A winter weekend in Dilli

Hello world!

My blog www.sarasuri.wordpress.com has shifted to www.melangeofmusings.com . As the name of the blog suggests, Mélange of Musings is my personal space for me to talk about pretty much anything and everything! I do have varied interests which range from photography to fashion to sociology. I wanted this space to be a medium for me to express my self whether it may be my gastronomic adventures, travel tales or random thoughts. I hope you enjoy the blog hereafter!

IMG_0098Right before my second semester of my Masters programme started, I decided to explore my favorite Delhi markets! Even though Hauz Khas village, Khan Market and Meherchand Market have been visted and revisited repeatedly there’s something so charming about them that makes me happy, especially in winter. Delhi’s been extremely cold since the past few days and there was definitely nothing more inviting than bacon and sausages at Khan Market or fried oreos in Hauz Khas! It was at that thought that this fabulous weekend began!

Day 1 : I started off by visiting the ‘village’ as it’s popularly known. I couldn’t stop my self from entering this little vintage shop – House of Blondie. I absolutely adore the stuff here as much I love the decor of the store itself which makes me feel like i’ve  entered a fashion time machine. My favorite items at the store are definitely the accessories, especially the necklaces, hands down! Some of their jewelry is also available at www.koovs.com.

IMG_9999Details : Jewel embellished beanie from Forever21 

IMG_9996The perfect round sunglasses. EVERYONE, and I repeat, everyone needs to have a pair of these. Theyre extremely versatile and be paired but in numerous ways to pep up any outfit! These ones are available at the House of Blondie itself.

IMG_0007A little insight as to what I wore : I tried to keep the outfit chic while being extremely comfortable and warm at the same time. I ended up sticking to the staple all-black outfit while breaking the monochrome with the cream cozy snood and oxblood nail paint. Outfit details : Black sweater : H&M , Black Jacket : Forever21 , Black leather skirt : Forever 21 ,Black tights : Marks & Spencers

After the visit to House of Blondie, it was time for some coffee! I chose to go L’opera even though I haven’t ever tried their coffee as I’m usually too pre-occupied feeding my self macarons or croissants. I ordered the Americano and it was actually pretty decent! I would still like to stick to their french desserts but the coffee was a decent accompaniment.

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As soon as we got done with the coffee, my friend , Madhavi and I decided to head to New York Slice ,which is AMAZING! It’s  conceptualized around New York as the name suggests. The pizzas are named around areas in New York such Grand Central, Madison Square, Fifth Avenue and so on! This little diner lets you build your own pizza, buy a slice (which is what we did and it was really filling) or buy the whole pizza itself. We ordered a slice of the Grand Central – a classic pepperoni pizza and it was really yummy. It was no where close to being an authentic italian thin crust pizza but then truthfully it never claimed to be! It specializes typically in the American pan fried pizzas, which was (truthfully) what I craved for to beat the Delhi Winter. Along with pizza slice we ordered a portion of the Oreo Delight (Fried Oreos) which was simply out of the world! I havn’t ever seen fried oreos been ofered on any menu anywhere in Delhi and this was a pleasant surprise! They were served really hot , coated with sugar and when bitten into oozed of hot oreo chocolate and cream.

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Day 2 : The next day I went for brunch with to Khan Market at  The Blue Door Cafe. Here, my friend Shirin and I ordered two dishes and decided to split them between us. I ordered ‘The Works’ which was a breakfast special and oh boy, it really did work! They served scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, grilled tomatoes, hash browns , and bread! On the other hand, Shirin ordered the The Blue Door Cafe Hamburger which was a gastronomic delight! It comprised of a pork patty, bacon, bbq sauce, grilled pineapple and melter cheddar.I’d highly recommend going to this cafe and ordering something from their breakfast menu, the italian parma ham and cheese sandwich, the blue door house style crepe and the Blue door cafe hamburger. The cafe opens up as early as 7:30 am which is surely a plus point!IMG_0102

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From Khan Market , we drove down to Mehar Chand Market which is just a few minutes away. We chose to have a cup of traditional turkish coffee at Kunafa which was perfect after our lovely meaty brunch. Kunafa, a confectionary run by Nasser Barakat offers innumerable Arabic delights such as 15-16 kinds of Baklava, 30 differents kinds of Kunefa, dates, figs and honey. Even though its towards the pricier side, its a must visit for anyone who wants to try out some traditional and rich pastry from the Middle East.IMG_0100

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The final pitstop was Chez Nini , a french restaurant where we stopped for the last course : Dessert! We ordered Red Velvet Cupcakes which were rich and creamy yet extremely light.They were the icing to the cake ; an end to the perfect weekend 🙂IMG_0084Details : The red chairs and fairy lights at Chez Nini

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Outfit Details – Dress, Oversized Cardigan , Snood : Forever 21 . On my lips : Colourbar – Take me as I am , Orchid Pink 012 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Thanks a MILLION Madhavi and Shirin for coming along with me and clicking the outfit pictures on day 1 and day 2 respectively. Couldn’t have done with without you both!

Till we meet again, love you all

Sara

Wanderlust : Goa

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I just returned from Goa and was going through the camera roll on my phone! I thought it would be fun to show you guys some of the pictures that I took throughout the trip! Be ready to expect a lot of selfies (haha)! Even though we went for five nights, time passed by in a blink. Whether it might be the commercial beach Clubs in Baga or finding a secluded shack in Candolim, there’s no way one cant find their own happy place in Goa.  Hope you enjoy the post 🙂

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The top 5 things I recommend to do in Goa in December :

1) Eat the yummiest Goan food at Calamari (Candolim) , Brittos , Zanzibar ,Martin’s Corner

Top picks : Pork Vindaloo with rice  , Goan Sausages with pav (slurp) , butter garlic calamari , golden fried prawn fitters.

2) Club hop at Titos lane atleast once. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea since Baga happens to be extremely crowded at any given time,  but its worth a shot!

Top places : Mambos, Capetown Cafe , Titos

3) Go to Club Cabana and Love, Passion , Karma

These two super-clubs as they claim to be are absolutely gorgeous. Club Cabana is right on a hill and from a certain point, open air jeeps take you all the way to the top. Once you enter the club which is on three levels, it really does feel like once has entered an enchanted forest.

Love Passion Karma or more commonly known as LPK is a club right on the water front. By water front i mean, a section of it is also on a deck on the water! I went on a Sunday night and the DJ played brilliant EDM!

Tip: Male stag is exorbitantly expensive. Go to any of these clubs as a couple.Oh, and there’s no dress code whatsoever! (I did spot a man in his pajamas)

4) Water and Adventure sports

There are literally innumerable options for an adrenaline junkie! One can try water skiing , jet skiing , parasailing , water skooter , Banana Boat rides or even Scuba diving!

Tip  : For most of the water posts I’d  Calangute and Candolim. Since end- December is a really peak period the prices can range from Rs.400 to Rs.2000 depending on the length of time!

5) Go for a music Festival!

I went for Sunburn this year and absolutely loved it! I also managed to go for the Super Sonic festival after party which was great as well. Sunburn this year occupied a hill at Vagator and as one can imagine, it was massive!

Tip : Buy early bird tickets for these festivals as the prices can really hike up if you wait till december. Infact, most hotels and guest houses are occupied too so if you do plan to attend these festivals , book in advance!

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picture 3Golden Fried Prawns & Tartar Sauce at Zanzibar, Baga

Picture 4The piggie face selfies

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Picture 6 OOTD : Top – Forever 21 . denim shirt : H&M . Shorts – Forever 21 . Flats – River Island

picture 7Somya loving her Coconut Water 😀

picture 8Back to Zanzibar, Baga

picture 9Fort Aguada, Goa (Top: Forever 21)

picture 10Right off the Calamari Beach Shack, Candolim

picture 11The Neon Ferris Wheel, Sunburn Festival

picture 12Ummet Ozcan  at Sunburn Festival

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picture 14#Jacked @ Sunburn Festival

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IMG_9722Got to love the cray tee. In the Goa-mode.

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Christmas Eve

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Merry Christmas everyone 🙂

I really wanted to give you all and insight into my Christmas Eve traditions that my family follows for generations.

My mom has always made sure that more than anything, Christmas is about giving. So then what’s better than being Santa for little kids who really look forward to the small things which they may not be able to buy on their own.

Every year for Christmas and Diwali, my mother and I buy little gifts for the children of those who help us at home. I gift wrap them and place them under the three Christmas tree in the living room. On Christmas day, they come over and receive their goodies 🙂

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The Trifle 

Another tradition we follow is to make the Christmas Trifle! This is definitely my favorite part of Christmas. My mother makes the Trifle every year following a family recipe which she wont let me post here.  Nonetheless, I did manage to take some photographs while she prepared the same! My mother puts in a coin into the Trifle that’s made for the family Christmas Eve dinner and that tradition is just so exciting (not like I ever find the coin). My uncle , since I can remember finds the c0in the trifle each and every year! These little things are what defines the essence of Christmas 🙂 Oh , and the Trifle tastes as fabulous as it looks, trust me pic7

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Hope you enjoyed the post 🙂 Untill next time! A merry Christmas and a happy new year once again!
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The Style Mile

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I wanted to try something different from my previous post on Dubai and this time thought it would be fun to an outfit of the day! I decided to visit “The Style Mile” and couldn’t resist writing about it! Under the shadow of the Qutub Minar , Style Mile , as the name suggests is one of the most fashionable and leisure- oriented streets in New Delhi. Inspired by European street culture, the style mile brings to you old heritage fused with high street style giving a new dimension to this quaint area in Mehrauli. It has an old world charm along with a non- omissible vibe of luxury. Starting from One Style Mile houses Olive, Kimaya and Crème Salon stretches to Steven Style Mile- also known as the Kila, this road is the perfect way to spend a wintery Sunday.

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 The first course at Style Mile is definitely the fabulous shopping extravaganza and pure indulgence experience. Offering Indian ethnic apparel , footwear and accessories, you will be truly satiated with the collection at Kimaya (One Style Mile) or Evoluzione (The Kila- Seven Style Mile ) have to offer you. You name the designers and they’re all there under one roof providing you with one of the best Indian luxury shopping experiences in the city. Some of the designer collections that you will definitely spot are by Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani, Rimple & Harpreet Narula , Rocky S, Shantanu and Nikhil just to name a few. This destination is ideal for finding the perfect Bridal, Festive, Resort or in fact even semi-casual wear. You will also find extremely delicate and intricately designed clutches by Kalaraksha, which are a definite must buy for any wardrobe. Both, Kimaya and Evoluzione are very similar with respect to their collections, however, Evoluzione gives more space to client to explore outfits using colour palettes or browse through designers far more easily than Kimaya. On the other hamd, in Kimaya, the client can easily create an outfit from head to toe without moving an inch. Other than these two stores, Style Mile also houses Sabyasachi @ Carma. Carma Mehrauli, being a heritage property perfectly complements Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s traditional designs as the vintage interiors of the store also designed by him reflect and truly bring out his rich collection. This ASI site, has adopted a completely a traditional persona with rugged walls, chandeliers, old wall hangings, numerous antique clocks.

 

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 As I continued my journey I came across  numerous restaurants, all having one definite thing in common, and that is:  the perfect fine dining experience.  Trishna , the restaurant for Bombay has a spectacular view of the Qutub Minar along with serving it’s signature sea food dishes under the shamianas accounting for a perfect romantic evening with your partner.  The prices do pinch the pocket as a meal will cost nothing less than Rs. 5000 for two excluding taxes and alcohol. If you do happen to try out the Trishna in Delhi, don’t miss their Butter Prawns as they’re an absolute delight to the taste buds. Thai High located in Ambawatta complex also offers a  open air seating (along with an indoor seating) with a direct sceneric view of the Qutub Minar. An authentic Thai restaurant in its essence, the ambience is breathtaking with its Buddha sculptures along with its terrace garden like ambience. Thai High has a private party area too where inviting a few friends for a pleasant and charming evening is a great idea. The most recommended dishes here are the steamed fish with lemon grass and the Thai red curry. Even though the Ambawatta complex does have valet parking, make sure you do have the patience to deal with the chaos of Mehrauli terminal just a few meters away .Finally, Cherie One Qutub, which is a comparatively new European fine dining restaurant, is located right after the Kila, down the road on style mile. The ambience is breathtaking with it’s canopies, hanging wine bottles being used as lamps at the entrance, large windows and plethora of plants giving it a rustic European feel.

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 Olive Bar and Kitchen, the highlight of the course , is located in One Style Mile is highly recommended if you want to have a nice elongated Winter Sunday Brunch or even a romantic dinner date. The restaurant is absolutely picturesque where the white building almost pushes one into a meditative state. If you are a fan of pizzas, then the wood fired and milano paper pizzas are definitely worth trying. The Brunch leaves you in awe with its never ending fare of fresh grills of prawns and tenderloin, a live pasta station , board of cold cuts, wine refills and mouth watering desserts counter all for 2200 + taxes/person. If you’re not in the mood for lunch, and just want to enjoy a couple of drinks, Dirty Martini is a 1920 speakeasy themed bar that you can access from the back door of the Kitchen. Unlike Olive, the lights are dim and cocktails are served in vintage tea cups giving you multiple experiences within same building itself.

The Style Mile is the perfect spot for a day of indulgence and pampering. Not only is it stunning but also has an extremely romantic and cozy vibe to it!

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Thanks a ton Madhavi Singh for taking all the photographs! You’re truly amazing 🙂

Also, Thanks a lot Neha for coming along with me an exploring this beautiful niche int the city!

Location Courstesy: Thai Hai Restaurant, Ambavatta Complex

What I’m wearing – Jumper : H&M , Leggings : Zara , Shoes : Forever21 , Bag : Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac , Rings : Forever21 , Hat : Forever21 , Sunglasses : Ray Bans . On my lips –  Amplified by Mac & Lasting Finish Matt (103) by Kate Moss- Rimmel London

The Desert Photo Diary – Six things

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I went to this desert-state a few days ago for the holidays this winter. Even though Dubai is really newly developed with its tall buildings not more than a thirty years old, it’s definitely a must visit! I stayed at the Address Hotel, Downtown and its FABULOUS! This emirate has something to offer to everyone! Numerous restaurants from cuisines all over the world, cafes by Marina, the ginormous Dubai mall, water park and aquarium at the Atlantis, Dubai fountains, the desert safari , the Dubai creek , the gold and spice souks ;  the list is just ceaseless.

First , The Hotel
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          The View from the Address Hotel, Downtown – Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain &  The infinity pool at the Address Hotel.

Second,  The old town

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The spice  lanes in Diera, old Dubai.

Third, the Desert

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The desert at Sunset ( You must tick off the Desert Safari off your checklist!)

Fourth , The Top

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At the Top, Burj Khalifa (The tallest man-made building in the world)

Fifth, The FOOOOD

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From Sushi , Pizza to the perfect Mediterranean  breakfast, one can never have enough of the in numerous options of food in Dubai!

Sixth – The Selfie

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How can I forget the selfies with mom and dad 🙂

PS: I’ll be posting every week with travelogues, styling posts and of course, my personal favorite – food, so stay tuned 🙂

(The photographs are taken by an SLR 500D (18*200) and an iphone 5 camera )