Thursday, July 23, 2015

Barrels: Pub of Good Times

Rocky and Mayur have ventured out to explore food from all parts of India and curate videos on  I'm contributing my part by relishing my favorite dishes at Barrels located in Vasant Vihar and sharing my views with you all!
You can also upload your video review on AskMe and stand a chance to meet Rocky and Mayur !! 

Here is my review: 

Well you don't expect a place to be buzzing on a Monday night. But Barrels located in Vasant Vihar was much alive on a Monday night when I visited. Not only this, there were many other ways in which this restro-pub pleasantly surprised me.

Graffiti Walls that lend a funky look to this pub
The staircase adorned with quirky graffiti posters welcomes you as you head up to Barrels located on the first floor of a corner building. Once inside the Brit pub culture, live music and impeccably dressed servers ensure that you have a good time.

Tandoori Mushrooms
While I did expect cocktails and liquor collection to be good, I was expecting food to be only average. I was in for another surprise. The cigar rolls were lip smacking, peri-peri chicken done perfectly, fish tikka and murg malai tikka succulent and tandoori mushrooms stuffed with cheese were well addictive! No doubt these are the must have items on the menu. The menu at Barrels offers the right mix of Asian, American, European and even African cuisine! Nachos with sour cream, kukkad meal, kathi rolls, kebabs in egg blanket, lamb steak and spicy meat balls with rice are some of the other delicacies you must try. You can have a hearty meal at this place without burning a hole in your pocket.

Cashews Nut
Coming to the heady cocktails, Barrels throws some interesting choices. Experimental or not, you must try the drinks in the 'Directors Cut' section. There are five owners of this pub and each one has come up with an original cocktail. I quite liked Akki Mashed Up (Vodka, Tequila, rum, gin, ginegerale, grenadine and lemon) and Mill which has beer, gin and vodka as ingredients. But the absolute must try is Cashew's Nut, a great concoction of dark rum, tequila, absinthe, triple sec and tonic water. If you are a bourbon lover you have got the 'Answer', yes that's the name of the cocktail which has bourbon whiskey, southern comfort, peach schnapps and coke.  

But why I am going back to Barrels is because they have a libido booster mocktail (you heard that right) called 'Give Her Some More'. After all don't we all love restaurants that are bold, quirky and do things differently!

Ready Reckoner 

Meal for Two: Rs 1800 with alcohol
Covers: 40
Address: Building No5, Opposite PVR Priya, Basant Lok Community Centre, Vasant Vihar, Delhi.

The restro pub organizes karaoke nights, movie and sitcom viewings.  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Flipkart #AbHarWishHogiPoori

I love traveling. Even if you wake me up at 3am in the night and tell me that lets go on a road trip, the chances are I would start packing my bags. I love surprise gifts too. They make one feel special and wanted. Don't they? 

Last year one morning my husband told me to pack my bags and that he was taking me on a surprise holiday. He didn't tell me till the last moment where we were going. We reached a quaint little town off Nainital where he had booked a room in a cottage property. I was absolutely thrilled, the room was straight out of a fairy tale, with an attic and glass ceiling from which you could gaze at the stars at night. It felt even more like a fairytale because my prince was right there with me! 

There are many such holidays that he has gifted me. Last year on my birthday he planned vacation for us in the US. After spending some time in New York, he told me we were also going on a three day Miami-Bahamas-Miami cruise. It was my first time on a cruise and those three days were magical. While I spent most time on the deck, every evening my husband ensured that he went to the fitness centre on board. He is a fitness freak and doesn't even miss exercising when on a vacation! And I have always admired him for his love for all things fitness. No matter how busy hi work schedule is he takes out time to hit the gym.

There are many vacations that I have taken with him but the most special will always be the ones which were 'gifted'. Isn't that so thoughtful to gift someone what they love! Somehow I have never been able to gift him something that he will truly cherish. Or may I say he is always a step ahead when it comes to planning and surprising. 

One day while surfing Flipkart I came across a Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Fitness Band and immediately it reminded me of him. I had thought once earlier of buying it but assumed the latest model was not available in India. It also reminded me how a fellow travel blogger Swati recently bought a Canon Printer on the website for her father who loves clicking pictures. Its a great feeling to gift your loved ones something that they can use to pursue their passion. It makes the gift more valuable than its monetary worth. That why they say on Flipkart #AbHarWishHogiPoori  

While he would use the Fitbit everyday, I am sure we will have a new companion now on all our  holidays. He can keep a record of his cardio exercises and heart rate and I can keep a tab on his sleep patterns. Don't we all wives want our husbands to have a good night's sleep! 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Why Travel Bloggers Are Talking About Asus ZenFone 2 !

I am often asked which DSLR camera do I use when I am travelling? When I reply that I don't use a DSLR for my blog and mostly rely on my phone camera, I either see the other person's upper lip curl in disdain or a shocked expression. Travel Blogger who doesn't own a DSLR! Yeah that's rare.

Now let me tell you why I am a phone camera person. I never leave my heels or red lipstick behind when I am traveling, so lugging around a bulky DSLR is not my kind of a thing. Social Media we all know is very important for bloggers today. Phone is easy to carry around and I can immediately upload the pictures I click, when traveling, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Who wants to wait to transfer them to a laptop and then upload them. Yes there are faster and easier ways to do that using a DSLR camera with bluetooth or wi-fi features as well but pardon me I am not a tech geek and those gadgets are exorbitantly priced.

So when I heard about Asus ZenFone 2 that is loaded with some incredible camera features it got me excited. Hearing the blogger chatter about this phone I decided to find out myself about some of these features. Here they are:

  • You can click detailed pictures using its 13 MP camera on the 'Super Resolution Mode' which clicks four 13 MP pictures to create a single image. So you get 4X clarity! Beauty is in the details right.            
  • Remember last time you were at that romantic candle-light dinner and couldn't capture your moments because the restaurant was dimly lit? Asus ZenFone 2 has an unparalleled Low Light Mode that helps you click clear photos and videos throughout the night and in dim-light settings. Its Digital Image Stabilizer also helps click sharper non-blurry photos. Sounds great!
  • It clicks better indoor portrait shots, thanks to its Dual LED Real Tone Flash.
  • Using its special wide angle mode one can capture a panoramic selfie of upto 140 degrees. Are you imagining that Big Wide Selfie already?
  • With a 'Full Manual Mode' where you can change settings it is like having a professional DSLR in your hand. This phone comes with 13 manual settings that you can adjust. And you still think travel bloggers need to carry a DSLR?
  • Then there is ZenUI MiniMovie- a preinstalled app that lets you create your own movies. Simple and Easy!
  • Its front camera intuitively switches to the Beautification Mode and you and your friends look better in real time. Ladies are you listening? 
So well bloggers like me who do not own  DSLR, Asus ZenFone 2 definitely makes their work more fun. If you also eyeing this smartphone, here is the link to buy Asus on FlipKart .

Besides its camera features, the phone has been getting attention worldwide owing to its technology and design as well. It has won about 238 awards globally from international journalists and IT companies. Exciting isn't it?