REVIEW : Dessert Garden! 

If you want to visit a place that gives u a slice of all the FB feeds on real goodfood, then there’s a chance you have got! Visit the Dessert garden at High Street Phoenix…

It is a golden opportunity to eat every type of dessert. After reaching there I m sure you will be baffled as to where do I begin, but as you start discovering the stalls you will realise what you really want to try. 

Take your time and stroll around the whole place I know the stalls are really tempting and it is highly impossible to cover each and every stall but if you don’t do that you will end up regretting later! So have a look at the stalls and what they have to cater, begin with something that is totally new to you, experiment at the beginning, because when you just enter you come with an open mind, later on as you keep passing across stalls its highly confusing as to what you want to order.

All the stalls have desserts and savoury anywhere from Rs 100 to 350. So on an average you spend around Rs 200 on every stall. Ideally if you go in a group of friends you can try more things and get a bite of everything, but if that’s not your idea then you can stick to 1 friend and together you could decide for each other.

The Desserts are lined up on the front rows in the beginning and as you proceed inside, the savoury stalls are on one side on the right. There is a huge variety in Ice creams, from sundae stalls to roll ice cream to the delicious candies,my personal favourite. The Desserts have a wide variety, cupcakes,cookies, cake in jar, waffles on stick,i think i saw crepes too, pastries, mousse,and pavlova was the first thing I tried, hadn’t ever heard about it but just because it’s a masterchef recipe I had to sample it. It was fantastic, I had the lemon curd flavour. 

All those sweets will keep you craving for something salty, head to Chips on stick, its got amazing fingerlicking good stuff, i tried zucchini with mexican sprinkle. The pizza in cone was so much fun to watch it get baked and then there are different veg and nonveg fillings, we tried the original, Italiano. If you go to the Ice cream Candy stall you can’t miss thier very own fruit one, it tastes amazing as you eat and lick through tropical fruits. Also if you are too hungry like I was, hit the Hot dog stall, its really filling and tasty. I had the chicken dog. We also tried the banofie cake in jar and it is really delicious. 

After hogging on all this cheat food, I also picked up some healthy snacks to take home. There is one stall selling amazing baked snacks. I picked up herb and cheese makhana & baked pizza sticks. Taste before you buy, there’s ample variety. 

I hope this review helps you! Check out my other blogs too…

Get there soon before it gets over, today is the last day!

Travel Diaries: Romantic Venice 

img_0321Venice is a manmade island! Hard to believe, isn’t it? And all the more because it is a combination of 170 islands and 400 bridges! It is built on the Adriatic Sea with the help of wooden blocks. Legend has it that it all started in the land of Padova, where “Hund”, the king of Hungary had terrorised the people. As this king was good at horsemanship he used to loot the villagers, but very soon they realised that naval force was his weakness. So in a move to save themselves, the villagers relocated to marshy lands.img_0338

We reached the Port Fucina in time for our ride to the epic St. Mark’s Square. The weather was amazing. It was a bright and sunny morning as we set to cruise to Venice. There are water taxis here, to move from one island to another, called “vaporetto . img_0377The cruise was a windy one, although the sun was out, the winter had set in. It was a sight to remember as we neared the beautiful city, monuments and well painted buildings by the banks on both sides. It was another moment of “Clickathon”! No wonder “Napoleon” said the Mark’s Square to be the drawing room of Europe.

While walking on the streets of Venice, the capital of Veneto region there were jingles running through my head, for everything looked so pretty! The gondola, the river, the bridges, the roads, the perfect blue sky and the white – golden structures against it. The difference between the Basilica and the Cathedral was finally understood. Cathedral is the seat of Bishop and Basilica is the place, saint’s body is buried. Here, we saw the Basilica, it had Bronze horses in its structure. These Poles around symbolizes the victory of battles.

img_0416Also there are two granite columns, one is “Winged Lion” the symbol of Venice and the other has St.Theodor slaying a dragon. Both are significant structures at the square. I loved posing around here and the selfie stick actually turned out to be my bestfriend!

Also Romance was totally in the air, saw so many young couples proposing by the Gondola and the Basilica. It was a sweet sight! And personally I felt this place was indeed very dreamy and totally worth falling in love with.

Travel Diaries: Munich to Wattens to Innsbruck!

The tour began after a long flight via Muscat, changeover for Munich. It was freezing as I stepped in Munich. I obviously wasn’t accustomed to these chilly winds since I have been born and brought up in Mumbai. We were taken to an Indian restaurant once we boarded our coach and, from the bus onto the restaurant every step I took was a self reminder that, “Nikhita, you better gear up well, or the winter is going to freeze you for good!”

I would have loved to sip on a chilled beer since it was Germany, and I do know that Octobeer just got over because I made the most of it by experimenting with Beer in my hometown, but here that thought just went off once I started eating the hot indian meal. Our tour manager gave us warm greetings and I couldn’t contain our excitement as we checked in to our Hotel.

The next morning, after a wholesome breakfast, we got onto our coach for an orientation tour of Munich city. The next 10 days our bus was going to be the second home where we were going to spend literally the most time. It was warm and cozy, with reclining seats and windows that gave a very good view.

 We reached our first halt, the Marian square, to see the Madonna statue that is gold plated structure, and Golden Roof next to the church.

It’s rather funny, that everytime I peeped out, there was a moment of Wow! All these Mercs, BMWs,Porches, Audis,Volkswagens, Volvos flooded on roads and rarely anything other than them. It was indeed a treat to keep watching them in abundance, but what also surprised me is that there were different tracks for cyclists. 

We then went to Wattens, to see the Green monster fountain, aka the biggest Swarovski Outlet. Danielle Swarovski invented these crystals and the brand came into play. The showroom is under this monster, and as you step onto a belt you are surrounded by shimmer and dazzle. Among the extravagant displays,the bridal outfits studded with crystals, a beautiful peacock and Disney souvenirs caught my eye.

After that visit, we then headed on to Innsbruck at Austria. The excellent roads were built during Hitler ‘s time and are called Autobahns. These roads even landed planes during world war II. They supposedly don’t have a speed limit. 

The “Inn” in Innsbruck is the name of the river and “bruck” means bridge in German. Along the cobbled stone pathways lies a scenic city with buildings in gothic structures.The Maria Theresien Strasse had a row of shops and cafes around, with beautiful displays where I couldn’t stop posing. There was one boutique which had thier traditional dress, the milkmaid outfit on display along the mugs of bubbling beer. 

The local pubs had a Barrel on thier enterance along with some beautiful floral decor. As we walked along the streets it was early evening, so we saw a lot of street artists,performers, cartoon characters, painters, bubble makers and musicians. They were putting up a good show, and I even had a photoshoot with one such artist. The place had a great vibe and it was really eye pleasing to see it all in the old city charm. 

The crossroads looked attractive too, as buildings were coloured in different shades of pastels in a harmonious manner. This city was a visual treat!

Travel Diaries: Sojourn en Paris

Paris welcomed me with a very homely feeling! The bustle of a city full of life. My day began with a scrumptious breakfast of Pancakes, croissant, pudding, cakes, coffee and so much more, but all I really wanted was to see the eiffel tower. 

Couldn’t wait anymore, and so we left for the once a wonder of the world. This tower was built as a temporary structure for the world exhibition in the year 1888, and it was only made for 5 months. Later it was decided to be restored and this wasn’t appreciated by the locals initially. They disliked the structure because they viewed it as inappropriate with the old charm of the city. An antenna was installed on it during world war II and till date its height is 130 meters. It is made up of iron and steel. 

After reaching, we got a ticket and got into the que for an elevator which takes you to the different levels. We went upto second floor which gives you a beautiful view of Paris city. All the monuments can be seen in miniatures. It was a moment of “Clickathon”! 

We then went to a café, I saw a beautiful display of Macaroons. I was really tempted to pick up some, but to my shock one macaroon was for 1.90€. I held back myself, because I am not very fond of Macaroons, I have tasted it back home but I will definitely pick up some if I get it at a better price, maybe I just wasn’t tempted enough. 

PARIS city tour awaited us next. It was also time to know all about the Perfumes at the Fragonard perfumery. Here there was the distillery of olden days and bottles of different shapes and sizes. A whole museum was dedicated to perfume making and it smelled like flowerbeds! The variety of perfumes were made out of essential oils and each had its distinct concoctions. We were given a whiff of thier top 6 scents and I honestly got so confused that I ended up picking nothing but it was indeed a learning experience as I learnt about the kind of fragrances I identify myself with.

Our city tour guide joined us in, and we then scanned the streets of Paris. The grand brands at Champs de Elyss, to name a few Loius Vittoun, Channel, Cartier, Bvlgari, it had it all. We then passed under Arc de Triumph, which is at a height of 50 metres. 

The city seemed to be in its all glamorous avatar as the sun set and we got ready for our Cruise on river sienne. 

It was all glittering as we passed by the monuments on both sides of the bank. Eiffel tower is one structure which can be spotted from everywhere in the heart of the city. As the division is according to the river, eiffel is on Left bank. It was illuminated and on our way back we say the champagne lights. It is a treat to see the Eiffel at night because it is so much more in a city that is all about Love! Paris, I promise to the Eiffel that I will visit you again when Love finds me. Till then I will take inspiration from the energy that’s bustling around me, for I love the idea of Love!

The day ended on a high note as I saw the carousal,Rue de Paris that is a ferries wheel and the opera house. 

Travel Diaries: A Swiss Affair 

Ever since I have known about Snow I have always wanted to visit Switzerland! And as I say Swiss, Snow, Chocolates, Cheese and Swiss Knife pop on top of my wishlist. I knew I couldn’t take Snow back home but the rest and offcourse the Bell has kept me fascinated for years after watching DDLJ! 

As we crossed over the border of Italy and entered I would be lying if I don’t tell you that the writter just awakened from within. We touched swiss after a long Tunnel and what a contrast of weather, from winter chills we went to snowfall Hills. I have seen snow in my native country but catching glimpses of the first snowfall of winter in Switzerland was a moment which just fulfilled my trip. The snow flakes slowly and steadily settled on the coniferous trees along the montain slopes, the houses along the road’s rooftops got a coating, also the cars and pathways weren’t spared from turning into white beauties. It was a matter of worry before, as to how was I going to survive the winter but now it turned into a treat. My camera just couldn’t get enough of the snow scenes so did my eyes, and the eyes won over as I kept down the camera to fill my personal memory storage,aka brain! As we halted for lunchtime, the restaurant to my surprise had tables lined by the window panes overlooking the mountains. It was hot indian food and the icy cold view. The food was excellent, my favourite rajasthani sweet pickle which is hard to find even back home and an apple sheera for dessert, couldn’t ask for more. 

We then left for Mt.Titlis. Here after buying a ticket and you also get a sticker pass to be put on. Then you first have to get into the “Gondola”, which is a six seater cable car that takes you to the point where there is a station for “Rotair”, that is a big cable car with a capacity of 60 people and revolves on its axis as it carries to Mt.Titlis. Surrounded by snow it was completely white except for the colourful specks which were people climbing down the mountain. 

The Mt Titlis has 5 storey building, with open snow area on 5th floor, the place I was most looking forward to.

 It also has a restaurant and bar on 2nd floor but we chose to go to the Move n Pick Ice cream parlour on level 3. I had the swiss chocolate ice cream since I wanted to try things local, it was the most creamy chocolate I ever had. It cost us a little less than four euros but it was definitely all part of the frozen memories that I was going to carry back home. 

We also visited Lucerne, which was again a very scenic place by the Coblebruck. It had a row of cafés by the lake which had beautiful Christmas decor already. It was a day well spent.