread of international cuisine and live music.



 




Though the temperatures are rising, Kenilworth urges you to get out your swimwear and dip into one of Goa’s biggest swimming pools or if you like the bright day, bask in the sun sipping on your Sunken kiss, Kenilworth sun tan lotion or Green melon fenirita, the tantalizing cocktails. For those of you who would rather prefer a lighter beverage, there are mocktails like Pink flamingo, Aqua no jito and Mystical magic which are sure thirst quenchers.






   

You can indulge in delectable food at the 11 live counters, where you can get your food done fresh, before your eyes, and customized to your tastes. Choose from the farm fresh healthy salads or sink into meat paradise with the grills, Lebanese shawarma and the Muhammad Ali counters. Try some Indian tangy chaats or Italian pizzas made fresh from the wood-fired oven. Get a taste of Thailand with the Thai curry counter, pamper your Goan tastebuds at the Chorizo and pav counter or dig into some south Indian flavours at the Dosa/idli live station.  With all this you will definitely have a great time.

But no brunch is ever complete without dessert and they have a variety here including the Jalebi/malpua counter, the crepe suzette counter and one of the most chased after in haute cuisine the Tepanyaki ice cream counter where you can make your own ice cream, choosing from the mix of flavours and fruits, before your very eyes! It surely is a haven for dessert lovers (like me).







In addition to the interesting food and drinks, they have 11 activities to go with their ‘11’ theme, which includes, water zorbing, paintball, fighter zorb, shooting, archery, foose ball, table tennis, giant outdoor chess, carom, score-a-penalty, cycling and Frisbee. So you can stay back until 4 pm enjoying all of that, like we did! And while the kids could still have a fabulous time at the supervised kids zone watching movies, drawing, making card and craft, the adults can also indulge in some soul soothing spa treatments from 9 am to 6 pm at a whopping 50% discount, by booking a massage a day in advance!

On the day I went, they also had their Christmas cake mixing ceremony and it was a lot fun!








The food is yummy, as I mentioned earlier. And combined with the host of activities they offer, is totally value for money! At Rs. 1111++, the 11:11 Brunch is all you need to have a super Sunday at the Kenilworth Resort & Spa, with food and activities. Children below 12 years, can avail a special 50% discount aswell. For those who want to thrive on some unlimited cocktails and mocktails, pay Rs. 1750++, per adult. You can book your table by calling on +91 8550993289.






The Palms - Kenilworth Resort Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato