The Fooze : Kitchenography of Life, Music , Feels and Food

“Millennials are behind the Start up revolution. Lot of Global start ups are minting millions and billions. But then there is another bunch of Millennials who follow their passion and start new ventures which help them fulfill it. Here the main focus is to be happy and enjoy life doing what you like to do and not the millions and billions.”

The Story behind the start of ‘The Fooze’ is interesting.

There will be a lot of us who would have had friends in school with common interests. But once the School days are over then you never get to go ahead with your interests.

The story of Kartik Pendse and Shivam Limaye is also similar. They both had a liking towards cooking during their school days. They left the school but their love of cooking continued.

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Portico : Fuel your Belly Fire with Yummy Food

“Portico” restaurant, which has opened up recently in Hiranandani Estate Thane, offers a variety of haute cuisines.

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Portico welcomes you with a lively ambiance (Still some work is happening around the restaurant). Caricatures and wall paintings along with filament bulbs lights up the place. The pool view enhances the charm of this place.

The restaurant has an interesting menu with a mix of international & Indian cuisine.

I fueled my belly with few mocktails, starters, sizzler and finally the chocolate biscuit.

Mocktails:-

Spicy Papaya Margarita (Mix of Papaya, jalapeno, rosemary, etc.) :

This was a thick serving of papaya with a tinge of jalapeno. Salt n chilli powder was applied on the rim of the glass and a slice of papaya placed on top. It tasted okay.

Blackberry Caipiroshka (Black berry, mint, lime, sprite):

Though Caipiroshka is a popular cocktail in Latin America, the one served at Portico is for the Teetotalers. For those who love the blackberry taste, this mocktail served with blackberry and lime, is a must try at Portico.

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The Walk, Hiranandani Estate : Thane’s New Food Junction

‘The Walk’ is the new shopping arcade which has come up in the midst of the sprawling Hiranandani residential apartments in Thane.

As the name suggests – ‘The Walk’ is restricted only to pedestrians and vehicles are not allowed inside this arcade. So you walk around and enjoy the bustling atmosphere.

Haiko Supermarket is the main attraction here for shoppers who visit the supermarket to refill their groceries and other daily essentials. Westside has opened up a big two floor outlet and it is definitely going to attract the shopping enthusiasts.

The Walk is getting more popular not because of Haiko or Westside but for the number of restaurants which have come up.

The moment you Walk in to ‘The Walk’ – you will be welcomed by KFC and Pizza Hut which have opened up their outlets next to each other. Aromas takes up the next spot.

Bombay Avenue with its multi cuisine offering is the next one on the same line.

The outlets of Chaayos, Starbucks and South Bombay adjacent to each other adds to the restaurants’ list.

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Virgin Courtyard – Chandigarh’s Chak de Italiano 

If you are a foodie then Chandigarh should be a must visit on your cards. One of the best time to visit the ‘City Beautiful’ is during the start of Winter season.

Evenings are very pleasant with the mercury hovering slightly below 10 degrees. If you are from that part of the country where you don’t get the chance to take out your winter clothes then you will be super happy. The jacket that you had bought and kept safely secured in your wardrobe will come to your help while you are in Chandigarh.

The first thing that comes to your mind while thinking of the cuisine here will be Paranthas, Kulchas, Chole Batture, Sarson ka saag & makkai di roti, dahi bhale, etc. When I was planning to have my dinner I had all these dishes in my mind. I started searching for the best restaurants in Cgarh. There were some great Punjabi cuisine options which popped up when I hit the search button. My eyes caught the attention of a restaurant named “Virgin Courtyard” 😉 . This was rated as one of the top 10 restaurants in Chandigarh. I clicked on the link to check the details. To my surprise it turned out to be a fine dine Italian restaurant.

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Goa – Destination known for Beaches, Shopping and Awesome food

Goa the pristine beach location is situated to the West of India. The beaches are running alongside the Arabian Sea. Goa has a long history and was also under the Portuguese rule from 1510 to 1961.

Languages spoken in Goa: Konkani, Marathi, Kannada, Hindi, English

The two things that come to your mind while thinking of Goa are Beaches & Beers.

Goa is clearly demarcated in to South Goa and North Goa.

South Goa is pretty much laid back with lot of five star resort properties. The resorts here will give you an option of private beach. The beaches here include Varca, Benaulim, Palolem, Bogmalo, Mormugao, Majorda beach, Colva, Varca.

North Goa is the happening party place. Starting with Sinquerim beach at one end to Ashwem at the other end – you can enjoy the best happening beaches here.

Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Arambol and Ashwem are the main beaches stretching from one end of North Goa to the other end.

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Kill No Kalories – It’s a Crime – Keep eating and Save the Calories 

‘Burn Calories’ is the trend everywhere.

People are doing everything possible to burn the precious calories, earned from eating & drinking at some point in time, by joining a gym or following a strict diet, etc.

I was surprised to see a restaurant which has propped up two months back in Thane which has gone against this tide.

“Kill No Kalories” – yes you read it right. That’s the name of this cosy small cafe started by the Bhatt brothers – Drupad and Yashit.

The ambience and decor is apt. Wall decor contains captions which will bring a smile to your face and will make you decide that this is my “Cheat Day”.

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Street Food Diaries : Jai Malhar – Hot bhajiyas and Vada pav near the lake 

Gaimukh Chowpaty – The new upcoming hang out place in Thane is bustling with lot of visitors especially in the weekends. There are also lot of people who stop by this place on weekdays to have a cutting chai / snacks / smoke a cigarette.
Though it is an upcoming spot in Thane , still it lacks eatery joints / restaurants. So when you visit Gaimukh Chowpaty – the first question that arises in your mind is ‘kya khaaye aur idhar se khayega toh pet karaab hoga ?’

So if you are fond of Bhajiya and Vada pav then there is a good option.

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#JimikkiKammal – Social Media goes gaga over this Song – Sheril becomes an instant celebrity

#JimikkiKammal is a Malayalam song released during the mid of Aug, 2017. The song is part of the movie “Velipadinte Pustakam” which was released two weeks later.

The first line of the song itself is very catchy and you will keep humming it once you listen to the song.

“Entammede jimikki kammal Enatappan katonde poyi,

Entapante brandy kuppi Entamma kudichu theerthe”

(My mother’s ear rings were stolen by my dad,

My dad’s brandy bottle – my mother drank & finished it”)

It is a peppy song and you will start tapping your feet or moving your body once you start listening to this song.

The original video of this song has till now got 12 million views (Mohanlal – Lalettan fans will be happy)

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Just 25 days and YouTube already has 300+ videos of different versions, remixes, memes,trolls of this song.

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram is having a gala time with hashtag #JimikkiKammal . The data uploaded by the fans of this song has seen an exponential rise in the last couple of weeks.

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Street Food Diaries :Healthy sumptuous Litti Chokha 

Health, Fitness, diet – In the last 2 – 3 years everyone has become conscious about their lifestyle. For some it is about maintaining their ‘body’ and for some it is about keeping themselves fit to increase their ‘shelf life’. Many people make new year resolution as well on these topics. But having said that, if you are a foodie then the urge to eat outside and that too at a Street food outlet becomes the barrier in accomplishing the said lifestyle or resolution.

Being a foodie myself, who is trying to get in to a healthy lifestyle, it was really tough not to eat from my favourite street food stalls.
I was delighted when I figured out that there is a healthy street food option – Litti Chokha.
Litti Chokha – the staple food of farmers and peasants in Bihar, UP and some parts of MP is a healthy and tasty dish. The earthiness of the dish will give you a rustic feel.

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It’s Tea Time : Ketley Brews

The first thing that comes to your mind after a 3-4 hours of shopping with your family on a rainy day is ‘Garam adhrak Chai Chahiye’. This craving for Tea on a Sunday afternoon led us to this small Restaurant in Thane.

Ketley Brews and Bites – as the name suggests – they brew some lovely varieties of tea and also put together good food as well. It is located near to the TCS Campus on Pokhran Road Nos.2 Majiwada, and focuses on Speciality Tea offerings.

The first thing that impressed me was the ambience of the place:- Great décor, creative wall painting, low floor seating and unique ‘Ring For Tea’ concept to call the Waiter. The restaurant can take maximum of 25 – 30 customers at a time.

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The Leap of Faith : Bungee Jumping : Extreme Sports

“30 seconds is all it takes to let go of your fear and take the leap.

It is all over , even before you realize that you’ve jumped from a 200 ft high bridge. But it takes couple of minutes for the feeling to sink in & become conscious of the fact that you have dared to do this ‘extreme sports’, when the swing comes to a slow stop.

The whole experience will stay with you for a life time.”

(July 2017) The moment I realized that I will be daring to jump of a bridge with just a string of ropes holding me together was a scary thought.

In the first place, I was not planning to do the jump and was not even going to join the group who had to travel almost an hour to reach the location. But I knew that this is going to be a once in a life time ‘dare to do’ opportunity (I know about people for whom bungee jumping and other adventure sports are just like turning the page of a book but trust me it is not an easy decision if you are not an adventure enthusiast).

I was put up in Athens and the Bungee jumping location was at Corinth Canal – which is one hour’s drive from Athens, Greece.

‘Zulu Bungy’ – the organizers of Bungy / Bungee jumping in Corinth Canal looked very pumped up to help us with the Jump. It is very crucial for the organizers to show that they are in control and make you feel comfortable. This will help gain the much required Confidence.

Zulu Bungy : the spot where right below you is the scenic water body whose magnificence will captivate your heart and in front of you the open sky that welcomes you to fly. The sound of the subtle breeze is the only thing that you will hear before the jump.

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 Once upon a time in Mumbai : A 1983 Mumbai Taxi Driver

I was lucky to get a ‘kaali peeli’ taxi from the international airport departure terminal yesterday night. I had to literally jump in as taxis were not allowed to pick up passenger in front of the terminal. I was happy as I saved the walk as well as the wait to get an Uber / Ola.

When you imagine a ‘kaali peeli’ taxi, the image of the driver that pops up in your mind is that of an aged driver with a long white beard. I was using the KPT ( kaali peeli taxi) after a long time or rather I cannot instantly recollect when I had hired one in the near past. So I was happy to see the driver with similar features.

The pressure to get inside the KPT before airport authority guy stops him made me jump into the co-passenger seat rather than the rear seat. This quickly helped me to get into a conversation with the Driver ‘Chacha’.

Driver Chacha was quick to comment ‘aaj hum dono ki kismat acha hai beta, mujhe airport se savaari mil gaya air tumhaara time bach gaya’.

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Who will manage your Facebook account when you go to live with the God?

It is definitely a spooky feeling when you think or even read about “Death”. Suddenly lot of things appear in front of your eyes and you will feel that there is a lot that is left unattended / to be completed.

I had a similar feeling when I read about the Facebook’s ‘Memorialized’ and ‘Legacy Contact’.

So how will your name appear once you are ‘Memorialized’? –

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PICTURE YOUR FUTURE PART 1 : Wearables to Hearables to Tearables

Before I start writing Part 2 (which will be written as a separate blog post), thought of sharing the article I had written in Sep, 2014.

My 2014 article on “Picture Your Future”:-

Capturing a Picture is always a combination of Art and Science. Photographer should have the artistic view to visualize the right moment and make use of the Science of photography to capture ‘the moment’. It is very easily said than done and when it comes to business, economics, finance and management you have to be adept in capturing ‘the right moment’.

Speed of Connectivity and Connections will be the name of the game in the coming years.

‘Connectivity’ here means the literal meaning of being connected. Speed is the key word going forward. Faster you connect to the people around you, faster you will succeed in your ventures. Speed at which customers know about the company will make or break the success story of that company.

‘Connections’ capture the importance of making use of the technology around you to get connected to your customers. You need to be at each and every place where the customer will be present. Going forward Customers will not come looking for you but Companies will have to place themselves at Customer Convenient locations. You have to make use of the all technology touch points to be ‘connected’ with your customers.

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Uber Talks : Driver gives you earning opportunity tips

Uber has become one of the best transportation support system when you don’t want to drive your own car.

Whenever I travel alone in such taxi app cab then I try to get into a conversation with the driver. Normally I start of the discussion with what is the current incentive system they have in Uber / Ola ? Is the cab owned by the driver and if yes how much does he earn a month ? Depending upon the responsiveness of the driver I tend to divert the topic to understand Consumer Buying Behaviour. Since I work with an automobile company I always try to understand the basic points considered by him before buying this car. So my set of primary research questions include : Why he bought this particular brand of car ? What is the USP? Was he offered any special discount by the automobile dealer? Whether service support was kept in mind while finalising this brand ? etc.

So as usual, I took an Uber today afternoon, and got into a conversation with the driver. I started off with my regular set of questions and the driver was very happy to answer all my questions in length. The moment I finished my set of questioning then he told me that ‘those who say that Uber drivers are not earning don’t know the earning opportunity’.

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Unwind : Travel to a Beach destination with an awesome photographer

Everyone needs a break from their hectic lifestyle or mundane work.

The search for the perfect family destination ended up when we found out a superb beach resort near Chennai. This resort was cut off from all other resort properties and still had all the required facilities to enjoy our stay.

The location was around 40 kms away from Chennai en route to Mahabalipuram.

The drive from Chennai to Kadal Resort took almost one hour. Once we were out of Chennai city traffic the drive was smooth. Good roads and less traffic helped us to reach our destination well on time. The resort was overlooking the Beach.

The view itself is so scenic that you forget your busy life and your mind will relax instantly.

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Iyer’s Food Corner : South Indian Delicacies : Started by Three Sisters 

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Three sisters, hailing from Pudukad a small town in Thrissur Kerala, who were in to different walks of life have come together to open up a South Indian Restaurant in Thane.

All of us who are part of the corporate world have at least once thought of quitting our job and starting some business on our own. The same thought has given life to this new restaurant. Three sisters – one who was working with a MNC , second one a homeopathic doctor and third one who was running a play school came together to open an authentic South Indian Iyer Restaurant.

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Street Food Diaries : Loni (White Butter) Dosa – Davangere Special

Being a South Indian myself, normally I don’t get satisfied with the taste of Dosas i get to eat outside – either at restaurants or at the street side stalls.

Then I came across this variety of Dosa, a popular type of Dosa from Davangere ( a city in Karnataka State). Davangere Benne Dosa , as it is known in Karnataka, is popularly known as ‘Loni Dosa’ in Mumbai.

The USP of the Dosa is that white butter (instead of oil or ghee) is used in the preparation of Dosa. This gives a different texture and taste to the Dosa.

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India Bistro: Master Chef inspired dishes served in interesting cutleries

India Bistro is the newly opened restaurant in Thane, Maharashtra by Foodlink Restaurants.

Foodlink Restaurants, started by Sanjay Vazirani, have Glocal Junction, China Bistro, India Bistro and Bungalow 9 under their group.

India Bistro Thane outlet is the latest offering from this group. Located on Pokhran Road No.1, this Restaurant is slowly and steadily becoming the must visit restaurants in Thane.

Ambience: Well lit and the spacious seating makes you feel comfortable.

Service: Quick service and customer friendly staff. Staff is well versed with the detailing of all the dishes.

Food: Master Chef inspired dishes served on interesting cutleries

Paani puri : This was served as a complimentary starter. Syringes were filled with the khatta and meetha paani.

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Madeira & Mime : Drink and Enjoy, Food does the talking here

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It is always great to see when people come out with Restaurants with a Social cause connect.

By now most of the people in Mumbai would have either dined at or heard about Mirchi & Mime. For those who have not heard about Mirchi & Mime : This is a restaurant in Powai which serves mainly Indian Cuisine. The speciality of the restaurant is that the employees here have the special ability to communicate with the help of sign language. The specially abled employees (who cannot hear or speak) take orders and make sure that they serve the right dishes each and every time.

Madeira & Mime is the second offering from this group.

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Street Food Diaries : Yummy, Delicious Tirunelveli Idli available at Mumbai

Street Food at its best…!!!

Mumbaikars don’t have to travel all the way to Tirunelveli to taste the authentic Tirunelveli special Idli. It is available right here in Mumbai.

‘Shaktivel Idliwala’ is what the owner Shaktivel has named his cycle on which he sells the yummy delicious idlis.

Idlis are served with a topping of special South Indian Coconut Chutney and Tirunelveli Sambhar (the taste of this Sambhar is slightly different from the regular South Indian Sambhar).

He also serves “Medu Vada’ along with Idlis.

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Food Truck : Darjeeling Momos : Best in Thane

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Food trucks have slowly and steadily found their place in the Thane street food line up.

Lok puram , Hiranandani Meadows area have seen a major surge of food trucks in the last 5-6 months.

The recent addition to this Food truck line up is ‘Darjeeling Momos’. Darjeeling Momos was an instant hit and people are spoiled for choice at this outlet. What began in a small modified Tata Ace truck has now been changed to a bigger food truck. The transition has happened in just 5 months.

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Trip to the God’s Own Country – Kerala is always full of thrills and smiles

The moment you think about Kerala, the first thing that comes to your mind is the scenic surrounding and the serene environment.

I was treated to nothing less than this during my trip to Kerala in the month of December 2016.

December is a good time to visit Kerala as the climate is pleasant at least during the morning and evening times while afternoons are slightly hot.

Kerala has got everything to offer from hill stations to beaches to wild life and the ever flowing backwaters. In addition to this when Kerala is your home town and you are heading to your ancestral house then you are surely in for a blissful holiday.

My ancestral house is now almost 90 years old.

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‘Environmentally Sexy’ Models – The FIAT 500e Campaign

Have you ever thought of sharing your Deepest, Most Secret Thoughts to Find A Match. That too with someone who says:- “I’m hot, eco-friendly, and love to take charge. I know exactly how to speed up our relationship. You’ll love how I respond to the softest touch. Some say I’m an angel on the inside. After some rest, I can go for a spin again … Continue reading ‘Environmentally Sexy’ Models – The FIAT 500e Campaign

WhatsApp – Whose brains are behind this App?

Whatsapp is now an integral part of everyone’s life and is on its way (along with WeChat,Line) to reduce/replace the use of SMS. There are lot of people who are changing their normal phones so that they can start using Whatsapp. It has brought sharing messages, images and videos on to your finger tips. The New daily record of Whatsapp : 10 Billion + messages … Continue reading WhatsApp – Whose brains are behind this App?

Bitcoin – The Digital Money

In this era where everything is moving towards the Digital Platform, Bitcoin is slowly taking the place of Digital Money exchange. Bitcoin is the first implementation of Cryptocurrency, a form of money that uses cryptography to control its creation and management. Bitcoin protocol was designed by pseudonymous developer or group of developers under the name Satoshi Nakamato . The Bitcoin production will be halved every … Continue reading Bitcoin – The Digital Money