The One With “Aamchi Mumbai !”

My Incomplete Visit to Bombay.

It’s not so much what you learn about Mumbai, it’s about what you learn about yourself, really. It’s a funny old hippie thing, but it’s true as well. You find a lot about yourself and your tolerence, and about your inclusiveness.

~Danny Boyle

Mumbai- A city that never rests!

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Rainy Cabby!

Ever had an unplanned trip to a city about which you have heard allot but never got a chance to visit?

Well, I got a chance to visit Mumbai and here is the story of my stay in the city which never ceases to amaze people, and I hope these iconic food stories amaze you too!

Day-1 :

Mumbai welcomed me with soft drizzling which was quite unexpected (only for me localities are used to it !) and thus I headed to the place where I was going to stay for the rest of my trip.

Finally the drizzling stopped in the afternoon and without wasting any time I went straight to my first spot,

Bandstand Promenade, Bandra :

Around 1km long path perfect for walking/running on the seaside gives you an extraordinary feeling which drags you into being in love with the sea!

To The Rocks & Beyond!

Those “High Tides” will definitely attract the wanderer inside you and force you to go and feel the splash of saline water on your face, but those rocks are the riskiest place to be at that moment.

When you visit Bandra, how could you miss the Bandra Fort?

Castella de Aguada (Bandra Fort) :

Located in “Land’s End in Bandra” gives you this unforgettable view of “Bandra-Worli Sea Link” to which you can peacefully stare for hours. The NY style Skyline beside the bridge is so beautiful, one can imagine just in dreams!

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India?!? YES !!

Have a Coke and memorize this view because the first sight is going to be the everlasting impression of this place!

Mumbai is like Manhattan. There’s a certain peace, a social life and the thrill of a professional life.

~Madhuri Dixit

Now let’s skip it to the “Delicious” Mumbai :

A man has to eat and the scenes from Bandstand & Bandra Fort couldn’t kill my hunger anyway, so I went to Carter Road area to have some yummy street food at Carters Blue & Dr. Bubbles,

Carter’s Blue :

Fine ambiance + good food = Happy Eats!
I had the Chicken Shawarma which is a must try for this outlet, well-baked shawarma bread filled with perfectly cooked chicken along with yummy mayonnaise and sour beetroot.

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Shwarmaaé Magic

Also, the Crispy Corns, a spicy preparation, had not only fried sweet corns but also spring onions, tomato & garlic too!

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Feel the Crisp!

Overall a good place for having some exotic dishes at a fine ambiance!

Dr. Bubbles :

Follows the brand new concept of serving iced tea with bubbles. Service is pretty quick and the takeaway packaging is quite impressive!
I had their basic jelly tea, which was less sweet than expected and thus had a fine taste!

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The Tea Specialist!

For my further cravings, I head to the nearest Burger King outlet which was at Bandra West,

Burger King :

Needed not much description, the infamous Burger King always know my order will include a Chicken Whopper as usual, along with a Coke Float and the brand new Potato Rings!

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It takes two hands to handle a Whopper!

The burger was no doubt amazing and the potato rings were good too, the honey chilly dip in that small cup made my day!

Then for the dinner, I went to Mao- The Famly Restaurant :

A fine-dine restaurant serving Chinese & North Indian Cuisine near Azad Nagar metro station, real quick service and the food is lovable. Recommendations include Dal Fry, Mushroom Masala, Sev Bhaji & Kadhai Chicken!

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Dinner Dong!

Further, I decided to to go to Marine Drive and the mode of transport I choose to go there was the infamous Mumbai Local. And my experience was Extraordinary because I got a chance to go by the last local which was at 1 AM!

 

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Lets Local!

 

“Darr Ke Aage Jeet Hai, Dadar Ke Aage Seat Hai !”

Marine Drive :

The thing about this place is that it makes the outsiders Speechless, and thus I don’t have much to say. At midnight this place lights up the peace inside you, no matter what state of mind you are in.

 

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Not Scared To Be Lonely!

 

The sea, the breeze, the tides and that pure milk Tea! 

At that moment you think “What else you need in your life ?!” One can spend the whole night at the Boulevard without any regrets for the sleepless night.

…In a city where anything and everything can change,…

…the sea remains constant.

Bandra-Worli Sea Link :

Another good thing to visit Marine Drive is you get to ride on the Bandra Worli Sea Link. A cable-stayed bridge, that links Bandra to Worli.

 

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“Midnight!”

 

A ride on Bandra Worli Sea Link is all it takes to get away from mental stress or any sad spell! Period.

~Omkar Deshmukh

Day-2 :

Sunday always brings the best of Mumbai, and thus on this day, I went to several places which are known to serve the best delicacies of their kind.

Tea Villa Cafe :

A chain of multi cuisine Cafés serving Continental, Italian, Asian Cuisines at its best.

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Wait. Go. Stop.

Pretty Place with delicious food is what anyone would wish for weekend outings.
Attractive ambiance fine service brings you a memorable experience at this well-known cafe!

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Teabags Shebags!

Recommendations are Mac N Cheese Pizza, which was indeed very cheesy and thin crust made it easy to gulp the mac n cheese topping.

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Crazyyy Cheesyyy!

The Lasagne was served along with the garlic bread, as usual, had spinach and other veggies baked with lasagne sheets in a tomato based sauce and topped with cheese slice!

 

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#mosiac

The chilly paneer is a must try for this place, which had the goodness of broccoli, carrots, pumpkin, and bell-peppers tossed in a yummy Thai gravy along with fresh paneer (cottage cheese) cubes!

 

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Chilli! NOT Spicy.

You can never miss the Freakshakes at Di Bella on your first Mumbai visit.

Di Bella :

One of the most popular chains of Mumbai- Coffee By Di Bella serves you these yummy Nutella Waffles and lip-smacking Freak shakes.

The Nutella Waffle- Freshly baked waffle topped with lots and lots of Nutella served with a scoop of Vanilla Icecream (Chocolate scoop is optional) and the delicious Whipped Cream. Melted Nutella tastes like heaven over yummy warm waffle along with the ice cream & whipped cream are bliss to your taste buds!

 

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My Belly Wants Di Bella!

Melbourne Freakshake- Chocolate thick shake with rich cream and dark chocolate topped with whipped cream, oreo, chocolate sticks, Nutella waffle and the best of all, crunchy chocolate pearls!

 

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*Freakkk*

You can either challenge yourself to have it all or find the best part to start indulging this freak shake, you are going to be amazed in every sip/bite of this freak shake!

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Cannot get over it!

Rude Lounge :

Another chain of casual dining lounge with loud music and Bollywood nights on Sundays. Serves north Indian, Italian, Chinese & Continental cuisines along with which you can enjoy open dining and have a fun night life experience. The music is so good and loud that you can show some moves around/on your spot and also they serve a variety of Cocktails etc.

I ordered Red Sauce Arabiata Pasta, which was pretty good to taste buds served with yummy garlic bread and topped with parsley, a must try preparation!

 

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Pastaaaa Finally!

 

Second came the Crispy Chilli Garlic Potato made with crispy fried potato fingers, green chilli, spring onion & chopped garlic. Lipsmacking!

 

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That Rose Though!

 

For drinks, I had Kiwi Iced Tea which was prepared with natural tea leaves and had a yummy sweet kiwi flavor. A multi-toned drink with refreshing flavors!

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The Shady Drink!

Day-3 :

The last day was again a restless one. So less time, So many places to go!

Nandu Dosa, Juhu :

A remarkable place for South Indian lovers, they have a variety of Dosas and Idli preparations.

I had the Open Pizza Dosa prepared by cooking separately the corns, bell peppers, paneer and other toppings and then topping them over saucy plain dosa base. Finally grating a lot of cheese over it. Served with White and Red chutney.

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Italian Dosa!

Other recommendations are Chopsey Dosa (Noodle Dosa) & Dilkhush Dosa!

Taco Bell :

My love for Mexican cuisine brought me to this place finally and my experience was a memorable one at the Taco Bell in Inorbit Mall.

I ordered the five taco meal in which there were two Paneer (Cottage Cheese) Tacos and other three were Sweet Corn, Kidney Beans & Chickpeas. The meal is for two thus includes two small Pepsi of your choice.

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Taco-licious!

This meal is a recommended order for all Mexican food lovers like me!

The-J, Carter Road :

Since one visit was not enough for such a foodie street, I went again and this time I had these Cheese Chilli Fries from The-J. Such new concept for serving cheesy fries in a paper cone is fun to eat and also good for on-the-go rushes.

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J for Jolly-good!

Tibb’s Frankie :

A common chain of Frankie makers which serves vegetarian and non-vegetarian Frankie rolls. I had the Bhuna Chicken Frankie which has several juicy chicken pieces and yummy tangy gravy wrapped in a Nan. A must try preparation from any outlet!

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Want some?

Wow Popcorns :

Because salted Popcorns are too mainstream, the Wow Popcorns (Wow=WorldWonderfulfull) brings you the yummiest variants of popcorn flavors such as Mexican, Chocolate, Caramel, Cheese, Pudhina etc.

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Welcome to the WOW!

Chocolate & Mexican flavors are the best and highly recommended ones.

Belgian Waffle :

Finally dessert time!

Belgian waffle outlets are known for fresh and yummy hot waffles in 14 different tastes. I had the Naked Nutella Waffle along with Chocolate Ice-cream which is again a must try combo for this place. Nutella & Chocolate Ice-cream sandwiched between two-quarter waffles and served in a paper cone as shown,

There is no place in the world quite like Mumbai.

It’s big, it’s loud, its beautiful, its Delicious

and the most of all, it’s Iconic.

Here are some other pictures of my trip on my phone gallery to share,

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So this was all for my Mumbai Visit, which is incomplete because there were so many more places on my Zomato Bookmark, anyways SEE YOU SOON MUMBAI!

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The One With ” Sadda PUNJAB !!”

My Short visit to Punjab’s Malerkotla District.

Malerkotla is situated 45km from Ludhiana near Sangrur. My stay was with a typical Punjabi family at a residential area. Entering Punjab reminded me two of the most obvious delicacies of the state, i.e., “Aloo Paratha” & “Punjabi Lassi“.

Paratha : The thickness of this huge paratha made it difficult to eat more than just one. Served along with curd had that punjabi essence in every bite which I will never forget. Curd can be replaced with homemade “White Butter”.  You can experience the taste of a Punjabi aloo paratha at any of the famous Dhabhas in Punjab. “Punjab me aa k Aloo Da Paratha ni khaya to kya fayda !

Lassi : A typical Butter Lassi is the copyright of Punjab as its very hard to find such a thick and smooth Lassi anywhere else. With rooh-afza garnishing, this small Lassi was a delight and one thing I always miss about Punjab. “Punjab Di Lassi Da Koi Jawaab Nahi !

This was my Breakfast I had at  “Zimidaari Dhaba” on Ludhiana highway.

You can say that the “Pind” side of punjab consists mainly of three things, Gurudwaras, Fields & Brick kilns.

 Also the most unique thing you will find at almost every house in Punjab is the various shapes of water tanks. Some are shown below :

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Yes, They store water in them !

Later that day I went to the infamous temple of “Shri Naina Devi Ji“, which is situated on a hilltop in the Bilaspur District. There is a cable car facility too. Its not very hard to reach there and the temple from inside is pretty historical. The view from the top was really mesmerizing !

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Unrealistic !

Later that day, I went to “Gurudwara Anandpur Sahib“, which is at Roapar District. A well known place to embrace the beautifull scenic views of Himalayas !

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So Peacefull !

The next day I planned to explore the Street Food at Malerkotla, so I went near the “Delhi Gate” and there was a vendor selling the unique “Noodle Burger” and also “Malai Chaap“. These two dishes are not very easy to find in any other city.

Burger : The one and only Noodle Burger is a fusion of unique flavours. It was filled with Schezwan sauce, ketchup, aloo pattie, mayonnaise and finally rolled up Noodles. This Spicy treat is nowhere to be found except Punjab ! The making video of this awesome burger is on my Instagram Page ! (@thehungryindori). Price– ₹25/- Only !

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Ohh Boy !

Malai Chaap : This Buttery-Creamy Not-So-Common Dish is Vegetarian and damn Tasty ! The Rich Creamy taste is what makes it the most wanted serving of the place. First the soya is marinated and cooked over red coal, then this “Tikka” of Chaap is tossed in a lot of cream and butter with various tangy spices which will drool your mouth with craving of this amazing creation ! Price– ₹130/- Only

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So this was all on my Short Visit to Punjab. I hope you like it and if try these on your next visit to Punjab please do tell me about your experience at thehungryindori@gmail.com.

Here is a slideshow of rest of my pictures I took during my Trip !

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