GOOD OLD DAYS 

Take me back to the good old days. Here I’m not talking about the beautiful memories of my past, but this incredible restaurant in effotel, situated right next to Radisson.



Tired of spending weekends in same kind of bars? Here’s a quirky alternative. Good Old Days’s theme speaks volumes. It’s a small retro themed bar lounge. Comfortable, Cosy, Elegant and Dramatic. Dim lights, checkered walls section, old Hollywood movies posters, red sofas, illuminated floor (tiles which light up with different colors!), mirror ceilings, and of course, posters of the likes of Merlin Monroe, Elvis Presley, Che Guevara & Bob Marley bringing the good old days back.



I would like to thank Chef Thapa who hails from Nepal and is associated with Sayaji since 4 years and Indore Bloggers Association for making this meet happen.

We were served –
FILO WRAPS  

Filo or Phyllo is very thin covering usually used in pastries and it dates back to Ottoman empire. We were served a vegetarian deep fried filo wrap which was actually wanton wraps, filled with cheese and three kinds of bell papers. It’s a vegetarian delight.
Another highlight of this dish was it’s dipping – saffron mayo sauce. It’s distinguished garlic flavor gave the dish a beautiful twist.

CHARMOULA CRUSTED COTTAGE CHEESE –




Another dish to please vegetarians palate. Chef has definitely succeeded. It’s cottage cheese served with herbed rice and sautéed vegetables like broccoli and zucchini.
Dish is medium spicy and it’s sauce take away the cake. It’s served with barbecue mango sauce which is definitely a must try here.
Also, presentation gets 5/5.

MEXICAN RED  KIDNEY BEANS AND CORN QUESADILLA  –


Pc – Satyajeet David



Quesadillas is one of my favorites and this place doesn’t disappoint. Flat circle grilled tortilla with a stuffing of red kidney beans and corn. It was served with salsa sauce made with minced tomatoes and perfectly complimented the dish. Here, I would also like to mention that they are smaller than regular size.

CRUMBLED FISH  – 

Fish is marinated with lemon, garlic and parsley, coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried. Its boneless fillets of basa fish and is a must try here.
RUBIYAN MESHAWAI  – 


Pc – Satyajeet David



I’ve a new favorite!! Them prawns ❤️

Medium prawns with tail, perfectly grilled in Arabic spices will leave you wanting for more and more. It’s beauty lies in its simple preparation. Prawns are marinated in garlic & black pepper. It’s served with risotto rice in tomato sauce and saffron dip which is rich in garlic and butter. It’s a must try here.

DRINKS –



COCKTAILS

MARTINI


“Shaken, not stirred!” – James Bond’s iconic drink, this Martini is a must try. Instead of gin, they have used vodka but I really can’t complain. Garnished with olives and a small umbrella, staying true to its classic colors.
STRAWBERRY MOJITO 

It’s a proper ladies drink. Not too subtle, not too strong. Mint and strawberry complimented each other & it’s a treat to the eyes.

MUDSLICE  –

The moment I heard about BAILEYS cocktail, I was waiting for its serving. It looks like chocolate coffee especially due to chocolate syrup lining the glass. Sadly, bailey’s flavor is diminished by coconut and chocolate flavors. Avoid.

GIMLET  –

Pc – Satyajeet David

I unfortunately didn’t try this gin based cocktail. There were two glasses amongst ten bloggers, what do you expect?


COSMOPOLITAN


One of the best cosmopolitan I’ve tried in this city. I order cocktails because hard core strong drinks are not my thing. The bartender has beautifully managed to keep it not too sweet and not too strong and I really don’t think you can go wrong with cranberry and vodka. Mama Mia. We have a winner here.


MOCKTAILS


SHIRLEY TEMPLE


Too sweet. Strawberry syrup with ginger and lime and of course the lemonade.
VIRGIN COLADA  


This was definitely my favorite mocktail. Creamy coconut drink with pineapple, with a tint of vanilla and pineapple. A must try here.

My ratings

Taste – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Presentation – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Drinks – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

Service – ⭐️ ⭐️

Value for money – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Ambiance – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

Overall – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

Address: Effotel Hotel, Plot No. 10-C/ C.A., Scheme No. 94, Sector C Indore, Indore.

Open time: 1 pm to 11:30 pm

In the end, I just wanna say that this is a place to spend some quality time with your friends or lover over drinks. They usually play 90’s pop music in the background, adding to its theme. Seating arrangement is comfortable. I’m definitely gonna visit again & so should you.

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MITTI

MITTI  – 
Soil. The name is so apt for this place. It puts you in touch with your roots. It’s Desi with a twist. Bright lights, wall paintings, hanging lamps, brick walls, & oh yeah, contrast game is up boss! Colorful chairs paired with classic wooden tables & big Green entrance gives away a youth-friendly vibe.


Menus at almost every restaurant I’ve been too, are quite predictable. Fusion is in. No one sticks to one cuisine. Same goes with this place, making the best of everything. Apart from their regular menu, they have a blackboard special menu featuring special items. Another interesting thing is the way they have divided the food items – Piyo & Khao, Halka, Bhaari, & The beginning, & Angrezi Mitti. 

They serve Power Poha with chana and peanuts. It’s 100% VEGETARIAN including the desserts.
Desi theme is no longer looked down as disdain. On the contrary, with the string of the same kind of cafes opening around the city, Desi theme is quite in. It’s different, & it’s soothing. The interior designer has taken care of every minute detail. Writings on lamps, to the paintings sticking to the theme, option to charge your phone near every table, sticky notes, blackboard and chalks to white board & projector room (making it ideal for a business meet or college presentation!) board games like chess and Othello to engage the customers, to a beautiful rustic typewriter on the counter giving an antique feel, the interiors are indeed marvelous.
Biodegradable cutlery (one-time use only!) was one of the unique things about this cafe. Another was, hidden charging sockets on the floor.
Bloggers meet was held here, in association with Indori Zayka and Indore Bloggers Association. I’ve been to Mitti cafe once before this meet in the evening and I fell in love with the place. Wonderfully lit and good music – keys to a beautiful Ambiance. We were asked to attend their happy hours, 8 am – 11 am for their breakfast special on a SUNDAY. Oh God, It’s a miracle that I made it on time. 8-11 am certainly doesn’t constitute my happy hours lol. Thank goodness the place serves great Masala Chai to bring back my work mode. 

This spirit of playfulness extends not only to the interiors of the restaurant and the signature dishes as well. 

We were served –
KHAO —-
SPROUTS – 


Best breakfast ever! High on nutrition value, higher on taste. It’s chatpat & you’ll eat it fatfat. (Just in case you guys thought I won’t crack any PJs, you were wrong!)

It has tomatoes, chana, onions, cucumbers, green and brown sprouts, with coriander and lemon wedge on top.

Price – Rs. 69.

Verdict – if you’re heath conscious, this is a perfect start. I couldn’t bring my palate to like it though, not into sprouts at all.

PAV BHAJI –


I’m a pav bhaji person. This wasn’t a disappointment. It’s 4 on the spicy spectrum. A bit more butter & a bit more chili could’ve taken the dish to next level. It’s served with onions and lemon on the side. Pav was loaded with butter, was soft and delicious.

Price – Rs. 149/-

Verdict – It’s worth a try.

CHOLE KULCHA – 


I’m a chole bhature person so I was skeptical about chole KULCHA but the chef has outdone himself here. This was the best thing I’ve tried here. Kulche is like a Punjabi dish but it sounds like Gujarati. Kem Che?

Jokes apart, gravy was thick & medium spicy. 

And oh my the smell and flavor of kasoori methi on top of kulchas made it irresistible.

Price – Rs. 129/-

Verdict – A MUST TRY.

VADA PAV –


A Mumbai delicacy I’m really fond of. Unfortunately, due to the goof up in service, I didn’t get a chance to try it. It’s served with special chili masala, green chutney, and fried green chilies.

Price – Rs. 49.

TIKKI BUN MASKA – 


It’s like a burger with vegetable tikka and cheese in between. The bun was dry & tikki wasn’t impressive either. I’ll rather have a McAloo Tikki.

Price – Rs. 99/-

Verdict – Avoid.

SPINACH CORN SANDWICH –


Spinach and corn make for a great combination and cheese just took it whole another level. Bread was whole wheat & properly grilled and overall I enjoyed it. 

Price – Rs.129/-

Verdict – Try.

PANEER THEPLA – 


Since we have been to Punjab already, it’s time to visit Gujarat. This one was pretty mundane. Nothing special about it. It was more on the sweeter side. 

Price – Rs.129/-

Verdict – Avoid.

SEV STUFFED PARATHAS – 


If you’re an indori – SEV will SAVE you. We add SEV in everything! However, this dish failed to impress me. Not bland and not spicy. Might have been better if they had buttered it up. It was served with tadka dahi and mixed pickles.

Price- Rs.99/-

Verdict – can try.

PASTA IN WHITE SAUCE –


How can you go wrong with this! Like how? It’s the most basic recipe!!! The sauce was too thick, bland.

Price – Rs.179/-

Verdict – Avoid.

MAC N CHEESE –


Crust over the macaroni was crisp, & golden. They should probably try this sauce with their pasta.

Price – Rs.179/-

Verdict – TRY.

NACHOS –


Tasted like the nachos packets available in the market. Salsa dip perfectly compliments it.

Price – Rs. 129/-

Verdict – Avoid.


PIYO —

CHAI & COFFEE –

I’m a big time Chai aficionado & this place serves a variety of options. We tried normal Chai, Masala Chai, and white tea. Teas as I recall were made from pure milk. The aroma of the Kulhad Chai was Haaye Mei Mar java. 

Although normal Chai was a big disappointment, masala chai was love. I even asked for another cup. Same goes with filter coffee. Just the right amount of strong, and sweet.
Verdict – Masala Chai and Coffee are a must try here.

SHAKES AND DRINKS –



We were served Strawberry shake, banana shake, almond and cashew shake and the Desi chocolate shake.

STRAWBERRY SHAKE was my favorite amongst them. No artificial flavor was added. They used frozen strawberries instead of syrup and hence it was not too sweet, just the way I like it.

Banana shake was okay but ALMOND and CASHEW SHAKE takes away the cake. Subtle mix flavor of CASHew shake is worth every CASH.

I’m not big on chocolates but Desi chocolate shake had dark chocolate, served with chocolate ice cream and If you’re a chocolate lover, order this without any second thought.
PINEAPPLE BASIL DRINK – Uff the subtle flavor of basil added chaar chaand to this drink. A bit of the sweeter side, so order only if you have a sweet tooth.
COLD COFFEE – I loved their hot coffee & their cold coffee didn’t disappoint either. Strong and sweet was perfectly balanced.
MANGO ALPHONSO SHAKE – aam ka shake wasn’t aam (common) at all. I loved it and it was my favorite amongst them.
WHITE TEA- It’s an exotic version of green tea. It’s healthy and it’s good. Although the price slab of Rs. 125 can’t be justified.
EID SPECIAL – 


RABDI IS A MUST TRY. The SEVIYAN KHEER can be avoided though. Seviyan probably needed more cooking and also, sugar.
THE WHOLE CHOCOLATE MILL CAKE – 


EGGLESS cakes are usually not that soft & a bit and this was the case with this cake too. Although it made up for it in its taste.
All in all, I’ll highly recommend this place. It won’t drill your pockets, no compromise on taste and it’s location is a plus point.

Pros – 

-Its location is not so hard to find.

-Ambiance.

-I loved how they used hashtag paani on their water bottles.

– UNLIMITED WIFI.

-They serve tea and coffee in KULHAD and thus this place stays true to its name – mitti.

-the crowd mostly comprised of youngsters, which makes sense given its cheap rates.

-value for money!!

-Self-service is an interesting urban concept making its way in our city.

-for some reason, the idea of an antique typewriter on the counter was really appealing to my eyes.

Cons –

-we ordered adrak wali Chai but I guess they forgot to add adrak.

-not too many items in the menu to choose from.

-they won’t even serve water to you.

-print on their water bottles is fading, doesn’t look good.

-they won’t even call your name if you don’t show up for your order. We ordered Chai, and we saw our number on display pretty late. Our order was just kept there.

Ratings –

Taste – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Presentation – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Service -⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Value for money – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Location – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Overall – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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A pizza of my heart 

Warning – don’t read this blog on an empty stomach.

Before we start, I really want to say this – Every pizza me loves every pizza you.
(And then I wonder why I’m single Haha!!)

The word PIZZA is enough to make my stomach rumble in excitement, so when I was notified that a bloggers meet is being organized by IBA in association with Indori Zayka , at Ground Baking – you can imagine my reaction.

Groundbreaking – Groundbaking is a house turned cafe offering a casual & upbeat environment. Its bright yellow walls provide the perfect backdrop and wooden picnic tables just completes the ‘carefree’ look. Inner orange wall has beautiful hanging photographs, including one that says, “No drama, only pizza!” *wink wink*


Groundbaking serves classic new york style pizzas which grew out of Neapolitan style pizza when Italian immigrants brought pizza to NYC and America, in the early 1900s. It’s traditionally 18 inches but this place customized the size for its customers and offers a 12″, 16″ & 20″ pizza. New York style pizzas are large and wide with thin crust, golden brown with some occasional dark spots, easily foldable & yet maintaining its crisp.

We were served 5 different kinds of pizzas from their new gourmet menu. After having a slice from the third pizza, I realized it was “Mission: Impizzable,” but I couldn’t stop eating. Sorry for the pun, but there’s more to come. Oops, I did it again.

We were welcomed with freshly brewed Lemon Ice Tea. Usually, you can’t taste anything beyond sugar in an ice tea, but the chef changed my opinion. It’s tartness perfectly balances its sweetness. The zesty lemon flavor perfectly blends with bitter tea flavor, which is quite strong. Fair warning – It’s refreshing but it’s not too sweet (which I personally loved!) but if you don’t have a palate for tea, avoid this.

  • THIS PLACE DOESN’T SERVE TOMATO SAUCE TO MAINTAIN THE AUTHENTICITY OF A NEW YORK PIZZA. So if you’re one of those who can’t eat a pizza without sauce, this place is NOT FOR YOU. Although I do promise you one thing, you won’t be disappointed with this place.

Our first pizza was FIVE CHEESE PIZZA.
Who doesn’t love cheese? I Do. I know you do too! I literally had to tell myself, “Reva! Just eat one slice! There are 4 other pizzas for tasting too!’ Haha.
The five kinds of cheese that are being used in this are – Mozzarella + cheddar + Gouda + emmanthel + parmesan.

To help us understand the differences better, there was a mini cheese tasting too. I couldn’t have asked for anything more!

Cheddar, Emmanthel & Gouda are hard, Mozzarella is soft & Parmesan is even softer. Mozzarella is made from Italian buffalo milk, Cheddar, Gouda & Parmesan – cow milk, Feta – goat milk.

We also tasted the two essential pizza base sauces – Basil Pesto with Walnut sauce and the traditional Tomato sauce. I loved this pesto sauce.




The five cheese pizza had four flavorful cheese – emmanthel, mozzarella, gouda, & Cheddar on a thin crispy dough, and parmesan cheese on top as it’s really soft and shouldn’t be baked for a long time. Basil gave it a beautiful twist – bit spicy, bit sweet. A member of mint family, basil is considered herb of summer & now I know why. 

My verdict – I’ll give this five cheese pizza, a five-star rating.
We were then served – GREEK PIZZA.

After having a plain cheese pizza, this one was a fun surprise with unusual toppings. Pizzas are all about diversity, right? It had Walnuts, Spinach, Feta cheese, black olives, mozzarella, and artichokes. Feta cheese is salty and tangy, with dry and crumbly texture. The combination of spinach, Feta cheese, olives, artichokes, and Walnuts gives a taste sensation like never before. Although, I did find it a bit salty.

My verdict – good experiment, but not their best. You can pass.
Next came COUCH POTATO PIZZA.


It was served with two variants – with smoked paprika and without. The highlight of this pizza was the perfectly done balsamic reduction. Oven roasted rosemary potatoes with onions, Emmanthel and fennel made a mouthwatering dish. Just one taste and I knew I’ll finish the whole thing. 


Balsamic vinegar reduction amplifies the strong intense flavor of vinegar and it’s sweet flavor complements the salty dish. End result – I bet you won’t be able to stop eating. The one with smoked paprika, as you might have guessed, was spicy. It was like a flavor adventure in my mouth. This pizza has all kinds of sweet and spicy goodness.

My verdict – This is a winner. Do try. If you don’t like spicy, go for the normal version of this dish, which is also a bit on the sweeter side. There, sweet and spice – this dish have it all.
TRIO OF MUSHROOMS PIZZA – 

Mushrooms are a perfect substitute for non veg. After the first bite, I felt bliss. As the name suggests, it has three kinds of mushrooms – button, shitake & black fungus mushrooms, which were tossed in butter, olive oil and garlic. 


Black fungus mushrooms don’t have any flavor of its own and it absorbs the flavors of whatever it is cooked with. In this case, it had strong smokey flavors. The ricotta was prepared by the chef himself, in fact, he even shared its recipe with us.


Fair warning – this is an authentic mushroom pizza and you may not have a palate for it, think twice before ordering and I’ll suggest you ask the chef for suggestions.

My verdict – if you love mushrooms, don’t think twice before ordering it. There’s not mushroom for improvement. 

Bianco

To be honest, by the time this pizza was presented to us, I was stuffed. I didn’t even feel like eating a bite but then I saw rocket leaves as toppings and I convinced myself it’s a very healthy pizza and I should eat it Haha. Rocket leaves are very bitter, hence they were dressed in citrus vinaigrette. I could feel the cream cheese sauce in my mouth and the combination of button mushrooms, smoked paprika, cherry tomatoes and fennel is drool-worthy.

My verdict – It’s cheesy and it’s different. It’s light and it’s refreshing. Do try.
Well, there’s always some room for desserts. 

Creme brulee



Crème brûlée is a French dish and is also known as burnt cream, crema Catalana, or Trinity cream. It consists of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. The highlight of this dish is the caramelization of the sugar with a butane torch right before it was served. 


It’s not heavy, but it’s certainly heavy in taste. I never thought I’ll say this, but I probably like this more than their Blueberry cheesecake, which is my favorite. It’s crunchy and it’s a delight. It’s caramelized topping is brittle & the custard beneath is smooth, and creamy, making it my current favorite dessert.

My verdict – try this right away!!!
Save the best for the last? 


The meeting ended with an epic celebration of indori zayka hitting the 100k milestone with cake cutting of three milk and berries cake. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Taste – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Ambiance – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (the place is really small!)

Service – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Presentation – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Overall – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Pros – 

  • 100% VEGETARIAN PIZZERIA 
  • Authentic New York style pizza.
  • Taste is good.
  • Value for money.
  • Desserts are great too.
  • Location is just next to Indore’s Hotspot – Simi’s bakery. 
  • Freshly made pizzas.

Cons – 

  • Small place.
  • Seating is like a death warrant on a hot summer day.
  • No sauce policy, which many of you may not like.
  • Pizzas can be too authentic for indori palate, so ask before ordering.
  • No home delivery.

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TIMINGS : 11:30AM – 3:00 PM & 5:00 PM TO 11:00 PM

TUESDAYS OFF.

ADDRESS –

BG-293, SCHEME 54, ( two houses next to SIMI’S BAKERY) VIJAY NAGAR.
CONTACT – 0731 4912718

For any queries, you can email me at Revaparihar@gmail.com.

Till next time,

Xoxo.

Ego


Before I start, here’s a question for you guys – “How the year 2016 changed you?”

Change is inevitable, & so is personal growth. Looking back at 2016 I can think of so many incidents that shook me & I’m not talking about Brexit or Trump’s win for that matter.

I’ve decided to document these changes on this 7 part series called ~ ‘How 2016 changed me‘ & here is the first part – EGO.

You don’t care about anyone but yourself.”

“You’re such a condescending jerk!!!!”

“You’re so full of yourself!”

“Why can’t you call first?”

“You really need to stop showing off!”

“It’s just a grammar mistake on a casual chat, please stop being a grammar nazi all the time.”

“Yeah yeah, you’re a Mr. KNOW IT ALL.”

“Will you stop fishing for compliments?”

“I know you have connections with powerful people because you mention that to me thrice a day. Stop!”

“You’re so materialistic!”

“Is it so important to have the Last word in an argument?”

If you’ve heard any of these sentences for yourself before, darling you’re suffering from ‘Ego-mania.’


So what exactly does Ego mean?

 Ego is nothing but an image you’ve created for yourself that gives you an identity or should i say, Ego is an exaggeration of who you are. It’s the feeling of self importance that blinds you to the truth. Ego is your over confidence, Ego is what gives you a superiority complex. 


Ego is ‘self image’ gone on the rampage.

We all have Ego, some have big Egos & others have realistic ones. A big ego is nothing but high self esteem & sometimes, it’s not a bad thing but most of the time, it is. 

For example – When Muhammad Ali, a man who proclaimed himself “The Greatest,” you appreciate it and you certainly don’t call him overconfident for saying “I’m the best!!” because he has proven his mettle. That’s his swag. That’s his charm. That’s his big ego but it’s this ego ṭhat tells him, “You are unstoppable!” & he believes it. The truth is, it’s not just his big ego that made him great, it was his practice that did. But again, you can’t ignore the much needed motivation that his big ego gave him.

If some mediocre boxer announces that, ‘I’m the best!’ And lose his next fight, will you still appreciate it? No. You’ll laugh at him. 

There, that’s the difference.


One thing I’m glad that changed in 2016 is my EGO.

The trouble with big ego is, there’s a constant need of approval from others that you’re the best. You want to be appreciated. You think you deserve it, because come on, “you’re the best.” Things should go exactly how you want them to be.

You need all the attention in the world to feed your ego. Sometimes you’ll get it, sometimes you won’t. Trouble starts, when you are so immersed in this emptiness that you start lying around to make yourself sound important. You’ll belittle others just to prove you’re better than them. You become the drug sniffing dog of finding faults in others just to satisfy your need to be feel superior.


Ego is like that corrupt politician who makes false promises of making everything better & before you know it, Ego starts controlling your actions & all of them will be to gratify only yourself.

Ego is not ambition, ego is ‘over ambition.’ It’s an illusion. It’s a shadow you live behind to protect yourself from your own mediocrity. It is the root cause of ignorance.

“The ego is a terrible taskmaster who drives you to distress.”

(The Tao is Tao, 73)

It will be wrong to say that I’m not egoistic anymore. I don’t think that’s a state even possible to achieve. But yes, I’m not ‘that’ egoistic as how I used to be & that’s a progress I’m really proud of.

I’m not saying I don’t care about the compliments I get, I’m saying I don’t fish for compliments. I’m not saying I don’t like 300 likes on my pictures, I’m saying I don’t care even if it’s just 10. I’m not saying I’ll sell my iPhone because I’m not materialistic anymore, I’m saying I’m not gonna show off my iPhone. I’m not saying I’m satisfied with my life, I’m saying I’ve accepted the emptiness. I’m not saying that I won’t argue with you if I think you’re wrong, I’m saying I won’t hesitate accepting my mistakes. 


The hardest lesson you will ever learn is to accept the fact that you aren’t that important as you think you are, or that they won’t love you back just because you’re in love with them


It’s heartbreaking. If you have big ego, this is gonna shred you to pieces but if you are mature enough to understand that not everything is meant to make you happy, you might find happiness in letting go. 

Everything that happens in your life, is not happening TO you, it’s happening FOR you. You don’t have to like it, but life will be happier if you do.

Even the word says, let it (e)GO.